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6 Tips to Fix Windows 10 that Won’t Boot

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, February 06, 2017

Your Windows 10 PC refuses to boot? Try these six tips to fix it.
One of the most frustrating problems users usually experience is when their PC refuses to boot up. It will be very troublesome and difficult to make any progress in locating the source of the problem when your system can’t even start. Especially if you have important files you are working on and you don’t have backup for those files and suddenly you find out you can’t boot your system. Very annoying isn’t it? However, we’ve an article that explains how you can backup your data on a computer that won’t boot up.

How do you even know the cause for the problem when you can’t even boot your system to inspect the problem? However, there’s no reason to despair because there will always be a way out. Even if things look miserable for your PC, you can always try lot of fixes before you can conclude that it’s really beyond repair.

Fortunately, Windows 10 provides quite a lot of methods you can use for troubleshooting and fixing the boot process, and of course there are a handful of easy fix methods you can carry out for yourself.

We’ve explained the easy methods you can use to fix your PC anytime it refuses to boot.

Let's get started!

1. Changing your Laptop Battery and Charger

In case you’re using a laptop, then battery problems could actually be the cause of your system’s failure to boot appropriately. You can also try out an alternate charger cable to see if that’s the cause of the problem. Ensure you verify that the charger cable is working properly by using it on another laptop. Then remove your system’s battery and plug your system into a power source.

If you are having a hardware problem then removing the battery will help you discover which component is faulty. The main thing here is to make sure you’re you are only testing one part at a time. For instance, if power problems are preventing your computer from booting up, then it’s very important that you know whether the battery, the charging cable, or another component needs to be changed.

2. Booting to the Command Prompt Window

When your computer start giving you booting problems or can’t boot properly, you might really not be able to do much on it. But, you might still be able to boot your system directly to the command prompt in order to expand its range of abilities. You can carry out more troubleshooting measures, and perhaps even fix your problem completely in the command prompt interface. However, you’ll need to have Windows 10 on a bootable disk or USB drive to perform the process, so use a different computer to set that up before you continue.

In order to boot your system into the command prompt, first boot up your system. Then keep an eye out for details of a combination of keys or special keys that will enable you to enter the BIOS while it’s initializing. This information is usually displayed whenever your system boots up for some seconds together with the vendor logo.

Then navigate to the Boot tab. Then select either the USB or DVD drive the first bootable device you want. The option you are going to select will depend on where your copy of Windows 10 is placed. That is you have to select the drive your copy of Windows 10 is. Furthermore, the information of this process may be different from one system to another, so you’ll have to follow the on-screen instructions or simply search for it on Google. Then insert the disk or drive that contains the Windows 10 into your PC, save your configuration, and restart your PC.

Then use your keyboard to select the disk or drive you’ll be using to boot when prompted. Now enter your language, currency, and input preferences. Then select Repair your computer in the next screen.

Then navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt. From there you should able to see a command prompt window where you’ll able to enter commands.

3. Using System Restore or Startup Repair Utility

In case you’re already booting your Windows 10 from a disk or USB drive, you can try out a couple of utilities that are available as part of the procedure. Then you’ll get access to options that can help to fix your PC once you’ve booted from the drive as stated above. Then look for System Restore and Startup Repair options in the Advanced Options screen. You can either use the System Restore or Startup Repair to get your PC back on track.

System Restore is a utility that lets you to return to a previous restore point when your computer was still working properly. It can only help to fix boot problems that were caused by a change you made on your system, rather than a hardware failure.

Startup Repair is a general-purpose troubleshooter for problems that prevent Windows from booting up. So in case you’re having trouble to find the source of your boot problems, it’s a good idea to run the utility in case it can help to fix the boot issues you are having.

4. Reassigning Your Drive Letter

Reassigning your USB drive letter is also another solution you can use to fix your boot problems. A system that has more than one drive installed can sometime cause boot problems for Windows 10 users in case their operating system (OS) volume has its drive letter accidentally unassigned. But, you can easily solve this issue by simply booting to the command prompt interface.

Now boot into a command prompt window as we’ve explained above. Then enter the following command line to run the disk partition utility:


Once you’ve done that, enter the below command in order to print details of all the volumes currently connected up to your system.

list volume

Then use the select and assign letter commands to reassign the correct letter to an unassigned volume. For example, if I wanted to assign the letter F to a Video CD volume, I would first enter “select volume 0
(the volume number e.g 0, 1)” and then enter “assign letter=F (the drive letter you want to assign to the drive e.g E, F etc)” to complete the process.

So select a volume with the below command in command prompt

select volume 0

Then enter the below in command prompt to assign a letter to a drive:

Assign letter = F

That’s all. Once you’ve entered the right commands in the command prompt then it should be able to solve your booting problems. Always be very careful when making changes or entering commands in the command prompt. Making mistakes like assigned a drive letter that has been assigned to an existing can cause further problems for your PC.

5. Bypassing the Windows 10 Bootloader

Bypassing the Windows 10 bootloader can also fix the boot issues you are having. For instance, if you come across problems while trying to make a fresh installation of Windows 10, you may stumble upon the new version of the bootloader utility. And this can sometimes get in the way when attempting to reach an existing OS installation that’s present on another drive.

However, fortunately for us, there’s a pretty much an easy way to fix this issue. To do this boot into the command prompt interface as we’ve explained and enter the following:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Then restart your computer. You should be able to notice that the legacy bootloader interface has replaced the Windows 10 iteration. So there shouldn’t be any further problems when entering the Safe Mode, or accessing your existing OS installation.

6. Using Third-Party Utilities

Using a third-party utility also helps to fix your Windows 10 boot issues. And finding out the exact cause of the problem is the most challenging part of fixing boot issues. It will be very difficult and frustrating to diagnose the problem when your system can’t even boot up.

But, with a third-party utility known as Boot Repair Disk, you might have more success in finding the root of the problem and fix it.

Boot Repair Disk is a free open source rescue disk that you can easily use to automatically find and fix problems keeping your PC from booting up. It’s actually very easy to use as long as you follow the process. You only have to select the architecture version of Windows 10 you are using i.e whether you’re using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. Then the remaining testing process and any required fixes are performed automatically. There are also options that you can use for more close control.

If you have tried all different kind of fixes and you are tired with boot issues your Windows 10 is having, and you’re not sure what fix to try next, Boot Repair Disk is a good option you can try. It’s not certain whether it might be able to fix your PC, but it may be able to indicate the cause of the problem.

With the above 6 tips, you should be able to solve the boot issues your Windows 10 is having. You can also share in the comment below if you’ve tried one of the fixes here and it solves your Windows 10 boot problems. Also, if there any fixes you know that is not listed here, kindly share it in the comment below.


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