How to Troubleshoot Windows 10 failure to boot using Recovery Environment
Windows failing to boot can be a daunting experience, the Recovery environment built into Windows 10 is designed to overcome a variety of problems that cause Windows 10 to fail to boot. This tutorial details the options available and how to use them.
Read the following instructions carefully before proceeding with the Recovery environment, some options may cause you to lose settings, updates or files.
List of Contents
Preface: Entering the Recovery Environment
Option One: System Restore
Option Two: Refresh Windows 10
Option Three: Reset Windows 10
Option Four: System Image Recovery
Entering the Recovery Environment
1: When Windows 10 fails to boot you will be taken to the Recovery screen. Click Restart my PC
A) If your PC reboots successfully you can disregard the rest of this tutorial.
B) If your PC boots back to the Recovery screen, follow Step 2.
2: Click See advanced Repair options
3: At the Choose an option screen click Troubleshoot
1: Click Advanced Options
Refresh Windows 10
1: Click on Refresh your PC
Reset Windows 10
1: Click on Reset your PC
System Image Recovery
The System Image Recovery
option will only be executable if you have previously created a Windows System Image
Restoring a system image may take between a few minutes and a few hours depending on the size of your system image.
1: Click on System Image Recovery
2: On the Choose an account to continue screen click the name of the account you will use to restore the image
3: Enter the password for the chosen account
Select a system image backup
A) By default the Use the latest available system image (recommended) option is selected. If you wish to use this option click Next
If you select this option skip to Step 5
If you wish to choose a different image follow Step 4: B)
If you wish to select a different system image click on Select a system image
then click Next
Highlight the location where your desired image is stored and click Next
Highlight the image you wish to restore and click Next
At this point you will be asked if you would like to Choose additional restore options
Check the Format and repartition disks
to restore your hard drives and partitions to the state they were in at the time the image was taken. Click the Exclude disks...
button to exclude certain drives from the repartitioning process
If the options are greyed out (as in the screenshot above) click on Install drivers...
to install the drivers for your disk drives from an external source (USB stick or CD/DVD)
Click on Advanced
to set further instructions before restoring the image.
To make additional changes before restarting the PC uncheck the Automatically restart this computer after the restore is complete
To prevent a Disk Check
run uncheck the Automatically check and update disk error information
Once you have chosen your additional options click Next
6: Check your image choice is correct and click Finish, then confirm the restore by clicking Yes.