Waking up to lớn a computer that simply doesn’t want to lớn boot inkhổng lồ its Operating System is nothing short of a nightmare that has come to lớn life. There are many different errors that Windows computers display when they fail lớn boot into their Operating Systems, & one of these is the “Windows failed khổng lồ start” error. The entirety of this error message states the following:
“Windows has failed to lớn start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.”
The error message screen also provides the user with a couple of options that can be used lớn resolve the issue (such as running Startup Repair or starting Windows normally), but no matter what option the user chooses, they are bound khổng lồ return khổng lồ the same “Windows failed khổng lồ start” error message. The cause of this issue can be anything ranging from an incompatible or faulty hardware, software (program or application) or driver/update that you recently installed khổng lồ corrupt boot files or an issue with your HDD (or SSD).
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Since the causes of the “Windows failed khổng lồ start” error message are so diverse, so are the solutions that have sầu proven to lớn work for Windows users who have been affected by this issue in the past. The following are some of the most effective solutions that you can use lớn try và resolve sầu this issue & successfully boot inlớn your Operating System:
Solution 1: Remove any hardware that you recently installed and reboot
If you installed any hardware (such as printers or cameras) before your computer started going haywire and spewing out the “Windows failed lớn start” error message on startup, it is quite likely that the hardware you installed is the culprit. If that is the case, simply remove the hardware that you installed (và preferably all other non-essential hardware, leaving only the mouse & keyboard attached) và restart your computer. If your computer boots into its OS as it should, the hardware you removed was indeed the culprit.
Solution 2: Make sure that your computer detects its HDD & is booting from it
Restart your computer, và at the first screen that you see, press the key that will take you inkhổng lồ its BIOS settings. You will find this key on both your computer’ user manual & on the first screen you see when it boots up. Once in the BIOS settings, peruse its tabs until you find the Boot priority order (or Boot order). Highlight Boot priority order and press Enter, và when you see a list of devices that your computer tries khổng lồ boot from, make sure that your HDD is on the top of the các mục.
If your HDD is nowhere to be found on the list, open your computer up, and remove sầu và reseat the SATA or IDE cable connecting the HDD khổng lồ the motherboard (or preferably replace it altogether), boot your computer up, access the BIOS settings and see if it now detects the HDD. If the HDD is still not detected, run diagnostics on it (See: this guide) to determine whether or not it has failed or is failing.
If your HDD is on the list but is just not on the top of it, configure the danh mục so that the HDD in on top & is your computer’s first boot device. After doing so, save the change, exit the BIOS và restart the computer to see if the issue has been resolved.
Solution 3: Persize a System Restore
If this problem is being caused by a program, application, driver or update you installed, restoring your computer lớn a point in time before it was installed should be more than enough to lớn fix it.
Insert a Windows installation disc or Windows system repair disc into lớn the affected computer. Restart the computer và boot from the disc.
Note: To boot from the disc, you may have lớn once again access your computer’s BIOS settings and, instead of just looking at the boot order, change it khổng lồ phối your DVD/CD drive as your computer’s first boot device. Once done, save sầu the change và exit the BIOS settings và you should be asked khổng lồ press any key to lớn boot from the disc you inserted when your computer starts up. (see how to lớn start windows 7 in startup repair here, and windows 8/8.1/10 here).
Select the Operating System you want lớn repair và chose Repair Your Computer. Click on System Restore. Choose a Restore Point (preferably one that was created days before the problem showed itself). Follow the onscreen instructions lớn initiate the System Restore. Once the System Restore completes, restart your computer & check to see if the System Restore got rid of the issue.
Solution 4: Perkhung a Startup Repair
Performing a Startup Repair will fix any & all issues keeping your computer from booting inlớn its Operating System, which is why this method has pretty significant chances of fixing this problem for you. To perform a Start Repair on your computer, you need to:
Insert a Windows installation disc or Windows system repair disc inkhổng lồ the affected computer.
Restart the computer and boot from the disc.
Choose your language and other preferences & then click on Next.
If you are using a Windows installation disc, you will be taken to a screen that has an Install Now button at its center. On this screen, clichồng on Repair your computer in the bottom left corner. If you are using a system repair disc, you will be taken directly khổng lồ the next step. Select the Operating System you want to repair. Cliông chồng on Startup Repair. Follow the onscreen instructions, initiate the Startup Repair & when it completes, restart your computer to lớn see if it fixed the problem.
Solution 5: Reinstall Windows altogether
If none of the solutions listed và described have sầu worked for you, your last viable resort may just be reinstalling Windows altogether. Be warned that doing so will erase all of the data & third-buổi tiệc nhỏ programs on your computer but also may very well be your last hope.