You are here cause your pc ran into a problem or maybe your pc is overheating or maybe you tried to install windows through a USB and now your laptop is going above 90% RAM & CPU usage even when you’re not using a single application. This guide will help you –
Know the best way to reinstall windows.
- Installing a fresh copy of windows and get all the OEM drivers/manually update windows.
Stabilize and optimize your pc after installing new windows.
Fix missing drivers and updating installed drivers.
Best way to reinstall windows.
The best hassle free way to reinstall windows is by making an image of installed windows. By doing this all of the necessary OEM drivers will be installed with the windows.
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Under System and Security, click Back up your computer.The Backup and Restore Center opens.
Click Create a system image.
Choose the location to save your system image, and then click Next.
On a hard disk
One or more DVDs
On a network location
- Confirm the settings, and then click Start backup.
- Windows prepares to create the system image.
- If you are backing up to USB, label and insert a blank USB in the USB slot.
- If you are backing up to USB and a message displays requesting to format the USB, choose to format the USB.
- Windows saves the system image.
System Image Recovery
In Windows 10, click on the Settings icon > Update & security > Recovery. In the Advanced startup section on the right, click on the Restart now button.
At the “Choose an option” window, click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Image Recovery. From there, follow the prompts in Windows to restore your image file here. Insert your USB drive before system restarts. Follow some on screen instructions to install windows.
Installing a fresh copy of windows and get all the OEM drivers/manually update windows.
Let’s say somehow you did something amazing with your pc that pc won’t listen to you at all, you’re stuck. Your pc just shows boot up screen and password screen and when you login it restarts again, you are not able to anything. Then your only option is to install new windows, but wait all of your OEM drives will be gone and you will get a generic windows. Now you don’t want that happening to you. So follow me to give your pc a reviving magic potion.
Note – For this method to work a pen-drive of at-least 6gb of storage capacity and another pc is needed.
- Download Latest windows image which will be around 5-6 GB. To download the image file you need to open this link. If you’re opening this link on a mobile device then you can select the edition you want to install and start downgliding and if you’re on pc then open the link and press F12 to open developer tools, then click on toggle device toolbar present on top bar of developer tools sidebar, then refresh the page and now you should be on select edition page. select your edition and start download. if you want to manually update windows you can open the downloaded ISO file and then start the window update by double-clicking setup.exe.
- Now when you have the windows image file you need to make a bootable pen-drive from it, which you can do with the UltraISO premium. Start UltraISO, select the required ISO image of the operating system by clicking the menu “File”> “Open”. Now connect the USB flash drive to the computer, in UltraISO open the menu “Bootable”> “Write Disk Image …”.
There where “Disk Drive” we will select a USB flash drive and press the “Write” button below to start the process of copying files from the ISO image.
Before starting the copying, all data from the USB flash drive will be erased.
- When your bootable pendrive is ready, shutdown your pc, insert the pen-drive and press boot from DVD key(ESC, Del, F10, F12 depends upon manufacturer). Follow the onscreen instruction and windows should be installed on your pc.
- Now install all the OEM drivers from support page of your pc. To do so, search support for MODEL NUMBER of your pc. Open the page of your manufacturer’s website and go to download or drivers tab. From there download every listed driver and install on your pc.
Stabilize and optimize your pc after installing new windows.
You’ve installed a new windows or reset your pc or maybe you bought a new machine and your pc is working fine, everything good but this is for short period of time. As a windows user for at least 5 years I’ve come to term “garbage collector”. Windows have so much settings turned on by default that most of the user don’t use them. We don’t even know about them let alone use them but they are on and using your machine’s resources and even using your internet bandwidth and creating huge number of log files, temp files and other unnecessary files and these files do not delete automatically and hence becomes garbage. So follow alongside me to know which settings you should turn off and optimize your pc –
- Turn off diagnostics & feedback. To do so, open windows settings(window key + I), then go to privacy and then click on diagnostics & feedback and here select required diagnostic data and turn off every other button you have on this page and set feedback frequency to never.
- Turn off activity history if don’t use the history in multitasking window. this is also located on privacy settings.
- Turn off location under privacy settings.
- Turn off voice activation if you don’t use it from privacy setting.
- Turn off background access to apps that you don’t use from background apps in privacy setting.
- Turn off App diagnostics under privacy settings.
- If you don’t use Xbox in your pc then turn off every setting you find in gaming in windows settings. This will not affect any of you windows games and applications.
- Disable superfetch or new name sysmain. To do so, press win + r and type services.msc and hit enter. Now services windows will open. In the Services screen, scroll down to the entry called Superfetch/SysMain and double-click it. By default, it should be set to Automatic in the Startup type section / General tab, so what you need to do is to first click Stop and then switch Startup Type to Manual or Disabled. This is also a fix for high ram usage.
Fix missing drivers and updating installed drivers
Normally every windows driver updates from windows update menu in settings, but most the time users don’t update and sometimes windows update have some problems and updating hangs or freezes. If you’ve a missing driver you can simply open a browser and type the name of driver you want with the architecture you require. e.g.- intel wireless bluetooth drivers 64 bit and you can easily find the driver as every windows driver is available for free. If you need an OEM specific driver then you can simply go to your device manufacturer’s page by searching in browser for support for MODEL NUMBER of your pc. Open the page of your manufacturer’s website and go to download or drivers tab. Now if you want to update an existing driver, you can follow these steps-
- Go to device manager by pressing win key + x.
- Now on device manager window with internet connected to your device, right click on the driver you want to update, a pop-up will appear, click on update driver.
- Now windows will automatically start searching and installing the driver.
Most of the time overheating is caused by a very high CPU usage. this can be simply fixed turning off the services that is causing the over heating if the service is not necessary for operating windows. To do so –
- Open task manager and find the service or task causing high usage. You can simply bring the culprit on top of the list by clicking on CPU tab on the task manager.
- Now you got the name. Open browser and search- should I disable name of the services or application. Read 2-3 search results and you can get the idea whether it is fine to disable the culprit service.
- Now if it is okay to disable then if it is an application you can end it from task manager and if it is a services then, press win + r and type services.msc and hit enter. Now services windows will open. In the Services screen, find the name of the culprit service and double-click it. By default, it should be set to Automatic in the Startup type section / General tab, so what you need to do is to first click Stop and then switch Startup Type to Manual or Disabled.