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Windows 8 - Windows System Protection: Command Line

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Hello,

I had a question on Windows 8 and its Windows System Protection. Is there a way to run Windows System Protection - I think this is actually called System Restore if Windows 8 will not start up - I.e can you run something similar to the Windows Recovery Console and view restore points (maybe via command line) and pick a restore point to restore?

Any information would be gratefully received.

Regards,

GISVPN
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Go to Control Panel, Action Center and click on Recovery.

There is a link there to create a Recovery Drive and you can set recovery to a USB key or to a hard drive.

That is what you are looking for.

In the same section, you can click on Open System Restore and view / select Restore Points. This is the same as in prior Windows Systems.

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Hi thanks for the post.

I am not sure if this is the same. It would be a pity if you have to create a disk before hand.

Before you could start Windows with any Windows installation disk (i.e. you didn't have to create a recovery/restore disk before) and access the Windows Recovery Console which allowed you to access via the command line restore points and also revert back to a restore point. It was not that easy to do (from memory) however I was wondering if this was possible with Windows 8 - is there an equivalent which does not need a disk created beforehand?

Regards,

GISVPN
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For ordinary System Restore points, you do not have to create a recovery disk beforehand. This is pretty much the same for Vista, Seven and Eight.

You go to Action Center, Recovery and System Restore is one of the (several) links there. You can review and select Restore points without creating a recovery disk.

Creating a recovery disk now is for potential problems later.

Before you could start Windows with any Windows installation disk (i.e. you didn't have to create a recovery/restore disk before)

That has changed for Windows 8 / 8.1 and you need the Recovery Disk (USB Key) for this. There is no command line equivalent in Windows 8 / 8.1 to do this (I have checked and I am quite certain this is correct).  I created such a recovery key for my Windows 8 system and now that I have installed Windows 8.1, I need to do it again.

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Another thing new in Windows 8 is Windows 8 Refresh. Same Action Center location and the link is "If you are experiencing problems, you can refresh .... "

This protects data and loses applications. It works (I used it once). It is NOT the same as Windows 7 Repair Install (which I noted above is not available in Windows 8).

Take a look at Windows 8 Refresh and how it works.

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Hi gisvpn  - Any update on this?  Please let us know if there is more we can add (except that there is no Windows 8 command line restore like Windows 7 - it changed).

.... Thinkpads_User
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Hello,

Generally I think the answer to what I was looking for was the Automatic Recovery feature as described in this article - it suggests this will start without you needing the disk.

http://www.itworld.com/answers/topic/operating-systems/question/windows-8-won-t-boot-what-can-i-do
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That post also suggests the use of a thumb driver or DVD which is part of recovery procedure I outlined above. So that part is the same thing.

You would have to try the Shift F8 process to see if it works on your machine. But I think it might require the recovery USB key or DVD also.

So I think the recovery options are as laid out in Action Center, Recovery.

In all cases, if done properly, data is protected, but later applications may need reinstallation.

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Perhaps another way to say this is that if you start a like process in Windows 7, you need the Windows 7 install CD.  If you start this process in Windows 8, you need the USB Key or DVD you created.

The two systems are different in this respect.

... Thinkpads_User
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Hello,

I believe the USB Key and DVD are not ones you create, but rather the ones that came with the computer if I understand correctly?

Regards,

GISVPN
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If you create the USB Key (or DVD) from a working system, than I believe it can be either.

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ok many thanks ;)
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Many thanks for the input.
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