refresh windows 8 without booting into desktop?

June 20, 2017 at 11:19:24
Specs: iPhone
Is there a way to refresh windows 8 without booting into desktop? I am using windows 10 but my boot drive is Windows 8 I am looking to refresh my computer but from what I have seen once you're computer refreshes you have to boot into desktop with your password before it will take effect. And I was wondering if there is a way for refresh to work without booting into desktop?

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#1
June 20, 2017 at 12:20:27
What do you mean by "refresh" Windows 8? Are you running a Dual boot with Windows 8 and Windows 10?

This probably should have been posted in the Windows 8 or Windows 10 Forum, not Programming.


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#2
June 20, 2017 at 13:15:17
For starters, please change your specs. Your questions have nothing to do with an iPhone.

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "refresh" either. Do you mean "reinstall without reformatting"? It used to be called a "dirty install" or "over the top". Normally it's done by booting off the Windows DVD & following the instructions. If you have a Win8/Win10 dual boot setup with Win8 installed 1st, a reinstall of Win8 will likely remove Win10 from the boot options, which means the boot loader will then have to be repaired before you can use Win10. Please explain more clearly what you're trying to do & why.


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#3
June 20, 2017 at 14:45:43
Refresh is like resetting your computer but it keeps your files I am running windows 10 but my bootable flash drive is Windows 8. I want to refresh my computer but I can't access desktop but from what I understand you have to reach the desktop before the refresh takes effect

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#4
June 20, 2017 at 17:46:53
Your answer is clear as mud.

"I am running windows 10 but my bootable flash drive is Windows 8"

Are you running two operating systems (Win8 + Win10) or not? If you're just running Win10, your flash drive containing Win8 is useless. You can't "refresh" Win10 using Win8.

"I want to refresh my computer but I can't access desktop"

Do you want to "refresh" because you can't access the desktop? If that's the case, how about telling us what happens when you try to boot the system. Is there an error message? Black screen with blinking cursor? What's on the screen?


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#5
June 20, 2017 at 18:02:22
If your win 10 was install with UEFI (BIOS) then you have to start the refresh from within Win10:
https://www.onmsft.com/news/windows...

What is your problem now? "Forgot" the password?


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#6
June 20, 2017 at 18:32:14
What is your hang-up about booting to the desktop?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
June 20, 2017 at 20:54:54
My profile in regedit got deleted ever since then the computer won't recognize my password

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#8
June 21, 2017 at 01:51:56
When you are at the Login screen, cut of the power.
Have the CD/DVD (win 10) in place and power on the computer again.
If it shows a message to boot from CD, press enter. The system should boot from the CD.

To change the login password, follow this educational video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZm...


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#9
June 21, 2017 at 07:00:28
What you're referring to is called restore, not refresh. Regedit is a program used to edit the registry, it contains no user profiles, the registry does.
Restoring your computer isn't going to rebuild your profile, if it's gone it's gone. You're still going to have to repair your old one if anything is left of it or create a new one.
How about giving us a little info on how your profile got deleted. Did you manually delete it from the users folder or... Have you tried logging in with the admin account and creating a new profile?

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#10
June 21, 2017 at 08:04:00
sluc,

The video you linked was a fixed size on my small tablet computer's
screen and would not enlarge to make the text readable, and I could
not understand everything the narrator said due to his accent. (Do you
know what his first language is? I don't recognize the accent. An Indic
language? A Dravidian language? Or what?) What is the first of the
two files he said to rename? I got that the second is cmd.exe.

-- Jeff, just curious in Minneapolis


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#11
June 21, 2017 at 13:09:18
"My profile in regedit got deleted ever since then the computer won't recognize my password"

You were warned in previous posts NOT to play with the registry. You didn't heed the warnings & it came back to bite you.

Jennifer SUMN'd it up best: https://www.computing.net/answers/p...


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#12
June 21, 2017 at 20:44:03
@Jeff,
It's an Indian accent.
On the login page of Windows there is an Accessibility icon.
The trick is to change the program behind that icon to the COMMAND window (cmd), so that you get the command prompt and change the password from there.

The drawback of the video is that it uses a Virtual Machine to run Win 10 and the emulated hardware/bios does not necessarily match a Real Machine hardware/Bios.


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