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.

How to create a System Repair disc in Windows 10 and Windows 11

If you want to repair a malfunctioning computer with Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed, you need a USB recovery drive or a repair disc. Most people prefer using USB memory sticks to create such drives. However, if you still have a computer laying around with a DVD or Blu-Ray drive...

How to open Command Prompt when Windows doesn't boot (3 ways)

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool that you can use for various 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...

How to factory reset Windows 11 and remove everything

Do you want to know how to delete everything on Windows 11? Are you looking for the easiest way to wipe Windows 11 to factory settings? If you answered yes, then you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we guide you through all the steps required to remove everything from...

How to factory reset Windows 10 and wipe all data

How do you wipe a computer clean to sell it? How do I wipe my computer and delete everything? Moreover, how do you do a factory reset for Windows 10? These are all legitimate questions to which you’re probably looking for answers. Good news: you’ve come to the right place. This...

How to reset Windows 11 without losing your files

It seems that whatever we do, our Windows 11 computers break down at some point. Whether it’s because of broken drivers, corrupt system files, or malfunctioning apps, there comes a time when Windows 11 starts to slow down or throw undecipherable errors. That’s when you probably...

How to reset Windows 10 without losing your files

If Windows 10 breaks and nothing seems to work well anymore, you might contemplate reinstalling it from scratch. However, that would mean that you must go through a rather elaborate process in order to save your files and reinstall Windows 10. Fortunately, you do not have to do so,...

How to pause Windows 11 updates

Unfortunately, Windows updates are often a hit-and-miss affair, with many users rushing to update their operating system only to find that the process broke built-in apps and features or even made their device unusable. If you’re cautious about updating Windows 11 or you want to...

How to downgrade Windows 11 and roll back to Windows 10

If you’ve upgraded your Windows 10 computer or device to Windows 11, tested it for a couple of days, and decided you don’t like it, you can downgrade it back to Windows 10. The procedure is pretty straightforward, but it only works during the first ten days after you’ve...

What is Safe Mode?

While it’s likely that you’ve heard about Windows’ Safe Mode, do you know what it is and what it’s used for? Do you want to learn more about it and what it does differently from normal Windows? What about the differences between the three Safe Modes...

How to exit Safe Mode in Windows

Windows Safe Mode is a great way to troubleshoot your computer or device. You can use it to uninstall problematic drivers or programs and to remove stubborn malware. Once you have fixed your Windows problems, you can exit Safe Mode and boot normally into the Windows...

How to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode (8 ways)

Did you just install Windows 11 but, unfortunately, you encountered some issues with it? Are there some apps, features, or drivers that don’t behave and cause problems? In that case, you might be wondering how to repair them, and one of the best tools for troubleshooting is Windows...

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...