When starting up the computer, it is very common for computer users to get this error message “Windows Error Recovery -Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause”. Even though upon getting this error, users are provided two options – Launch Startup repair & Start Windows Normally, to solve the problem, both options return the same screen at most of the time. Troubleshooting & fixing it with the below instructions will help you solve the “Windows failed to start…” problem quickly.
Restart the PC into safe mode
To solve the Windows Error Recovery problem, I would first suggest you to boot the computer into safe mode and check if you can boot & run the computer as normal. To get your computer into safe mode with networking, directly keep tapping F8 key during restart and select the option to boot in safe mode with networking when seeing it on the screen.
Remove incompatible programs & devices
If you are able to boot into the Safe mode, check what you have ever installed on the computer recently. Some incompatible programs or devices installed on the computer will make the computer run abnormally or cause the “Windows Error Recovery- Windows failed to start…” error message to happen. Directly uninstall those programs from the computer to see whether the problem was solved or not.
Perform a system restore
If you are unable to boot to the computer into safe mode and still get the “Windows failed to start…” error message, you may try performing a system restore from Windows Recovery Enviornment to get the computer to an earlier date. A simple system restore job always helps to quickly get back the computer quickly when something goes wrong, but sometimes you make lose some of your important data.
If you have the Windows installation disk, you can easily perform a system restore by following the below steps:
* Insert the installation disc and restart the computer.
* If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.
* Choose the language settings, and then click “Next” to continue.
* Click Repair your computer.
*Then, you should select the operating system you want to repair, and click “Next” to go.
*On the System Recovery Options menu, click System restore and select the date on which the computer was working fine.
If you do not have the Windows installation disk but have ever made a system restore point before the “Windows Error Recovery” error message, you can easily perform the below steps to go:
*Log on your system as an administrator.
*Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, System Tools, and then click System Restore.
*Click to select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option on the Welcome to System Restore page, and then click Next.
*On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the in the appearing list, click your desired system restore point, and then “Next” to continue.
*Then, you should click “Next” to follow the on-screen steps to finish the restore job.
*Restart your computer when the restoration finishes to take them effect.
Fix errors in the system itself
Above are steps you can take when getting the “Windows Error Recovery” error messages, but sometimes the problem in the system itself can also result in this problem. And the most important one you should not ignore is Windows registry. For most of the system errors, registry errors are the root cause. A simple registry error can seriously damage the computer system causing it to run slow or produce kinds of computer error messages. When this happens, the computer may have difficulty loading items that you want to use. So, the last suggestion you should do to fix the “Windows failed to start…” problem is to scan and fix registry errors immediately.
Always maintaining your computer regularly helps to effectively prevent & fix Windows errors in your daily life. Just taking the steps above one by one, then you can deal with the “Windows Error Recovery -Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause” problem and run your computer smoothly as before.
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