Fix: Windows 10 Build Freezes on Login

By: Ivan Jenic
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The latest build for Windows 10 Technical Preview is out, and besides some new great features and improvements, it also brings some more problems and headaches for its users. This time, one user complained about how his Windows freezes on login after he installed 10041 build, and we have a couple of advices for him and all users facing this problem.
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Try with Windows Troubleshooter

Luckily Windows has its own tool for troubleshooting various system problems. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but we should give it a try. To check your system with Windows Troubleshooter, go to Control Panel, System And Security, and click on Troubleshoot common computer problems under Action Center. Once the Troubleshooting window is opened, go to System and Security and click the System Maintenance item. When the System Maintenance wizard appears, click Advanced and allow it to run as Administrator. From now on just follow on-screen instructions and let the wizard complete

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Check your startup programs

Check what programs start along with your system. There are a lot of programs that start automatically when you boot your computer even if you don’t want them to. And maybe one of these programs is not compatible with Windows 10 Technical Preview, and it may cause you problems with booting. To disable all undesired programs at your startup, do the following:

  1. Open Task Manager
  2. Under Startup tab you’ll see all programs that start along with your system login
  3. Disable all programs you don’t want to start on login by right clicking on them and choosing Disable

Update your drivers and check their compatibility

If you’re using an older machine, there’s a possibility that some of the drivers for your components are outdated or maybe not compatible with the latest version of Windows. To determine if you’re using proper drivers, reach the Windows Update to see if there are any new updates for your system. Also, you can manually check your drivers in Device Manager, or download them directly from the manufacturer’s site.

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Although it seems unlikely, new versions of drivers could also give you a problem. If that is the case, you should roll them back to the compatible version. To check if your new drivers are alright, do the following:

  1. Boot your Windows in Safe Mode
  2. Go to Command Prompt and enter the following line:
    • mmc.exe C:\Windows\system32\devmgmt.msc
  3. This will open Device Manager where you should check the drivers of the following devices:
    • Audio card (shown under Sound, Video and Game Controllers in Device Manager)
    • WiFi/Network cards (shown under Network adapters)
    • Card reader
    • Video card (Display adapters)

That would be all, if you have any comments, suggestions or maybe other solutions for this problem, we would like you to share it with us in the comments.

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