How to Repair Windows 11

How to Repair Windows 11

Since Windows 11 is still in its infancy, it is common to come across bugs and errors that might harm your operating system. There are only two options: First is to wait for Microsoft to release patches to fix those bugs, or Second is to take matters into your own hands. Fortunately, fixing small issues is much easier than you might think. We have made a list of easy fixes for the errors that are bothering you including, this helpful guide that will teach you how to repair Windows 11 both, with and without the help of SFC and DISM scans.

How to Repair Windows 11

How to Repair Windows 11

The fixes to repair Windows 11 range from simple solutions like running troubleshooters to advanced methods such as resetting your PC.

Note: It is recommended you make a backup of your files before moving forward.

If you don’t have it installed, check for the Compatibility of your device with Windows 11.

Method 1: Run Windows Troubleshooter

Windows 11 has an inbuilt troubleshooter for almost all hardware and service abnormalities. Follow the given steps to run Windows Troubleshooter:

1. Press Windows + I keys together to open the Settings window.

2. In the System tab, click on Troubleshoot option as highlighted.

Troubleshoot option in the setting Windows 11. how to repair Windows 11

3. Then, click on Other troubleshooters, as shown.

Other troubleshooters options in Settings Windows 11

4. Here, click on Run corresponding to Windows Update component, as depicted below. The troubleshooter will automatically scan & fix issues pertaining to Windows updates and should repair Windows 11.

Windows 11 Windows Update troubleshooter

Method 2: Update Outdated Drivers

Device Manager can help you fix issues caused by outdated or incompatible drivers. Here’s how to repair Windows 11 by updating outdated drivers:

1. Click on the Search icon in the Taskbar and type Device Manager. Then, click on Open, as shown.

type Device manager in Start menu search and click Open Windows 11.

2. Double click on the Device type with yellow question/exclamation mark next to it.

Note: Yellow question/exclamation mark icon represents that the driver has issues.

3. Right-click on the driver such as HID-compliant mouse and select Update driver option.

Update driver HID compliant mouse Win 11

4A. Select Search automatically for drivers option.

Select Search automatically for drivers in Update driver wizard Windows 11

4B. If you already have the latest drivers downloaded on the computer, click on Browse my computer for drivers and install them.

Select Browse my computer for drivers in Update drive wizard Windows 11

5. After installing the drivers, click on Close and restart your PC.

Select close button after updating driver in Update driver wizard Windows 11

Also Read: What is Device Manager?

Method 3: Run DISM & SFC Scan

DISM and SFC are two utility tools that could help find and fix corrupt system files.

Option 1: Through Command Prompt

Here’s how to repair Windows 11 with DISM and SFC scans using Command Prompt:

1. Click on the Search icon and type command prompt.

2. Then, click on Run as administrator option, as shown.

click on Start and type command prompt then click on Run as administrator Windows 11

3. Type the given commands one by one and press the Enter key:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth 
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth 

Note: Your computer must be connected to the internet in order to execute this command properly.

DISM command in command prompt Windows 11. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

4. Next, type SFC /scannow and hit Enter.

System file scan, SFC scannow command in Command prompt Windows 11. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

5. When the scan is completed, restart your Windows  PC.

Option 2: Through Windows PowerShell

Here’s how to repair Windows 11 with DISM and SFC scans using Windows PowerShell:

1. Press Windows + X keys together to open the Quick Link menu.

2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the list.

Select Windows Terminal as administrator or Windows PowerShell as administrator in Quick link menu Windows 11

3. Click on Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

4. Here, execute the same commands as explained earlier:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth 
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
SFC /scannow

type system file scan, sfc scan command in Windows Powershell or Windows terminal Windows 11. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

5. Restart your PC after these scans are completed. This should have solved issues with the operating system. If not, try the next fix.

