News How to Fix Windows 10 with a 30-Minute Repair Install

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I always have my current version of windows on a flash drive for this. You can also update to the new version of windows this way without using windows update. That's how I update when I'm ready to go to the newest version because my internet connection at home is horrible so I download it somewhere else.
 

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Great guide if you can boot into Windows. But then again, if you can, there are plenty of resources and tools that can resolve these problems.
 

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Great guide if you can boot into Windows. But then again, if you can, there are plenty of resources and tools that can resolve these problems.
not positive, but pretty sure you can do all the same steps, but using the USB key option instead of downloading ISO, and booting from the USB.
 
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Thankfully too the last couple of builds of Windows 10 have been very stable, so the ability to "Refresh My PC" using cloud downloaded copy of the latest build is an option as well.
 

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If you spend more than 30 minutes trying to fix a problem in Windows, this could save you a lot of time.

How to Fix Windows 10 with a 30-Minute Repair Install : Read more
Just a note to follow the instructions because other ways to "refresh install" may remove problematic programs and apps. Problematic programs are at times the programs you installed and want. Microsoft calls this "refresh install" and gives you choices to go back to just what comes with windows. You dont want this. You want repair install not refresh install. Just a quick heads up.
 

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I don't think this works currently in a corporate environment while most of the users you support are working remotely from home and most of them can't troubleshoot themselves. Does this change anything on the OS that would require the device to be domain joined again? Does it remove registry settings particular to your corporate environment (e.g. VPN). Sure it might work if you're good to go with Windows Autopilot and a wipe clean and domain join can be done remotely, but what if you don't? I've seen in some cases where a spare device is couriered out and the faulty one collected the next day if it's not resolved on the day. Not ideal and costly!
 
Because you don't want to lose all your personal data and have to reinstall all your applications? Any time you save will be lost reinstalling everything that was wiped out.
My machine is just a simple Windows host if I do any serious developments in a virtual machine so I can reset my machine with impunity and not worry about losing any data it’s all backed up and in the cloud anyway
 

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Lifesaver! Have been trying to get Windows Update to work since mid May and this is the only thing of dozens of suggestions that actually worked.

A bit tricky to use at the end though. First of all do not try to update directly using the USB or DVD. Pay attention to the last section of the instructions and install through Explorer. Then watch out for the questions (especially the one about "upgrade-Y/N)" do not do any of this either. The result, if you do not follow the instructions closely (and if you answer any of the questions 'wrong'), is you will get a new install of Win10 without your settings, programs, and apps! (and get to start over)
 

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