I notice that when I first turn on my pi, it says: "Hold down shift to run recovery mode". What does this do?


I assume you are using NOOBS.

Recovery mode lets you enter the NOOBS interface to do the following:

  • Install selected operating systems onto your SD card.
  • Edit configuration files for an operating system.
  • Get online help (network required).
  • Select the display language.
  • Select the keyboard layout.
  • Select the display mode (HDMI, composite etc.).
  • Exit NOOBS and reboot the Pi into the operating system boot menu.

See https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs

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