Skip to main content


Access The Windows 10 Recovery Environment


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.

Step One:
Firstly, navigate to Windows Settings and click on Update & security as shown below.



Step Two:
Then on the left pane, click on Recovery.



Step Three:
Next, click on the Restart Now button. Your PC will now reboot Into the Windows Recovery Environment.



Step Four:
When you see Please wait as per the Image below, It's getting ready to access the Windows Recovery Environment tools.



Step Five:
It's now booted Into the Recovery Environment. Obviously, you'd want to troubleshoot your PC, so click on that very option.



Step Six:
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.



Step Seven:
Windows Is now getting System Restore ready. This doesn't usually take longer than 60 seconds or so.



Step Eight:
All that's required now, Is to confirm the user account (In my case, Windows 10 Tips) and follow the prompts thereafter.



Step Nine:
If you want to simply diagnose why Windows Is not booting correctly, select the Startup Repair option.



Last Step:
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.



Final Thoughts:
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.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How To Use Sandboxie In Windows 10

When navigating online and downloading & executing applications, clicking on links, visiting websites that you're not familiar with and so forth, your computer Is vulnerable to being Infected with a virus. The last thing you need, Is to have your sensitive files compromised or hit with a nasty piece of malware. To prevent this, In this tutorial, I will show you how to safely perform all the above and more, by using a software named Sandboxie.

Create A Bootable USB Flash Drive

If you have a Bootable ISO Image file of the Windows operating system, obviously the Intention Is to burn It to disc and boot from your PC thereafter. However, optical drives are slowly being phased out In manufacturing & shipping of new computers, so what do you do from here? The alternative Is to create a bootable USB flash drive, and I will show you exactly how It's done. The process Is quite simple, yet a lot of users fail to grasp the concept.


Open The Command Prompt In Any Directory

A very powerful tool native to the Windows platform, Is the Command Prompt that allows users to perform an array of tasks, such as renaming and deleting files & folders, formatting disks and the list goes on. Sometimes, you need to navigate to certain directories by executing commands, which can be a lengthy and somewhat frustrating process. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily open the Command Prompt In any directory/folder of your choice.