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Five easy ways to repair a broken Windows 10 OS [tutorial]

Are you having trouble booting up your Windows 10 PC, or does Windows keeps on crashing for no reason at all? It’s probably time to consider repairing it. Windows repair can also be part of your troubleshooting when your machine has become unstable lately. Below are the five repair options you can do to fix a bad Windows 10 operating system.

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Repair option 1: Use Windows Startup Repair

Windows 10 problems can take many forms but if yours happen to fail during boot up, won’t boot up at all, or unable to load the login page, you should consider doing a Startup Repair first. Here’s how:

  1. Access Advanced Startup Options by repeatedly hitting F11 button while the computer is trying to boot up. This means you’re going to turn the computer OFF first (if it’s On), then power it back on. The moment it starts to turn on, press F11. This button is the usual way to access Advanced Startup Options but it won’t also hurt if you consult your manufacturer’s manual. If you have the installation disc for Windows 10 with you, you can also try to boot off that disk.
  2. Once it’s loaded, you need to press Next.
  3. Then, hit Repair in order to get to Advanced Startup Options.
  4. Once the machine has booted up, select Troubleshoot option.
  5. Click Advanced options.
  6. Click Startup Repair.

Depending on the problem, Windows may repair itself for a few seconds to a few minutes. If successful, Windows should say that it was able to fix the problem. If it does not have any startup problems at all, it should still say it can’t fix the problem.

Repair option 2: Use Windows Restore

Like the first repair option, you also need to go first to Advanced Startup Options menu before you can use it. Once you’ve done that, follow the rest of the steps below:

  1. Access Advanced Startup Options by repeatedly hitting F11 button while the computer is trying to boot up. This means you’re going to turn the computer first (if it’s On), then power it back on. The moment it starts to turn on, press F11. This button is the usual way to access Advanced Startup Options but it won’t also hurt if you consult your manufacturer’s manual. If you have the installation disc for Windows 10 with you, you can also try to boot off that disk.
  2. Once it’s loaded, you need to press Next.
  3. Then, hit Repair in order to get to Advanced Startup Options.
  4. Click System Restore, then wait for the PC to restart.
  5. Then, select your username and enter your password.
  6. Pick a previously saved REstore point. Any of the available restore points may be system generated, or ones you created before. Just select the one you think is error free. If the system has not created a Restore point at all, you won’t be able to use this repair option.

Repair option 3: Do a Disk Scan

Some Windows problems stem from corrupt system files. If Windows can boot normally, or if it can only start when on safe mode, you should attempt a disk scan to fix possible problems caused by corrupt files. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Search icon (magnifier) in the taskbar.
  2. Type CMD into the search box.
  3. Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  4. Type sfc /scannow at command prompt and hit Enter.
  5. Wait until your computer is done scanning the system for errors.

Repair option 4: Do a Disk Scan

Windows allows resetting everything back defaults without actually asking you to do a clean install. This procedure is called Reset. It’s a handy option if you don’t have the time to clean install Windows 10. Clean install happens when you delete everything on the storage device and put in a new operating system. Reset is more like an upgrade than a clean install.

Windows 10 allows you to reset itself with its built-in reset feature.

To reset Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings by clicking the gear icon on the Start menu.
  2. Select Update & security.
  3. Click Recovery in the left pane.
  4. Click Get started under Reset this PC.
  5. Under Choose an option screen, select either of the two: Keep my files or Remove everything.
  6. Under Do you want to clean the drives, too? Screen, select either Just remove my files or Remove files and clean the drive.
  7. Click Next if Windows warns you that you won’t be able to roll back to a prior version of the OS.
  8. Click Reset when prompted. Windows may restart and begin resetting itself. This can take several minutes. Do not interrupt it!
  9. Click Continue when prompted.

Repair option 5: Do a clean install

If all 4 options above won’t fix the problem at all, you can opt for a clean install. If you’re already running an official (hence activated Windows 10 version), you won’t need to enter any activation numbers following a clean install. Just ensure that your hard drive has at least 4GB of space left to allow for a full installation. Here’s how to reinstall Window 10 from scratch:

    1. Open your browser and go to Microsoft Windows 10 download page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
    2. Click Download tool now. 
    3. Click Accept. 
    4. Click Accept to agree to Microsoft Software License Terms. 
    5. Select Create installation media for another PC. 
    6. Click Next. 
    7. Click Save and wait for the download to finish.
    8. Select ISO file and click Next.
    9. Click Save to begin the download.
    10. Click Finish.
    11. Open the Windows ISO file you downloaded.
    12. Open Setup.
    13. Click Next.
    14. Click Accept and wait.
    15. Click Install and wait.
    16. Your PC will restart during installation. Don’t interrupt it.

Hopefully, the newly installed Windows 10 OS will now be bug free.

 


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