How to quickly fix system problems reinstalling Windows 11

You can now reinstall Windows 11 in three quick steps to repair components and system files, and here's how.

Windows 11 reinstall feature
Windows 11 reinstall feature
  • To reinstall Windows 11 keeping files, settings, and app, open Settings > System > Recovery, click “Restart now” for the “Fix problems using Windows Update” setting, and click “OK.”

UPDATED 12/15/2023: Windows 11 includes a new option to quickly reinstall the operating system to repair components and system files, and in this guide, you will learn how.

Although you can use the “Reset this PC” feature to reinstall the operating system (keeping or removing your files), Windows 11 also has a new feature in the Settings app to reinstall the current version through Windows Update in three clicks while preserving your files, settings, and apps without the need for an installation media.

In this guide, I will teach you the easiest way to reinstall Windows 11 to resolve errors, performance, and other problems.

Windows 11 easy reinstall to fix problems

To reinstall Windows 11 to fix system problems, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Recovery tab.

  4. Click the Reinstall now button for the “Fix problems using Windows Update” setting.

    Reinstall now option

  5. Check the “Automatically restart my PC 15 minutes after installation” option.

    Windows 11 fix problems with reinstallation

  6. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the system will download the installation files of the same version of Windows 11 installed on your computer, and it’ll perform a reinstallation to repair components and system files. The processes should preserve your files, apps, and settings.

The feature is still under development, but it’s already available in the latest preview of Windows 11 through the Beta Channel, which could indicate that this feature could arrive to everyone in January or February of 2024.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, 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