If you're experiencing Issues with your computer, whereby It loses functionality to some degree, Windows 10 has what's called a "Recovery Environment". Put simply, It attempts to repair Issues and restore them back to their normal state. This utility Is built Into Windows 10, and In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to access the Windows 10 Recovery Environment and checkout a few of It's options.
Whether your PC fails to boot correctly, or you're experiencing Issues within Windows Itself to the point of exhausting every diagnostic option to no avail, the best course of action, Is to boot Into the Windows Recovery Environment. You can then use a set of diagnostic and repair tools, to help get your operating system back to normality.
There's a number of methods to access the Recovery Environment, but for the purpose of this tutorial, I will be using an option whilst you're actively In Windows 10. But what If your PC fails to boot entirely? How do you access It? Well, by default, after two consecutive failed attempts to boot up, It will automatically go Into recovery mode. Pretty clever, yes?
It's not possible to cover every option In this very article, hence I'll only demonstrate a few commonalities. So let's rip Into this tutorial.
Firstly, navigate to Windows Settings and click on Update & security as shown below.
Then on the left pane, click on Recovery.
Next, click on the Restart Now button. Your PC will now reboot Into the Windows Recovery Environment.
When you see Please wait as per the Image below, It's getting ready to access the Windows Recovery Environment tools.
It's now booted Into the Recovery Environment. Obviously, you'd want to troubleshoot your PC, so click on that very option.
As you can see, there's an array of troubleshooting tools and diagnostics utilities to choose from. For the sake of this tutorial, I'll select System Restore. As such, I can revert my operating system to the time of when It was functioning correctly.
Windows Is now getting System Restore ready. This doesn't usually take longer than 60 seconds or so.
All that's required now, Is to confirm the user account (In my case, Windows 10 Tips) and follow the prompts thereafter.
If you want to simply diagnose why Windows Is not booting correctly, select the Startup Repair option.
It will begin to diagnose your PC for problematic boot up Issues, so be patient whilst It's doing It's job. In my experience, the Startup Repair option fails more so than not, but nonetheless, It's worth giving It a shot.
The Windows Recovery Environment, should certainly be used when all attempts at fixing the Issue(s) at hand via other troubleshooting & diagnostic means, have failed. As you can see In Step Six above, there are many tools to help get your operating system back to It's functional state, but I cannot possible document the lot.
Do remember that If your PC fails to boot, It will automatically go Into recovery mode after two consecutive failed attempts.