Accessing the Windows Recovery Menu is important for serious PC problem-solving. It's a startup menu that helps you resolve PC and Windows startup issues.
- [Instructor] Windows 10 features a repair mode. It includes a host of start-up diagnostic and troubleshooting tools, available for use those times you experience problems with Windows, have start-up issues, or suffer from other trouble that prevents you from using your computer. To restart your Windows 10 PC in repair mode, press the Windows+I keyboard shortcut to bring up the settings app. Choose update and security, recovery, and click the restart now button.
The computer system shuts down. When it starts up again, Windows is in repair mode. Here you see a menu chock-full of start-up and troubleshooting options: continue, turn off your PC, use a device, and troubleshoot. Choose continue to attempt to restart Windows normally. Choose turn off your PC to shut down the system. The use a device option displays a list of boot devices. The screen may look like this, which shows devices by category, or you may see a list of technical descriptions of the various storage media attached to the computer.
Choose one to start the system with the given device, such as a system recovery disk or other boot media. I'm going to click back to go to the main menu. For troubleshooting, obviously, click the troubleshoot button. The options presented are reset this PC, recover from the cloud, which may not be available on all systems, and advanced options. Now resetting your PC is an extreme step. It reinstalls Windows in one of two ways. You can choose to keep all your files and programs and only reinstall the operating system, Windows, or you can reset everything and start fresh.
Yes, these are drastic solutions. I would attempt these only when the computer fails to start properly, and try the option to keep your files first before you decide to remove everything. The advanced options represent true troubleshooting choices. They are system restore, which helps you address bad software installation, driver updates, or other changes to Windows that didn't quite work properly; uninstall updates, also titled go back to previous versions, this appears when an older version of the Windows operating system is available to reinstall; system image recovery works only when you've created a system image.
Use the image to restore the Windows operating system on your computer. Startup repair runs a diagnostic that attempts to address Windows startup issues. The command prompt item starts a Windows text-mode session, which helps with advanced troubleshooting, but only when you know the commands to type. The UEFI or "you-fee" firmware settings option restarts the PC and enters the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface program. You can use this program to make firmware adjustments to the PC.
Finally, on the see more recovery options, you'll find startup settings, which lets you set options for starting Windows. To exit repair mode, back on up to the main menu, and choose the option continue, which starts Windows 10 normally.
- Diagnosing the causes of PC issues
- Troubleshooting hardware and software
- Performing startup and system restore steps
- Accessing the Task Manager
- Using the Registry Editor
- Fixing Windows
- Checking and freeing storage
- Fixing common printer issues
- Troubleshooting audio
- Restoring network connectivity