Samsung ATIV TAB hard reset Windows 8 recovery

You can restore the computer using the system recovery function provided by Windows.

Tablet Recovery Function in Samsung ATIV Tab Windows 8
If a problem occurs with your computer, the recovery program allows you to restore your computer to the default settings.
For models where the SSD is less than 64GB, use the Windows System Restore function instead of the Recovery program.
1. Click the Charms menu > Settings > Change PC Settings > General.
2. Click the Start button for Refresh.... or Remove..... (Reset)
Refresh....
If your PC does not work properly, you can restore your PC while keeping your media files such as your photo, video and music
files, etc. as well as your personal documents.
Remove….
If you want to return your PC to the default settings, or start from scratch, you can reset your PC to the factory default.

You should back up the files in the following folders before using the PC Recovery function since these files are not kept.
\Windows, \Program files, \Program files(x86), \ProgramData, OEM Folder (ex) c:\samsung), \User\<user name>\AppData
3. Follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the recovery process.
If the recovery is complete, you can use your computer normally.
You can restore required Samsung software programs through All Apps > SW Update.

What is a recovery image?
This refers to the computer status (including operating system, specific driver(s), software(s), etc.) which is converted to a data image. It is required to recover your computer and is embedded in the computer's hard disk. However, this is not provided for storage devices where the capacity is less than 64 GB due to the small capacity.
What is a Recovery Area?
Samsung computers have an additional partition to recover computers or save backup files. (Only for models with the Recovery.)
This partition is called a Recovery Area and it includes a recovery image that comprises of the OS and application programs.

Reinstalling Windows (Optional)
You can reinstall Windows using the SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA for Windows when Windows is no longer working properly.
(For models supplied with a SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA.)
These descriptions are for Windows 7/8 and Windows Vista and for supported models only.
•• A SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA may not be supplied depending on your computer model.
•• If you cannot start Windows, or if you want to delete all existing data and reinstall Windows, install Windows
according to the descriptions in [Reinstalling when Windows does not start].
•• Some pictures may differ from actual product.
•• These descriptions may differ depending on the operating system.
•• Reinstalling Windows may delete data (files and programs) saved on the hard disk drive.
•• Make sure to backup all important data. 

Reinstalling in Windows
1 Insert the SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA into the DVD drive.
2 If the Select Windows Installation window appears, click Install Now. When the Select Update window appears, click
on the relevant item.
•• If you select Go online to get the latest updates for installation in the Select Update window, the latest
updates are installed and Step 4 follows. At this time, the computer must be connected to the Internet.
•• For Windows 7/8, the screen asking for the operating system to be installed may appear depending on the
version. If you click the Next button, the screen of Step 3appears.
3 If the User Agreement screen appears, select I accept the license terms and then click Next.
For Windows 7/8, this screen may not appear depending on the version.

4 The following window appears, select an installation option.
If you click Custom, the procedures from Step 5 continue sequentially.
If you click Upgrade, the procedures from Step 6 continue sequentially.
•• For Windows 7/8, this screen may not appear depending on the version.
•• Custom
Select this option to Reinstall Windows. You have to reinstall all necessary device drivers and programs after the Custom installation. In addition, unnecessary folders and files may remain on the hard disk drives after the installation (e.g. C:\ Windows.old, etc.).
•• Upgrade
Select this option to Upgrade Windows while maintaining current files, configurations and programs. Although you therefore do not need to reinstall the device drivers and programs, some programs may not work properly after the upgrade.
5 When a window appears asking for the location to install the operating system to, select a disk drive partition and click the Next button.
Drive D includes an area to save the backup image used by Recovery program. Installing Windows to drive C is recommended.
When previous Windows installation files are in the selected partition, a message appears informing you that the files and
folders will be moved to the Windows. old folder. Click the OK button.
6 The Windows installation continues.
The computer will restart 3 times during the installation. If the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD... message
appears after a restart, do not press any button.
7 Register a user according to the instructions on the Windows screen.
8 When the registration is complete, the Windows Desktop screen appears.
For a smooth computer operation, installing the necessary software installation is recommended.

Reinstalling when Windows does not start
When Windows does not start, boot up with the SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA and from there you can reinstall Windows.
1 Insert the SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA into the DVD drive and restart the computer.
2 If the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD... message appears while booting, press any key on the keyboard.
3 After a while, the Options windows such as Language, Time, Keyboard, etc. appear. Confirm the settings and click the
Next button.
4 If the Select Windows Installation window appears, click Install Now.
For Windows 7/8, the screen asking for the operating system to be installed may appear depending on the version. If you
click the Next button, the screen of Step 5 appears.
5 If the User Agreement screen appears, select I accept the license terms and then click Next.
For Windows 7/8, this screen may not appear depending on the version.
6 When the window asking for the installation type appears, click Custom.
For Windows 7/8, this screen may not appear depending on the version.
7 When a window appears asking for the location to install the operating system to, select the partition of the disk drive and
then click the Next button.
Drive D includes an area to save the backup image used by Recovery program. Installing Windows to drive C is
recommended.
•• A If you click Drive Options (Advanced), you can delete, format, create or expand a partition. Click on a function
and proceed according to the instructions on the screen.
•• When previous Windows installation files are in the selected partition, a message appears informing you that
the files and folders will be moved to the Windows.old folder. Click the OK button.
8 The subsequent steps are the same as those from Step 7 of Installing in Windows.

If you want to remove the pre-installed Windows 8 operating system and install a different OS.
If you want to install a different operating system on your PC, you need to change the BIOS settings first.

General advice: Before you buy a new cell phone or new tablet, please try the following procedure to repair your device in a software way. First charge your battery, backup your important data if possible and in most cases take out SIM and SD card before doing factory reset. It is impossible to recover your data after doing a hard reset, so online backup is always important. For all of your data, a backup should be done on an external device, hard drive, raid system or media. With or without insurance, if your cell phone lost, damaged or stolen at least your invaluable data is backed up in a safe place. If you are about to sell your phone and you want to wipe your personal data, or if your phone affected with virus you have to do a hard reset. In some cases, you can delete the forgotten password or lock pattern from your device as well. All information is for devices with stock based ROMs. If you are using rooted device, always back up your EFS folder first, containing your IMEI info, etc.! Please also note, that a hard reset operation will not unlock your mobile phone's SIM lock or network lock, but it will remove the unlock pattern, remove the user password or PIN password (NOT the SIM card's 4 digit PIN code). Also note that the firmware version will not be affected in any way, it will not be downgraded, it will remain the same you are using and if you have rooted your device, root privileges remain also unaffected.