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How to restore Windows 8

It is often out of our reach for the operating system to slow down over time. There are many reasons for this: the programs and tools installed not only influence the start, but also the overall performance of the system. On the other hand, you may want to sell the computer and to do so, delete your personal data and files from the system. In either case, restoring Windows 8 can be a good idea..

For this there are in principle two possibilities: to restore Windows 8 completely to factory settings and a partial restore with which the data is kept. In this article we tell you how to carry out both options and we explain how to download the ISO file for restoration and thus be able to create an installation disc.

  1. Restoring Windows 8 in whole or in part: which is better for me?
  2. Instructions to restore Windows 8 without losing data
  3. Create a data medium to restore Windows 8
  4. Restore Windows 8 to factory settings

Restoring Windows 8 in whole or in part: which is better for me?

First of all, you should ask yourself what you want with the restoration. If you want your computer to work quickly again, a simple restart is more than enough. With this ? Refresh ?, the system restarts, but no files or settings are lost, and the default installed programs and Microsoft Store applications are installed again..

But if what you want is to sell or give away your computer, then you should opt for the total restoration of Windows 8 so that no personal data remains. In this way, all the programs are deleted and the settings are reset, then Windows will be installed again. With this process, all data on the computer is lost.

If you have already decided on one of the two options, you can start directly with the restoration . In the next section you will find detailed instructions to do it step by step.

Instructions to restore Windows 8 without losing data

  1. In desktop mode, type the combination [Windows] + [i] and select the menu item? Change PC settings ? in the left sidebar.
  2. Click? Update and recover ? and then in? Recovery ?
  3. Now select the option? Restore your PC without affecting your files ? by clicking the button? Start ? below this title. At that time, the system checks for programs that cannot be recovered. If so, they will be displayed on the desktop after restoration.
  4. In the event of a missing file notification, connect the data medium for Windows installation.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

If you have ever upgraded your computer from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your computer has a Windows 8 recovery partition, the original Windows 8 version is restored. Therefore, once restored, you have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 again. The same is true for Windows updates from previous versions. Also, if you restore Windows 7, it will reboot to the original version. Possible updates must be reinstalled manually..

Create a data medium to restore Windows 8

If you don't have an installation CD for Windows 8, you must create your own installation media. To do this, you need the installation file for Windows 8 and the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool, which, contrary to its name, is also suitable for Windows 8.

The installation file is an ISO file that contains all the relevant information for the installation as a copy of the operating system. You have to load this ISO file on your computer and create a bootable USB or DVD. With the help of this boot medium you can restore Windows 8 . We explain how it is done:

  1. First of all, make sure that the Internet connection is stable and that you have a storage medium with a capacity of at least 4 GB.
  2. Go to the Microsoft download website.
  3. Scroll to the section? Select edition ? and select your edition from the drop-down menu. Then click the button? Confirm ?
  4. Then the section? Select product language ?. Select your language from the drop-down menu and click? Confirm ?
  5. Now the website has generated two links valid for 24 hours through which you can download the ISO file. Select the correct version (32 or 64 bits) and download the file with the corresponding button.

Next, you need the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool to create a bootable memory. Proceed as described:

  1. Download the tool from Microsoft. To do this, select the language? Spanish? and click the button? Download ?. Then select the Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer-en-ES-exe file from the list that appears , click? Continue ? and save the file to your computer.
  2. Open the file to install the tool. To do this, follow the instructions of the installation manager.

Now you have everything you need to create an installation / restore media for Windows 8. To get started, proceed as follows:

  1. Open Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool .
  2. Select the previously downloaded ISO file in the application and click? Continue ?.
  3. Select the medium in which you want to save the file by pressing? USB device ? or? DVD ?
  4. Plug in the USB stick or insert the DVD, and click? Start copy process ?
  5. The data medium is now formatted and the installation is carried out.

In this way, you already have an installation medium that you can use to restore Windows 8 as described in the section? Instructions to restore Windows 8 without losing data ?.

Restore Windows 8 to factory settings

  1. First, open the system settings with the combination of Windows shortcuts key [Windows] + [i].
  2. Now select? Change PC settings ?
  3. Then click? Update and recover ? and then in? Recovery ?
  4. Click the button? Start ? under ? Remove everything and reinstall Windows ?.
  5. Now the operating system is restored to factory settings. All data is lost.