Making a Windows 10 PC run at top speed rarely involves rocket science. If your PC is running slower today than it did yesterday, there's usually a good reason. If your battery life isn't what it used to be, there's usually an equally simple explanation.
Finding the cause of those performance problems starts with knowing which tool to use. Your toolkit includes a large collection of classic Windows troubleshooting utilities as well as some that are new to Windows 10.
The tips in this category include instructions for advanced troubleshooting techniques as well, including Safe Mode and the option to create a recovery drive. You'll also find details on the most effective way to solve particularly balky problems by resetting Windows quickly.
Finally, this group covers ways to find basic information about your installation, including details about your Windows 10 version and installed programs.
Buried deep in the Settings app on a Windows 10 laptop or tablet is a list of which apps and desktop programs have been burning through your battery lately. You'll also find special Battery Saver settings that can extend your remaining battery life dramatically.
- Check the performance of your laptop battery
- Keep your laptop from waking up in your travel bag
- Squeeze hours of extra life from your laptop battery
- More hibernation secrets to save time and disk space
- Monitor system performance in real time
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If your Windows 10 PC is operating perfectly right now, great. Take advantage of the opportunity to create a recovery drive so you have a way to perform repairs if something ever goes wrong.
Windows 10's Reset option allows you to remove apps, settings, and drivers, effectively giving you a clean install without the hassles of a regular setup. You can keep your files if you're planning to reuse the PC, or wipe everything if you're selling or giving away the device.
- Repair your Windows 10 installation
- Back up your third-party hardware drivers
- Hide unwanted drivers in Windows Update
- Make sure your hardware drivers are up to date
Who can remember the magic keystroke combo that unlocks your PC's UEFI firmware settings screen? Use the hidden Advanced Options menu instead; it lets you choose advanced startup options for maintenance or troubleshooting.
Safe Mode is the most important of the classic Windows troubleshooting tools. On modern PCs running Windows 10, the old F8 shortcut doesn't work. Here's how to get to Safe Mode quickly.
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