Here is a list of 7 system recovery tools to restore Windows 8 that are extensively used for resolving various system issues. Understanding the functionality of these tools is essential for users in order to identify and run the right tool to address the technical glitches.
A number of powerful tools are available for recovery and restoration of Windows 8 in case of a system malfunction. These tools are exceptionally useful in situations when swift and effective troubleshooting becomes a necessity. However, you need to know the nitty-gritty of how these programs function and how to execute each of these. Every tool is suitable for a specific kind of system malfunction and it is important to have an idea of the scenarios that each tool is tailored for.
Below is a list of top 7 system recovery tools with a brief description of their functionality:
- System Restore: Once enabled, this feature works by creating Restore Points, which are records of the computer’s system files, programs, drivers, and registry settings collected automatically in a periodic manner. Windows 8 also creates a Restore Point before any major changes to the configuration like installation of a new desktop application or OS updates. Users can create Restore Points manually as well.
Upon execution, System Restore refers to the selected Restore Point to restore Windows 8 to a previous configuration. Note that System Restore cannot be used to recover personal files as this tool takes effect only on system files and settings. Also, the drivers, applications, and updates installed and uninstalled after the selected Restore Point was created are reversed respectively as a result of the restoration.
- System Image Recovery: This tool creates and stores a complete image of a system’s configuration with all the files and applications. When necessary, you can use a system image for a complete recovery of the system. This tool is effective especially when the system is severely corrupted and you want to roll back the entire system to a previously functional state.
Though a bit complicated in executing, System Image Recovery is exceptionally useful for system administrators or tech-savvy users who want to completely restore Windows 8 without any third-party involvement.
- Automatic Repair: Automatic Repair helps in system recovery by diagnosing and resolving common issues that can be preventing a Windows 8 system from booting up. It initiates automatically whenever Windows 8 fails to startup. The program then scans various settings, systems files and configuration protocols for corrupt or missing files or settings. If any issue is identified, the tool then tries to resolve it automatically as well. This program can be initiated manually as well.
- Command Prompt: This is a powerful tool for executing various system recovery steps. It is useful when Windows 8 malfunctions to the extent that only Safe Mode can be launched. By accessing Command Prompt, you can initiate troubleshooting steps like System Restore and more by using the relevant CMD command. That being said, you need to be well-versed with the specific commands for specific functions as the use of the wrong command or incorrect syntax will have an altogether different effect.
- Refresh Your PC: If Windows 8 is not performing at its optimum level and you do not know the cause of it, refreshing the PC is your best choice. This feature reinstalls Windows without affecting any personal files or making any other alteration to system settings.
In case the PC was upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1, the Refresh tool will revert the device to Windows 8. If you want to use Windows 8.1, you have to upgrade the OS manually after Refresh completes. Applications installed from third-party websites and DVDs are deleted as a result of Refresh, and a list of removed applications is saved on the desktop for your reference.
- Reset Your PC: If the issue persists even after trying various tools, you can reset Windows 8, which removes everything including all personal files and reinstalls the operating system afresh. All your files and applications will be deleted, except for the applications that originally came with the PC.
As in the case of Refresh, resetting the PC also reverts Windows 8.1 to Windows 8. Besides, it also gives you the option to erase data quickly or thoroughly. The former may result in some data being recoverable with the help of special software. The latter process takes longer to complete but makes the possibility of data recovery virtually nil.
- Reboot to Restore software: Reboot to Restore software is not part of the Window 8 system recovery toolset. However, it is one of the most effective and easy-to-execute options available in the software market for system recovery.
Software based on Reboot to Restore technology allows you to preserve the desired system configuration as the baseline state of the computer. Henceforth, it redirects all changes and inputs generated during user sessions to a temporary location that serves as a cache. It allows you to work normally on your device but when you reboot, the software returns the system to the preserved baseline configuration. Thus, all user-made changes are discarded, unless authorized by the system administrator. Consequently, problems arriving due to configuration drifts and malicious online infiltrations are also resolved in just the matter of a device restart. Reboot to Restore thereby reduces the time and energy required for troubleshooting system malfunction to a considerable extent.
The tools mentioned above enable you to examine and undo flaws that prevent seamless operability of Windows 8.