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Accessing Windows 8 System Recovery Console

Windows 8’s System Recovery Console is an important feature that can help you to fix your computer if it’s not booting properly. In System Recovery Tools, you can get tools such as Automatic Repair, Refresh Your PC, Memory Diagnostic, System Restore, and System Image Recovery. There are 2 ways to access the System Recovery Console.

    1. The most common way to access system recovery is to boot the hidden recovery partition that was set up when Windows 8 was installed on your computer.
      • Start your computer
      • Press F8 on your keyboard while the manufacturer logo is displayed
      • A special boot menu will appear with the option to repair your computer
      • Select Repair Your Computer option
      • Wait for loading complete
      • When the System Recovery Console loaded. You will see SRC’s main screen like image below

        Windows-8-System-Recovery-Console Accessing Windows 8 System Recovery Console

        Windows 8 System Recovery Console Main Screen

      This method usually works on usual Windows 8 installation. If your Windows 8 installed without creating the System Recovery Console partition you can use alternative way to access it.

    2. If you have Windows 8 installation DVD, you can access it by following these steps
      • Start and boot your computer with Windows 8 installation DVD
      • Select Repair My Computer
      • Wait for System Recovery Console main screen loaded

      However, if your computer came with Windows 8 preloaded, or if you lost your Windows 8 DVD, you can create your own SRC boot CD/DVD.

      • Put a fresh blank CDR/CDRW/DVDRW/DVDR disc in your DVD writer
      • Open start screen
      • Type recdisc.exe
      • Hit enter
      • Make sure the correct drive is selected
      • Click create disc

      If you don’t have CD/DVD drive. You can create SRC boot by using USB. Follow these steps to create a System Recovery USB on Windows 8

      • Insert your USB flash drive
      • Open start screen
      • Type recoverydrive.exe
      • Hit enter
      • Navigate to Recovery Drive Window
      • Click Next
      • Select USB flash drive
      • Click Next
      • Click Create to verify that everything will be erased on the USB flash drive

      Now you have your own custom-made System recovery USB/CD/DVD to access the main screen. To use it, put the media (USB/DVD) in when you starting your computer and use the correct boot menu options.

2 thoughts on “Accessing Windows 8 System Recovery Console

  1. Cg Chase says:

    I’ll put that on the list of things I should have done. What I did instead was to download an Ubuntu retail OS and it wiped out windows 8 completely. Hindsight, LOL.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Thanks, Pretty neat guide for accessing windows 8 system recovery console

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