Windows 8: Verify Factory Reset

This section provides a tutorial example on how to verify the factory reset partition on the hard disk on Windows 8 system.

On most Windows 8 computers, there is a hidden hard disk partition used by the manufacture to store the "Factory Reset".

The "Factory Reset" is like a backup of the original system that was running on your computer when you purchased it. "Factory Reset" is the last recovery option when your Windows 8 system is corrupted. You should verify the "Factory Reset" partition on the hard disk.

1. Run "diskpart.exe" command from the search input field after clicking the Start button. You will see diskpart starts in a command window.

2. Run following "diskpart" commands to make the USB drive bootable:

DISKPART> list disk
  Disk ###  Status  Size    Free
  --------  ------  ------  ---
  Disk 0    Online  465 GB
DISKPART> select disk 1
  Disk 1 is now the selected disk
DISKPART> list part
  Partition ###  Type      Size    Offset
  -------------  -------   ------  -------
  Partition 1    System    500 MB  1024 KB
  Partition 2    OEM        40 MB   501 MB
  Partition 3    Reserved  128 MB   541 MB
  Partition 4    Recovery  500 MB   669 MB
  Partition 5    Primary   922 GB  1169 MB
  Partition 6    Recovery    8 GB   923 GB

DISKPART> list volume
  Volume ###  Ltr  Label         Fs    Type       Size    Info
  ----------  ---  ------------  ----  -------    ------  ----
  Volume 0      D                      DVD-ROM      0  B  
  Volume 1      C                NTFS  Partition  922 GB  Boot
  Volume 2         ESP           FAT32 Partition  500 MB  System
  Volume 3         WINRETOOLS    NTFS  Partition  500 MB  Hidden
  Volume 4         PBR Image     NTFS  Partition    8 GB  Hidden


3. Review the output of the "list volume" command to find the "System Reset" volume.

For example, I see "Volume 1" has the label "WINRETOOLS" with 500 MB, which confirms that I have a "Factory Reset" on my hard disk.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8: System Recovery Options

 Windows 8: View Available Restore Points

 Windows 8: Restore Point Settings

 Windows 8: Create Restore Point

 Windows 8: Apply Restore Point

 Windows 8: Create System Image

 Windows 8: Create System Repair Disc

 Windows 8: Boot from Repair Disc

 Windows 8: Modify UEFI Boot Order in BIOS

 Windows 8: Recovery Option 2 - System Image

Windows 8: Verify Factory Reset

 Windows 8: Recovery Option 3 - Factory Reset

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO


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