How to Rescue Windows 10 When It Won’t Boot Up

Ben Stegner 25-07-2016

As annoying as it is, sometimes your computer won’t boot or has other issues that prevent you from troubleshooting because you can’t even get into the system. We’ve discussed how to get into Safe Mode on Windows 10 How to Boot in Safe Mode on Windows 10 Facing Windows booting problems? Safe Mode is a built-in Windows 10 troubleshooting feature you should try first. Read More , but you can’t really do that if Windows won’t boot.


Next time you need to get into Windows 10’s advanced startup but the system is unbootable, here’s the fix.

You’ll need to make a Windows 10 bootable USB or DVD first, using another computer. We’ve shown you all you need to know to create this installation media How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media Regardless of how you arrived at Windows 10, there's a way to create your own installation media. Sooner or later you might need it. Let us show you how to be prepared. Read More . Next, plug the flash drive or place the DVD into your problem machine and boot from it instead of your system’s hard drive.

You may need to enter the system’s BIOS and change the boot order How to Change the Boot Order on Your PC (So You Can Boot From USB) Learn how to change the boot order of your computer. It's important for troubleshooting issues and tweaking settings, and it's a lot easier than you think. Read More to look at the flash drive or disc first, if it doesn’t allow you to choose it normally.

After a bit, you’ll be greeted with the “Install Windows 10” screen. Advance past the language and keyboard settings, and on the screen with the “Install Now” button, instead click on Repair your computer in the bottom-left corner. You’ll then have to choose between Troubleshoot and Turn off your PC; obviously we don’t want to turn it off, so choose Troubleshoot.

Finally, click Advanced options. Now, you can access all the usual fixes — like System Restore, Startup Repair, and a command prompt — that should allow you to fix the system.


If you need more help, be sure to look through our solutions to common Windows booting problems How to Solve Most Windows Boot Problems Is your Windows computer not booting up? It could be because of a hardware, software, or firmware error. Here's how to diagnose and fix these problems. Read More .

Have you ever had to troubleshoot a Windows 10 system and used advanced repair? Let us know your experiences in the comments!

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  1. trippex
    July 26, 2016 at 12:41 am

    OK if my computer does not start up how do I go to advanced startup??????

    • Ben Stegner
      July 26, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Did you read the article? I wrote it to answer this question.

  2. me
    July 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    where are answers to real problems like

    try unplugging everything
    disabled drivers
    msconfig to turn off non ms stuff
    F8 does not work during the upgrade process

    After driver install reaches 100% reboots and says INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

    then it reverts and you get

    stop code c1900101 40017

  3. raj lath
    July 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

    How is this different from windows 7 or windows 8 or windows xp or windows 98.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 25, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      There's a pretty good chance someone didn't know how to do this, or didn't know where the Windows 10 installation media was found, or never did it on 8 or 7.