How To Resolve Windows 8 Boot Issues

Chris Hoffman 24-04-2013

windows 8 boot issuesWindows 8 uses a new “hybrid boot” feature to improve boot times Windows 8 In Daily Use: What Is It Really Like? You hate Windows 8, don’t you? You’ve never used it, you haven’t even seen it in action (other than via a few YouTube videos) but you hate it. It’s pointless, it’s ugly, it’s unwieldy… you... Read More . When you shut down, your computer doesn’t actually shut down normally – it performs a sort of limited “hibernate When Power Saving Fails: Fixing Windows 7 Hibernation Issues When you use the hibernate shut-down option, Windows 7 saves the contents of your computer’s memory to disk and powers off the computer. If your computer can’t hibernate or isn’t resuming from hibernation properly, there... Read More ” that stores a state with drivers, services, and other software loaded into memory. When your computer boots, it doesn’t need to reinitialize all your hardware, load drivers, and load services – it simply loads the state from your hard drive and continues the boot-up process. This works differently from the normal hibernate feature, which stores your entire system state — hybrid boot doesn’t store your running desktop programs.


However, hybrid boot can cause problems. Some older computers with buggy drivers may not like it, just as some older computers refuse to hibernate properly because of driver issues. In addition, corrupted boot data can also prevent Windows 8 from booting normally, just as it could on older versions of Windows. To learn a great deal more about Windows 8, don’t forget to check out our Windows 8 guide The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More .

Disable Fast Startup/Hybrid Boot

If you’re experiencing boot problems, you may want to try disabling hybrid boot. This will slow down your computer’s boot process, so you should only do this if you’re trying to fix a problem.

To access this setting, press the Windows key, type “power settings” at the Start screen, and select the Settings category. Click “Change what the power buttons do” to launch the appropriate Control Panel.

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Click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” option near the top of the window that appears.


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After bypassing the UAC prompt, uncheck the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option under Shutdown settings near the bottom of the window.

Click the Save changes button. Windows will now perform a full shutdown and full startup, just as it did on Windows 7 How to Fix a Windows 10 Infinite Reboot Loop The Windows infinite reboot loop is a failure to correctly boot up the OS. Here's how to fix it on Windows 10, 7, and 8. Read More and previous versions of Windows. Your boot process will take longer, but this will hopefully fix any problems you’re encountering. If this doesn’t fix your problem, you should re-enable fast startup to improve your boot-up speed.

Repair Your Startup Data

When your computer boots from its hard drive, it checks the hard drive’s master boot record, which loads the boot loader and begins the boot process. However, the master boot record (MBR) itself can become overwritten or Windows boot data can become corrupt, preventing your computer from booting and resulting in error messages. If your Windows 8 system refuses to boot, you can use a bootable Windows installer disc – or make a Windows installer USB drive How To Install Windows 8 From A USB Stick If you’re looking to install Windows 8 and your computer doesn't have a DVD drive, you’re not alone. Whether you have a Windows 8 DVD or a Windows 8 ISO file you've downloaded from Microsoft,... Read More – to repair it.


Insert the disc or USB drive into your computer and restart. You should see the Windows 8 installer appear. Specify your language and keyboard type and continue until you reach the below screen. Click the Repair your computer option at the bottom-left corner of the window.

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Click Troubleshoot, and then Advanced Options.

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The first thing you should try is clicking the Automatic Repair option. If this works, Windows will take care of everything for you and make your computer boot properly.

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If this didn’t work, click the Command Prompt option instead. Type the following commands into the Command Prompt window, pressing Enter after each:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

The first command fixes your master boot record, while the second command writes a new boot sector to your hard drive. These commands should fix your problem.


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In some cases, you may also need to run these commands afterwards:

bootrec /scanos
bootrec /rebuildbcd

The first command scans your computer for operating systems and adds them to its boot configuration data – this should ensure the boot loader knows where the Windows installation is if it can’t find your Windows installation for some reason. The second command also scans your computer for operating systems, but displays a list and allows you to select the operating systems you want to add.

