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Quick Fix to Computer Won’t Start After Windows Update

Quick Fix to Computer Won't Start After Windows Update

This has been a severe problem with Windows 10 computer after it installs Windows updates. Though the Windows operating system is a very stable OS, a few faulty updates or inappropriate drivers or registry files may halt your computer to a no boot situation. You may end up seeing a blue screen or a black screen once you start your PC.

Not even 5% of users are aware of how to fix a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). If your Windows is not starting after an update, there can be several reasons behind it. But Windows is smart enough to give you an error code associated with the issue. If you are able to crack the code, you can fix it within no time. Here are quick steps to fix Windows 10 not starting after update by undoing changes made to your computer.

Identify the BSOD Error Code

Whenever you encounter a BSOD issue, it comes with an error code along with the QR Code. You can also scan the QR Code with your smartphone and it should give you more information about the issue along with possible fixes. You can take down the BSOD error code and search it on Google or search it on the Microsoft Windows Error Code list.

In Windows operating system, the BSOD errors are categorized into the below groups.

  • CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED
  • SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED
  • IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
  • VIDEO_TDR_TIMEOUT_DETECTED
  • PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
  • SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION
  • DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION

If the error code specifies the issue with Windows Updates, you can look for the possible solutions on Microsoft Support Portal. Generally, troubleshooting includes the following steps.

Get Yourself into Recovery Mode

The first step to start the troubleshooting is to get into the recovery mode. Here you get an option to boot your computer in safe mode with networking where you can diagnose the issue and fix it forever.

There are several options to get into Safe Mode with Networking however this is one of the easiest methods that you can try to fix your computer by undoing changes made to your computer.

Step 1. Click on the ‘Start’ button on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 2. Click on the ‘Power’ button in the left-hand side panel and point at the ‘Restart’ option.

Step 3. Hold down the ‘Shift’ key and click on the ‘Restart’ option before you release the Shift key.

Step 4. The system will come up with a blue screen asking you to choose an option. Click on the ‘Troubleshoot’ option and then select the ‘Advanced Options’.

Step 5. Click on the ‘Startup Settings’ option in the ‘Advanced Options’ menu.

Step 6. You will find all the available options to restart the computer in Safe Mode with Networking. On this screen, you need to click on the ‘Restart’ button at the bottom.

Step 7. On the restart, it will again give you a list of options where you need to select 5 or hit the F5 key on the top to get the system into Safe Mode with Networking.

Perform System Restore

Once you get into Safe Mode with Networking, here you get various options to diagnose the issue and get possible solutions as your computer is also connected to the internet. The first option that we will try is ‘System Restore’ to restore the computer to an earlier restore point when the computer was working absolutely fine.

“Please Note: When you perform a system restore, it may uninstall the programs installed after the selected system restore point. System Restore doesn’t impact your saved files created after the system restore point.”

Step 1. Click on the Windows search bar and type system restore.

Step 2. Select ‘Create a Restore Point’ in the search results.

Step 3. You will see the ‘System Properties’ window with the ‘System Protection’ tab selected on the top.

Step 4. Click on the ‘System Restore’ button to roll back changes on your computer.

Step 5. A new window will pop up to complete the task and restore the system files and settings.

Step 6. Here you will find the list of available system restore points when the computer was working absolutely fine. You will see the date and time along with it for you to relate if it was working properly on that date. Select the restore point when the computer was working properly.

Step 7. This is an optional step. You can click on the ‘Scan for Affected Programs’ button to gauge which programs can be affected by this action. Click on the ‘Next’ button if you are ready.

Step 8. Once the system restore is complete, you can click on the ‘Next’ and ‘Close’ buttons to finish the task. It may restart during the course process.

Rollback Windows Updates

Now that we are certain with the error code that the problem is due to faulty drivers, we need to roll back the Windows Updates to its previous version.

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the search bar and click on the ‘Control Panel’ app from the list.

Step 2. Under the ‘Programs’ section or under ‘Programs and Features’, click on the ‘Uninstall a Program’ option from the list of available options.

Step 3. Click on the ‘View installed updates’ link on the left-hand side top section of the window. Sort the update by most recent date on the top by clicking on the ‘Installed On’ column.

Step 4. Right-click on the latest update one by one and click on the ‘Uninstall’ option. On prompt, click on ‘Yes’ to confirm your submission.

Step 5. If prompted, click on the ‘Restart Now’ option to complete the uninstallation process.

On the next restart, you should come back to the normal screen. If you are still in windows Safe Mode With networking, these steps will help you to get into the normal mode.

Press Win + R, type MSCONFIG and press enter. Go to the ‘Boot’ tab, uncheck the ‘Safe Boot’ checkbox under the ‘Boot Options’. Click on Appy and Okay and then restart the computer.

Summing Up

These quick fixes can fix if your Windows is not starting after an update. There can be other fixes as well like Windows Repair, running SFC /scannow command in the command prompt with Administrator privileges, running startup repair, fix Windows MBR on Windows 10, check for errors or bad sectors on the hard drive. You can also make use of an Advanced Driver Updater to automatically update Windows drivers without any errors.

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