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  1.    05 Aug 2017 #11
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,531
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by cedar View Post
    Now if I can only figure out why I don't have a "control panel". lol
    Mine doesn't come up when I right or left click start button like I have seen in other windows 10 videos.
    That video was of an earlier version of Windows 10, the Creators Update (aka version 1703) changed that part of the Start menu from 'Control panel' to 'Settings' because with each new version of Windows 10 more settings have been moved from the old control panel into the Settings app. Microsoft apparently see 'Settings' as the more useful of the two now.

    Over the years there have been a lot of such changes, you'll find a lot of out of date information on other sites. Not on TenForums though, Brink works hard to keep the tutorials bang up to date.
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  2.    05 Aug 2017 #12
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,078
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Glad you're up and running again.

    Please consider using disk imaging routinely to support your computer now it's up and running again. That should be your first priority before something happens to make your PC unusable again.

    Here's my write-up on the value of disk imaging.

    Everyone who contributes regularly here uses and recommends disk imaging.

    If you use it, 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.
    Can be used with Laplink software to transfer your build automatically to another PC

    Imaging can even help you sleep at night knowing you have a second chance.

    Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your imaged disks and partitions to a previous working state from compressed copies you have created and kept updated on external storage media, quickly and probably without technical help.

    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.

    You need a backup medium - say- twice as large as the total amount of data you are imaging to keep a reasonable number of differential images. This will vary dependent on the number of images you keep, so is only a rough practical guide.

    Some comment that system restore isn't always reliable; if it works and solves the problem, great. But sometimes restores won't work or fail. And of course a restore point only covers a limited number of aspects of the system. That’s where disk imaging comes in.

    (There's a tutorial on Macrium in the Tutorials section, and a couple of videos in the user videos section on this forum)
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
    Windows 10 instructional videos by Ten Forums members
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