Yes, Windows offers its own built-in troubleshooters. Here’s how to tap into them.
Oops, you’re bumping into trouble with Windows. Maybe you can’t connect to the Internet. Perhaps your audio has stopped working. Maybe your PC is blue screening. Or perhaps you’re not sure of the cause of the problem but just know that your PC is acting funky. Where can you turn for help? You can turn to Windows itself. The OS offers its own built-in set of troubleshooting tools designed to scan for, analyze, and hopefully fix specific problems. The troubleshooters are available in Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. But whatever your flavor of Windows, the troubleshooters are usually a good first step when you’re bothered by a persistent problem.
In some cases, a Windows troubleshooter will pop up automatically if you experience a glitch in Windows. For instance, if an application crashes or your screen display suddenly goes on the fritz, then the appropriate troubleshooter may appear to try to save the day. In other cases, you’ll have to manually trigger the right troubleshooter depending on the nature of the problem. Or if you’re not sure what’s causing trouble, you can run through the entire array of troubleshooters to see if one of them can nail it down.
The way you access the troubleshooters differs between the Windows 10 Creators Update and past versions of Windows. In the Windows 10 Creators Update, simply open your Settings screen and then click on the setting for Update & security. From there, click on the option for Troubleshoot, and the troubleshooting team appears in the right pane.