Just Like You
Sometimes, I think, people assume Darcy and I don’t experience the same kinds of problems that you do. Oh, but we do. Computers are computers no matter who’s using them. And no matter how well-maintained they are, they’re still machines. And when you have machines + Windows, well, it’s quite likely that from time to time you’re going to have problems.
Today, I had a pretty typical Windows 10 problem: The Start menu stopped working. The first thing I did was restart my computer, but that didn’t work. The next thing I did was to run System Restore. I restored my computer to a week ago – and the only thing I lost was any programs I installed in the past week – which, had I installed any I could have easily reinstalled them.
To make a long story short, running System Restore and using the restore point from 7 days ago worked and the Windows 10 start menu is working fine.
Now I could have dug around in the registry or tried some of the ways suggested on Windows 10 forums to restore the Windows 10 Start Menu so that it works correctly, but I didn’t. The last thing I wanted to do was to do more than I needed to do.
And there are two lessons here:
- Don’t panic if something goes wrong – think it through
- Don’t do more than you need to do to fix your problem(s). Sometimes simply restarting your computer will fix your problem(s). If restarting doesn’t fix your problem(s), run System Restore. Use the newest restore point that you can. So first try restarting as soon as you notice the problem – don’t wait. Then, if that doesn’t fix it, run System Restore using the most recent restore point.
The last thing you should do is search the web for a solution. The biggest problem with looking on the web for a solution is that there is so much information out there. You could actually end up making your problem(s) much worse if you’re not careful. For instance,(AND WE ARE NOT RECOMMENDING THIS SITE), take a look at the extreme solutions offered here for fixing a Windows 10 Start Menu that doesn’t work. Can you imagine how long I’d have spent trying to fix my Windows 10 Start Menu had I followed the information on that page. And these selections are much less harmful than some of the other stuff out there.
The keys to computer problems are:
- Address the problem as soon as you can. Don’t wait. The longer you wait the more complicated fixing it could become.
- Don’t panic. It’s not the end of the work. The problem with panic is, it causes us to stop thinking. Don’t panic.
- First things first: Try restarting your computer or shutting it down and restarting it a few minutes later.
- Run System Restore back to the most recent restore point (as long as it’s time and date before your problem(s) began
On Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 there’s a very simple way to invoke System Restore:
- Press & hold down the Windows Key and press the “R” key.
- In the Run box type “RSTRUI” (without the quotes) and press Enter
- System Restore will start. It will take a few minutes to load.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer.
- Do not worry if it takes 30-60 minutes to run System Restore. The worst thing you can do is assume it’s not working right and shut your computer off during the restore process. Be patient!
Keep in mind you won’t lose anything other than any programs you installed since the restore point you choose. You won’t lose any personal files, emails, pictures, music, documents, etc.
Darcy and I are subject to all the computer problems that you are. We’ve both been using Windows since 1995 – that’s 21 years ago. We’ve seen it all in 21 years. And we’ve learned a lot in 21 years. And we never stop learning.