How to fix common problems automatically on Windows 10

Windows 10 now includes a feature to detect and apply recommended fixes for common problems — Here's how to enable the feature.

Automatic troubleshooting on Windows 10
Automatic troubleshooting on Windows 10

On Windows 10, using the Troubleshoot page in the Settings app, you can quickly analyze and fix a number of problems without much effort when something isn’t working.

Although the troubleshooters are easy to use, it’s a manual process, and no everyone knows that this feature is available. In order to make things simpler, starting with the Redstone 5 update (version 1809) the days of manual troubleshooting to fix problems on Windows 10 are over. 

Now, the Troubleshoot page includes a new feature that automates the process allowing Windows 10 to automatically apply fixes to common problems to keep your device healthy.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable or disable the recommended troubleshooting feature on Windows 10.

How to enable recommended troubleshooting feature on Windows 10

If you want the operating system to detect and apply recommended fixes to common problems, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Troubleshoot.

  4. Turn on the Recommended troubleshooting toggle switch. (Or turn it off to prevent Windows from trying to fix problems automatically.)

    Recommended troubleshooting settings on Windows 10 version 1809
    Recommended troubleshooting settings on Windows 10 version 1809

Once you’ve completed the steps, Windows 10 will repair common problems automatically. You can even click the View history link to see the times that the system tried to resolve issues on your behalf.

If you don’t see this option in the Settings app, it’s because you’re not running the supported version of Windows 10. The Recommended troubleshooting feature is available starting Windows 10 version 1809 and later.

Update August 15, 2018: This feature has been removed from Windows 10, but it may return in the feature.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].