Also Read: How to Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

Method 4: Uninstall Corrupt System Updates

Some errors are caused by corrupt updates which can be uninstalled if needed, as follows:

1. Click on Start and type Settings. Then, click on Open.

Start menu search results for Settings Windows 11

2. Here, click Windows Update > Update history as highlighted below.

Windows update tab in settings Windows 11

3. Under Related settings section, click on Uninstall updates, as shown.

select Uninstall updates option in Update history Win 11

4. Select the most recent/trouble-causing update and click on Uninstall, as depicted below.

select an update and click on uninstall in List of installed updates Windows 11

5. Click on Yes in the confirmation prompt.

click on Yes in Confirmation prompt for uninstalling update Windows 11

6. Finally, restart your computer to check if it resolves this issue.

Method 5: Restore Previous System Settings

A System Restore point can revert the system to a previously set restore point thereby, removing the cause of errors and bugs.

1. Press Windows + R keys together to launch the Run dialog box.

2. Type control and click on OK to open Control Panel.

type control in Run dialog box and click OK

3. Set View by > Large icons, and click on Recovery.

select Recovery in Control Panel

4. Now, click on Open System Restore, as shown.

click on Open System Restore option in Advanced recovery tools Recovery option in control panel Windows 11

5. Click on Next in the System Restore window.

System restore wizard click on Next

6. From the list, select the Automatic Restore Point when you were not facing the issue. Click on Next.

select a restore point in List of available restore points and click Next or click on Scan for affected programs button

Note: Moreover, click on Scan for affected programs to see the list of applications that will be affected by restoring the computer to the previously set restore point. Click on Close to close the newly opened window.

7. Lastly, click on Finish.

click on Finish for finishing configuring restore point

Also Read: Fix Startup Repair Infinite Loop on Windows 10/8/7

Method 6: Run Startup Repair

If you are not able to even log in to your computer, the above methods will be of no use. Here’s how to repair Windows 11 by running a Startup Repair instead:

1. Shut down your computer completely and wait for 2 minutes.

2. Press the Power button to turn on your Windows 11 PC.

Power button laptop or Mac. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

3. When you see the computer booting up, press-hold Power button to turn it off forcefully. Repeat this process twice.

4. Let the computer boot up normally the third time to let it enter into Windows Recovery Environment (RE).

5. Click on Troubleshoot > Advanced options.

Click on Advanced Options. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

6. Then, select Startup Repair, as highlighted below.

Under Advanced options, click on Startup Repair. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

Method 7: Reset Windows PC

Resetting your PC is an option you should consider if nothing else has worked for you. It is a process that would strip the system of all things to the point when it was booted for the first time. Luckily, you can choose to keep your files intact but all the applications you installed will be uninstalled. So, cautiously implement the given steps to repair Windows 11:

1. Press the Windows + X keys together to bring up the Quick Link menu.

2. Select Settings from the list.

select Settings in Quick link menu. How to repair Windows 11

3. In the System tab, scroll down and click on Recovery.

click on Recovery option in system settings. how to repair Windows 11 with SFC and DISM

4. Under Recovery options, click the Reset PC button, as shown.

click on Reset PC button next to Reset this PC option in Recovery System settings.

5. In the Reset this PC window, click on the Keep my files option and proceed.

click on Keep my files option in reset this pc window

6. Choose either Cloud download or Local reinstall on the How would you like to reinstall Windows? screen.

Note: Cloud download requires an active internet connection. It is more reliable than Local reinstall option as there is a chance of corrupt local files.

choose either cloud download or local reinstall options for reinstalling windows in reset this pc windows. how to repair Windows 11

Note: On the Additional settings screen, select Change settings if you wish to change previously made choice

7. Click Next.

select Change setting options in Additional settings section in reset this pc window.

8. Finally, click on Reset to reset your PC.

click on Reset in Reset this PC windows for Finishing configuring PC reset.

During the Reset process, your computer may restart several times. This is normal and it may take hours to complete this process as it is dependent on the computer and the settings you choose.

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We hope you were able to learn how to repair Windows 11. Let us know which method you found the best. Also, you can send your suggestions and queries in the comment section below.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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