Windows 10 Won’t Open? 11 Solutions to Get Your Computer Running

Few computer problems are just as frustrating as a PC refusing to boot. Even when your system cannot start, it is difficult to make any progress in finding the source of the problem.

Of course, there is no reason to despair if your Windows 10 computer won’t boot. Even if things seem bleak for your computer, you can really try out a large number of fixes beyond repair. Windows 10 offers several methods for sorting the boot process and there are a few easy techniques you can apply for yourself.

By any chance, this guide should help you find the culprit behind your PC not wanting to boot.

1.Try Windows Safe Mode

The weirdest fix for Windows 10 boot problems is Safe Mode. It is an alternative boot scheme that starts your computer with minimal software. A modified boot process can bypass driver and software issues. The weird thing is that sometimes  starting the computer in Safe Mode can fix boot problems  . It’s not clear to me what processes are executed in Safe Mode, but experience has taught me that it’s an effective and easy solution.

However, if your computer does not boot, you   may have trouble entering Safe Mode . There are two relatively easy ways to get into this.

 

Method 1: Enter Safe Mode from Windows Recovery

Most non-bootable computers “hang” (or do not proceed) at the Windows splash screen.

From here, you can interrupt the boot process three times in a row to force the computer into Safe Mode, which automatically triggers Windows Recovery. From  Select an option  recovery window, choose  Expense  then,  Advanced options  and then  Startup Settings  .

From the Startup Settings, you can reboot the computer to Safe mode with the internet enabled or disabled. Both options should work.

Method 2: Safe Mode with Windows 10 Recovery Drive

If you can’t enter safe mode, you need to create a Windows 10 USB recovery drive. The recovery drive contains the Windows 10 recovery media accessible by tapping F8 at boot. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to remove this feature.

To create a recovery drive, you must have another Windows 10 computer and a USB drive with at least 512MB of storage space. If you want to create a system backup (you will see the option to back up system files to the recovery drive), you will need 16 GB of storage space.

 

 Start Control Panel> Create a recovery drive .

Then follow the guided instructions.

After creating the recovery drive, you can boot your computer only if you have opened the USB drivers bootable from POST media, also known as UEFI or BIOS. After enabling the USB drives as bootable, plug the drive into your computer and restart (you may need to press the reset button or hold down the power button for a few seconds).

2.Check Your Battery

If you’re using a laptop, battery issues can cause boot problems. It’s worth testing an alternative charging cable to see if it fixes the problem. Verify that the cable is working by trying it on another laptop. Next, remove your system’s battery and plug the device into a power source.

 

Removing the battery will help you discover whether a hardware issue could be responsible. The key here is to make sure you only test one item at any given time. If power issues are preventing it from starting, it is very important that you know if the battery, charging cable or other component needs to be replaced.

 

3.Unplug All Your USB Devices

A serious problem with Windows 10 updates is that sometimes your computer won’t boot due to a conflict with a USB device. You can fix this problem by removing all USB devices (and other non-essential peripherals) and restarting the computer.

If your computer remains on the same loading screen, removing all USB devices will fix the problem automatically. In other cases, you may need to restart the computer.

4. Turn Off Fast Boot

Inside your BIOS or UEFI  is a setting called Fast Boot  that allows  Windows 8 and newer operating systems to boot very quickly by preloading drivers  . Unfortunately, Windows updates can break Fast Boot compatibility. Fortunately, it can be turned on and off through your Fast Boot BIOS.

The method to enter the BIOS / UEFI screen differs between computers. Please refer to our guide to locating the computer’s UEFI / BIOS for instructions on finding the correct path for your computer. For most people,  tapping the Delete key during boot should  trigger the POST environment. The other two public keys that can work are  F2  and  Esc  .

 

Once in the BIOS or UEFI, the Fast Boot option is normally   part of the Advanced options, but it can happen anywhere.

Windows 10 Won't Open? 11 Solutions to Get Your Computer Running

If you don’t see any Fast Boot entries, it was made before 2013 as your computer did not include the Fast Boot option.

 

5.Try a Malware Scan

Malware is the main cause of a computer that cannot be booted. The common method of dealing with malware that causes boot problems is with an anti-malware program that can boot from a USB or DVD drive. Some companies provide this software for free, such as BitDefender’s rescue CD. One of my favorites is AVG Rescue CD [Broken Link Removed] (can be installed on a USB drive despite its name).

