In previous versions of Windows, this could require a complete reinstall. Thanks to how Windows 10 was developed, the reboot cycle can be resolved relatively quickly.
Here’s how to fix the Windows 10 boot loop and start up your computer or laptop in minutes.
What Is An Infinite Boot Loop?
Windows 10 is not particularly prone to an endless boot cycle, but this can occur for a number of reasons. This is easy to notice, in particular, due to the fact that Windows does not load correctly after turning on the computer. Instead, the computer will not be able to access the login screen until it is reset to the boot screen and will try to restart Windows again. At this time, the system falls into an endless cycle of reboots and crashes.
The error is caused by registry problems. Alas, if the system cannot boot, the registry cannot be fixed, which makes Windows unusable.
What causes the Windows 10 boot loop?
The Windows 10 reboot cycle can be frustrating. But what causes this? Typically, a malfunction can be related to one of three things:
- Windows Update
- Updated Windows drivers
- Installation of certain software ( or game)
This problem has haunted Windows for years. However, if you are using Windows 10, the fixes you are looking for are in the next section.
If you’re lucky, the Windows Restore or Automatic Restore functions may appear without any notifications from you. As a rule, this happens only after several reboots, so give the computer time to go to this stage. Some manual interaction may be required – use the option “Automatic recovery” here and follow steps provided on the screen.
However, if this did not happen within 15 minutes, it probably will not. Time to take matters into your own hands.
Access Safe Mode
Three more options are available to fix the endless boot cycle in Windows 10:
- Safe mode: This allows you to access the operating system and remove any software, drivers, or Windows Update that causes the error.
- System Restore: A Quick Way to Undo Recent Changes.
- Reinstall Windows 10: The final option to use when nothing is working.
The availability of safe mode depends on your system settings and how the boot cycle is displayed.
1. Windows Dual Boot System
If several versions of Windows are installed on your computer, wait until the OS selection screen appears. When a choice is provided, instead of choosing Windows 10, select Change Defaults or other options. Then follow the steps above to access safe mode.
2. Manual Access To Safe Mode
In some cases, you can access safe mode manually from Windows 10. This will be possible if the restart cycle starts when a certain application or connected equipment is launched.
Before rebooting, you have three options for restarting Windows 10 in safe mode:
- Hold Shift and then click on the “Restart” option to boot Windows 10 with additional startup options.
- You can also open “Settings” (press WIN + I), then “Update and Security”>“Recovery”>“Advanced startup”>“Restart Now”.
- In the command prompt enter “shutdown /r /oto” command and press “Enter” to restart the computer with advanced boot options.
3. Use installation media to access safe mode
Windows 10 users must have a recovery partition on the hard drive of their PC. If not, you can restore it via the USB or DVD drive by downloading the Windows 10 installation media. Note that this will need to be created on another computer.
If Windows 10 is stuck in a reboot cycle, all you have to do is insert the installation media. Alternatively, enter the UEFI/BIOS (press Del, F8 or F1 when booting the system) and find the boot manager.
Select the recovery partition as the primary device, then restart the computer. Both methods should help you with the automatic recovery tool or open the advanced settings screen.
Fix Windows 10 Rollback Loop Problem
When the computer is in safe mode, you can take the following steps to prevent further boot cycles. It can be anything from uninstalling drivers to uninstalling Windows updates on the command line.
1. Fix boot cycle based on Windows Update
At the command prompt (which you must open as an administrator on the desktop), type the following commands simultaneously and execute them one-by-one.
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop bits
Wait for a response, then open the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder. Here, delete the entire contents of the directory.
(The command prompt is also available in safe mode.)
When you restart Windows 10, it should boot as usual.
2. Uninstall Problematic Application
It is possible that the download cycle is related to the installation of a certain application (possibly launched at startup). Perhaps this was a game that you may have recently installed. This can be resolved by uninstalling the software.
Just find the software on the Start menu by searching it in the Windows 10 search bar. Once you find the software/game, Right-click and select “Uninstall”.
When you restart Windows 10, the boot cycle should be fixed.
3. Reset Drivers
If the system is in a boot cycle due to hardware drivers, this can also be resolved in safe mode.
- Right-click Start and select Device Manager.
- Find suspicious devices here. This is usually what you recently added, although not always.
- Right-click the device, select Properties>Drivers and select “Roll Back Driver”.
- If this does not work, Disable and uninstall the driver. After selecting a device, right-click and select “Disconnect device”, then “Uninstall driver”.
Then you can restart Windows 10.
Repair or Reinstall Windows 10 To Fix The Endless Boot Cycle
If you cannot access safe mode or the fixes do not work, the best solution is to use the update option. You can also reset Windows 10 to factory settings if you do not wish to update.
This process essentially reinstalls Windows 10 for you. Just remember to save your personal data first!
Reboot cycles have long been a problem for Windows. While previous versions offered several recovery options, these solutions were far from exhaustive. Fortunately, Windows 10 has great recovery and recovery tools that make it easy to solve a boot cycle problem. When following the steps outlined here, please follow them carefully. Errors that you might make when using the command prompt cannot be undone.