Windows 10 hangs on initial startup but here’s how to fix that


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What to do if Windows 10 hangs on startup screen on my PC/laptop?

  1. Disable Fast Startup
  2. Check your Hardware
  3. Disconnect your USB devices

Today we’re going to solve another Windows 10 Technical Preview issue. This time, one user complained on Microsoft Forum about how he wasn’t able to start his PC, because Windows 10 was hanging on startup.
Fix Windows 10 Hangs On Initial Startup
Reportedly, when he tried to turn on his machine, the system just showed the blue Windows pane and circling dots weren’t shown. When he restarted the machine, everything was back to normal, but this problem appeared again after some time. Fortunately, this is not a serious issue, and the solution for this problem is very simple. It is caused by the Windows 10 feature called Fast Startup, and disabling this feature will solve everything.

How to fix Windows 10 if it hangs on startup?

Fast Startup is the feature introduced in Windows 8, and is still present in Windows 10 Technical Preview. Fast Startup allows your computer to start faster than normal by logging of the user session and saving system related files and drivers to a special hibernation file. Although this feature helps your computer to boot faster, it can also cause some problems with booting, like it did in this case. Fast Startup only works when the computer is shutdown, as it doesn’t affect restart, which explains why things were back to normal after restarting a computer.

1. Disable Fast Startup

To disable Fast Startup feature in Windows 10, follow these instructions:

  • Go to Search
  • Type po bu (short for power buttons) in the search box. It will bring you directly to the ‘Change what the power buttons do’ applet in search results. Click it.
  • System Settings window will appear
  • Click on the ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’ link to see the available Shutdown options
  • Untick the Turn on fast startup (enabled) option

Disabling Fast Startup should solve your problem with Windows 10 hanging out on initial startup, but in case you have some questions or maybe this solution does not fix your issue, please check the solutions below.

2. Check your hardware

Many users reported that this may be caused by faulty hardware. Some of them said that the internal SD card reader was faulty and caused this issue. They fixed it by disconnecting the device. We also suggest you check your HDD and it’s connections. In case you cannot check it on your PC, try to check it on somebody’s PC that works.

3. Disconnect your USB devices

According to some users, devices that connect via USB to your PC may cause Windows 10 to hang. Disconnecting your mouse, keyboard or any other USB device before starting your system might help you. If this does not work, try to check our article which explains to you how to fix Windows 10 stuck on the start screen.

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