Since I have time on my hands these days (and have to keep off my knee), I decided to tackle an issue my desktop PC was having. For some time now, it would not alwys perform a complete shutdown, or even a restart at times. It would just hang there, saying "Restarting..." or "Shutting Down...."
So I said enough of this, let's try some of the new Windows 8 Recovery options.
The first option was to restore windows but keep my personal files. This would have meant that I would have to reinstall any drivers, apps and programs I installed since I have had the computer. OK, I was willing to accept this. I had just made a True Image backup a day or so before, so I wasn't worried bout my files and downloaded programs. I clicked to proceed with this option, but agin, the restart would hang. In fact, I couldn't use any of the options under the Recovery app.
Then, I discovered in the small User guide that came with this PC, there is something called OneKey Recovery. Upon shutting down (I had to do a hard shutdown) and while restarting, hitting the F2 key would boot to this option. I chose to do a 'wipe and reinstall' of Windows, thus sending it back in time to when I unpacked it.
Once that proved successful, there was the GBs of updates to tackle. I install the first round of updates, then run an errand while this was ongoing.
I come back to find this message:
"Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer"
Sigh...I searched and found this KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949358
So I let windows do it's thing, restarting several times until at last it acheived the Start screen. I proceeded to install updates with no more issues. I think it must have been the attached USB devices I had, but they were not turned on.
Finally, The windows Store allowed me to download and install the 8.1 update.
Now I am backing up the present state of this PC should I ever have to start this process over. At least all the updates up to and including 8.1 will be installed.
Good thing I was not pressed for time!
Next up: reverting my ThinkPad back to Windows 7......