5 solutions to fix Windows 10 not starting after update

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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My computer won’t boot after update

  1. Make sure your laptop is compatible with Windows 10
  2. Disconnect external devices
  3. Update your drivers
  4. Software solutions
  5. Remove your battery

We already showed you what to do if you’re unable to shut down your laptop in Windows 10 .Now we’re going to talk about something similar. In this article, you’ll find out what to do if you’re unable to restart your laptop after Windows 10 upgrade.

What to do if Windows 10 won’t start after update

Solution 1 – Make sure your laptop is compatible with Windows 10

If you’re using an older laptop, there’s a chance that it isn’t compatible with Windows 10. In that case, some of the features of your system won’t be able to function normally, or you won’t even be able to turn on your laptop at all.

So, before upgrading your laptop‘s system to Windows 10, make sure  it is compatible with Windows 10. Here are the specifications your laptop must meet in order to be able to run Windows 10 normally:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit version of the system
  • 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit OS, or 20 GB for 64-bit OS

— RELATED: Solutions to fix Windows Update error 8024A000

Solution 2 – Disconnect external devices

If you’re sure that your laptop is compatible, you also have to make sure that all your external components are compatible with the system, as well. If your external components, like external HDD, or mouse, are not compatible with Windows 10, they might cause various problems, and this restart problem is only one of them.

Solution 3 – Update your drivers

Another thing related to external components that could cause you problems are their drivers. If drivers for your external devices aren’t updated, you might face some issues, too.

So, make sure that all components are compatible with the system, and that all drivers are updated, and you shouldn’t face the restart problem. You can use this guide to learn how you can fix outdated driver issues. Of course, you can use this solution only if you’re able to boot your computer for a few minutes.

— RELATED: FIX: AMD Drivers Disabled after Windows 10 update

Solution 4 – Software solutions

If your laptop is compatible with Windows 10, and all your external devices are compatible with Windows 10, than you don’t have any hardware issue that prevents your laptop from restarting.

In that case, go to our article about shutdown problems (find the link in the introduction) in Windows 10, and follow some of the solutions from that article. You’ll find a couple of workarounds which helped users who were facing shutdown problem in Windows 10, and it might help you, as well.

Solution 5 – Remove your laptop battery

If this issue is affecting your laptop, you can try to remove its battery completely. Then plug in your device and try to boot it up again. As surprising as this method may seem, many users confirmed that it worked. So, do give it a try and let us know if it worked for you as well.

That would be all, if you have any comments, suggestions, or even some more solutions for the restarting problem in Windows 10, reach for our comment section, we would love to hear your thoughts.

Also, if you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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