Windows 10 has suffered a lot of blows, thanks to its execrable update protocol but with every update, the operating system is nearing perfection. There are many tools you can now access to make your windows better but problems like the blue screen of death, crashing, self-boot, etc. keep plaguing it. Among many potential threats, people fear to lose their data and if you don’t have any backup, recovering it will only make it worse. This would eventually need a fix. So this tutorial will guide you on how to repair your Windows 10 PC without losing the precious data.
How to Repair Windows 10 without Losing Data
Method 1: Windows Startup Repair
If your PC won’t boot or doesn’t let you access the login screen, Windows Startup Repair should be the first option to tackle the issue. To access the Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options press the F11 key when the device is powering on. When the PC boots, you’ll see three options, choose Troubleshoot.
Click on Advanced options.
In the Advanced Menu, select Startup Repair.
The screen will go blank and Windows will take a few seconds to fix the problem. Sometimes, Windows won’t be able to diagnose the problem so it will tell you that it can’t fix the issue.
Method 2: Windows Restore
Note: This method will only work if you have created a restore point in the past.
Press the F11 key and from the options, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore. Once the option is selected, your PC will reboot.
After booting, select the username which you use the most (if you have a lot of options).
You’ll have to punch in your passcode. Click on Continue.
You’ll have to select a restore point from the option and follow the instructions
Method 3: Disk Scan
Some issues might arise because of some corrupt files. If your PC is not completely dead and can boot it, a file scan might solve your problems. Doing so is very easy and we’ll use Command Prompt for this method. Press the Start button on your keyboard and search for cmd or Command Prompt.
Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
Once Command Prompt is opened, type the command sfc/ scannow and hit Enter.
This process might take a lot of time and it might fix the issues your PC is facing.
Method 4: Reset Windows 10
You should choose this option if only nothing works out. This method solves issues like installation problems, strange errors or extremely slow performances. If you’ve created a restore point, you can roll back to that version, which should reflect in the options once you’ve gone through all the process. To reset your Windows 10 PC, go to the Start Menu and search for Settings.
In the Settings menu, select Updates & security.
Select Recovery on the left pane.
You will be greeted with three options Reset this PC, Go back to an earlier build and Advanced startup. If you want to start from square one, select Reset this PC. Select Go to an earlier build if you’ve enrolled for the Windows Insider Program and want to roll back to the previous version of the OS. The Advanced startup lets you use a USB or a disc for recovery purposes.
Once you select Reset this PC, you’ll have to select an option between Keep my files and Remove everything but since you don’t want to lose your precious data, select Keep my files.
You’ll get a warning saying that you won’t be able to opt for a previous version of Windows 10. Click on Next.
You’ll get a brief of what will happen if you reset the PC. Select Reset if you follow the instructions.
Now click on Continue to pursue this option.
It will take some for the PC to reset and it will restart several times. If you still aren’t sure about resetting your PC, you can either select Turn off your PC for an immediate shutdown or select Troubleshoot for other option which we’ve outlined above.
Method 5: Reinstall Windows 10
If Reset doesn’t help the constant issues you are facing on your Windows 10 PC, the only other option that might solve those maddening issues is reinstalling Windows 10. You won’t require any activation number so there is no reason to worry. Although, your PC must have at least 4GB of space available as the reinstallation will need this much space. To do all of this, you’ll need to download the media creation tool. Click on Download tool now.
Click on the downloaded file to open it.
You’ll see a list of Terms & Conditions. Click on Accept.
The next dialog box will ask you to choose from an option. Select Create installation media for another PC. Now, click on Next.
In the next dialog box, you’ll have to select a few options like Language, the Windows Edition, and the Architecture. Enter the details or click on Use the recommended options for this PC and select Next.
Now you’ll have to choose the media to be used. Without a doubt, click on ISO file and select Next.
Save the file and name it appropriately.
The next option will require you to Burn the ISO file to a DVD, so select Finish.
Now you have to open the Windows ISO file you had downloaded.
Click on Setup.
Once the file is opened, you’ll have two options in front of you. Select Download and install updates. Click on Next.
The terms and conditions option will pop up. Click on Accept. It will take a while so you’ll have to do some waiting.
You are now ready to re-install the Windows 10 on your PC. Select Install. This might take your time.
You’ll have to wait while the PC is installing Windows 10.
After a few minutes (or hours), your PC will have re-installed Windows 10. We hope this might have solved some problems.
There might be some instances that some files would be missing or some apps that you had recently installed won’t be in your PC. Opt for this option only if none of the above methods solve your issues. Even re-installing Windows 10 doesn’t solve your problems, the only solution is calling you manufacturer.