Windows 10 improved on a lot of the features that were introduced in Windows 8 but it also brought new problems with it. The upgrade procedure for Windows is not the best thing to go through for a PC – but since the free Windows 10 offer was only for upgrades from Windows 7 and 8, most people running Windows 10 have opted for the upgrade, bringing all the problems with it with them.
Windows 10 might have a lot of design refinements that Windows 8 lacked but from a stability standpoint, it still carries on the tradition of things breaking that Microsoft have had since the first Windows release. What we are going to talk about today is though are the blue screen loops.
We all know about the infamous blue screen – the screen that comes up when Windows itself cannot handle the errors in code. It could be any code – maybe a driver, or some software you downloaded. Over the years Microsoft has worked hard to eliminate this blue screen of death, but there are yet still many things to fix. While that is not done, all we can do is try to figure out what is wrong and try to fix it so we can get back to our real work. So here we are going to cover two solutions for this problem, they might work or they might not, that depends on whether or not you are suffering from a similar cause or not – but it’s worth a shot anyway.
Blue screen loop on Windows 10, how to fix it?
Blue screen loop can be problematic and prevent you from accessing your system. Speaking of blue screen issues, here are some common problems that users reported:
- Blue screen reboot loop – Reboot loop can be a big problem, but in most cases you can fix it by finding and removing the problematic driver.
- Blue screen infinite loop error – Sometimes you might get stuck in the infinite loop on your PC. To fix the issue, we advise you to perform a Startup Repair and check if that solves the issue.
- Blue screen loop Windows 10, 8.1, 7 – This problem can appear on almost any version of Windows, and even if you don’t use Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to your version of Windows.
- Blue screen of death boot loop Windows 10 – Blue screen is also known as a blue screen of death, and if you can’t access Windows due to this error, be sure to try some of our solutions.
- Blue screen automatic repair loop – Sometimes you might get stuck in automatic repair loop. If that happens, try reinstalling Windows 10 and check if it helps.
Solution 1 – Check your antivirus
Sometimes blue screen loop can occur due to your antivirus. Although having a good antivirus is important, sometimes your antivirus can interfere with your system and it can cause various problems.
To fix this problem, we advise you to enter Safe Mode and uninstall your antivirus. Even if you uninstall your antivirus, you will still be protected by Windows Defender, so there’s no need to worry about your safety.
If removing your antivirus solves the problem, you should consider switching to a different antivirus solution. Bitdefender is one of the best antivirus applications on the market, and it won’t interfere with your system in any way, so if you’re looking for a new antivirus, Bitdefender might be the right choice for you.
Solution 2 – Uninstall Drivers in Safe Mode
Windows 10 has some problems with older audio drivers that you might be using – since you upgraded from older Windows versions. So what you are going to have to do is go to Safe Mode. To get into safe mode, follow the steps below.
- Press the Windows key + I button on the keyboard simultaneously and then you will see the settings window pop up
- Now in this window, go to Update & Security.
- Now navigate to Recovery > Advanced Startup > Restart Now.
- After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings >Restart.
If you can’t access Windows at all, simply restart your PC a couple of times. Now navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and start your PC in Safe Mode.
Once you enter Safe Mode, you need to start Device Manager and remove the problematic drivers. This is quite simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now select Device Manager.
- Locate the driver you want to remove, right-click it and choose Uninstall device.
- When the confirmation dialog appears, check Remove driver software for this device, if available. Now click the Uninstall button.
After you remove the problematic drivers, restart your PC and check if the problem is still there. We have to mention that identifying the problematic driver can be a problem, but in most cases, it’s your graphics card or network driver. If you want to find out the exact driver that is causing the problem, you’ll need to do a bit of research on your own.
Solution 3 – Repair your installation of Windows 10
In some cases, you might be able to fix the problem simply by using a Startup Repair feature. This is a relatively simple procedure and you can do it by following these steps:
- Download and run Media Creation Tool. Connect a USB flash drive to it and follow the instructions on the screen to create a bootable media.
- Once you are ready with your bootable stick or DVD, insert it in your PC and reboot it. It should ask you if you want to boot from the boot device, if it for some reason does not – open your BIOS and find the settings for boot order, then put your DVD drive or the USB stick on top of the boot order and reboot once again.
- Once you have booted into the Windows installation, you will see an option to troubleshoot in one of the corners, click that.
- Now click on “Repair your Computer” and go to Advanced Options, from there you will have to find an option called Startup Repair.
- Now click on Startup Repair and simply follow the onscreen instructions.
Solution 4 – Disable driver signature enforcement
Windows 10 has a useful feature called driver signature enforcement, and this feature is designed to protect your PC from malicious drivers. By using this feature you’ll be able to install only digitally signed drivers.
Although this feature is great, several users reported that it can cause a blue screen loop on your PC. To fix the problem, we’re going to temporarily disable this feature. You can do that by following these steps:
- Restart your PC several times during the boot sequence.
- Now choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
- Once your PC restarts you’ll be presented with a list of options. Select Disable driver signature enforcement option by pressing F7.
Now your PC should boot to Windows 10. Keep in mind that this is just a temporary solution, but you can use it to access Windows and troubleshoot the problem further.
Solution 5 – Copy the backup of your registry
If you’re stuck in a blue screen loop, the problem might be the corrupted files on your PC. Fortunately, Windows 10 creates a backup of your files, allowing you to restore your files easily. To restore your files, you just need to do the following:
- Restart your PC several times during the boot sequence.
- Now choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
- Now run the following commands:
- Copy d:windowssystem32config*.* d:windowssystem32config*.bak
- Copy d:windowssystem32configregback*.* d:windowssystem32config /Y
After running these two commands, close Command Prompt and check if the problem with the blue screen is still there. Keep in mind that this isn’t a universal solution, so it might not work in all cases.
Solution 6 – Try performing a System Restore
If you’re stuck in a blue screen loop, you might be able to fix the problem by performing a System Restore. In case you don’t know, System Restore is a Windows feature that will restore your system to a previous state and fix various problems along the way.
To use System Restore outside of Windows 10, you just need to do the following:
- Restart your PC a couple of times during the boot sequence.
- Now go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.
- Select your account and enter its password.
- System Restore window will now appear. Click Next to proceed.
- If available, check Show more restore points option, select the desired restore point and click Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the restoration process.
Once the restoration process is finished, the problem should be resolved and your PC will start working again.
Hopefully that one helped – if it did not, then you might need to properly reinstall Windows 10, so that bootable disc we made in method 2 might be useful after all. Or you can simply continue your quest and search for some solution that might work for you. Bluescreens are at the end of the day simple software errors, especially if they only started happening after a software upgrade. Eliminating such errors from an operating system as complex as Windows will take a while for even a giant like Microsoft.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.