Dell Windows 8 Factory Reset

If you get to the point where Windows 8 starts to become unresponsive, apps not working, etc., you may need to reinstall Windows 8. Without the boot media its a little different than older versions of Windows OS, certain manufacturers have a certain way to reinstall Windows 8. Some are through the Bios/Post shortcut keys (F12, Del, F9 etc,) However this way seems to work with most manufacturers as it is built into Windows 8.

Below are the steps to reinstall Windows 8:

I’d advise you to backup your data before doing this, Dell offers a “Backup Feature” however not all manufacturers will, especially if it was a custom Windows 8 install via disks etc.

First, the PC/Laptop/tablet must boot into windows. (there are alternate steps to reinstall windows 8 if it doesn’t boot into the OS)

Second, Log in, move your mouse to the top right to pull up the Search Charm as they call it:


Click Settings, and Select Power, Then Press and Hold shift, and click restart.

This will then boot into “Recovery Mode” From here you can select the Troubleshooting option, and reinstall your Windows 8 OS.


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  • Save me from taking it to fix it and pay money! THANK YOU!!!

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