Windows 8 recovery from boot menu or OS Windows 7 Windows XP

Windows 8 recovery helps when PC doesn't boot or works very slowly or has other problems, ex. a sound, internet.
For Windows 8 recovery we should try any keys - Reset, Refresh or Restore. For using Reset or Refresh keys you must have a recovery partition how to check or Windows 8 install disc or Windows 8 recovery disc. When you haven't any of them, then try the Restore key or the first way (very careful).
Choose one of the list:

  • No Disc and PC isn't booting - how to recovery Windows 8 - a very careful way begin
  • No Disc and PC isn't booting - load PC in safe modе - begin
  • The Disc or partition is on and PC is booting - Windows 8 recovery using Refresh or Reset
  • No Disc and PC is booting - System Restore - begin
  • No Disc and PC is booting - how to recovery Windows 8.1 to Windows 8 - Reset
  • The Disc is on and PC is not booting - Windows 8 recovery using a disc begin
  • PC doesn't work - Ask a question
  • How to create the Windows 8 recovery disc

Windows 8 recovery

I want to introduce three recovery ways - Refresh, Reset, Restore - using recovery media or without one.

1. Loading Windows 8 in safe mode

When PC isn't booting, then loading Windows 8 in Safe Mode, otherwise when PC is booting, then just reading the guide of recovery - begin.
For loading Windows 8 in safe mode try to press both keys Shift+F8 or F8 just after pressing the power button. Load the computer in safe mode:

  1. way. For computers (2013 and older). Choose Safe Mode and press Enter. In the opened window click an icon of Administrator, input a password. Windows 8 is running in safe mode.
  2. way. For new computers (2013 and newer) you'll see a new recovery menu - click See advanced repair options - Troubleshoot - Advanced options - Startup Settings - Restart. PC is restarting. You'll see Startup Settings menu, press F4. Windows 8 is running in safe mode.

If PC doesn't booting anyway, then you should press the button of popup menu just after pressing a power button during starting of PC. The name of button of popup menu depends of PC model. (for ex. Esc for Asus, F12 for Acer). When you see the list of booting modes, then select the record like boot from CD/DVD, press Enter and just F8. PC must show the menu where you can choose one of recovery buttons Reset, Refresh, Restore.

How to enable the safe mode when Windows 8 is loaded, but a computer works very slowly.
Press both keys - WindowsLogo+R, type msconfig and click OK. The windows called System Configuration is opened, click Boot, select a check box called Safe boot, click Apply - OK - Restart. The computer shall boot in a safe mode. Don't forget after a Windows 8 recovery operation uncheck a check box, otherwise a computer loads in safe mode again.

2. The usefull keys - Refresh or Reset - Windows 8 recovery

How to check a recovery partition?
For using the keys (Refresh or Reset) must be a recovery partition or recovery media.
Press both keys - WindowsLogo+F, click Apps, in the text box type cmd, on the left of desktop right click cmd, on the bottom of desktop click Run as administrator - Yes. Type reagentc /info and press Enter. You are seeing the window like this, only then you are having a recovery partition:

Recovery partition is on

When PC is booting and a recovery partition is on you can use to refresh or reset.
Windows 8 recovery - Refresh (refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows 8 and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.) or Reset (resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps - except for the apps that came with your PC). Press both keys WindowsLogo+F, clickSettings in the search box type refresh, on the left of desktop click Refresh Your PC or Remove everything and reinstall Windows, then Next:

When you are using Refresh:
the computer is showing Ready to refresh your PC. Click Refresh. Restarting. PC is restarting, doesn't press anything. The computer is showing - Preparing to refresh your PC, then Refreshing your PC (0-100%). (10-15min). PC is restarting. On the desktop you'll see Preparing, then Getting devices ready (0-100%), Getting ready. PC is restarting. Doesn't press any keys - Welcome.

When you are using Reset - the computer asks - Do you want to fully clean your drive, choose one of two ways:

  1. Just remove my files;
  2. Fully clean the drive.

I click the link Just remove my files. The computer is showing Ready to reset your PC, click Reset. Next PC is showing: Restarting, Configuring (0-100%), Do not turn off your computer. PC is restarting. When you are using a Windows 8 recovery disc, then PC types Press Any key, but you must don't press anything. The computer is showing Preparing, Resetting your PC (0-100%). (10-15min). PC is restarting. Don't press anything again. Agree a licence, check a check box and click Accept. Input a name of computer, click Next, in the Wireless window click a name of your wireless network and click Connect, type a password of WI-FI and click Connect - Use express settings or skip this settings - click Connect a wireless network later (Windows 8 hasn't a driver of WI-FI). Then click Sign in to your PC and et cetera by instruction on the desktop... Finish.

How to recovery Windows 8 - System Restore

If you have not the Windows 8 recovery disc, then you need to restore Windows 8 without disc - a function System Restore (Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you've made).

1. Recovery Windows 8 - System Restore

Load a computer in a Safe Mode (if it doesn't loading normally).
When PC starts loading Windows 8, at once press Shift+F8 (for any PC only) and keep up the appearance of the list modes. Select Safe Mode and press Enter. In the opened window click administrator's icon, type a password - "Windows is running in safe mode"

2. Recovery Windows 8 - System Restore

Restore Windows 8 in the status by date, when PC was working properly.
Press keys WindowsLogo+R, in the opened window called Run type in the open: box control and click OK. In the opened window Control Panel click System and Security - Action Center - Recovery - Open System Restore.

In the opened System Restore window
choose a radio box called Choose a different restore points
and click Next
Windows 8 system restore by date
then check a check box called Show more restore points and
select a restore point by date (PC was worked well), click Next
Windows 8 system restore by date
click Finish - Yes Windows 8 system restore by date

The computer is rebooting - Restoration Complete - All Right.
Right now you need to clean up Windows 8.
If nothing happened, then reinstall Windows 8.

How to create the Windows 8 system recovery disc

Create a disc recovery - CD/DVD disc is on - press keys WindowsLogo+R, in the opened window called Run type in the open: box control and click OK. In the opened window Control Panel click System and Security - Action Center - Recovery - Create a recovery drive - Yes. In the opened Recovery Drive window check a check box called Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive (when a check box is on ) and click Next, in the next window connect a USB flash drive or click Create a system repair disc with a CD or DVD instead. I click the second. In the opened Create a system repair disc window select a drive and click Create disc. This CD/DVD recovery disc will help to restore the system after a system crash, when the system is not loaded.

How to recovery Windows 8 with disc recovery or Windows 8 install disc

Restore Windows 8 using a disc recovery or Windows 8 install disc - the computer doesn't load Windows 8 (BIOS setup - boot device 1. CD/DVD; 2. HDD - to see install Windows): insert disc and turn on the power button of PC, when you see press any key to start the computer, press any key, select language, Next, click Repair your computer (this way only for Windows install disc), then click See advanced repair options - Troubleshoot. At the end you must see Reset or Refresh keys. Click one of keys - more