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 host of startup diagnostic and troubleshooting tools. They are available for those times that you experience problems with Windows, have startup issues, or suffer from other trouble that prevents you from using your computer. Now you have two ways to get at the tools. First, you can restart Windows in Repair Mode, or second, you can use a system repair disc. In this movie, I cover the process of restarting Windows in Repair Mode, how that works, and which options are available. To restart your Windows 10 PC in Repair Mode, follow these steps.
Press the Windows + I key combination to bring up the Settings app. Choose Update & security. Select Recovery, click the Restart now button. Your computer system shuts down. When it starts again, Windows 10 is in Repair Mode. You see a menu chalk full of startup and troubleshooting options. Continue, Troubleshoot, Turn off your PC. You may also see an option here to use a device, which would be to select another boot drive for the computer.
If you choose Continue, you attempt to start the PC normally and if you choose Turn off the PC, the PC shuts down, so what we want to do here is Troubleshoot, so you choose Troubleshoot. Two options are presented: Reset this PC and Advanced options. 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 simply reinstall the operating system, or you can reset everything, and start over fresh.
Yes, these are drastic solutions. I would attempt either of these only when the computer doesn't start properly, and try the option to keep your files first before you remove everything. The other item on the Troubleshoot menu is titled Advanced options. These items represent the true troubleshooting choices. The number and quantity you see may vary. The ones shown here are System Restore, which helps you address bad software installation, driver updates, or other changes to Windows that didn't quite work properly.
System Image Recovery works only when you've created a system image. It's used to restore your computer. You create a system image as part of the PC's backup program. Startup Repair runs a diagnostic that attempts to address Windows startup issues. The Command Prompt items starts a Windows command prompt. It's text mode. You can perform advanced troubleshooting at the command prompt, but only when you know the commands to type. Startup Settings provides a shortcut to options that can also be accessed from within Windows itself.
You run the msconfig utility. This topic is covered in a later movie. Go back to a previous build would simply unwind the recent Windows update. It's similar to System Restore, but it's more specific to a Windows update. You may also see an option here to enter the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface program, or UEFI. You use this program to make firmware adjustments to the PC, including updating the BIOS. In fact, the UEFI is the replacement for the BIOS, even though most people still call it the BIOS.
That option isn't present here depending on how the computer was configured, whether it's secure boot or not, and again, those options are set in the UEFI, which is a topic of another movie. To exit Repair Mode, return to the main menu, and choose the option Continue, which starts Windows 10 normally. Later movies in this course go into details on using the Windows Recovery menu.
- 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
- Maintaining storage drives
- Restoring network connectivity