So, my Windows 10 box has died. It takes forever to boot, and when it does finally boot, I get a bunch of errors about missing windows files and nothing will run, even built-in things like cmd.exe.
All the hardware seems fine, and I am able to boot off a live linux cd and read files on the drive (there’s nothing important on the C: drive but the OS and installed programs), and I have backups, so I’m not worried about data loss.
But it looks like I will have to reinstall Windows. I made a bootable Windows USB drive and none of the recovery/repair options work. Which means I’ll have to go through the hassle of reinstalling and configuring all my programs.
What can I do this time to make that recovery easier in the future? I’m pretty sure I did make a Windows recovery point in the past, but since the Windows install is so hosed that even booting off a clean USB version couldn’t fix it, I think it’s a lost cause. Maybe there’s a way to do so on an external drive?