What To Do When Windows 10 Crashes

We all know that many computers can crash thanks to all sorts of reasons, regardless of what they may be. It’s no different for computers that run on the Windows 10 operating system. Those who encounter the infamous “blue screen of death” can often become frustrated, as this is an obvious sign of a system crash; however, the screen that comes with Windows 10 is seen as being much less threatening than screens that are associated with previous Windows operating systems.


In the event that you experience a crash while using Windows 10, there are thankfully a few different things that you can do to help counteract the issue. Make note of the following.

Update Your Operating System

While Windows 10 always tries to keep itself updated as much as possible, there is always the chance that everything may not be completely up to date. This means that you should always manually update your operating system as regularly as possible with any patches that become available, especially if you begin to experience any problems. To do this, click on Settings, then go to Update & Security. From there, under the Windows Update tab, go to Windows Update and click on Check for Updates to see if there are any updates available that you can take advantage of.

Go Back to an Earlier Version of Windows 10

There is also the possibility that your PC may too updated as well, and an update itself may be the main cause of your Windows 10 crash. In this particular case, it may be best to go back to an earlier version of the operating system, then reinstalling the latest update later on once the patch has been completed. You can go back to an earlier build by first clicking on Settings, then going to Update & Security. From there, click on Recovery, then go to Go Back to an Earlier Build before clicking on Get Started. You will then see a box asking you why you’ve decided to uninstall the latest Windows 10 update. All you need to do is check every box that applies before clicking on Next. You can then either click on Check for Updates or Next to proceed.

Completely Reinstall Windows 10

If you feel that the crash itself has something to do with the actual installation of Windows 10, you can reinstall the operating system using two different methods:

  • Perform a reinstall of Windows 10 without removing any of your personal files
  • Perform a clean installation of Windows 10 that will remove your old settings, programs, and files

To begin the reinstall process, click on Settings and go to Update & Security. From there, click on Recovery, then Reset This PC, then Get Started. From there, you will be prompted with whether or not you want to keep any of your existing files. If you do, click on Keep My Files. If not, click on Remove Everything.