Windows 8 is not growing as quickly as previous versions of Windows. But there are still millions of Windows 8 users around the world. Today, we’re going to tell you how to use one of the most useful parts of Windows 8 – the advanced startup options tool.

Access the advanced startup options menu

-Press the Windows Key + I and click Change PC Settings, then click the General button and click Restart now under Advanced Setup. Tap on Troubleshoot.


See the section below to find out which settings menu you need to use from here.


Refresh Your PC: This will restore all system software to its factory state. Windows will revert to its default version and Windows will remove all desktop software. However, your Modern/Metro apps will remain installed. You will also get to keep your personal files and settings. This is a good way to speed up your PC without losing everything and it can fix some serious Windows problems.

Reset Your PC: Resetting your PC will reset it to a factory state. No, this is not like rebooting your PC, which simply turns it off and on. When you reset your PC, all personal files and settings will be deleted. For all intents and purposes, resetting your PC flips the switch back to the day it left the factory.

Advanced Options

If you’re trying to access the advanced startup options menu, then there are a number of options in front of you. To access the advanced startup options, click on Advanced options. Choose Startup Settings from the menu that pops up. Then, you need to click on Restart to restart your system into the advanced startup options menu.

You can also access the advanced startup settings menu through the command box and through the power settings, although the above steps are the easiest way (even if it is overly complicated – thanks Microsoft!)


System Restore: This is one of the most popular Windows features and it’s not new to Windows 8. System Restore regularly saves your computer at various points in time. if you know your computer was working a week ago, you can revert to a System Restore point that was created a week ago. This won’t delete any personal files you’ve created since then, although it will remove any software you have installed.

System Image Recovery: This is similar to System Restore, but it allows users to recover an image of a system from an external hard drive. System Image Recovery overwrites the computer’s state and files.

Automatic Repair: Windows is notorious for its useless automatic repair tools. The Windows 8 automatic repair tool can be used to fix a number of serious PC problems. If you’re having any type of problems with Windows 8 (particularly boot problems), then you should try out the automatic repair tool. In fact, if Windows 8 can’t boot, then it may try to enter the automatic repair tool on its own.

Command Prompt: Run commands to troubleshoot and fix your computer. Unless you know what you’re doing and have an arsenal of commands at the ready, then you probably shouldn’t be using the Command Prompt.

Startup Settings: Modify startup options, enable Safe Mode, and disable automatic restart after failure, among other things. In most cases, you’re going to only want to use this menu to enable Safe Mode, which allows you to safely start up Windows.


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