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As you probably know, Windows 10 is a large and very complicated operating system with tons of options and settings available for you to tweak to your liking.
Windows also has to interact with hardware devices and all types of third party software to enable your computer to do everything you need for it to do.
Unfortunately, all of these complex interactions pretty much ensure that things can (and will) go wrong on occasion.
Many issues are caused by third party apps, drivers and installed software, but plenty of others are caused when something goes haywire with Windows itself.
Luckily, Windows 10 includes a handy tool called “Troubleshoot” that can (possibly) diagnose and (possibly) fix some of the problems and glitches that arise with your PC.
There are well over a dozen types of issues you can ask the Troubleshoot tool to help you with. It’ll be pretty easy to recognize the specific tool you’ll need to use when you see the list.
Using Windows 10’s Troubleshoot tool is pretty easy. Simply follow these steps:
1 – Click the Start button.
2 – Click the Settings icon (it looks like a “gear” or “cog”).
3 – Click Update & Security.
4 – Click Troubleshoot.
5 – Select the tool that best matches the issue you’re having.
Now having said all of the above, there’s one caveat I need to mention…
Windows 10’s Troubleshoot tool can help fix many common types of issues, but it’s far from perfect.
Often the tool will come up empty and it won’t be able to help you resolve the issue at hand. In those cases you’ll need to either research the issue online or request help from a computer tech (or perhaps a tech savvy teenager).
However, it works often enough to make it worth your while to give it a try.
Bottom line: Microsoft’s Windows 10 “Troubleshoot” tool can help resolve a fair number of common issues that might arise while you’re using your PC. Just don’t expect it to be effective every time you use it.
Bonus tip: This post discusses several of my favorite free tools for maintaining and repairing Windows PCs.