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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

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 Windows 11 DVD, or create a USB flash drive. This brings up the question: “Is there a Windows 11 Media
How to reinstall all the Windows default apps with PowerShell

How to reinstall all the Windows default apps with PowerShell

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 Crush Soda Saga can be gone from a Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer in no time. So how do
Use Startup Repair to fix problems that keep Windows from loading

Use Startup Repair to fix problems that keep Windows from loading

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 a very helpful tool that can repair your system and save you from having to reset or reinstall the operating
Repair the EFI Bootloader or the MBR (Master Boot Record) for Windows

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

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 help you troubleshoot and repair things like the EFI Bootloader, master boot record (MBR), the boot sector, or the Boot
6 ultimate boot CDs (system rescue) for troubleshooting Windows PCs

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

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, when it starts but does so with lots of errors, or when it just stops with one of those “blue
How to boot from a USB drive (4 ways)

How to boot from a USB drive (4 ways)

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 you might have, here are three different ways to use a bootable USB flash drive to start your computer:
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

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 can’t start because some of its files are corrupted or missing, you should use the System File Checker (SFC) tool
How long does it take to install Windows 11?

How long does it take to install Windows 11?

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 popular ones on forums and social media is “How long does it take to install Windows 11?”. In this article,
How to recover deleted files with Recuva (from SSD, HDD, USB stick, etc.)

How to recover deleted files with Recuva (from SSD, HDD, USB stick, etc.)

Don't you hate it when you accidentally delete a file, only to realize later that you need it? If it went to the Recycle Bin, it is easy to restore. But what if you permanently deleted it, with a Shift + Delete keyboard combination? Maybe you had those files on a memory card or USB memory stick, like the photos from your vacation. Or maybe
How to find and lock your lost or stolen Windows device

How to find and lock your lost or stolen Windows device

Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 have a locating feature that makes it easier to find your computers and devices when they get lost. It is called Find My Device and, when it is turned on, it allows Windows to regularly check and store your location and then help you find your device if you lose it or if it gets stolen. Here's how to
How to uninstall Windows from your PC

How to uninstall Windows from your PC

Some of our readers have asked us how to remove Windows from their computers. Some of them want to remove Windows 10 or Windows 11 and empty their drives. Some have dual-boot configurations and want to keep only one Windows version. Others have Windows and Linux running alongside and prefer to delete Windows. We want to help, so here are all the steps you need
How to create a System Repair disc in Windows 10 and Windows 11

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 that can burn discs, in this guide, we show you how to create a
How to open Command Prompt when Windows doesn't boot (3 ways)

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 Prompt (cmd.exe) "from BIOS" to fix the issues that you’re having? Moreover, how do you open CMD in Windows

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 Windows 11, which is essentially the same as clean installing Windows 11 on
How to reset Windows 11 without losing your files

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 think the only solution is to make a clean install of the operating system. What if we told you
How to pause Windows 11 updates

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 troubleshoot a buggy update, you can postpone Windows 11 updates for up to five weeks. If you want to know
Shortcuts for the UEFI BIOS & Windows 10’s Recovery Environment

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 your computer’s hardware works, and the Windows 10 Advanced Boot Menu, which