How to fix Booting issues in Windows PC

Recently, i have been on a rampage. Installing each and every software that i set my eyes on. So a system failure was inevitable. And this failure caused me many hours, of finding a way to recover my important data. Although the data should always have a backup in case of data deletion and hard drive failure.

Do note, you should always have essential software to help you out when you are in a tight corner.
You should also have all your Super Important Files in the cloud.

1. After Installing software Windows wont Start up

Many a times when we install an inappropriate app on our PC’s our PC’s refuse to boot up ūüôĀ
The particular program installed doesn’t allow windows to start.

To tackle this problem we will have to delete all the programs data and reverse the changes it made t #Windows
1. Boot to Safe Mode 

#Windows XP/Vista/7

Restart windows and press F8 continuously until you are greeted with the screen below then just select Safe Mode



#Windows 8/8.1

The all new windows 8/8.1 have made it very difficult to access the safe mode but it has also gave rise to many new ways to access the safe mode

1. Use the System Configuration Tool (msconfig.exe) – works in Windows 8 & 8.1

The easiest method for booting into Safe Mode is to use the System Configuration tool, also known as msconfig.exe.

Go to the¬†Boot¬†tab and, in the¬†Boot options¬†section check the box that says¬†“Safe boot”. Then, click or tap¬†OK.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

You are informed that you need to restart your computer. Click Restart or Exit without restartdepending on whether you want to restart now or later.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

At the next restart, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 start in Safe Mode.

2. Use Shift + Restart – works in Windows 8 & 8.1

Another method is to press the Power button at the Windows login screen or in the Settings charm. Then, press and hold the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click Restart.


Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

Windows asks you to choose an option. Press Troubleshoot.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

In the Troubleshoot screen, press Advanced options.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

In the Advanced options screen, press Startup Settings.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

You are informed that you are about to restart in order to change several Windows options, including enabling Safe Mode. Press Restart.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

Your computer or device restarts again and displays nine startup settings, including Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

Press the F4 key on your keyboard, to enable Safe Mode, F5 to enable Safe Mode with Networking and F6 to enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 now boot according to the setting you selected. #7Tutorials

1.2 Now what ?

Once you have successfully booted into safe mode you need to uninstall that particular software that cause all the problem ASAP. Next you need to repair Windows System files so that it can start up normally.

To do that, run command prompt with Admin Rights and run the following command

sfc /scannow

This should restore all the windows system files to its original state and should allow you to start up windows

2. ¬†Windows Wont boot at all…

To counter this problem there are several methods to try and see which one works out for you. The most famous  being System Restore. 


1. Reboot windows while pressing f8 key or f10 key continuously until you are greeted with the following screen.

BootOPtionsSelect> Repair your computer > System Restore > Select your preferred restore point > and click Finish 

SystemRestore2.2  Restore Windows from System Image

If you can’t access Control Panel and you don’t have a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc, use this method to restore your computer:#WindowsXP/Vista/7
  1. Restart your computer using the computer’s power button.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If your computer has only one operating system installed, hold down the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, try again.
    • If your computer has more than one operating system installed, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system that you want to start, and then press F8.
  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair your computer, and then press Enter.
  4. Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next.
  5. Select a user name, type the password, and then click OK.
  6. On the System Recovery Options menu, click System Image Recovery, and then follow the instructions.


Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

In the Troubleshoot screen, press Advanced options.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

In the Advanced options screen, press Startup Settings.

Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start

Here select System Image Recovery to recover.