Fix Other Problems

If your Windows 8 computer is still refusing to boot normally, you may want to reset it to a clean state. If the boot process is failing, you should find yourself at the blue screen below. If the failure to boot is happening too early in the startup process, you can insert a Windows installer disc or USB drive – the same one you used above – and access the Troubleshoot screen in the same way. On the Troubleshoot screen, select the Refresh your PC option to reset your PC’s system files to their default state.

Of course, you can always reinstall Windows 8 entirely from a Windows 8 installer disc or USB drive, but the Refresh (or Reset) options work similarly and more quickly.

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For more information about troubleshooting Windows 8 boot issues, check out our complete guide to Windows 8 The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More .

Have you encountered any Windows 8 boot issues? How did you fix it? Leave a comment below and share your experiences!

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  1. Jorge Cortez
    December 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    My gateway N51B19U won't reboot even front the flash drive

  2. Hritik
    November 5, 2016 at 5:54 am

    hi guys please help me by mistake i installed Linux on windows 8.1 hard drive but i have a boot-able USB when i try to automatic repair doesn't work for me and i also tried reset PC it is also not working when i turn on my pc it just show a blank screen with a white arrow on top please help me how i should recover my pc without any data loss.

    Please help .

  3. Laureen
    February 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Hi, My PC did some upgrades and restarted itself. it boots up to to login on the blue screen and gives me 3 different users to login with,none of which I have ever used. That said, I am unable to login to my PC. What can I do to go back to before the updates were installed, so that I can login with the proper user(Aministrator2.......)? Please help, as I am taking an online course that has a looming deadline and I really need my computer. Thx. I look forward to hearing back from you as soon as is possible. I am able to access my email from my IPad.

  4. Anonymous
    August 10, 2015 at 6:33 am

    hello sir i have installed windows 8 but when i restart it,s not open and not open F8 sir tell me what i will do

  5. Resumil
    March 7, 2015 at 7:40 am

    On older systems it might be even better to completely turn off hibernation, which is achieved by running Command Prompt as Administrator and entering:

    powercfg.exe /hibernate off

    Then just press enter and voilĂ ... I was having a corrupt boot logo and consequent blank screen on each other boot, and this was the fix.

  6. Abiy
    February 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    bootrec worked for me. I was looking for this command. I tried by guessing but i can not get it. and on the command prompt, it dose not show all list of commands [help, /?, ?]. So i was guessing like bootcnfg, bootmgr, bootcfg..... But it was bootrec. Thank you so much

  7. Nicole
    September 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I have Issues with starting my new PC, I think that my system builder Cd's boot file is messed up... I have tried many different things to try to repair it, even this but none of it seemed to work. It starts fine sometimes but doesn't want to co-operate other times...

  8. anonymous
    September 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Hey, thanks a lot to you guys, it's been a real good help for me, I encountered this start up problem for about 2 months before where I had to wait for almost half an hour just to get to the login area.All I did before was by clicking (ctrl+alt+delete) over and over again knowing that it's not good for the resources of the pc, but after trying your guide it helped , thank you

  9. Philducati
    September 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have HP Envy 1335 whatever I try as above nothing turn out working, I also sick HP service, they put me on phone 8 hrs test this, and test that after all bad service.

    • Javier Alvarez
      December 20, 2014 at 2:28 am

      hey dude did you get your laptop repaired? because I have one the same kind that is having the same issue

  10. twinship
    September 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    i have tried all of these, and it still doesnt work, i also dont have the windows 8 disk because i got it off the windows website. if i brought it to a computer store what would they say and would they believe that i bought it?

  11. aTechMate
    July 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

    very nicely explained though i think mentioning system restore would not be a bad idea atleast before system refresh

  12. Zhong J
    April 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    If the boot issue is most certainly related to older computers running it then we'll see less people having this issue because Windows 8 specs are pretty modern compared to something years before. Most laptops being sold today have better specs than previous years so if there's other issue that might cause this behavior, it most certainly isn't caused by it being an old machine.

    • Chris Hoffman
      May 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Yes, Fast Startup would most likely cause problems if Windows 8 is installed on an old machine with faulty drivers. New computers that ship with Windows 8 shouldn't have any such problems.