Learn the difference between refreshing, resetting, and recycling a Windows computer. Open Charms and explore the available recovery options. Learn when to apply which option, when recovery is necessary, or when you're ready to sell, donate or discard your computer. Finally, learn how to perform a PC reset or refresh using the tools offered by Windows.
- [Instructor] Sometimes there's nothing you can do to get an unstable computer in good working order again. No matter how hard you try, when you come to this realization, you want to explore the recovery options. To get there click start, click settings, click update and recovery, and then click recovery in the left pane. What you see here depends on your operating system version and update history. You'll see reset this PC at the very least, but you may also see an option to return to a previous build of Windows if you've updated the OS.
You might also see advance start up. This let's you enter the Windows recovery environment. Finally, you might see a link to install a clean copy of Windows. What I want to talk about here is resetting the PC because this option is always available. Resetting the PC installs the Windows operating system which fixes problems that have to do with Windows. Sometimes operating system files get corrupt or go missing, and reinstalling them is the only way to repair a system. This process also uninstalls applications.
It's important to do this too, because often times it's those pesky third-party applications that cause system instability. When you reset your PC, you can opt to keep your files or remove them. I'll click get started to show you the options. Whichever you choose, make sure to back up files and folders no matter what choice you make, just in case something goes awry. I'm going to choose now to keep my files and remove apps and settings. I'm not going to choose to remove everything. I'll click this and we'll wait to see what Windows has to say.
Notice it shows me what apps will be removed. There are quite a few. I'll click next to continue. Again, it's giving me one more chance to back out, and it's summing up. Resetting will remove all apps and programs, change the settings back to their defaults, reinstall Windows without removing my personal files, and it's going to take awhile. I'll click reset. While this is running, let's take a minute to talk about recycling your PC. You'll want to remove your files, of course, but you'll also need to verify on reboot that you don't log in with your Microsoft account, or connect to your home network.
With that in mind, it might be best in the case of recycling, to opt to reinstall a computer from a restore image if you have one. If you decide to go that route, you can choose advance start up in the settings window if it's offered. When the computer reboots, choose an option to restore from a system image. You'll need to wait while the reset completes, and when its ready, reconfigure the computer by reinstalling applications. Make sure you only reinstall what you use though, to minimize what's on the PC.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell