Startup Settings and Advanced Boot Options menus let you start Windows in configured ways. But what to do when other options you try go useless and when the PC starts, you are back at one of such screens?
Startup Setting loop or Advanced Boot Options loop is a usual way in which Windows won’t start. If you are returning back to the Startup Settings or ABO Screen when attempting to enter Safe Mode, below is given a troubleshooting guide.
Fixing a Computer That Stops at Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options
1. Start Windows in startup method available
It is important to know that each startup method that’s available from the Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options menu is there and helps to keep away from issues that stop Windows from loading:
- Start Windows in Safe Mode
- Start Windows in Low-Resolution Video/Display Mode
- Start Windows with the Last Known Good Configuration
2. Repair Windows installation
When one or more important Windows files are damaged or missing, Windows return you to the Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options menu.When Windows is repairing, these files are replaced without changing or removing anything on the computer.
3. Perform System Restore from Advanced Startup Options or System Recovery Options to undo recent changes
Damage to a driver or an important file or registry part can make Windows return to the Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options menu. Restoring the System returns all these things to the state they were in a time when the PC was working fine.
4. Use System File Checker command and repair protected Windows files
Damaged operating system file prevents from getting past the Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options menu. The sfc command can be used to fix the issue.
5. Clear the CMOS
Clearing the BIOS memory on the motherboard returns the BIOS settings to factory default levels. Remember, BIOS misconfiguration can lead to Windows that won’t start in Safe Mode.
6. Replace the CMOS battery if computer is old or off for an extended duration of time
CMOS batteries are costly and if stops keeping a charge can lead to strange behavior during the Windows startup process.
7. Reseat everything possible
Reseating reestablishesseveral connections inside the PC and clears up the issue that’s behind Windows getting stuck at the Advanced Boot Options or Startup Settings screen. Reseat the below given hardware to see if Windows start properly:
- Reseat the memory modules
- Reseat internal data and power cables
- Reseat expansion cards
8. Test the RAM
If any of the computer’s RAM modules fails, the system won’t even turn on. However, most of the times, memory fails slowly and works up to a point. If the system memory starts failing, Windows may not start in any mode. Replace the memory and things may work out. If the memory test shows any issue, replacing the memory is the ideal deal.
9. Test the hard drive
If the test shows an issue, replace the hard drive. After this, perform a new installation of Windows. If the test goes fine, it means the hard drive is fine and the reason behind the problem is Windows.
10. Perform a Clean Install of Windows
This will erase the drive Windows is installed on after which install the operating system back from scratch.
Try these tips and and get back your PC in action.
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