2.3 Before you can restore, you have to create a System Image 



  1. Launch the Windows XP Backup Utility by clicking the Start Menu | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Backup.If you have a removable storage device such as a tape drive for your backup, you may be prompted to start the Removable Storage Service. You can start the service through the Start Menu | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Services then right click the Removable Storage service and click Start.
  2. The first dialogue of the Backup Utility provides the ability to switch to advanced mode or continue in wizard mode. Click the Next button to start the wizard.
  3. Next you will be prompted if you want to perform a backup or restore. Select backup files and settings then click the Next button.
  4. From the next wizard prompt you are given a choice of what to back up. Choose the option to backup all information on this computer then click the Next button.
  5. When prompted for the Backup Type, Destination and Name click the Browse button and navigate to the media you wish to store the backup to and click the Save button. Back in the prompt enter the name for the backup file then click the Next button.
  6. The last wizard prompt will display the settings of the backup. Click the Finish button to begin the backup.
  7. When the backup image has been created you will be prompted to insert a floppy disk to use as the system recovery disk. Insert the disk and click the Continue button to proceed.
  8. After the system recovery disk has been created you will be given the options to view the backup report or close the Backup Utility. Click the Close button to finish.



  1. Launch the Windows Vista Backup and Restore Center by clicking the Start Menu | All Programs | Maintenance | Backup and Restore Center
  2. The Backup and Restore Center provides the ability to back up or restore files or the computer. Click the Backup computer button to perform a full system backup. If the User Account Control prompt appears click the Continue button.
  3. When Prompted where to save the backup you can select either a hard drive or to one or more DVDs. Select the media that you will be using for the backup and click the Next button.
  4. If the selected destination does not contain enough space to store the image you will be prompted to select the drives you wish to back up. System drives will automatically be checked and cannot be unchecked and the backup destination drive will be disabled. Click the Next button when you are finished selecting the drives to backup.
  5. Next you will be prompted to confirm your backup settings. Click the Start backup button to begin creating the backup image.
  6. After the backup image has been created a message stating that the backup completed successfully will be displayed. Click the Close button to complete the process.


Click on Start go to Getting Started and then select Back up your files.

Next click on the Create a system image hyperlink.

Creating a System Image Backup in Windows 7

Decide where you want to save the image. You can choose an external drive, burn to multiple DVD’s, or store it on a network location.

You can include other drives if you want as well but remember that will add to the size of the final image.

System Image Backup in Windows 8.x

For #Windows 8.1 they have made it quite difficult to locate system image… To create a System Image we need to do the following

Then you can click the System Image Backup in the lower left-hand corner. (Note that it’ll take a bit for this screen to show anything).



Create a System Recovery Disk

This method is always advised as it is the fool proof way to tackle this problem without loosing your files.

  1. Click on Start -> All Programs -> Maintenance.
    Tip: An alternative is to execute recdisc from the Run box or a Command Prompt window. If you do that, you can skip to Step 3 below.
  2. Click on the Create a System Repair Disc shortcut.
  3. Choose your optical disc drive from the Drive: drop-down box.
  4. Insert a blank disc in your optical drive.
    Note:¬†An empty CD should be large enough for a System Repair Disc. I created a Windows 7 System Repair Disc on a new Windows 7 32-bit installation and it was only 145MB. If you only have a blank DVD or BD available, that’s okay too of course.
  5. Click the Create disc button.
    Windows 7 will now create the System Repair Disc on the blank disc you inserted in the previous step. No special disc burning software is required.
  6. After the System Repair Disc creation is complete, Windows 7 displays a dialog box that you can close by clicking the Close button.
  7. Click the¬†OK¬†button back on the original¬†Create a system repair disc¬†window that’s now showing up on your screen.
  8. Label the disc as “Windows 7 System Repair Disc” and keep it someplace safe.
    You can now boot from this disc to access System Recovery Options, the set of system recovery tools available for the Windows 7 operating system.

For Windows 8 Its a bit different  

  1. Create an installation disk for Windows 8.
  2.  Then Select Refresh your System
  3. Safe Mode, Boot, Windows 8, Start
  4. After this you will be asked to insert the installation disk.
  5. Once you insert your Installation disk #Windows will refresh but keep intact all your files.

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  1. Jane Mary May 5, 2015

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