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Published: October 3, 2015 | Applies to:

This guide will show you how to use built-in troubleshooters in Windows 10 for founding and fixing common problems regarding various features.

In our day to day computer usage, sometimes we face issues that do not let us to work properly on Windows. Generally, the same issue faced by many users is referred as known issue or common problem and Microsoft has implemented some troubleshooters already in their operating system to deal such problems. These built-in troubleshooters makes a cross-check on default settings and if something is not aligned as expected, they correct it and solve issues automatically. There are 22 built-in troubleshooters available in Windows 10.

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

All of these troubleshooters are located inside Troubleshooting section under Control Panel. Hence, you need to navigate to Control Panel > Troubleshooting > View all to locate built-in troubleshooters. Here is how to use these troubleshooting packages:

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

1. Locate the troubleshooting packages at Control Panel > Troubleshooting > View all. Here are the troubleshooting packages available:

a. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) – Fix issues with background downloads

b. Hardware and Devices – Fix issues with hardware and devices

c. HomeGroup – For HomeGroup related problems

d. Incoming connections – For Windows Firewall, incoming connection issues

e. Internet Connections – Pick this if you can’t connect to Internet

f. Internet Explorer Performance – Try this if you’re not satisfied with Internet Explorer’s working

g. Internet Explorer Safety – Fix security and privacy features for Internet Explorer

h. Network Adapter – Choose this to solve network connectivity issues

i. Playing audio – Pick this if you have sound issues

j. Power – This helps you to fix problems related to power

k. Printer – Check this if you can’t print

l. Program Compatibility Troubleshooter – Use it solve program compatibility hiccups

m. Recording audio – Try this if you can’t record audio

n. Search and Indexing – Use it if search service is not working properly or if irrelevant search results are displayed

o. Shared folders – Pick this if you’ve issues in accessing files and folder on other computers

p. System Maintenance – Use it to clean garbage of unused files from your system and improve machine performance

q. Video Playback – Fix issues regarding playing videos, streaming etc.

r. Windows Media Player DVD/Library/Settings – Use these troubleshooters to solves issues with Windows Media Player performance

s. Windows Store apps – Use this troubleshooter to identify and solve Windows Store related issues

t. Windows Update – Try this if you can’t check, download or install Windows Updates

As per the issue you’re facing, judge and pick the correct troubleshooter and click/tap on it to open its wizard.

2. In the troubleshooter window, click Advanced and check Apply repairs automatically option. Then click Next and let the troubleshooter identify problems.

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

3. Some issues can only be found when you’re troubleshooting as administrator. If a troubleshooter require running as administrator, you’ve to click/tap Try troubleshooting as an administrator option:

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

4. Now the troubleshooter will detect issues and cross-check on the default settings:

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

If the troubleshooter founds an issue, it will automatically try to resolve it:

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

5. Finally, when troubleshooting is completed, issues detected and fixed are mentioned in the report. You can click View detailed information link at the bottom of this window to have complete information about troubleshooting operation:

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

In this way, you can explore on what settings troubleshooter made checks and what gets resolved. You can then click/tap Next and click/tap Close the troubleshooter link in above shown window to close the wizard.

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

In this way, you can use built-in troubleshooters in Windows 10. Hope you find the article informative!

Fixes utilizing use of troubleshooters:

1. [FIX] “Something Went Wrong. Try This Search Again” Error For Cortana

2. [FIX] Store, Mail And Calendar Apps Not Working In Windows 10

3. [FIX] HomeGroup Provider Service Is Not Running In Windows 8 Or Later


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21 Comments

  • Thanks for this amazing guide, very helpful!

    ~Peter

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad you find it useful :)

  • Ran the troubleshooter in administrator mode. No problems found. Still can not install Windows 10 update. Trying since 1/28. Very annoying.

  • The first fix only works the first time you do it, then it goes back to the way it was. The second didn’t find anything. I agree with above. Extremely annoying. I think the problem is the missing ‘apply’ button on some of the settings windows.

  • I want to thank you with all my heart your troubleshooting guide allowed me to fix the Service Registration is missing or corrupt situation I had. I spent all day searching for an answer and at 8:15 pm I found your posts here and tried it and I was so overjoyed when I say it say Service Registration is missing or corrupt – fixed. I almost jumped out of my chair. In my book you are an Angel. :)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to hear it resolved the issue!

  • Tried all of the above, there is no fix detected because there is no problem present. It still crashes.

  • I tried it is not working

  • I tried all the above and I did get a ‘new” picture from Windows Spotlight, but it never changes. It looks like brand new images were added to the ..assets folder after I deleted the old ones, but they are not being changed.

    When I use the (Windows key+L) I get one of the new images, and the “Like what you see” question at the top right of the screen. I don’t see “I’m not a fan” like I do on my desktop PC.

    It seems there’s something preventing the images from changing. I did use the troubleshooting tool as an administrator, on several categories, but to no advail.

  • I ran all the troubleshooters and fixed all errors. Still getting 0x7700112.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Let me know which feature gives you this error. Is it Windows Update?

  • Done these things, it says nothing to changed or fixed, but i still can’t use the ethernet adapter

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please refer: http://www.kapilarya.com/wifi-ethernet-doesnt-have-a-valid-ip-configuration-windows-10

  • Worked a treat, thanks very much.

  • I have tried all these and more. Still getting error since update 14367. Now up to 14388 with same Flash Drive error. Error 0x80240fff. “Windows cannot install on USB Flash Drive using Setup” There is not now nor ever has been a Windows 10 OS setup using a flash drive. Windows 10 is installed as an upgrade from Windows 7 on my root drive C:, and has worked fine and updated fine for over a year, until the last successful update 14366, which I am now running, installed on June 15. On June 18, 14367 was released. That is when the Flash Drive error started. I have done everything possible to correct this problem to allow updates, to no avail. I am running Win10 Pro WIP version 1607, build 14366, the last build update success since the 367, 372, 379, 383, 385 and now 388, all give the same error after installing to 25%. Any other ideas?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please try this fix: http://www.kapilarya.com/you-cant-install-windows-on-a-usb-flash-drive-from-setup

  • Neither solution worked, unfortunately. Currently I’m on Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Build 14393 but actually Windows Spotlight never worked on my system, even while I wasn’t on the Preview Program.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Unfortuanetly, only clean install is the option left to try :(

  • Still cannot fix the issue.

    There literally is zero options in anything Wi-Fi for me. No way to fix it using these. It only lets me do vpn or direct Ethernet connection. (My cords way too short to be able to do this.)

    And none of the drivers from both msi and Intel are working regardless of disable or enable reinstalls.

    Do I have to start from scratch ?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What is the issue by the way? Wifi intermittent or limited?

  • Did not fix the issue with being able to open the windows store or any apps. Troubleshooter ran for a full 15 minutes and then I cancelled it. It appeared not able to find anything. Any other ideas are appreciated.

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