Occasionally Windows 10 may run into a problem and present you with the following screen -
This can be caused by a number of problems including -
- Virus/Malware infection
- A failed Windows Update
- An incompatible Hardware/Software change
- Accidental deletion of a critical system file
Using the Advanced Startup Options can help you to overcome this message and boot into Windows. Usually, Windows 10 will automatically show the Advanced Startup Options screen after it has failed to boot into Windows a few time, but if it doesn't you can force it to show by doing the following -
- Switch on your computer
- Wait for the computer manufacturer logo to show (Dell, HP etc)
- After the manufacturer screen has disappeared, start tapping the F11 key
The Advanced Startup Options should now be displayed -
Click the Troubleshoot button and a new set of options will be displayed -
Now click on the Advanced options button, and you will be presented with the following options to attempt to fix Windows 10 and allow it to boot -
System Restore will allow you to revert the computer's state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time. System Restore Points are usually created automatically before the installation of a program/app or a Windows Update. This is usually a good method to try first.
Automatic Repair will attempt to do exactly what it says. Windows will try to detect any potential problems that are preventing successful boot-up and fix them automatically.
Startup Settings will show a list of various boot-up methods, including Safe Mode. Safe Mode attempts to boot Windows using a very limited and primitive set of drivers. This can be used to diagnose incompatible/corrupt device drivers that are preventing Windows from booting up. A classic example of this could be recent graphics card or similar device driver has updated, and is not currently compatible with Windows 10. Or simply the driver installation failed and corrupted the previous version. If your System is able to boot up into Safe Mode, it is almost a certainty that a device driver is to blame. Run a System Restore to take the computers state back to a point before any new drivers were installed and work from there.