Windows 10 is Stuck in Spinning Dots

  1. JonathanAlberto's Avatar
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #1

    Windows 10 is Stuck in Spinning Dots


    Hi guys, I need some help. I just encountered this bizarre problem on Windows 10 64-bit (this is the second time that I encountered the problem this year).

    Here’s how the problem started:

    1. I noticed that Windows 10 Pro 64-bit is stuck on spinning dots. I’ve waited for more than 2 hours just to see if it is going to load Windows but it isn’t, I tried to continue waiting but the dots just keep on spinning the whole morning.

    2. I tried to enter WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) by way of holding the power button for 10 seconds three times in a row but it got stuck in “Attempting repairs” screen.

    3. I tried to force it to boot in Safe Mode by issuing the command “bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal” in Command Prompt so that I could disable “fast star-up” in Control Panel by way of its Windows DVD installation media but it is not working.

    4. I tried to scan the drive using CHKDSK /F /R but it found NO ERROR in both partitions (C and D).

    5. I booted again using its Windows DVD installation media, when I click Drive C: it says that I cannot install Windows in it because its partition style is MBR.

    6. I successfully reformatted Drive C that but it still does not allow me to install Windows in it because its partition style was MBR.

    7. I deleted the Drive C partition but it does not allow me to recreate the partition because its partition style was MBR.

    8. What I did next is I also deleted the Drive D partition, at this moment there’s no partition existing on the hard drive. When I tried to create a new partition, boom, I successfully created two partitions on the drive (C and D), the drive is now GPT.

    9. Then I was able to install Windows 10 and the machine is running again with no problem for two days now.

    Note: I’ve gone through all those steps because I do not want to do a reinstall or reformat the machine because a payroll program is installed in it. But it got me no choice but to do a reformat instead.

    Additional info: When I first encountered this problem I also did all the steps that I mentioned above the only difference is that I tried to write a new boot sector and fix the MBR using the commands fixboot and fixmbr respectively but it does not fix the problem I also ended up deleting all the partitions on the drive (the machine is now running for more than 6 months now without a problem).

    My questions are:

    1. What is the cause of the problem? Could it possibly be that “fast start-up” feature is messing or conflicting with some drivers or software at start-up?
    2. How to troubleshoot it? (I was not able to turn-off fast “start-up” because I was not able to make Windows start in Safe Mode).
    3. Why is the Windows 10 DVD installation media won’t allow me to re-create the partition that I deleted saying that the disk partition style is MBR? I have to delete all the existing partitions before I can create new partitions on the drive (the drive is now GPT).
    Last edited by JonathanAlberto; 12 Oct 2019 at 03:40.
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  2. CountMike's Avatar
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    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #2

    I would also check drive's health with Hard Disk Sentinel and/or a program from HDD's maker.
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  3. JonathanAlberto's Avatar
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    CountMike said:
    I would also check drive's health with Hard Disk Sentinel and/or a program from HDD's maker.
    Thanks for the suggestion.
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