Windows 10 computer won’t boot after power outage

There might be an instance wherein after power outages; your Windows system won’t be able to boot. In this case, any attempt made to boot the system would take you to a loading screen only. If your Windows 10 computer won’t boot after a power outage, here are some solutions that might help you to fix the problem.

Windows 10 computer won’t boot after power outage

Windows 10 computer wont boot after power outage

1] Starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode would come first to the mind, but it may take you to the blue screen displaying the message “Your PC needs to be repaired“. The sudden power failure sometimes may corrupt the system files and also sometimes damage the system reserved partitions like Boot Configuration Data (BCD). You may want to boot from a Rescue Disk in order to resolve the problem with the system, but damage to BCD may cause trouble booting the Windows system.

2] If you can reach the Advanced Startup Options Screen, you should run Startup Repair. That should do the job!

Windows 10 PC will not boot up or start


If that does not help, you may select Command Prompt. Using the CMD, you can access the more advanced built-in Windows tools. Here are a few things you can try, depending on the error code you receive. See which applies to your system and carry them out:

  1. Run System File Checker to replace the corrupted Windows system files or Drivers
  2. Run DISM tool to repair Windows image.
  3. Use the Command prompt to rebuild your MBR, using the built-in bootrec tool.

3] If nothing helps, you may have to boot from a Windows Installation media. Connect the Windows 10 USB flash drive containing Windows installation files in the USB port and press the Power button

Press Enter or any key to boot from the USB device.

Select “Repair Your Computer “ option at the bottom left of the install screen window.

Advanced Startup Options will start in a new window. In the Advanced Startup Options, Click on Command Prompt which opens the Command Prompt window.

Type the following command and hit Enter which scans all the disks for windows installations.


If you see the following message on the command line, Enter “Yes” or ‘Y’ to add the installation to boot list to complete the operation successfully.

Total identified Windows installations: 1.

Add installation to boot list? Yes/No/All:

If you see the following message on the command line, you need to remove BCD store manually and then try to rebuild again.

Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully

If you had earlier backed up your BCD Store, then you have another option.  You may restore that good BCD file. To do that, type the following command and hit Enter  to complete the operation-

bcdedit /import f:\01.bcd

This will restore your BCD file named as 01.bcd on your D Drive. So you need to select the Drive letter and the name of your BCD file as the case may be.

As mentioned earlier, the sudden unexpected power outages could damage the window files, so it is highly recommended to run the System File Checker as well, at the command prompt in order to repair the corrupted windows files. SFC /scannow scans the system files and helps to replace all the corrupted version with the Microsoft versions. Follow these steps to repair the damaged window files using System File Checker.

Restart the system and see if your computer boots normally.

Hope these solutions would help you to resolve the issue.

Unexpected outages can also cause major damage to system peripherals in motherboard, memory, and power supply, so it is highly recommended to install UPS to save your system from the future disaster.

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Pavithra is a Windows enthusiast, who loves keeping abreast with the latest in the world of technology.

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