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Windows-10 Won’t Boot?

If your Windows 10 computer is not starting properly, there could be several reasons behind it, ranging from software issues to hardware problems. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you diagnose and fix the issue:

 

Check for Hardware Issues:

Ensure that all cables, including power and data cables, are securely connected.

Make sure the power source (outlet or UPS) is working correctly.

Disconnect external devices (printers, USB drives, etc.) and see if the problem persists.

 

Try Safe Mode:

If you can’t boot normally, try booting into Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key repeatedly during startup. Safe Mode loads only essential drivers and may help identify software-related issues.

 

Use Startup Repair:

If Windows won’t start properly, Windows 10 has a built-in Startup Repair tool. You can access it by:

Booting from a Windows 10 installation USB/DVD and selecting “Repair your computer.”

Or, if you see the “Automatic Repair” option during a failed boot, select it.

 

Restore to a Previous State:

If your computer was working correctly a few days ago, you can try a System Restore:

Boot into Safe Mode (if possible).

Search for “Create a restore point” and select “System Restore.”

Follow the on-screen instructions to revert your system to a previous state.

 

Check for Disk Errors:

You can run a disk check to identify and repair disk errors that may be preventing Windows from starting.

Open Command Prompt as an administrator.

Type chkdsk /f and press Enter. Follow any on-screen prompts.

 

Repair Windows Installation:

If none of the above methods work, you may need to repair your Windows installation.

Boot from a Windows 10 installation USB/DVD.

Select “Install Now” but choose the “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” option.

Select the partition where Windows is installed and click “Next.”

The installation will attempt to repair Windows while keeping your files and applications intact.

 

Reinstall Windows:

If the repair doesn’t work, you may need to reinstall Windows. Be aware that this will erase all your files, so make sure you have backups.

Follow the same steps as the repair, but instead of choosing the “Custom” option, select “Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications.”

 

Seek Professional Help:

If you are not comfortable performing these troubleshooting steps or if the issue is hardware-related (e.g., a faulty hard drive or motherboard), it’s advisable to seek assistance from a professional technician.

Remember to back up your important data before attempting any repair or reinstallation, especially if you choose to reinstall Windows. If your computer is under warranty, consider contacting the manufacturer for support.

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