FIX: Windows 10 stuck in boot loop after Reset
The introduction of additional mobile-like recovery options on Windows was more than welcome. Now, instead of reaching for a clean reinstallation, you can reset your system to factory values while retaining the personal files. However, what happens when the go-to resolution of an issue becomes the problem itself? Namely, there’s an abundance of reports stating that the system reset inflicted the boot loop in Windows 10.
Fortunately, this neverending ache has a solution (or multiple solutions even), so follow the steps we enlisted below.
How to unstuck Windows 10 from the Reset boot loop
- Enter Safe mode
- Disable Auto-restart and run SFC
- Repair Startup
- Use bootable drive for a manual repair
- Format everything and reinstall Windows 10
1: Enter Safe mode
Let’s start with the step which is of utmost importance in determining what’s exactly wrong with your system. You’ve decided to reset your PC to default values, but the procedure failed and now you can’t even prevent the restarts, access BIOS or anything else. What’s to be done here? Well, the best way to see whether your system is completely gone or you can fix it is by accessing the Safe mode.
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Here’s how to enter Safe mode forcibly in Windows 10:
- During the startup, when the Windows logo appears, press and hold the Power button until the PC shuts down.
- Power on the PC and repeat the procedure 3 times. The fourth time you start the PC, the Advanced recovery menu should appear.
- Choose Troubleshoot.
- Select Advanced Options and then Startup settings.
- Click Restart.
- Choose Safe mode from the list.
Once there, if the system won’t boot into Safe mode, we encourage you to go to the final step. Additionally, try backing up your data. But, if the system can boot into Safe mode, there are still some things you can do before the reinstallation. So move to a step 2.
2: Disable Auto-restart and run SFC
Since there’s an obvious critical problem with the system, the PC won’t stop restarting since that’s one of the commonly applied measures. If the system won’t load as intended, it’ll restart your PC until it repairs. However, you can disable this option and prevent it from restarting immediately. This will slow down the boot procedure so you can access some other options with ease later on.
Here’s how to disable Auto-restart in Windows 10:
- While in the Safe mode, type Advanced in the Search bar and open “View advanced system settings“.
- Under the Startup and Recovery section, open Settings.
- Uncheck the “Automatically restart” box and confirm changes.
Another step we can suggest is running the System Files Checker. This should resolve issues which might’ve caused the system to crash. It’s a go-to tool to resolve the corruption of system files. Follow these steps to run SFC:
- Open Command Prompt as admin.
- In the command line, type sfc/scannow and press Enter.
- Wait for the scan to finish and restart your PC.
Hopefully, it’ll start like it’s supposed to.
3: Repair Startup
There are various things a failed resetting can bring. In theory, it’s similar to a clean reinstallation, with the main difference being that you get to keep your data. However, during that process, this recovery option can break some of the key features of the Windows shell. For example, the bootloader is one of those.
What you need to eliminate this possibility, is running the Startup repair tool from the Advanced menu. This should repair the Startup and allow your Windows 10 to load as seamless as before. In addition, if this fails, you can access the command line and repair bootloader with a few commands.
Make sure to follow the instructions below:
- Forcibly shutdown PC 3 times like in Step 2.
- Click Troubleshoot.
- Choose Advanced options.
- Then click Startup repair and wait for the diagnostic tool to fix the boot sector.
4: Use bootable drive for a manual repair
We tried to offer some solutions that don’t require an installation media. However, if you’re still stuck, we recommend downloading the Media Creation Tool and creating the bootable system drive. You can use either DVD (with ISO) or USB flash stick (6 GB of space) to create a Windows 10 Setup media.
Once you’ve successfully created the drive, you can start the system repair process. This helped some users and they were able to repair what was broken by a reset failure.
Here’s what to do:
- Create a bootable drive on an alternative PC.
- Plug in the USB or insert DVD and restart your PC.
- Enter the BIOS settings and set USB as the primary boot device.
- When Windows 10 files are loaded, click “Repair your computer” at the bottom.
- Open Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
- In the command-line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
- BOOTREC /FIXMBR
- BOOTREC /FIXBOOT
- And, finally, type BOOTREC /RebuildBcd and press Enter.
- After that, your boot sequence should be fixed and the boot loop won’t appear again.
5: Format everything and reinstall Windows 10
Finally, if none of the previous steps proved fruitful, performing a clean reinstallation is the last step we can suggest. The likely culprit for this and similar occurrences is the system upgrade. If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 over Windows 7 or 8, a lot of different things can go awry. Including these uncalled boot loops which are rather hard to resolve. The best way to get a hold of Windows 10 is a clean installation.
We explained how to reinstall Windows 10 clean in this article, so make sure to check it out. And, as a final note, we encourage you to post questions or suggestions in the comments section below.
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