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Understanding System Restore, Refresh, Reset, and, Recovery options in Windows 8

There may come a time when you would either need or simply want to Reset or Refresh the software image on your computer because of issues you may be experiencing.

There are several ways to reach your goal of having a properly operating computer, some that will allow you to keep your files and personal settings. These options are shown below in order from least obtrusive.

System Restore Rolls back the system files to a previous system restore point (least obtrusive). Documents and personal files are not changed, but applications installed after the restore point was created will need to be reinstalled.

Refresh PC settings will be changed to defaults, however personal files and personalisations won’t change. Windows Store apps will be kept, but apps installed from discs or websites will be removed. A list of removed apps will be saved on the desktop.

Reset Returns your computer to its out-of-box, factory default conditions (removes your personal files and apps as well reset all settings to defaults). Similar to what Toshiba has previously called a “System Recovery”.

Advanced tools Recommended to be used only by advanced users only.

Recovery Media Recovery media can be created through "TOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator".

Repair Disk A system repair disc can be created using Windows "Create a Recovery Drive".

In order to access the above options:

1. Turn off your Toshiba notebook following the instructions from How to shut down
a notebook with Windows 8.
2. Turn on your notebook and repeatedly tap the F12 button to access the Boot Menu.
3. Select <HDD Recovery>
4. Select Yes
5. (If Prompted) Select US for the keyboard layout
6. Select Troubleshoot
7. Refresh your PC and Reset your PC is located here
8. Click on Advanced options to access System Restore

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