After viewing the CD to a USB drive, you can boot the affected computer with the drive inserted. If you have set the computer to boot from the recovery drive, AVG will start in the recovery environment. Then scan for malware.

6.Boot into the Command Prompt Interface

When your computer fails to boot properly, it really can’t do anything. However, it may still be possible to boot directly into Command Prompt to expand its capabilities. Using this interface, you can perform further troubleshooting procedures and even fix your problem. Windows 10 needs to be on a bootable disk or USB drive to perform the procedure, so use another computer to set this up before you start.

 

Start your system to boot into command prompt. When booting,  pay attention to the details of a key combination that will allow you to enter the BIOS . This information is usually presented next to the seller logo. 

Go to the Boot tab and make the first bootable device driver to either USB or DVD. Your choice here will depend on where your copy of Windows 10 is located. Again, the features of this process may vary from one system to another, so refer to the instructions on the screen.

Then insert the disk or drive containing Windows 10 into your system, save your configuration, and restart your computer.

Windows 10 Won't Open? 11 Solutions to Get Your Computer Running

When prompted, use your keyboard to indicate that you want to boot using the disc or drive. Enter the desired language, currency, and login preferences, then  select Repair your computer on the next screen  . Next,  choose Troubleshoot  >  Advanced Options  >  Command Prompt  , then you should see a window for entering commands.

7.Using System Restore or Startup Repair

If you are already booting Windows 10 from a disk or drive, it is worth using a few utilities available as part of the process. After booting from the drive as described above, you can access options that can get your PC back on track. Notice the links, on System Restore  and  Startup Repair  on the  Advanced Options  screen.

System Restore is a utility that allows you to revert to the previous Restore Point while your computer is working normally. It can fix boot problems caused by a change you made, rather than a hardware failure.

 

Startup Repair is a general purpose troubleshooter for problems that prevent Windows from starting. If you’re having trouble locating the source of your boot problems, it’s a good idea to run the utility in case it can find a solution.

8.Reassign Your Drive

A system with multiple drivers installed can cause boot problems for Windows 10 users if the operating system (OS) volumes have not unintentionally assigned drive letters. However, you can fix this problem with minimal issues by booting into the command prompt interface.

Boot into a command prompt window as described above, then enter the following to run the partition utility:

diskpart

Once this is done,  enter the list volume to print the details of all units connected to your system  .

Windows 10 Won't Open? 11 Solutions to Get Your Computer Running

From here,  you can use the select letter  and  assign commands to reassign the  correct letter to an unassigned unit  . For example, if I wanted to assign the letter E to the Audio CD in the image above, I would first enter “select volume 0” and then “ata letter = E” to complete the process.

Windows 10 Won't Open? 11 Solutions to Get Your Computer Running

 

As always, be very careful when making changes in the command prompt. Making mistakes here can quickly cause more problems from your computer.

9. Bypassing Windows 10 Bootloader

If you run into trouble while trying to do a fresh Windows 10 installation, you may encounter the new version of the bootloader utility. This can sometimes prevent attempts to reach an existing operating system installation on another drive.

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple way to fix this situation. Boot into the command prompt interface and enter the following:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Restart your computer and you should see that the old bootloader interface has replaced the Windows 10 iteration. You shouldn’t have any other problems entering Windows 10 Safe Mode or accessing your current operating system setup.

 

10. Factory Reset

At this point, we get into the more difficult and destructive repair options. Besides factory resetting, restoring and refreshing your PC are also among the more difficult options. Each of them has its own advantages and weaknesses. If you’ve tried all the other options, you’ll likely be disappointed.

Go for factory reset. You will lose some apps and other data, but you may choose to keep some of your files. A Windows 10 factory reset (Microsoft simply describes such a process as “reset”) restores the computer to its default operating state.

11. Repair Update (“In Place Upgrade”)

A repair install is similar to factory reset, except in one big way: it will completely reload your PC. Unfortunately, it requires the entire Windows operating system to be downloaded and you will need a functional Windows computer with an internet connection.

This method requires you to have a functional computer, DVD or USB drive, and internet connection. More or less, you should download and run the Windows USB / DVD Download Tool and use it to create a bootable installer.

This method is pretty complicated, but I can recommend a video:

 

Windows 10 Won’t Open? 11 Solutions to Get Your Computer Running

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