Whether you need to access the BIOS, reset the PC, boot from an external drive, restore the system image, or perform many other important boot-related tasks, the advanced boot menu of Windows is your best choice, especially when you try to perform this During operation Fix blue screen Or other errors.You can navigate there by Start -> Settings -> Update and Security -> Recovery And click the Restart now button. Below we will explain all the powerful functions you can perform from Advanced Startup and when you need to perform these operations.
The warning is true: it will restart your computer
Don’t click the “Restart now” button until you are ready to restart your PC. Why do you say this? Because once you click that button, there is no turning back. Your PC will restart, and when it restarts, it will show you the “Select an option” on-screen menu:
On this screen, you can easily explain two of these options. The “Continue” option continues normal Windows startup as if you have never used this restart option. “Shut down your PC” performs a shutdown operation, and puts your PC in an inert state and shuts down. Obviously, you can accomplish these two things without entering the Windows advanced boot menu. “Using the device” and “Troubleshooting” make things more interesting, each of which leads to a secondary menu.
“Using a device” will describe all possible bootable devices on the PC and try to boot from that device. You must pre-plug in any devices you plan to start from. In other words, when performing this option, it is best to disconnect all other devices that (a) will not boot from it or (b) that are not needed.
Troubleshooting leads to two options. First, resetting this computer will reinstall Windows, but allow you to keep or delete your personal files. This is like the operation of the same name in the restore menu that appears in the first position of the same settings window shown in the import graphic of this story. The advanced options page is where the actual operation is located, and is displayed below:
Each of these options deserves some exploration and explanation, so I will list them and execute them immediately:
- system Restore: This option runs Window’s built-in system restore utility and allows you to select the restore point to return the PC to. When I wrote this story, my test machine allowed me to choose a restore point between 1 and 7 days. I don’t recommend this option, except in extreme cases, because restore points are neither as reliable or robust as good image backups from third-party tools such as Macrium Reflect.
- System image recovery: This option is based on the built-in Windows backup utility, and I don’t recommend it either (name it “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” in the control panel because it hasn’t been enhanced or improved for a long time. It’s not recommended) or even Microsoft no longer recommends this tool). However, if you use this tool to perform an image backup of Windows, you can use it through this menu option. Likewise, I prefer (and often use) Macrium Reflect bootable rescue media and its backup images: they are faster, smaller, and more reliable.
- Startup repair: Automatically restart the PC and run a fixed startup repair diagnostic sequence (and repair, if these diagnostics find any problems that can be handled). It also records its activity log to C:WindowsSystem32LogfilesSrtSrtTrail.txt, where srt stands for startup repair tool. Sometimes these tools will help. My own experience is that Macrium Reflect’s startup repair is more capable than these tools (and may solve real-world problems).
- Command prompt: Open a command prompt window from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), allowing you to perform any operation you might want to perform in the command line in order to install Windows on the normal startup/system drive (C: on most systems). I have been using it to manage and delete other inaccessible operating system files, and to run offline image management on problematic, misbehaving, or damaged Windows images. You can see that this is different from a normal command prompt, because WinRE runs from the X: drive (the RAM disk it sets), so the prompt is displayed as “X:windowssystem32”.
- Startup settings: This provides access to the same types of startup options that appear in the msconfig.exe tool while Windows is running. The options on the screen of my test machine show:
- Enable low-resolution video Mode (msconfig.boot.base video)
- Enable debug mode (Open the operating system level debugger, which is rarely used except for developers)
- Enable boot logging (Msconfig.boot.boot log) Track all operations during Windows startup and write them to C:Windowsntbtlog.txt
- Enable safe mode (msconfig.boot.boot options.safe boot) Start various simplified runtime environments for Windows to prevent third-party applications and startup items
- Disable driver signature enforcement: Prevent Windows from blocking unsigned drivers and allowing them to run (good choice when troubleshooting unstable drivers)
- Disable early startup malware protection: Prevent anti-malware software from interfering with the Windows startup and startup process
- Disable automatic restart on system failure: Causes Windows to pause when a blue screen or system crash occurs. Normally, once the data collection activity is complete after a crash, Windows restarts. This option allows you to keep BSOD messages on the screen as needed.
- UEFI firmware settings: This option appears on systems with a UEFI boot environment (most PCs purchased after 2010 will include this option). This puts you into the modern equivalent basic input/output system (BIOS), called the Unified Extended Firmware Interface (UEFI), which defines the basic startup and runtime behavior of your PC.
Use it to enable or disable devices, turn boot security on or off, manage PC startup behavior, boot disk selection and sequence, and more. On my Lenovo PC, if I press the “Enter” key before the Windows boot ball starts to spin, it will also take me to UEFI settings. The method varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but there is almost always a way to do this in the first moments of booting on a Windows PC. This technique is very convenient (and I use it often) because this option allows me to go directly to UEFI without having to grasp the timing correctly. On a very fast PC, otherwise this may become tricky or even impossible.
- Back to the previous build: This will read the contents of the Windows.old folder (by default it only lasts 10 days after the upgrade, so this option will not always do anything for you) and return your Windows 10 runtime environment to what you were before The favorite state has been upgraded. The time required to undo the upgrade is about the same as the time to perform the upgrade, so be prepared to wait 15 minutes or more while this operation is in progress. YMMV depends on the CPU and I/O functions of your PC.
- Uninstall the update: If your PC has been updated recently and the previous Windows installation is out of date, you will get this option. It will let you uninstall the latest quality update or feature update (if available). Before allowing this option to continue, you will be prompted to enter the password for a valid login account.
This startup option in Windows is very useful. It provides access to a large number of repair and recovery tools for the operating system. This environment is worth knowing and experimenting so you can understand how it works and what it can do. Then, when a system becomes weird, you will be able to use it without climbing the learning curve while trying to solve real-world problems.