Have you ever tried to find a solution to a problem on your computer and could not figure out how to resolve? Did you know that there is a built-in Troubleshooter in Settings? Troubleshoot allows you to run a troubleshooter to find and fix problems. Let’s take a look at how you can use this useful tool.

From Windows Search, type "Troubleshoot settings".

troubleshoot settings

Recommended troubleshooters will help improve your experience with Windows. First step is to choose how you would like your troubleshooter to be run.

Under Recommended troubleshooting, click the drop-down.

Recommended troubleshooting

Then give your device permission and set how you would like to be notified by choosing an option from the drop-down.

troubleshooting options

If there are any recommended troubleshooters to run, it will be listed below this menu.

Click on additional troubleshooters if you are looking to troubleshoot something in particular.

additional troubleshooters

Get up and running

For the most common problems, this section will help you with Network/Wi-Fi connection, audio playback/recording, printing, or issues updating to newer builds of Windows. Each selection will have unique prompts that will walk you through diagnostics to solve the issue.

Internet Connections

For example, when you select a topic you wish to troubleshoot, such as Internet Connections, you will notice an option to Run the troubleshooter. Once selected a new window will appear and begin searching for ways to fix the internet connection related issues.

Internet connections

The troubleshooting prompt will check your network connectivity, IP configurations, driver testing, and more.

Screenshot of Internet Connections troubleshooter


You can troubleshoot audio issues by running the troubleshooter under the Playing Audio item.

playing audio

Your computer will detect all audio devices connected to your computer, then ask you to select which playback device you would like to troubleshoot.

playing audio


Run the troubleshooter for your printer to help solve issues that you are having.


The troubleshooter will begin to detect any printer issues by checking all installed printers.

detecting printer problem

Once the troubleshooter finds all installed printers, it will then prompt you to select the one you are having issues with and then click next.

printer selection

device selection

If the troubleshooter cannot fix the issue, it moves to the next step and requests for you to try other options to address the printer connection issue.

Windows Update

Run the troubleshooter if you want to resolve problems that prevent you from updating Windows.

windows update troubleshooter

Find and fix other problems

If you are encountering other issues besides listed ones under the Get up and running section, the Find and fix other problems section, could be what you are looking for. From Bluetooth to the Windows Store apps will all run troubleshooters like the steps shown in this article.

The Windows 10 Troubleshooter helps you find and fix many common and specific problems without a hassle. If you find you are still having issues with your device there are several additional resources listed in the references.