What to do if your computer isn’t booting properly.

You may probably have a couple of computers but you know little about the first aid to give your computer when something goes wrong with it. Well, do not panic yet, here wellw give you some tips on what to do when your computer isn’t booting properly.

In 2016, my computer stopped working-— I mean it retired from service since it started working for me on 2012. I was really panicked and worried about my computer not knowing what to do. Although I was only 16 and I had only a minute knowledge of computer engineering or giving a first aid when appliances goes sick. Similar thing must have happened to you or your computer is probably giving you signs it needs help by not booting properly. Here in this article, I’ll show you to do if your computer isn’t booting properly.


If your computer isn’t turning on at all—no fans are running, no lights are blinking, and nothing appears on screen—you probably have a power issue.

Unplug your computer and plug it directly into a wall outlet you know is working, rather than a power strip or battery backup that may be acting up. Make sure the power switch on the back of your power supply is flipped on, and if the outlet is connected to a light switch, make sure that switch is turned on too.

If you’re using a laptop, make sure your charger is plugged in properly and to the correct port—if it charges via USB-C, only some of the USB ports may actually provide power. A failing power supply can often cause boot problems, even if the fans and lights do turn on. So if the troubleshooting steps in this guide fail you, it might be time to replace your power supply.

2. Check your monitor.

If the computer sounds like it’s turning on but you don’t see anything on the screen, the computer may actually be booting and the monitor just isn’t showing it. Check to make sure your monitor is plugged in (again, try a wall outlet instead of a power strip), turned on, and set to the right input using the buttons on the side or bottom. You’ll also want to make sure the cable connecting your monitor to your PC hasn’t come loose.

If these fixes don’t help, try plugging your PC into another monitor if you have one—or even a TV—and see if Windows shows up there. If it does, your monitor may be dead, and you need to buy a new one.

3. Reset your Hardware.

There’s a chance a component of your computer has come loose inside the case, especially if it was recently transported somewhere or if you were working inside of it.

If you’re comfortable opening your computer up, remove the side panel and make sure the components are properly seated in their respective sockets. That includes your RAM, graphics card, motherboard cables, and the CPU heatsink.

You might also try booting without certain hardware, like the graphics card or one of the RAM sticks, in case they’re faulty.

4. Check your BIOS.

If your computer turns on and you see the POST screen but can’t boot into Windows, certain settings may be causing a problem. For example, if you get an error stating that your computer can’t find a bootable operating system, it’s possible your BIOS is set to boot from the wrong drive. Or maybe your overclocking settings are causing the computer to blue screen immediately.

Enter your BIOS when the POST screen appears, usually by pressing Delete, F2, or some other key to enter setup. If you’ve tweaked any of these settings in the recent past, try changing them back. Make sure your Boot Order is set to the correct hard drive, make sure all your RAM is recognized, and that your CPU isn’t overheating (if it’s above 90 degrees Celsius in the BIOS, something is definitely wrong).

If all else fails, try resetting your BIOS settings across the board using the “Load Optimized Defaults” option. Just be sure to snap a few photos of your BIOS settings so you can set them back if that doesn’t work.

5. Try to boot in Safe mode.

If you’re getting the Blue Screen of Death at startup, it could be a result of a bad application, driver issue, or other hardware quirk causing problems on boot. If you can, Google the stop code that appears and see if it gives you any insight into what’s wrong.

Chances are, though, you’ll have to boot into Safe Mode to fix the problem. This used to be an easy process in Windows 7 because all you had to do was press F8 as you boot the PC. It has become much trickier in later editions of Windows, but usually if you interrupt the boot process three times—say, by pressing the reset button as Windows tries to boot—it’ll take you to the Automatic Repair screen, where you can click Advanced Options.

Alternatively, you can create a Windows installation driveusing a friend’s PC and boot from that directly, choosing your language and selecting “Repair Your Computer” when given the option. Either of these methods should eventually get you to “Choose an Option” screen, where you can click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and reboot the computer. (If you don’t see the Startup Settings option, you may need to click “See More Recovery Options” along the bottom.)

Your computer should then give you the option to boot into Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt. You can try any of these, though the most minimal Safe Mode is probably your best bet, unless you need to access the internet. This will load Windows with only the most crucial drivers and services running.

If you installed any new hardware recently, try uninstalling its drivers. If you think a new application might be to blame, get rid of that too. You might even try running System Restore to try and get your PC back to the last known working configuration. Reboot the PC normally to see if it fixed the problem. If not, you can enter Safe Mode again, or try moving on to one of the next troubleshooting steps in this guide.


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