New Windows 8 Pre-Boot Troubleshooting Options

Windows 8 is an ambitious attempt by Microsoft to prepare Windows for the post-PC’ era. As we have discussed in our earlier coverage, Windows 8 abandons several Windows conventions in a bid to reimagine itself. One such casualty is the Safe Mode.

The Windows Safe Mode is designed to help you troubleshoot Windows, in case your system becomes unbootable due to incorrect drivers, corrupt system files, or buggy/malicious applications. Ever since its inception, the Safe Mode could be accessed by pressing F8 during Windows boot. However, in Windows 8, this is what pressing F8 will bring up.


In Windows 8, the troubleshooting screen has also been given the Metro treatment. Although Safe Mode doesn’t find a spot under the ‘Troubleshoot’ options, there are a couple of new options that users will find handy.


Reset Your PC: Selecting this option is akin to doing a factory reset. All your system settings, personalization settings, applications, and files will be removed.


Refresh your PC: This will keep your files and personalization settings intact, but remove any application that wasn’t installed through the Windows Store, and reset system settings.


Other options available through the new Metro troubleshooting interface include System Restore, System Image Recovery, Command Prompt, and Automatic Repair.


Even though the Safe Mode is nowhere to be found in the new troubleshooting interface, it’s still included in Windows. To trigger it you simply have to press Shit+F8. Here’s the Windows 8 Advanced Boot options screen.


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Pallab De

Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .