Windows 10 is the latest operating system from Microsoft which, unlike its predecessors, has been optimised for operation on both desktops and mobile devices such as tablets. And it does the job mighty well, switching from either mode seamlessly and with the least of fuss.
However, notwithstanding all the shine that the operating system incorporates, Windows 10 isn’t without its share of shortcomings and issues. Some can be minor ones that you might well choose to ignore though some turn out to be crippling and hinder normal functioning adversely. Either way, going for a complete re-install of the OS can solve all issues though that isn’t the simplest thing to do every time.
Fortunately, there are easier options available in the form of software tools that you can use to get rid of most Windows 10 issues. Not only are they immensely effective but most of the tools are free as well.
Pre-requisites for fixing Windows 10
Before you set about downloading the software, ensure you are running the latest version of Windows 10. That is because Microsoft routinely releases new updates to fix the most common issues. Plus, the updates also come with the latest version of antivirus software and anti-malware programs and keeping your device updated can be another means of ensuring you have dealt with known issues with Windows 10.
However, if you are still having any problems with your Windows 10 installation, here are some programs you can consider installing on your device.
Fix general Windows 10 issues with this tool
Windows Repair Tool
The program will help address almost the entire gamut of Windows 10 issues. From Windows Firewall and Winsock and DNS cache fixes to Registry permission and such, Windows Repair will help address all of those and with surprising accuracy. But then, just in case the software proves ineffective, Windows Repair can help you fix the issues manually though that applies to advanced users only. For this, there is the specific ‘Repairs’ tab that will provide you with the relevant info to help with the repair process.
There is a cache though, developers of Windows Repair strongly recommend Windows Repair program only in Safe Mode for best results.
Software to fix specific Windows 10 issues
IOBit Driver Booster
The program will help you find and install all the latest drivers to ensure your PC works optimally at all times. Once you let Driver Booster scan your PC, it will find drivers that need to be updated, provide you with links to the latest drivers and download and install those automatically as well. Given that outdated drivers can lead to a host of issues with your Windows 10 installation, having updated driver will help you get rid of most of those at least, if not all.
Missed Features Installer
There are chances you are having issues with your Windows 10 device owing to some features that failed to install properly. This is particularly true for those who upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 though even fresh installation often lead to features failing to install. It is here that the Missed Features Installer can come in handy. So if you are craving for the Classic Start Menu or 3D Pinball, the Missed Features Installer can help set things right for you.
The O&O ShutUp10 program is for those who take their online privacy rather seriously. Though Microsoft has a slightly better record of snooping on its customer vis-a-vis the other technology majors like Facebook or Google, it still is known to gather user data. That apart there also are issues of telemetry and tracking that also has some users worried. The program offers several settings with a short description of what those stands for. So if you believe you can do without that, you can well turn it off. It’s as simple as that.
Windows 10 built-in repair tools
Meanwhile, Windows 10 also comes with several tools built-into it that too offers convenient options to work around many of the common issues that Windows 10 tends to throw up. Here is a brief description of those and is worth checking out.
Windows 10 troubleshooter
This can be invoked from Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. There you will be guided by on-screen instructions and will help you troubleshoot a variety of problems, including those related to keyboard, internet, BSOD errors, Windows Store app, printer, and so on.
Windows Software Repair Tool from Microsoft
This is a tool that Microsoft designed to help mitigate software issues on Surface devices though it can be just as effective for Windows 10 installation on any other device as well. What the Software Repair tool essentially does is it restores Windows 10 to its default settings, besides also repairing apps and updating the same as well.
This can be extremely effective if some recent changes crippled your system. However, System Restore isn’t activated in Windows 10 by default though there sure are ways to turn it back on. Here is how you do it.
Reset this PC
This is another handy tool which resets your PC to the default Windows 10 settings. The feature can be effective when faced with nagging issues. You have two options here, ‘Keep my files’ and ‘Removes everything’.
Decide as per your need and make sure you backup all your files and data if you opt for the second choice as it deletes your entire hard disk and installs Windows 10 afresh.
System Files Repair Tool
The tool is of help when faced with file missing or corrupted error. The built-in System Files Repair command line tool is handy icon such situations. All you need to do is open Command Prompt as admin followed by typing Sfc /scannow. Press enter, and you will be provided with the scan progress report along with other relevant info.
So, there you have it, quite a comprehensive guide to help restore things.
Meanwhile, here are some additional resources that you might want to look into:
- Fix: ‘Automatic Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC’ in Windows 10
- DISM GUI is a free Command-line tool which repairs Windows Image
- All About: Microsoft Software Repair Tool for Windows 10