Cannot boot in recovery mode. F8 not working, continues to normal mode

  1. Posts : 133
    Windows 10 32 bit

    Cannot boot in recovery mode. F8 not working, continues to normal mode

    On an Aseus laptop found in the dumpster on campus that was left behind from one of the students and matenience threw it out, I cannot do a factory wipe on it to remove this person's data so I can create my own login.

    I was told I am supposed to do this through recovery mode but it WILL NOT boot into recovery mode despite repeatedly tapping f8. It just boots into normal mode where I cannot get into without the password.

    I Googled several things on trying to get this to go into recovery mode, all with junk results or telling me to do things in command prompt or msconfigwhich again I cannot do.

    I then added "boots into normal mode" to my search and then all I got was spammy results.

    How can I get this to boot into recovery mode if f8 is not working and I do not know the password? Windows 8 makes it so easy, why must Windows 10 be so difficult to accomplish the same thing??
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  2. Posts : 3,753
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2

    To set the computer back to Factory Settings, press F9 How to Restore an ASUS Laptop to the Factory Settings |
    If the Recovery Partition is not available, then download the Windows 10 ISO image and burn it to a USB Flash Drive with Media Creation tool. Put the flash drive in and start the computer and press F2 to enter Setup (Bios) Go to the Security tab Disable Secure Boot or Fast Boot.. Go to the Boot Tab, under Windows Manager, your USB Flash Drive should show, move this to First Boot Device, Save and Exit. On Restart it should boot to the Windows Installer.
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  3. Posts : 17,438
    Windows 11 Pro

    I would get into BIOS/UEFI setup or boot override menu, boot the computer from a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive and just do a clean install.
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  4. Posts : 133
    Windows 10 32 bit
    Thread Starter

    It eventually started up into recovery mode on its own. After it said it was resetting the PC, now it has been stuck at "Installing Windows 10%" and it remained there pretty much since I created this topic. It is NOT moving past 10% whatsoever!

    I Googled "Installing Windows stuck 10%" and got a TON of hits. Sadly, no answers!

    Now what?
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  5. Posts : 17,438
    Windows 11 Pro

    Ornithophilia said:
    Now what?
    Boot the computer from a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive and do a clean install.
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  6. Posts : 2,782
    Windows 10 Home x64

    I would also check drive integrity (scan for bad sectors).
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  7. Posts : 40,002
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    A clean install should fix most things but not all.
    Some computers have pirated operating systems.
    For these after clean install an end user would need to purchase an operating system.
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  8. Posts : 13,961
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    Consider that it may have been left behind for a reason.

    Follow this tutorial: Windows 10 - Clean Install
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