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 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 thing 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.
Method #1: 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.
- Once in Safe Mode, open the Control Panel and locate the Device Manager.
- Now in the Device Manager, expand the Sound, video and game controllers category and uninstall every audio driver that you see.
- Now restart your computer into Normal Mode.
This simple and easy fix should stop your blue screen loop, however if it does not you might have to take some extraordinary measures for the 2nd method.
Method #2: Repair your installation of Windows 10
- You are going to have to download the Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft and put it on a bootable disc or a bootable USB stick – don’t worry we are not going to wipe all your data.
- 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.
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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.