How To Perform a Hard Reset in Windows 8

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Sometimes you just have to undo everything and start over, particularly on your computer. Luckily, Microsoft has made it quite easy to reset your WIndows 8 system without having to completely reinstall the OS. Here's how.

1. Hover your mouse over the right top (or right bottom) corner of your screen to bring up the Charms menu.

2. Select Settings.

3. Select More PC Settings at the bottom.

4. Select General then select either Refresh or Reset.

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  • johnny Says:

    I have windows 8 x64 on an acer aspire 5600u touchscreen desktop..... it turns on, flashes once real quick. then goes straight to a black screen, with the power led on. I cant use any esc, alt . funtion, windows or shift keys.... i power off and hold the power button for 20 seconds and it wont let me have any options still. It dose that failed updates thing and resets it self 3 times taking all day then works for for a day then reboots it self with same error now it wont turn on

  • mike Says:

    This is not a hard reset.
    A hard reset means not using software.
    I cannot boot into windows to access these settings, that's why I need a hard reset.

  • Arun Says:

    im having a Dell Inspiron5323 (intel i7)
    with windows 8 with no Hard disk partition.

    i want to format my laptop & re-install windows8 and make 2 partition (Hard disk)

    "my windows8 is activated but i dont know the activation code "

    Please help

    Thanks in advance

  • Josh Says:

    Get avast and run a full system scan then once it's disabled whatever stupid virus that is preventing you from restoring, operate the restore.

  • ajd Says:


    im having various problems with windows update, antivirus, ...

    and i want to do a reset to to factory settings but i cant!

    ive tried every kind of reset: full, clean up, tried it in safe mode, ... nothing works i allways get a message saying theres a problem and that nothing was changed and when i click on solutions nothing happens either...

    ive googled this a million times and there doesnt seem to be anyone with the same issue

    any ideas on how i can do a full reset?

    thanks in advance!

    ps: i dont have a windows 8 cd or a recovery cd or anything like that since i used to be able to reset the normal way described here before

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