How to Fix Windows Start-up Problems?

This article describes the troubleshooting steps for the problems you may encounter when you attempt to start Windows. If you are not at ease with the advanced troubleshooting, you may consider contacting support staff.

If you are getting error messages when you boot up your computer

If you are getting error messages when you boot up your computer, just follow the steps below:

Set Windows not to load the service or the file that is included in the error message.

If the error message pertains to a service or a file, the service or the file may be included on one of the tabs in the System Configuration Utility or Msconfig.exe. When the service or the file is included, switch it off by following the steps below. When the service or file is not included, proceed to the following troubleshooting step in this article.

Identify if a new application was currently installed on your computer

If you have recently gotten rid of an application or a Windows component from your PC by manually deleting it, associated details that are still on your computer might be the cause of the issue. To delete the application or the component, you must initially reinstall it and then utilize the "Add or Remove Programs" utility or follow the directions of the manufacturer.

Here are the steps on how to remove an application from your PC

  1. Click on the Start menu and then click on the "Control Panel." Look for "Add or Remove Programs" and click on it.
  2. In the list of applications, click on the ones that you wish to remove. After that, click on "Change/Remove."
  3. The moment you are asked if you want to remove the program, just click on "Yes." If the application is not included in the "Add or Remove Programs" utility, contact the developer or the manufacturer to acquire the directions for removing it.

When your PC stops responding when you attempt to boot up Windows XP

If your PC stops responding when you attempt to boot up Windows XP, first you must boot your computer to Safe Mode then use the Device Manager to identify if the problem is associated with a device driver. Then you can use the system restore utility in order to restore the operation of Windows XP.

Here are the steps on how to boot up your computer in Safe Mode

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Once it is booting up, hit the F8 key continuously until you are in the blue screen.
  3. Try opening your applications or your Internet browser.
  4. You can also use the Device Manager to identify and adjust software-configurable devices. When your hardware devices make use of dipswitches or jumper, you should manually configure the device.
  5. You can also make use of the System Restore utility to return your PC to a current working condition. System restore captures a snapshot of the crucial program files system files and saves these details as the restore points.

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