Those options are invaluable but they also require much more work when a simple hardware change or failed update has caused a problem. That mean reinstalling Office, Acrobat, Quicken, utilities, and all the other programs you use to get work done. Here’s Microsoft’s explanation of the recovery options in Windows 10. You’re then presented with three options – Reset this PC, Go back to an earlier build and Advanced startup. The third option, Advanced Startup, provides the option to boot the PC from a recovery USB drive or disc.
Reset Or Reinstall Windows 10
If you did not create a recovery drive ahead of time and the Surface computer will not start up, you can download a system recovery image on another computer to use for reinstalling Windows. I had done some updates on a 1809 Win 10 on a HP laptop. Couldn’t repair tried several ways from safe modes, to startup repairs. I ended up trying Fresh Start which at least got me booted into OS and could backup files.
Then did a clean install from Media Creation tool. Fresh Start installed OEM type Windows 10 was current version but also included all the OEM bloatware and software which I did not want.
- This can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on size and scope.
- The amount of additional effort to catch back up depends on the number of items in the list shown in Figure 6.
- For more information on System Restore, check out Safe tweaking with System Restore.
Under the "Protection Settings" section, click the Create button. Search for Create a restore point, and click the top result to open the System Properties experience.
More Windows 10 Resources
I managed to delete that partition as missing bink2w32.dll well before clean start. I have had more trouble with OEM versions of Win 10 then any of my clean Win 10 installs straight from Microsoft image. I think OEM’s fiddle too much with settings for their own purpose. Refreshing your Windows 10 installation is probably the best option if you can log in. Right-click the Start button and choose Settings from the menu that pops up.