Just because a program has stopped working doesn’t mean it always needs to be uninstalled and then reinstalled again. There’s a quicker way.
In Microsoft Windows 10, users can try to save an installed program by repairing it. It can be frustrating when a program crashes, especially if some of the files become corrupted and the program no longer launches. Sometimes the only solution is to uninstall the program or app and start again. Here’s how to get started with repairing apps and programs in Windows 10.
The ability to repair installations did not debut with Windows 10. The feature has existed in various earlier editions of Microsoft’s popular operating system. But that doesn’t mean the average consumer knows how to do it. Thankfully, it’s not a difficult process so most people, even the less tech-savvy, should be able to handle it with ease.
In Windows 10, Microsoft makes a distinction between programs (which are the standard type of software applications found on a PC) and apps (which are basically smaller programs, similar to mobile apps, that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store). Both these types of software can be repaired if they become corrupted. Or rather some software of each type can be repaired. There’s basically two ways to do it, the first being in the Apps & Features section. To access it, the user goes into the Start menu and selects Settings. From the Settings window that pops up, choose Apps to access the Apps & Features section. Alternatively, the user can also just start typing “Apps & Features” into the search field on the taskbar and it should pop up. In that window, the user will see a list of apps that can be uninstalled or modified and this is where they can select the app that needs to be fixed. An Advanced Options link may appear under the selected app and if it doesn’t, the software can’t be repaired from here. From the Advanced Options window, click on “Repair.” If there is no repair option or repairing didn’t fix the app, the user can try clicking on “Reset” instead.
Repairing Programs The Old-School Way
For those who prefer a more traditional way to repair corrupted programs, there’s also the good ol’ Control Panel. Just type the words into the taskbar’s search box to get the window to pop up. From the Windows 10 Control Panel, the user picks Programs and the Programs and Features window will load. Like the similarly named apps one, this window shows a list of installed programs. If the user right-clicks on a program, a context menu will give the option to uninstall the program, and it may also allow the user to “repair” or “change” it. By clicking on one of those options, the program’s uninstall wizard will pop up and the user simply has to follow the instructions to repair or change the installation.
Now, despite the fact that Windows 10 uses the word “apps” for one menu and “programs” for the other, much of the computer’s installed software will appear in both lists. That being said, in practice, the Apps & Features window tends to be the more complete list so that is the better starting point. However, if these methods don’t work to fix the installed program or app, the best option is to just reinstall it on Windows 10 again from scratch.
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