What to do if Windows won’t boot up

Sometimes problems can happen while booting a computer running Windows OS, here are the main causes and how to solve them

Sometimes it can happen that our computer running Windows OS has problems while booting up. For example, it can happen that we can't access the login page or that every time we turn on the PC, it takes us back to the startup menu.

One of the most common cases on Windows is that the computer, when it restarts, instead of activating normally, takes us back to the startup menu section every time. In order to solve this problem the operations to be done are not very complicated but the time at our disposal must be long enough. It may take a few minutes to complete the process, but it can also take a couple of hours. This depends on the reason why Windows instead of starting up takes us to the startup settings. The problem in these cases is that it will also be impossible to access Safe Mode. This means that if we urgently need to use the computer, we should solve the problem first.

Try every form of booting

Before "fiddling" with the settings, try to boot the PC in every possible way. To verify that in all cases the normal startup fails. So let's try a classic boot via power button. Then with Safe Mode and then from the boot menu. If every attempt fails, it is very likely that one or more files were damaged during the last open session. These files are essential for the correct startup of the device and therefore the PC cannot boot normally. In this case to solve any problem we have to perform a Windows installation restore. On Windows 10, just look for the Startup Recovery item in the Startup menu. The same tool also exists on Windows 8, 7 and Vista.

System Restore

If the startup restore doesn't solve our problems we'll have to perform a system restore. This solution would solve any problems related to a damaged driver. Performing a system restore will restore any document or driver to the moment when the PC was working properly. If we don't have the Windows 10 disc, it is advisable to perform a restore from a CD, saved previously. The advice is to perform this operation as a precautionary measure before the onset of bugs and problems with the device. Here's how to perform a recovery disk. Not to be confused with a restore point.

Repair protected files

A damaged system file may prevent any form of booting. To get around this problem we will have to use the system file control command to repair damaged Windows files. It must be said that Sfc Command is not recommended for those who do not have great computer knowledge and are not familiar with the command prompt.

Clear CMOS

A BIOS configuration error could be one of the causes of boot bugs. To fix this type of problem, simply clear the BIOS memory on the motherboard to restore every setting to factory defaults. If your PC is more than three years old or has been off for months and months, the advice is to change the CMOS battery. If they are malfunctioning, it is normal for Windows to have problems booting up. Luckily, these batteries are cheap and easy to find.

Testing the RAM

If your computer has problems with the RAM, it may not turn on or it may only work until the login screen and then reboot or shut down. In this case we will have to replace the RAM. The cost of RAM is not too high but be very careful about compatibility with your computer, otherwise you will have made a useless purchase.

Testing the hard drive

As well as the RAM also the hard drive can be one of the reasons why our computer fails to boot properly. Moreover, a hard disk problem will not even allow us to use a safe mode. The advice in this case is to replace the hard disk.