Windows 10 blue screen on startup

What is Windows 10 blue screen on startup?

Windows 10 blue screen on startup is an error that could appear after an update, such as software update, driver update, and system update.

 

How can you fix Windows 10 blue screen on startup?

Some of the solutions to this error include using Windows 10 System Restore, uninstalling the driver, fixing the registry, testing the hardware, and reinstalling Windows 10.

 

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

Staff Asked on July 7, 2017 in Microsoft Windows.
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Solution 1. Use Windows 10 System Restore

“Windows 10 blue screen on startup” may be caused by a damaged or missing Windows boot files. Also, it could be caused by the recent Windows Update or software installation. Try to use Windows 10 system restore.

NOTE: Due to BSOD restart, your Windows 10 will direct you to Automatic repair window, then to access Advance option. Therefore, you may skip Solutions 1 to 4. You may want to do a repetitive power button hard press until you access Automatic repair. (This is not advisable because it could damage your hardware.)

  1. Insert the Windows 10 installation CD/DVD or USB.
  2. A message will appear “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”, press any key to boot from the Windows installation CD/DVD or USB.
  3. Select your language, time and keyboard, and click “Next.”
  4. Click “Repair your computer.”

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  5. Click “Troubleshoot >> Advance Option >> System Restore, and click Windows 10.”

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  6. Click “Next.” 
  7. Select a restoration point you want, and click “Next.” 
  8. Click “Finish“, and click “Yes” if you agree.
  9. Please wait for the computer to finish.
  10. It will request for a restart, click “Restart” to confirm.
Staff Answered on July 7, 2017.
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Solution 2. Uninstall the Driver

“Windows 10 blue screen on startup” can be due to recently installed hardware driver. The driver could be incompatible with your hardware or with your Windows. Please access Safe mode, then go to Control Panel and then uninstall recently installed the driver or all the driver installed. See instructions below or watch it here on Youtube.

    1. Insert the Windows 10 installation CD/DVD or USB.
    2. A message will appear “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”, press any key to boot from the Windows installation CD/ DVD or USB.
    3. Select your language, time and keyboard, and click “Next.”
    4. Click “Repair your computer.”
    5. Click Troubleshoot >> Advance Option >>Start up Setting >> Restart.

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    6. Select Safe mode.

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    7. Now go to the Control Panel and select “Uninstall program.”
    8. Look for the driver and uninstall it.
      NOTE: You may want to uninstall all driver that is available.
Staff Answered on August 9, 2017.
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Solution 3.  Fix registry

“Windows 10 blue screen on startup” can also be due to a damaged or missing registry. To fix this, please recover the registry using the backup registry. See instructions below.

  1. Insert the Windows 10 installation CD/DVD or USB.
  2. A message will appear “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”, press any key to boot from the Windows installation CD/ DVD or USB.
  3. Select your language, time and keyboard, and click “Next.”
  4. Click “Repair your computer.”
  5. Click Troubleshoot >> Advance Option >> Command Prompt.

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  6. Type “C:” press Enter key >> “dir“press Enter key >> “cd \windows\system32/config” press Enter key >> “mb backup” press Enter key >> “copy *.* backup“press Enter key >> “CD regback” press Enter key >> “dir” press Enter key >> “Copy *.* ..” press Enter key >> “A” (note: must be capital A) press enter key.  

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  7. Then close Command prompt and click continue.
Staff Answered on August 9, 2017.
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Solution 4. Test Hardware

“Windows 10 blue screen on startup” may also be caused by hardware components. The hardware could be faulty, overheating, or semi-detached.  You may want to check your hardware component. Clean it if it is dusty, which may be blocking the airway. See instructions below.

  1. Remove the computer from the power source.
  2. Open the case.
  3. Remove all RAM/Memory stick and, clean the RAM gold pin using an eraser and connect it again. Make sure that you push it down enough that the retention lever or the RAM slot lock snaps.
  4. Detach graphics card and other components such as a printer and network adaptor.
  5. Re-connect hard drive. If you have multiple hard drives, do not connect the secondary hard drives only the hard drive with installed Windows on it.
  6. Reset your Motherboard Bios by removing the CMOS battery and reconnect it after two minutes.
  7. Clean your CPU fan from dust and make sure the CPU fan cable is connected to the motherboard properly.
  8. Test the PC, turn it on. Check if the CPU fan is working. If it is not, consider buying a new one. If it is good, proceed.
  9. If it proceeds to Windows Desktop turn it off again.
  10. Reconnect graphics card, secondary hard drive, and the other components. If the error occurs, your graphics card or add-on component might be the source of the BSOD. Reconnect it one by one and until you determine which one is causing the problem.
  11. If the error persists, please proceed with the hardware test below.

Test hard disk drive

If the Windows desktop or Safe mode is inaccessible to test the hard disk drive. Remove the hard disk drive and then connect it to a working PC for testing. See instructions below or watch the tutorial video here on YouTube.

  1. Go to http://www.hdtune.com/ to download the HD tune.
  2. Install HDtune and then run it.
  3. Select the hard disk drive you want to test for the defect.
  4. Click the Error Scan tab to test for bad sectors.
  5. Then click Start.
  6. Wait for the process is finished, stop the test if a Red dot appears. (replace your Hard disk if it has a red dot, it means it has a bad sector.)
  7. If the process is finished and no red dot (bad sector) was detected. Click the Health tab. If a warning is found consider replacing your hard disk drive.

Memory/RAM test

To test a Memory/RAM, see link here.

Staff Answered on August 9, 2017.
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Solution 5. Reinstall Windows 10

If no defect was found as in Solution 4, and “Windows 10 blue screen on startup” persists, reinstalling Windows 10 may fix the error. See instruction below or check this YouTube video tutorial is provided here

    1. Insert the Windows 10 installation DVD or USB. To create a Windows Bootable USB flash drive watch it here
    2. A message will appear “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”, press any key to boot from the Windows installation CD/DVD or USB.
    3. Select your language, time and keyboard, and click “Next.”
    4. Click “Install Now.”
    5. Click “I accept the terms of the license”, and then click “Next.”
    6. Click “Custom” (Advanced).
    7. Select the partition, and click Delete.
      NOTE: Delete all partition.

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    8. Select the Unallocated space and click “Next.”
      NOTE: If you want to define the size, click new, set the size and then click Apply. 
    9. Click “Ok” to confirm.
    10. Wait until the installation process is finished.
Staff Answered on August 9, 2017.
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