Windows 10 Recovery Notes

  • Boot Windows 10 ISO or Media Recovery USB or DVD
  • Click ‘Next’ on main screen after selecting appropriate language options
  • Select ‘Repair Computer’ – bottom left-hand corner
  • Select ‘Troubleshoot’ > ‘Advance Options’
  • Select Command window and run following commands – note these processes can take some time
    • mkdir D:\Scratch
    • DISM /Image:D:\ /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /ScratchDir:D:\Scratch
    • SFC /Scannow /OffBootDir=D:\ /OffWinDir=D:\Windows
  • Exit Command window back to Menu
  • Select ‘Troubleshoot’ then ‘Advance Options’
  • Click ‘Startup Repair’ to fix boot errors, etc…
  • Log back into your Windows system (hopefully) and run the following from an Admin Command window to make sure no more errors remain:
    • SFC /scannow
    • DISM /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth
    • DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • Substitute drive D: above for your Windows drive
  • ScratchDir option used to create extra temporary storage to avoid  “DISM error: The scratch directory size might be insufficient to perform this operation”

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