How to Fix Windows 10 Boot Loop after System Update

How to Fix Windows 10 Boot Loop after System Update Issue

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Dec 03, 2020 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


Windows 10 happens to be the latest version in a long line of Windows OS used by PCs, laptops, and several other Microsoft applications. The idea behind the release of Windows 10 was to provide users with a very stable system that had advanced features lacking in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This new release had several amazing features but it also came with its one baggage such as a boot loop problem.

Overview of Windows 10 Boot Loop

With Windows 10, the developer found a way to integrate a touch-based system into desktop computers but users had the luxury of deciding whether they wanted to use the feature or not. Besides the touch-based feature, Windows 10 also has several other features not found in older versions that users came to enjoy. But with all the benefits of this application, users started facing boot loop issues (PC not successfully booting). This led to Microsoft issuing several solutions to users looking to fix this problem. Here are Some of the ways users of Windows 10 have managed to fix boot loop issues in their computers.

How to fix Windows 10 Boot Loop

1 – The Use of Command Prompt

If the Boot loop is caused by the presence of corrupted files in your hard drive you can restore a clean copy of the same files previously-stored by Windows. To restore the files, follow these steps.

If the system asks you to overwrite files, tap "A" then tap Enter.

Type exit to complete the process.

2- Use Safe Mode

A boot loop issue can also be fixed by placing your system in safe mode. Safe mode is a section on Windows that runs on a default setting and can aid a successful troubleshooting process. To enter into safe mode

Click Troubleshoot – Advanced options – Startup settings then click Restart

With your PC in Safe mode the boot loop issue will disappear but if it doesn't, use the Troubleshooter option to check and fix errors.

3. Ensure that drivers are up to date

A boot loop problem can also be caused by an outdated driver. To be on the safe side make sure that your drivers are updated to the latest version. Updating drivers manually can be very stressful since you will have to search online for the correct ones but with a driver update software, you can update your drivers automatically. There are several tools online you can download and install on your device. A driver update software like Recoverit comes to mind. Recoverit is easy to use and will help you scan the web for updated drivers for your device. After installing Recoverit or any other software of your choice, launch it, and follow the instructions provided to update drivers.

4- Disconnect unnecessary Devices from your PC

Using all sorts of external devices such as USB's can cause boot loop problems. If you want to be sure that an external drive is not the cause of the problem, consider disconnecting all drives from your device and see if the problem will be resolved. As a general rule, disconnect external decide from your system when performing an update including WiFi adapters.

5- Disable Boot in BIOS

You shouldn't be surprised if your BIOS is the reason why your PC is failing to boot. A secure boot feature in BIOS for instance can prevent a successful boot. If the secure boot in BIOS is the cause, disabling it will fix likely to fix the error.

With these changes made to your BIOS, your PC should reboot successfully if the secure boot was the cause of the boot loop bug.

6- Disable internet network

Some users who have suffered this problem claim that the boot loop problem started after connecting their PC to the internet. This allegation may be true because if there are available updates for download, for example, Windows will attempt to download the updates the moment you connect to the internet and this may lead to system reboot problems.

For wireless networks, switching off the router will break off the connection while for Ethernet networks, a simple unplugging of the cable from your PC will do. Try disabling your internet network and see if this fixes the error.

7 Erase problematic updates

If an internet connection is a probable reason why your system is failing to boot, some previously installed updates can also cause problems of their own. Removing such updates is quite easy.

On a final note, some Windows 10 users believe that KB3081424 is to blame for boot loop issues but even if they are right, you also need to bear in mind that other updates may also cause the problem as well. For the avoidance of doubt, you can install KB3081436 and then see if the problem will go away.

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