Booting in Windows 10 is a simple task if done correctly. Whether you’re booting your computer for the first time or encountering issues, we’ll guide you through the process. This blog post will cover the basics of booting in Windows 10, including the boot process, boot options and advanced startup settings.
Understanding the Boot Process
The boot process in Windows 10 is the sequence of events that occurs when you turn on your computer. It starts with the BIOS or UEFI firmware initializing the hardware, followed by the bootloader loading the operating system. When the OS is loaded, it initializes the necessary drivers and services before displaying the login screen.
Boot Options in Windows 10
Windows 10 offers various boot options and settings that can help you troubleshoot and diagnose issues with your computer. Some common boot options include:
- Safe Mode: This option starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. It’s useful for troubleshooting software and driver issues.
- Boot Logging: This option creates a log file (ntbtlog.txt) that lists all drivers and services loaded during the boot process. You can use this file to identify problematic drivers or software during the boot process.
- Last Known Good Configuration: This option loads the last successful set of registry settings and drivers. It’s useful when dealing with system configuration issues that prevent successful booting.
- Disable Driver Signature Enforcement: This option allows you to install and load unsigned drivers in Windows, which can be useful for testing new or custom drivers.
Accessing Advanced Startup Settings
To access the Advanced Startup settings in Windows 10, follow the steps below:
- Click on the Start button and select the Settings icon (the gear icon).
- In the Settings window, click on Update & Security.
- Select the Recovery tab from the left pane.
- Under Advanced startup, click on Restart now.
Your computer will now restart and display the Advanced Startup options screen, where you can access various troubleshooting tools and boot options.
Booting into Safe Mode
To boot into Safe Mode, follow these steps after accessing the Advanced Startup settings screen:
- Click on Troubleshoot.
- Select Advanced options.
- Click on Startup Settings.
- Select Restart.
- After your computer restarts, press the corresponding number key for Safe Mode (usually 4 for Safe Mode or 5 for Safe Mode with Networking).
Your computer will now boot into Safe Mode, allowing you to troubleshoot and fix any issues.
Booting in Windows 10 is a straightforward process once you understand the various options and tools available. By leveraging the Advanced Startup settings and Safe Mode, you can troubleshoot and resolve most issues that prevent your computer from booting up correctly. Remember to always back up your data and keep your system updated to minimize the chances of encountering boot-related problems.