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).
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
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
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 …