System Recovery

How to restore Windows to a working state. How to reset your Android smartphone, or your iPhone, to its factory settings. How to troubleshoot problems with your gadgets, and computers.

Shortcuts for the UEFI BIOS & Windows 10’s Recovery Environment

There are times when your Windows 10 PC or device just doesn’t want to work as it should. That’s when you might want to do some troubleshooting and see if you can improve things. Some of the best tools for that are the UEFI BIOS, which controls pretty much everything related to...

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

The Safe Mode environment in Windows is one of the best ways to diagnose and repair problems that stop the operating system from loading correctly or even from loading at all. Furthermore, Safe Mode with Networking can be even more helpful than the default Safe...

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (9 ways)

If you’ve been using Windows 10 for a while, you might have noticed that pressing the F8 or the SHIFT + F8 keys on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode no longer works. That method stopped working because the Windows 10 start procedure became faster than ever...

How do you create a USB Windows 10 recovery drive?

When Windows 10 crashes because of a faulty update or when it doesn’t boot correctly, you can try fixing it with a USB recovery drive. Creating a recovery drive involves plugging a USB memory stick into a working Windows 10 computer and running the Recovery Media Creator...

How to use a Windows 10 recovery USB drive

We encourage you to create a recovery drive as soon as you install Windows 10 on a computer or as soon as you buy a new PC. It can be a lifesaver when Windows 10 stops working, and you cannot use your apps or access your files. What exactly can you do with it? How can it help you in...

How to test your RAM with the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

RAM can cause some of the most frustrating computer problems. Symptoms can be diverse and somewhat random: you may encounter high system instability, data corruption, or unexplained behaviors that leave you puzzled. When you have problems like these, it is a good idea to test the RAM...

12 ways to start the Windows Memory Diagnostic troubleshooting app

Windows Memory Diagnostic is a troubleshooting tool that is less known by Windows users. That's because it can come in handy only when you have problems with your computer's RAM or experience random reboots and system instability. One possible cause for such problems may be...

How to do a Windows System Restore from boot, without reaching the desktop

System Restore is a great tool that allows you to revert Windows and its settings to a previous working state. This is useful when you encounter problems with drivers that destabilize the system or software that malfunctions. However, at times, some of the changes you make...

How to configure System Restore in Windows 10

While having the ability to restore your system from a restore point is one of Windows' most useful features, it may be that some people will want to turn it off for all or some of their partitions. Others may wish to change how much space is used for System Restore and...

What is System Restore and 4 ways to use it

System Restore is one of those Windows apps that can be categorized as being an "oldie but goldie." If something suddenly stops working as it should or if your Windows 10 PC breaks down without notice, you'll want to know about System Restore and how to use it....

5 ways to open Command Prompt when Windows doesn't boot

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool that can be used for many purposes, including troubleshooting and fixing problems with Windows. Starting it is easy if Windows is working correctly, but what do you do when Windows refuses to load? How do you "boot" to Command Prompt...

3 ways to create a restore point in Windows 10

When your Windows 10 machine breaks and refuses to work, System Restore is one of those lifesaving tools that makes you thankful they exist. That's because you can use it to repair your PC if you've created a system restore point before it started to misbehave. Did you...

2 ways to enable System Restore in Windows 10

System Restore is an old feature that has been present in Windows operating systems for a long time. However, it's still useful today on modern Windows 10 operating systems. It's one of those tools that can save you a lot of time and headaches when your...

How to uninstall drivers from Windows, in 5 steps

Drivers are critical because you cannot fully use your computers and devices without them. However, some drivers can be too old and incompatible with your version of Windows or new and insufficiently tested. To get rid of errors, crashes, and Blue Screens of Death, you may need to...