What To Do When Windows 10 Won’t Boot

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What To Do When Windows 10 Won’t Boot

What happens when Windows 10 won’t boot up when you turn on your PC? Windows 10 has the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE), which gives you essential tools for troubleshooting issues and repairing startup problems.

After two unsuccessful startups, Windows 10 should automatically boot up the third time to Windows 10 RE (Recovery Environment) Advanced Options menu. If it doesn’t you can also restart your computer while holding down the Shift key to bring up the Advanced Options menu.

You can also start Windows RE from a Windows 10 installation DVD or USB, from a recovery drive (which you can make, see this page), or from the recovery partition on a device, if that option is available.

When you are having problems starting up Windows 10 or if you want to do troubleshooting, System Restore, etc., you can open the Advanced Options menu manually by restarting your computer while holding down the Shift key.

The initial Choose An Option menu allows you to click Continue to  start the default operating system without taking any further action. This is the option to choose if  your system automatically booted into Windows RE (Recovery Environment) because of a minor issue that doesn’t need repair. If you click “Troubleshoot” in the Choose an Option Menu, you’ll see options similar to those below:

If you click on Advanced Options (above), you’ll see the following menu:

The options above explained…

System Restore Allows you to choose a restore point created earlier and restore the system configuration.

System Image Recovery Replaces everything on the computer with a system image created using the Windows Backup utility from Windows 7 or later. (This utility is available in the Control Panel,
via the System Image Backup link, at the bottom of the File
History option.)

Startup Repair If you choose this option, Windows attempts to diagnose and automatically correct common boot problems.

Command Prompt Opens an administrative command prompt, where you can use command-line tools.

UEFI Firmware Settings Allows you to change startup settings such as boot order and Secure Boot. On an older PC with a legacy BIOS, this option leads to the Startup Settings menu instead.

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