How to Repair Windows 11? Operating systems are the lifeblood of any computer; without them, sending emails, watching kitten videos, and chatting with pals would be impossible. However, every operating system has issues from time to time, such as delayed bootups, app crashes, glitchy displays, wacky sound, and so on.
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- How to Repair Windows 11?
How to Repair Windows 11?
If your copy of Windows 11 has been acting strangely as well, we believe it’s time for you to take matters into your own hands and Repair Windows 11. Now, before you run to the next PC repair shop, take a look at the several options accessible to you for repairing a corrupted Windows 11 installation.
Method #1: Use a Windows 11 Troubleshooter
Windows troubleshooters have advanced significantly, and they can now resolve the majority of your problems with a single click. Most troubleshooting commands and checks that were previously only available through CMD and PowerShell are now included in Troubleshooters, making them considerably more useful when dealing with problems. If you’re still having difficulties fixing and repairing your Windows 11 installation, you might want to use the troubleshooter. To get started, follow the instructions below.
1. To enter the Settings app, press Windows + I on your keyboard. On the left, pick ‘System’, and then on the right, select ‘Troubleshoot’.
2. Select ‘Other Troubleshooters’ from the given options.
3. Now, depending on the difficulty you’re facing with your installation, locate the appropriate troubleshooter. Next to the troubleshooter, click ‘Run’.
The troubleshooter will now do its job and resolve any faults it discovers with the component or functionality in question.
Method #2: Uninstall and Re-install all Recent Windows 11 Updates
If you’re experiencing unexpected crashes, slow performance, jitters, or issues after installing a recent Windows update, you can try removing it to fix the problem. These updates should be reverted using the advice at the top, but if you don’t have a restore point, you can manually delete Windows Updates from your Windows 11 system using the guide below.
1. To enter the Settings app, press Windows + I on your keyboard. Now, on the left, click on Windows Update.
2. Select ‘Update History’ from the given options.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select ‘Uninstall Updates’.
4. You’ll be taken to the control panel, where you’ll see a list of all the significant updates that have been deployed on your system recently. Security updates aren’t included in this list because they can’t be uninstalled for security reasons. Select the update you want to delete with a click.
5. Now go to the top of the page and click on ‘Uninstall’.
Note: If you don’t see the Delete option, it’s probably because you’re trying to uninstall a critical Windows component that might break your existing installation’s operation.
6. To confirm your decision, select ‘Yes’.
The chosen update will now be removed from your computer. We recommend that you restart your computer to see if the problem has been resolved. If not, keep removing Windows Updates until you locate the source of the problem.
Method #3: Restore Windows 11 to an older System Restore Point
Note: This approach requires you have a working installation of Windows 11 on your computer.
System Restore Points can be thought of as paths to restore your system to a previous state of Windows (when the Restore Point was created), along with the apps and settings that were on your PC at the time.
1. At regular periods, Windows 11 produces system restore points for you. You can also construct restore points if you wish to.
2. They’re also formed when you install a new application or a Windows update.
3. Here’s how to use restore points to try to fix Windows 11.
4. Type ‘Create a restore point’ into the ‘Start’ menu. Then select the option shown below.
5. A popup menu with the title ‘System Properties’ should now appear, and you should be able to examine System Restore-related settings as seen below.
6. We have bad news for you if your popup menu appears just like ours, with ‘Protection’ set off for all of your drives. There’s no use in continuing with this procedure because there aren’t any restore points to roll back to due to the lack of earlier system restore points.
We recommend that you try the following option at this point.
Tip: If you’re just curious about how things operate, we recommend turning on protection for your system drive (seen below), which contains Windows 11, and creating a restoration point right now.
Here’s how to go about it.
7. Select the ‘System’ drive and then click ‘Configure’.
8. Then, by sliding the slider below, assign some space for system restore points by clicking on the ‘Turn on System Protection’ button. We’ve only set aside 4% of our system drive’s total capacity, which is around 4.5GB.
9. If the number or size of restore points grows, older ones will be automatically eliminated to create place for new ones.
10. After that, click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’.
11. ‘Protection’ should now be enabled on the drive you selected earlier, and you should be able to make system restore points.
12. Click the ‘Create’ option on the same popup menu to create your PC’s first ever System Restore Point.
13. There should now be a popup asking for the name of your restore point; fill in whatever you like. To make this restore point stand out from others, your PC’s current system time and data are automatically added for your convenience. As we recently re-installed Windows 11, we’re entering ‘Fresh Install’ for now.
14. Click ‘Create’ after you’re finished.
15. Your restore point should be ready in a short time. By pressing the ‘System Restore’ button, you should now be able to check it.
16. Click on Next.
17. And here should be your newly created system restore point.
18. By selecting the restore point and hitting the (now enabled) ‘Next’ button, you should be able to restore your PC to the time when it was created.
Method #4: Using SFC Command Prompt Tool in Windows 11
The command-line tools System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) are more commonly used by IT technicians in corporations to service Windows machines.
1. If this is the first time you’ve heard of these tools, don’t be concerned; they’re generally considered power tools, and not many people are aware of them.
2. Let’s start with SFC and see how to fix Windows 11 with it.
3. SFC can be used to scan and verify files that are password-protected (Windows Files). If it discovers that a file has been damaged and cannot be verified, it tries to restore a fresh copy from the folder listed below on your computer.
4. Here’s how you can experiment with this option.
5. Click the ‘Start’ button, type ‘command prompt’, and ensure that the app is running as Administrator, as shown below.
6. Type the following command into Command Prompt, or simply copy and paste it. Then press the ‘Enter’ key.
7. The above command initiates a scan immediately, which takes a few minutes to complete.
8. If the scan reveals that all of your files are in good condition, the results will be shown as shown below.
9. However, if your PC has some damaged Windows files, SFC should be able to repair them with a new copy.
Method #5: Using DISM Command Prompt Tool in Windows 11
SFC is not the only command-line tool available. DISM is a far more powerful command-line tool. It can manage drivers before distributing images to PCs, operate with numerous types of Windows 11 images in both .wim and .esd formats, and much more.
1. Let’s look at how you can repair Windows 11 with DISM.
2. Using the same techniques we used for SFC, open ‘Command Prompt’ as Administrator.
3. Then, press Enter to run the program below to check for issues in your Windows 11 installation.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
4. Something like this should be seen.
5. When the tool is finished, it should provide its findings. This is what our computer screen looks like.
6. Then execute this command to see whether any problems were found and how easily they may be fixed.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
7. Because our PC was in perfect operating order, the preceding command returned no errors. It’s possible that yours will be different.
8. If DISM detected a problem with your computer, use the commands listed below. Press ‘Enter’ after pasting it.
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
9. The command above will ask Windows Update for valid copies of corrupted files. Here’s an example of the command in action.
10. Here’s how it appears when it’s finished processing.
11. All you have to do now is restart your computer.
If you’re familiar with command-line tools and their parameters and want to learn more about SFC and DISM, as well as the various parameters that can be used with them, here’s the whole documentation for SFC and here’s the complete reference for DISM. Take in all of the information!
Also Read: Get Free Windows 11 Pro Product Keys
Tip: If your Windows 11 processes frequently fail, restart a few seconds later, and display an alert with a bunch of numbers and alphabets (aka error codes), we strongly advise you to look them up in a search engine like Google and figure out what they signify. This style of troubleshooting is quite effective in resolving certain faults and problems, and it can often save your life.
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