Boot Problems: Fixing Startup Issues with Your Computer
Boot problems are typically the domain of the advanced computer user, however if you are facing such problems, you may want to at least attempt solutions of your own before enlisting the pros. This will provide you with a place to start.
What are Boot Problems?
Boot problems are essentially problems starting up your computer. If you reach the operating system start up announcement, then you do not have boot problems.
What Causes Boot Problems?
The most common cause of boot problems is the installation of a new software or hardware. Your computer may be attempting to protect your folders and files by preventing you from rebooting. It may also be caused by a failing or faulty video card or hard drive or even the power supply.
How to Fix Boot Problems?
Boot problems may be easy to fix, but on times prove to need professional help. Before attempting to tackle boot problems, ensure that the power supply is indeed functioning. The power supply fan must be blowing and all the LED lights on the system must be lit. If the power supply is functional continue with one or both of the solutions below.
- Disconnect any external devices that are attached to your computer like printers, scanners and gaming systems. Attempt to reboot.
- Read all messages that your computer gives you as you attempt to reboot. It will likely identify the hardware or software that is problematic. If a specific error message is given, follow instructions for fixing that error.
- If you are not getting an error message, attempt to reboot in the safe mode, by pressing and holding F8 as your computer restarts.
- If this works you will be able to get the error message by going to: System Properties, selecting Advance, then Startup and Recovery, then Disable Automatic Restarts. Once you have the error message, you will be able to fix it.
- Locate the error message on the Windows bugcheck code list found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff542347(v=vs.85).aspx and follow the instructions to solve it.
- Attempt to locate the software that is causing the problem. Anything that you have recently removed may have left information on your computer that is blocking your attempts at booting. You will need to reinstall this software.
- Remove it once again using the Add or Remove Programs tool if you can access it or by following manufacturer’s instructions. You simply go to Start.
- Choose Settings.
- Select Control Panel.
- Click on Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the program you need to remove and click on the word remove.
- Shut down the computer after the process ends and attempt to reboot again. You should have success.
If you still can not get your boot problems fixed, contact a professional computer technician for a more thorough diagnosis. Good luck fixing your boot problems.
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