Windows 10: Update Broke Computer Need Help!
In that case, I'm afraid, it's time for a clean install.
You'll need to back up everything, and make sure you delete all partitions related to the Windows OS. I.e. keep any data or manufacturer's recovery partition (if any) on that disk.
You'll need a current bootable Win 10 medium.
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Here's how you give yourself a second chance once you've got a fresh installation running- and the first thing to do is to create your first image before installing any programs or making changes.
Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your disks and partitions to a previous working state, quickly and probably without technical help.
You can recover from:
- a failed disk drive (restore to a new one)
- ransomware (which encrypts your disk)
- user error
- unrecoverable problems from failed updates to problem programs
- unbootable PC (hardware faults aside)
Images also act as a full backup- you can extract files too.
You can even use images to help you move more easily and quickly to a new PC.
Imaging can even help you sleep at night knowing you have a second chance.
Many here recommend Macrium Reflect (free) as a good robust solution and more reliable than some others. It’s
- more feature rich
- more flexible
- more reliable
than Windows Backup and Restore system images.
It's well supported with videos, help and a responsive forum.
There are other such programs, free/commercial, some with simpler interfaces, but Macrium R is one of the most robust and reliable.
How long does it take?
SSD+ USB3 - maybe 15 mins for the first system image, less thereafter
HDD + USB2 - maybe 40-50 mins
That’s with little personal data, few programs installed.
- of course, depends how much you have on C:
(You can and should image all your partitions and disks)
Once you've created your first image, keep it updated with e.g. differential imaging- which images just changes from the first image, more quickly, and creates a smaller image file.
Those don't even work, those are what I meant by the Media creation tool, and reinstalling win 10. The usb setup.exe says an error, while the downloaded one onto the pc just won't download the update.
Hi, precisely how have you created your bootable medium? Using the media creation tool to put Win 10 on the flash drive directly?
And does your PC try to boot from the flash drive rather than the hard drive?
Have you configured the boot priority in your BIOS so your PC boots from the flash drive?
And by the way, have you got a full backup of your data?
I can't interpret this. I couldn't before.
The usb setup.exe says an error, while the downloaded one onto the pc just won't download the update.
If the PC is booting from the USB drive, you wouldn't even be aware of setup.exe. So what exactly is happening? What error - what is the exact error message? When? What is the exact sequence of what you are doing?
"while the downloaded one onto the pc just won't download the update."
I haven't a clue what this means, sorry.
Now to clean install, once you have got your PC booting from an external medium, you will need to delete unwanted partitions as part of this sequence, and install Windows to unallocated space.
If it's simpler, download the iso and burn a DVD and boot from that.
You shouldn't be looking at this at all.
1. Configure your BIOS to boot from the flash drive before the hard disk.
2. Shut down your PC
3. Insert the flash drive
4. See the PC boot from your flash drive and not to a login prompt.
That's how to start a clean install.
Please study this carefully. Print it or have it open on some device. Then proceed.
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