1. You may have noticed things look a little different around here - we've switched to a new platform (XenForo) and have some new forum styles and features. This how-to guide will help you find your way around. If you find anything that looks strange, post it in this thread.

ASUS Windows 8 boot into recovery partition key?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by corpses3, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. corpses3

    corpses3 Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    25
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    176
    What key do I have to press to boot into the restore partition? I want to restore to factory settings.

    F9 didn't seem to work.

    Also would I need to enter the Windows 8 serial if I factory restore the OS? ( don't see any key on the sticker ).
     
  2. MifuneT

    MifuneT Notebook Guru

    Reputations:
    134
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2011
    Messages:
    58
    The factory key is stored within the BIOS and automatically loaded during an install. If you just want to go back to factory settings, can't you just use "Refresh your PC" setting?
     
  3. corpses3

    corpses3 Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    25
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    176
    I get a BSOD during boot so it's stuck in a restarting loop, meaning can't get into Windows ( your pc ran into a problem that it couldn't handle... )


    So is there any way to restore the OS without booting into windows?
     
  4. MifuneT

    MifuneT Notebook Guru

    Reputations:
    134
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2011
    Messages:
    58
    hold down shift + f8 during boot, they changed the way to get into it a little bit
     
  5. corpses3

    corpses3 Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    25
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    176
    Shift F8 goes straight into BIOS. No good.

    UX31A Notebook.
     
  6. dsvarups

    dsvarups Newbie

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    I have the same problem.
    Got a UX31A upgraded to Windows 8, but want to revert back to factory setup.
    There is a 10gb recovery partition that is hidden.
    On the ASUS website it says to press F9 to begin the EMS Recovery procedure.
    All F9 does it go in to the Windows 8 Recovery Console.
     
  7. Prostar Computer

    Prostar Computer Company Representative

    Reputations:
    845
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,019
    And the recovery console doesn't have a menu option to get to the Asus recovery process? When you press F9 to access the recovery, do you need to hold down the FN key as well?

    Spam F9 during boot up - if you're not already - until you get the recovery option. If you press it once or twice, you might miss the timing.

    You may need to try using recovery DVDs if you made any.
     
  8. corpses3

    corpses3 Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    25
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    176
    I'm not trying to install Windows 7.

    F9 does not go into Recovery Mode, neither does SHIFT F8.

    Nice os Microsoft.
     
  9. sveskethomas

    sveskethomas Newbie

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1
    did you ever find out how to restore it. have the exact same problem? :)
     
  10. Kevin@GenTechPC

    Kevin@GenTechPC Company Representative

    Reputations:
    352
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    3,536
    Did you make Recovery DVDs? Because this is important and would save you a lot of trouble. If not, you can choose to call ASUS and obtain a copy.
    The other alternate is going to be hard to do, it's not impossible but difficult, assuming the hard drive doesn't have any bad sectors and its recovery partition is still accessible.
    Using a WinPE USB flash drive, you can extract the WIM file from the recovery partition, and deploy it using IMAGEX utility onto HDD, which has the same purpose of recovery.
     

Share This Page