Windows 8 won’t boot: What can I do?


Sandro Villinger
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If Windows 8 fails to start, the Automatic Recovery feature should launch automatically and use a combination of a System Restore point and malware scan (+recovery) to get your PC back to a bootable state. However, if Automatic Recovery fails, it’s time to boot into the Windows 8 recovery environment from which you’ll have a few additional options that’ll get you going again: First, turn on your PC and repeatedly hit SHIFT+F8 right before the Windows 8 logo is seen on screen. Alternatively, plug in your Windows 8 USB thumb drive or insert the DVD and enter the setup. Jump to “Repair your PC” right from the installer’s welcome screen:






From the recovery environment, click on “Troubleshoot”. If your PC is damaged beyond repair and you forgot to create an image (see previous question), try the “Refresh your PC” setting. This will back up your Windows 8 apps, settings and files and then perform a complete reinstall and restore. You’ll end up back in your known Windows 8 environment, and all there is to do is reinstall your application. If, for whatever reason, the damage is serious enough that’ll make the PC Refresh fail, a complete PC Reset might be in order:





Again, consider both of these options as a sort of “last resort”. Instead, you should make your way to the “Advanced options” and try both the “System Restore” and “Automatic Repair” settings. If you’ve created an image (see previous question), you should try the “System Image Recovery” setting:




I have the same problem. I recently performed windows updates, but now I when switch the laptop on, it just stays black. I have a hp probook 4530s. When I switch it on, nothing (apart from the HP start) works. I can hear the fan running as well.   What should I do?
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