Most problems are fixable. The issue is the time that it's gonna take to figure out exactly what the problem is, and then locate the fix that's needed.
Most people don't want to spend that amount of time - especially if it's open-ended ("it'll be fixed....eventually").
So often, as a matter of convenience, a user may elect to backup, wipe, and reinstall to save time (not everyone likes troubleshooting as much as I do!
To prevent this in the future, some extra work is required.
First and foremost are good backups. Without them it's very difficult to recover your work without special tools/techniques.
Next is preservation of the system state. This can be partially taken care of by System Restore - but it's not a 100% solution.
To preserve the system state, a disk image is needed.
Disk images take up an awful lot of space. But when do you need an image? It's too late to make one when the system gets "borked".
So you've gotta make them when the system is working fine - and update them as you add things to the system.
Finally, quite a few of these sort of problems can be "fixed" by a repair install of the OS - but it's not 100% and it does take some time to do the repair and then reupdate Windows. SFC.EXE usually won't work for a Windows Update problem because the new update has replaced the files in the system cache with the new version already.
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