Error: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might have caused the issue after you install Windows Updates
When you install the latest Windows Updates and then reboot your computer, you may get the error mentioned below. However, to fix this error, follow the mentioned steps in the Resolution section below.
Automatic repair can notice and then fix some types of system problems which might stop Windows from starting.
However to run Automatic Repair using preinstalled recovery options, you can follow the below mentioned steps:
- First boot to WinRE. To do this, you should allow the system to fail the boot process three times.
- From the select an option screen, tap or hit Troubleshoot.
- After that, tap or hit on the advanced options, and after that tap or press Automatic Repair.
Using the automatic Repair will launch and try to fix any issues which prevent Windows from loading.
To fix this, just follow the steps in method 1, if it doesn’t fix the issue, then follow the steps in method 2.
Method 1: You should use the Last Known Good Configuration to start Windows
While starting the PC by using the Last Known Good Configuration, your computer will start with the configuration from there where the last time your PC was booted successfully. If you want to do this, then follow the below mentioned steps:
- Hit the Start button, and after that click the arrow next to Shut Down, and then hit Restart.
- When your computer starts, just press and hold the F8 button. If the logo of Windows appears, then you should try again by shutting down and then restarting your computer.
- On the Advanced Boot Options screen, you may use the arrow keys if you want to highlight the Last Known Good Configuration, and after that just press Enter. After doing this, Windows will start normally.
But still if you are unable to boot into Windows successfully, then just go on to Method 2.
Method 2: Use the Startup Repair feature
If you use the Startup Repair feature, it can sense and can solve some types of system problems which might avoid Windows from starting.
To run Startup Repair using preinstalled recovery options:
- First restart your computer by using the PC’s power button and after that do one of the following:
If you have installed a single operating system in your system then press and hold F8 key when your computer restarts. After that you need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. When the logo appears, you have to try again by waiting until the windows logo prompt appears and after that shut down and restart your system.
If more than one operating system is there in your computer then use arrow keys so that it can highlight the operating system which you want to appear and after that press and hold F8.
- On the Advanced Boot Options screen, you can use the arrow keys to show up Repair your computer, and after that press Enter.
- Now choose a keyboard layout, and then hit on Next.
- Hit on Startup Repair on the system recovery options menu and after that follow the on screen instructions.
To run Startup Repair using the Windows installation disc or a system repair disc, you can follow the below mentioned steps:
- First insert the Windows 7, Windows Vista installation disc or a system repair disc, and after that shut down your computer.
- Then restart your computer by using computer’s power button.
- If anything prompted, just press any key and after that follow the instructions which appear.
- Select your language along with some other preferences on the install windows page or on the system recovery options page and then hit on Next.
- Now if you are using Windows installation disc, then hit on Repair your computer.
- Go for the Windows installation that you want to repair, and then hit on Next.
- At last on System Recovery Options menu, hit on Startup Repair and after that follow the on instructions given.