Windows 8

Screenshots: The Windows 8 Reset your PC feature

You'll be prompted to insert the Windows 8 installation DVD

When you see the screen shown in Figure E, which prompts you to insert the Windows 8 installation DVD, you will want to remove the USB Recovery Drive at the same time as you insert the DVD. The reason being that the system will reboot several times and having a bootable USB flash drive connected to the system will cause unnecessary delays. It is not needed from this point forward anyway. Obviously, if you booted from an optical disc, you will have to remove it to insert the Windows 8 installation DVD.

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5 comments
janitorman
janitorman

On one screen it says "make sure your PC is plugged in." WELL DOH! How would it be on, otherwise? And will this work on the tablet devices that the damn OS is designed for, I imagine it might take all the battery power to do it and that's why it would need "plugged in?" Other than that, it also calls for recovery media. Most PC's don't ship with that, and no one ever makes their own, so this would be useless. What a joke!

tim.clarke
tim.clarke

First issue of Windows to admit how fragile it is. Rebuild built in. So your virus-riddled files get saved to re-infect you once you've rebuilt?

_swillah_
_swillah_

I've lost the recovery partition on an Asus ultrabook. Trying to work out how to properly reinstall Windows 8 on the combo.

canajian_eh
canajian_eh

After creating recovery disks on a new Windows 8 machine, my suggestion is to try running the reset. 1. make sure that it works (on my new laptop it didn't) 2. better to find out while there is nothing on the machine to lose and while it is under warranty than a year later when the warranty is done. In my case the machine had to be sent back to the manufacturer to be fixed. It took lots of calls to support and they even sent me new recovery disks. There was a hardware problem that prevented the recovery process from running.