Windows reboots and it loads several boot options that are described later in this section. Find System Image Backup option and plug-in a USB drive.
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a malware infection. Windows 10 offers several options to help you deal with this, and we’ll go through next steps below. If you haven’t been setting up System Restore points manually, all hope is not lost. Check to see if Windows has created automatic restore points when you install major system updates or new drivers.
Check Restore-related Services
The biggest advantage of the System Image Backup is that it protects personal data and settings from loss after system’s crash or ransomware attack. During the system restore process, Windows temporarily stages the restoration of files that are in use. It then saves the information in the registry. When the computer restarts, it completes the staged operation.
- Refresh your PC without affecting your files is the repair install option.
- Advanced Startup will allow you to perform a true clean install by letting you startup from a USB drive, which will be a clean version of Windows from Microsoft.
- So while we hope you never need any of the advice dll file given here, it’s worth familiarising yourself with Windows 10’s various recovery options should the need to use one of them ever arise.
- System Restore will then usually be successful.
- It will keep your personal files and replace all the system files.
- Windows 10 is pretty robust when it comes to recovering from problems that might stop it from working properly, but there may come a time when it needs some manual intervention.
After that’s complete, you’ll need to use Windows Update to install the latest updates, including hardware drivers for devices that aren’t included as part of a standard Windows setup. If you did the installation without formatting the system drive first, you’ll need to clean up the Windows.old folder and then finish additional setup tasks.
Microsoft says that a known issue will block Windows 10 from booting after trying to restore the system to a restore point created before installing a Windows 10 update. In the list of startup settings, select Disable driver signature enforcement.
System Restore has been around since Windows ME, and is useful for reverting changes due to faulty drivers or system updates. You can revert your system back to a Restore Point and resume working from that “state”, to see if it fixes the problem.
If you purchased a PC with Windows 10 preinstalled, you might have the option to revert to the original image that the manufacturer supplied. A. Microsoft provides a slew of troubleshooting options to aid ailing Windows computers, but choosing which one to try first requires close observation of the situation. Minor glitches may be fixed by rolling back to a previous restore point, but a nonstarting computer might need more assistance. Once you boot using one of the methods shared above, you get to a blue screen that shows you several options, similar to the one below. If you are lucky and you can get to the sign-in screen, press and hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard and then in the Power menu, chose Restart.