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Did Your Windows PC Give You The Boot?

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Computer technician with 15 years in the industry. I hold an A+ Certification, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.

Lets Talk Bout Boot Issues

Windows boot errors could mean serious business for any PC, you must first realize that this issue could be caused by varying factors. Actually, "Windows Boot" is vulnerable for the entire system because so many settings, files and instructions need to be loaded every time the computer is turned on. Boot errors are normally originated when there's an attempt to start your computer and any one of the start up processes has halted due to software error, hardware failure, issue with registry or perhaps a virus. Occasionally, there could even be a total system crash which can be better handled utilizing your PC's recovery or boot disk. This disk should be developed prior to a crash in the even of a crash obviously, which is the main reason for a backup or recovery CD.

Recovery Model

Some Common Boot Errors

  • File not found error: If critical files or maybe system processes aren't discoverable, missing or has become corrupt, then the file not found error will be generated.
  • BSoD or Blue Screen of Death: This happens when the Operating System is faced with a critical system issue due to driver error, hardware failure or possible a virus. The Blue Screen of Death is actually a stop error that stops all of the system processes and checks and fixes bugs prior to allowing the computer to be rebooted.

Tip: The best method of approach if you are encountered with BSoD is to take note of the actual error that's displayed and any type of drivers that are mentioned, then boot to safe mode, roll back any corrupted drivers or possibly restore your system to a workable stage.

  • Corrupted drivers, partition error or boot record: If a critical boot record or a driver is missing or has become corrupted, your computer will display the error at start up. However, this error may be easily resolved by simply reinstalling the driver that has become corrupted. Also, attempting to roll the driver back to a previous state when you achieved a successful boot could do the trick as well.

Blue Screen of Death

Tips On How To Resolve Common Boot Issues

  1. Windows Backup Disk - Your backup disk is a critical part in the troubleshooting process and must be created before you encounter a boot error.
  2. Restore to last known good configuration that permitted a successful boot. This will allow you to utilize the prior registry configuration ran before the system started having an issue.
  3. Reinstall software that causes the issue by simply going to add/remove programs, locate the software that is causing the issue and remove it. Then simply do a fresh install.
  4. Windows Update: Make certain that your computer is up to date and that your updates are enabled. This will make certain that your PC has the ability to process the files that are needed to run. Additionally, it will fix issues that causes errors with the computer.
  5. Clean Registry: The registry could be one of the main culprits in causing issues due to loading critical settings such as wallpaper, emails or passwords. A lot of times if you're having issues with your computer, it is typically thought that the registry database is corrupt or damaged. Be careful that you backup your registry prior to making any changes or download a safe and quality program for assistance.

Windows Registry

The Most Likely Culprit Is!

Boot errors come in various types and names and can be hard to pinpoint at times. It's crucial to address the issue instantaneously once encountered to avoid making the issue worse and to gain optimum performance.
With that said, most of the time the bad apple is the registry. Believe it or not the main reason that it takes so long for your PC to boot up is the registry. A damaged registry can affect the boot process and the overall performance of your computer. I bet you have noticed that sometimes it takes forever for an application to load or your screen freezes or you may get random error messages. Well that's registry for you!
A computer's registry is like a huge database that holds all of the information about software and hardware. Whenever you run a program, your computer refers it to the registry and then acquires the necessary configuration to run the program. All the same, whenever your computer is rebooted, it will consult with the registry to acquire the instructions to be able to boot up normally.
The registry could sometimes be bogged down or clammed up with unnecessary or unwanted files. Deleting the configurations of cheap gaming apps, videos from unknown sources and some other useless apps could eradicate unwanted data and can be deleted utilizing command prompt. But, the most simplest way to achieve this is by downloading a reputable registry cleaner.

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