Options: How To Reset, Refresh, Reinstall Windows 8

Options: How To Reset, Refresh, Reinstall Windows 8 – Also Recovery Drive, System Repair Disk ….

I recommend going to the first link below here at Microsoft to get a little oriented into the several easy new options with Windows 8 as Refresh or Reset. These do not involve reinstalling Windows like traditionally from a Emergency Rescue Repair CD/DVD but may serve the same purpose. Of course with any suspected or actual malware infestation and infection go ahead with the old familiar re-install Windows as safest. You will absolutely want to create easily your Emergency Repair Disk and now also on Windows 8 you can use a USB Drive (sometimes called a thumb drive, like a USB Media Stick but must be USB Drive – same price).  

How to restore, refresh, or reset your PC
Applies to Windows 8, Windows RT
If you’re having problems with your PC, you can try to restore, refresh, or reset it. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files, settings, and the apps that came with your PC and apps that you installed from Windows Store. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
 
Create a USB recovery drive
 
 
How to Create and Use a Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc in Windows 8
Windows 8 allows you to create a recovery drive (USB) or system repair disc (CD or DVD) that can be used to troubleshoot and restore your computer. Each type of recovery media gives you access to Windows’ advanced startup options. …
 
 
Everything You Need to Know About Refreshing and Resetting Your Windows 8 PC
Windows users regularly reinstall Windows (or restore from a recovery partition) to fix system problems. Windows 8 includes easier-to-use “Refresh” and “Reset” options that quickly restore Windows to a fresh, factory default configuration….
 
 
How to Use Refresh and Reset in Windows 8 to Easily Reinstall Your PC
Sick of formatting? Then learn how to breathe new life into your machines without formatting using the new Refresh and Reset features present in Windows 8. ….
 
 
How to Create a Custom Refresh Image in Windows 8
We have already shown you how to use the Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8, now we are back to show you how you can create a custom refresh image. This means next time you refresh your Windows 8 PC, you can use a custom image instead of the one that shipped with your PC. ….
 
 
How to Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 PC Without the DVD
We have already shown you how you can use the new refresh and reset features in Windows 8 instead of formatting your PC, the problem is that you are required to insert your Windows DVD every time you want to use the features. Here’s how to do it without the DVD. ….
 
 YOU MAY WANT TO ADD….How to Make the F8 Key Work for Safe Mode in Windows 8
http://www.howtogeek.com/164001/how-to-make-the-f8-key-work-for-safe-mode-in-windows-8/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=270513
Booting into safe mode became non-trivial in Windows 8, especially if you were accustomed to the old F8 shortcut. Here is how to get F8 working again.
Note: we aren’t necessary recommending that everybody make this change – we are just showing that it is still an option. You can alternatively use some of the new Windows 8 features to fix your computer instead. ….ADDITONAL INFORMATIONHow To Access The BIOS On A Windows 8 Computer
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-access-the-bios-on-a-windows-8-computer/
Among the many changes coming with Windows 8 and new computers designed for it is a change in the way we access our computers’ BIOS. No longer do we press a certain key during the boot process to reveal the BIOS – instead, an option to access the BIOS is located in Windows 8’s boot options menu. Traditionally, computers displayed a message like Press F2 to enter setup ….
UEFI vs. BIOs in Windows 8 for desktop startup
TechTarget
http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/tip/UEFI-vs-BIOs-in-Windows-8-for-desktop-startup
Because the Windows 8 implementation of UEFI includes Secure Boot, an operating system such as Linux must be digitally signed by a trusted certificate authority (CA). In order for any Windows 8-certified machine to dual-boot into Linux, IT must ensure …
 
 
 
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Unbelievable! – Windows 8 Boot Security Cracked already before released (Bootkit malware)

Unbelievable! – Windows 8 Boot Security Cracked already before released (Bootkit malware)

Windows 8 Boot Security Cracked
CRN
By Antone Gonsalves, CRN
An Austrian security analyst has built the first known bootkit that bypasses Windows 8’s defenses against installing malware while the operating system is booting.
Peter Kleissner, an independent programmer and recognized …
http://www.crn.com/news/security/231903295/windows-8-boot-security-cracked.htm;jsessionid=NZjzL4QedChUWf+VUz6Tyg**.ecappj02
( HATE TO BE I TOLD YOU SO BUT THE BLUECOLLARPC.US PREDICTED THIS THAT WINDOWS 8 BOOT UP SECURITY FEATURE WILL BE CRACKED AS FAST AS IT HITS THE STREETS….. LOOKS LIKE WE WERE A LITTLE OFF – IT HAS BEEN CRACKED EVEN BEFORE IT HIT THE STREETS ! ! ! …..LOL ) 

We can expect Windows 8 to be launched sometime in mid-late 2012, however, it’s too early to predict the Windows 8 release date, since it is still under development. Nevertheless, the only question that haunts each and every one of us – Will Windows 8 win the battle against Apple which it had lost several years back? SOURCE http://www.thetechlabs.com/tech-news/windows-8-features/

Bootkits
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootkit#bootkit
A kernel-mode rootkit variant called a bootkit is used predominantly to attack full disk encryption systems, for example as in the “Evil Maid Attack”, in which a bootkit replaces the legitimate boot loader with one controlled by an attacker; typically the malware loader persists through the transition to protected mode when the kernel has loaded.[35][36][37][38] For example, the “Stoned Bootkit” subverts the system by using a compromised boot loader to intercept encryption keys and passwords.[39] More recently, the Alureon rootkit has successfully subverted the requirement for 64-bit kernel-mode driver signing in Windows 7 by modifying the master boot record.[40]

The only known defenses against bootkit attacks are the prevention of unauthorized physical access to the system—a problem for portable computers—or the use of a Trusted Platform Module configured to protect the boot path.[41]
HISTORY TO DATE…..
Windows 8 Spells Trouble for Linux, Hackintosh Users and Malware Victims
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/messages/523
Windows 8 won’t dual-boot Linux?
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/539
Microsoft, Red Hat Spar Over Secure Boot-loading Tech
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/541
Windows 8 Dual Boot Possible If ‘Secure Boot’ Disabled
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/544
How to change the boot order of a dual-boot Linux PC
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/550
Linux Licensing in Conflict with Secure Boot Support
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/565
FSF warns of Windows 8 Secure Boot (Sign Petition)
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/626
Linux Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat Weigh In On Secure Boot
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/650
The right to dual-boot: Linux groups plead case prior to Windows 8
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/662
Linux Foundation: Secure Boot Need Not Be a Problem
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/671
Linux Community Offers Secure Boot Ideas
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/672
Leading PC makers confirm: no Windows 8 plot to lock out Linux
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/673
Linux Advocates protest ‘Designed for Windows 8’ secure boot policy
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/679
Linux Community Counters Microsoft’s Windows 8 Secure Boot Mandate
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LinuxDucks/message/696

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