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How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 13.02.2024
One way to troubleshoot Windows 10 problems or fix boot failures is to start the system in Safe Mode. Safe Mode only loads the essential components, which helps you isolate and solve the issues. However, some problems are so severe that they interfere with the...
How to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode with Networking

How to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode with Networking

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 05.02.2024
If your Windows 11 system is having issues or failing to start, booting into Safe Mode can be a lifesaving step for troubleshooting. Safe Mode is a specialized startup mode that loads only essential components, allowing you to identify problems and potentially resolve them. More...
How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 30.01.2024
If your Windows is acting up or not booting at all, you may want to try Safe Mode to fix it. Safe Mode is a special way of starting Windows that only loads the essential stuff, so you can troubleshoot and repair the issues. But...
How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 22.01.2024
One of the best ways to troubleshoot Windows 10 issues is to use Safe Mode, a minimal environment that allows you to run the operating system with only the essential drivers and services. However, the old methods of pressing F8 or SHIFT + F8 during...
How to restore a backup made with Windows Backup

How to restore a backup made with Windows Backup

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 19.10.2023
The Windows Backup app for Windows 11 and Windows 10 is not your regular backup solution. It doesn’t allow you to restore your entire system or any specific files, settings, apps, or credentials. The folders you’ve backed up are available directly in your OneDrive cloud...
How to make a backup with the new Windows Backup app

How to make a backup with the new Windows Backup app

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 16.10.2023
One of the most important tasks that every computer user should do regularly is to back up their data. Backing up your data means creating a copy of your files and settings in a separate location, such as an external hard drive, a cloud service,...
How to restore files and folders from a Windows backup

How to restore files and folders from a Windows backup

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 24.08.2023
Did you create a backup image of your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer using the built-in Backup and Restore (Windows 7) tool? If your PC broke down, you may have difficulties accessing your files and folders because data loss or corruption occurred. So now,...
How to recover Windows from a backup with System Image Recovery

How to recover Windows from a backup with System Image Recovery

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 18.08.2023
If you’ve used the Backup and Restore feature to create a backup of your operating system’s files and settings on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you might wonder how to restore them in case of a system failure or data loss. In this tutorial, I’ll...
How to use Backup and Restore in Windows 11 and Windows 10

How to use Backup and Restore in Windows 11 and Windows 10

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 16.08.2023
Windows’ Backup and Restore is a feature that allows you to create backups of your personal files, such as documents, photos, music, and videos. Moreover, you can also use it to back up a system image of your computer, which includes the operating system, programs,...
How to clone a drive to an SSD (including the operating system)

How to clone a drive to an SSD (including the operating system)

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 15.05.2023
If you’ve just bought a new solid-state drive and want to copy all your data from your old SSD or hard disk drive, you might be wondering how to do it or if it’s even possible. The good news is that, yes, you can migrate...
Windows 11 Media Creation Tool: Create a setup USB stick or ISO file

Windows 11 Media Creation Tool: Create a setup USB stick or ISO file

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 03.10.2022
Do you want to install Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2)? Unless you intend to upgrade from Windows 10 using Windows Update or the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, you’ll need to download an ISO file with the setup files and then write it on a...
How to reinstall all the Windows default apps with PowerShell

How to reinstall all the Windows default apps with PowerShell

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 16.09.2022
Some people do not like the universal apps installed by default In Windows 10 or Windows 11 and want to get rid of them. They can manually uninstall most of them using the Settings app or PowerShell. Apps like Calendar, Mail, Camera, Photos, or Candy...
Use Startup Repair to fix problems that keep Windows from loading

Use Startup Repair to fix problems that keep Windows from loading

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 01.07.2022
Is your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer or device unable to load the operating system successfully? Is Windows reporting missing or damaged system files? If that's the case, you should try to boot from a recovery drive and use the Startup Repair tool. It’s...
Repair the EFI Bootloader or the MBR (Master Boot Record) for Windows

Repair the EFI Bootloader or the MBR (Master Boot Record) for Windows

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 01.06.2022
You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues manually, for example, when your Windows computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can...
6 ultimate boot CDs (system rescue) for troubleshooting Windows PCs

6 ultimate boot CDs (system rescue) for troubleshooting Windows PCs

  • misc
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 19.05.2022
Each and every Windows user should have a rescue disc nearby, stored in a glass box that says: “Break if your computer breaks!”. They are a very efficient way of troubleshooting the problems and issues your computer is having when it doesn’t want to start,...
How to boot from a USB drive (4 ways)

How to boot from a USB drive (4 ways)

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 13.05.2022
There are many situations in which you might want to boot your computer using a USB flash drive. Maybe because you need to install Windows on your PC or maybe because you want to try the latest version of your favorite Linux distribution. Whatever reasons...
How to use SFC to repair missing or corrupt Windows files in CMD

How to use SFC to repair missing or corrupt Windows files in CMD

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 10.05.2022
When you have problems with your computer, Windows system files may become corrupted or go missing. This might be caused by sudden power drops, hardware malfunctions, a hard disk or solid-state drive approaching its end of life, and so on. If Windows reports that it...
How long does it take to install Windows 11?

How long does it take to install Windows 11?

  • misc
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 27.04.2022
Windows 11 has been out in the wild for some time now, and many have already installed and tried it. But, like with any operating system, many others didn’t get it yet and have questions regarding the download and installation processes. One of the most...