This New Windows Feature Shows Your PC’s Overall Health

Ben Stegner 26-04-2017

The Windows 10 Creators Update is now available How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now The Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out in April. Are you eager to try it? Or would you rather avoid it? We'll show you how to get Windows 10 1703 on your own schedule. Read More  and it brings a host of new features. As with past major Windows 10 updates, this one adds a lot of little tweaks that you might have missed at first glance.


One of them is the Windows Defender Security Center. You probably know that Windows Defender is the default antivirus tool included with Windows 10, but Microsoft has revamped it to include a suite of security information and tools. Thus, it’s worth a visit even if you use a different antivirus on your system.

One of the new pages in this tool is the Device performance & health tab. You can access this by typing Defender into the Start Menu to open the Security Center, then click the Device performance entry.

Here, you’ll see a Health Report that provides quick information about critical parts of your system. It checks to ensure that Windows Update hasn’t run into any problems, as well as confirming that your hard drive isn’t too full. If you’ve recently plugged in a new device and had a driver issue, Windows will list that here. Laptop users will also see warnings about battery usage here if any settings are using lots of energy.

If you have issues with your computer and don’t want to fix them individually, there’s also a Fresh Start option. This lets you set Windows back to defaults How to 1-Click Reinstall Windows 10 Without Losing Personal Data Windows 10 is adding a new method of reinstalling in the new Creators Update. Here's how to use it and how it works. Read More  while keeping all your files. It removes third-party apps, so it’s a good way to get rid of the junkware that comes with a new PC.

You might already know how to check the facets that the PC Health report shows you, but this new location makes it easy to review them all at once.


For more, find out how the Creators Update increases the security of Windows 10 What Does the Windows 10 "Creators Update" Do for Security? What can we expect in the upcoming Windows 10 "Creators Update," set to arrive in early 2017? Where is the security boost coming from? Let's cast a security minded-eye over Windows 10 Build 1703. Read More .

Has the Health Report showed you issues about your computer? Let us know if you find this feature helpful, and if you’ll use the Fresh Start, in the comments!

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Related topics: Troubleshooting, Windows 10.

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