What Are Windows Boot Errors?
Unlike many common PC problems that can remain undetected and hidden within your machines operating system for weeks, Windows Boot errors could not be any more obvious or easy to spot!
This is because when you first go to turn on your PC and access your Windows system, nothing happens, or at least, whatever it was that you expected to happen does not actually do so.
Now, one of a whole bunch of things can actually happen when you first try to turn the machine on.
For example, you may see nothing at all happening.
You might get the dreaded ‘blue screen of death’, or you could see an ‘old-fashioned’ DOS start screen.
You might even just get served a load of nonsensical, meaningless text displayed!
The obvious truth is that, if for some reason your machine will not boot up, then you clearly have a Windows boot error, and you need to do something about it.
However, the options that are available to you will depend to at least some extent on what actually caused the problem to arise in the first place. Fixing the problem is obviously going to be more difficult if you have no idea what caused it.
So, before trying to seek a solution, you would be far better spending some time trying to trace the initial root cause of the error.
On the basis that, without knowing what caused it, you cannot realistically hope to prevent a similar thing happening again the next time, you must investigate the error thoroughly before going any further.
What Causes Windows Boot Errors
As might be imagined from the comments in the last section, there are various possible causes for your machine failing to boot up properly.
However, the first thing that you want to consider when trying to trace the cause is to think back to what you were doing immediately before the error showed itself.
This may well give you a clue as to what has gone wrong, as the things that would most often cause a significant boot error are often fairly fundamental to the correct running of your machine.
They will, in other words, be things that manifest themselves as an easily visible error fairly quickly, so, it is likely that whatever caused the error happened very recently.
Track back, and see if you can think of something that you did that could have caused the malfunction.
Did you recently attempt to install new drives of hardware? If so, were they installed correctly?
How about software? Although less likely to be the cause of the error, it is possible that a software problem is the root cause.
If, however, you can think of nothing that you have done that might have caused the error to occur, then you are going to have to look elsewhere.
It could be a particularly destructive spyware program, like the driver evan64.sys or maybe it is a virus.
It might be a sign that there is a serious corruption in the registry of your machine.
It may even be something as basic and prosaic as a power surge or outage.
So, try to find the cause if you can, but do not be too surprised if you can actually think of nothing!
Given that situation, there is little you can except move on to trying to fix the error as quickly as possible, however little knowledge you might have.
How To Fix Windows Boot Errors
The first thing that you need to do is to get your machine running somehow.
Okay, so you can first attempt to take your machine back to an earlier point, before the problem happened, by trying to go to the most recent ‘last known good configuration (your most recent settings that worked)’ option in the Windows advanced options menu.
If that doesn’t fix your problem, try starting your machine again and, whilst it is opening up, hit the F8 key (assuming that you are using Windows XP) and then see if the machine will start in ‘Safe Mode’.
This basically means that all unecessary drivers are not active, so, if it is caused by a driver problem, this may fix it.
As suggested it could be a Registry problem. Test whether this is the case by running a free scan with a professional quality registry scanner like SpeedyPC.
If this shows that the problem is, indeed, related to a corrupted registry, then simply use SpeedyPC to repair it, reboot your PC and go from there.
If you have the original Operating System installation disk, then try booting your machine by inserting the disk into the CD or DVD drive and see whether that can be made to work.
The final and most drastic option, one that really is a last choice option is to use the disk to do a full re-install of your Windows operating system.
This will, however, take your machine right back to the original, factory default settings that came installed on the machine when you bought it.
It will also ‘wipe’ your PC clean, so that you lose everything that you have ever installed or collected on your machine.
This is therefore not an option that you should try until everything else that you can think of has already failed!