Yea, it hasn't seemed to be an issue that I didn't disable Secure Boot. However, I'm a little worried as everything appears to be finished, it rebooted, and I've been staring at spinning dots for 15 minutes. I hope it's just a singular Windows Update task and once done ill be good. Still concerns me. I'll report in as soon as I can with details.
Let's hope the 15-minutes (or more) of spinning dots is just this once, from the repair.
Once you get in, watch the disk activity in Task Manager. It will be at 100% for a while, finishing up things. Just let it do its thing. While you're waiting on the HDD activity to slow down, turn System Restore back on, and Fast Startup back off (they usually get reset to default).
I'm about ready to call it a day. Will check back in the morning.
Sounds good. Still spinning. More Info tomorrow. Thank you again...
"Houston, we have a problem." Still have spinning circles nine hours later. I forced a reboot to see if it had just gotten stuck. It rebooted normally until the end doing then did the same thing. I get the small Windows logo that you normally get just before you are presented with the logon screen. But then it goes to the blank screen with spinning circles in the center. I have every device except my mouse and keyboard disconnected. I'm unsure what to do next.
I'm afraid if I did a full reinstall that I'd have the same issue, plus I'm in the middle of a project (i'm an animator) and I have a deadline. It took me two weeks to reinstall a few months ago due to two dozen broken software authorizations.
This is a new very expensive custom machine. New motherboard, ram, processors so I don't think it's hardware related.
In the meantime, You can get to advanced startup/repair options by simulating a failed boot 3x (see option 6) using the power button:
Advanced Startup Options - Boot to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
I am thinking maybe safe mode and set the machine for a clean boot using run/msconfig. But, let's see if some of the other guys have another idea.
Ok. I'm working in safe mode now and trying things. Just disabled Fast Boot in the registry and rebooted. No help. Doing things on-at-a-time so I know what doesn't work. I'll try safe boot next.
Been reading all the posts on your problem. simrick has been giving you great help, and suggestions!! But I have not seen in these posts that you have tried booting to Windows without those other 5 drives. I did see you report once that you did repair installs, and clean installs etc ....but only once did I see you say that those other 5 drives were disconnected ?? If I am wrong please let me know. I think those other drives should be all disconnected UNTIL your main drive can boot up. Once they are all disconnected completely .....then we can work on just the one drive. Also the drive that runs your Windows OS What brand is it?
Sorry I didn't see if its an SSD or spinner either......I'm just grasping at straws here
Hi Mike, my OS is on a Corsair 120GB SSD. Clean Boot did not help so l will now disconnect all drives. Good suggestion.
Also would like to see you download MiniTool Partition Manager instead of Windows Disk Management which sucks. but that doesn't have to be done right now.