Troubleshooting Windows Startup

Having a PC that won't boot is always a source of frustration. This course will show you how to diagnose and repair any type of problem that is preventing a PC from booting.
Course info
Rating
(16)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Nov 3, 2016
Duration
1h 32m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Repairing Common Startup Problems
Manually Repairing and Rebuilding the Boot System
Dual-boot Systems and Editing the Boot Options
Description
Course info
Rating
(16)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Nov 3, 2016
Duration
1h 32m
Description

Nothing is a greater barrier to productivity than a PC that won't boot, but what do you do? Reimaging the PC gets you caught up in hours of app and Windows updates, and reinstalling Windows makes things even worse. This course will show you how to diagnose and repair Windows startup problems, without the need for reimaging or reinstalling the operating system. First, you'll learn about the differences between BIOS and UEFI boot systems. Next, you'll explore how to effect quick repairs of many types on the Windows boot system. Finally, you'll learn how to completely rebuild a corrupt boot partition. By the end this course, you'll be able to repair almost any type of Windows Startup problem.

About the author
About the author

Mike was first awarded as a Microsoft MVP in 2011 and is a recognized technical expert in the Windows experience and troubleshooting with more than a dozen books published, including Beginning Windows 10 and Windows 10 Troubleshooting.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Mike Halsey, I'm a Microsoft MVP awardee, and the author of many books on Windows troubleshooting, and I'm excited to bring you this short course on how to troubleshoot Windows startup problems. Nothing is more frustrating or a bigger barrier to productivity than having a PC that won't boot. When this happens, you normally have a choice of reimaging the operating system or reinstalling it completely. Neither are ideal though as reimaging will tie you up in hours of app and Windows update installations, and reinstalling from scratch creates even more work. Neither of these are necessary however, as it's possible to repair almost any Windows startup problem, and in this course, I'll show you how to diagnose and repair many types of problems, from quick fixes to complete boot system rebuilds. Covering three versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10, I'll guide you through the technical nature of different firmware and security systems, explain what each boot system is and how it works, and describe in detail exactly how you can fix almost any type of problem. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the differences between BIOS and UEFI boot systems, how to affect quick repairs of many types on the Windows boot system, and how to completely rebuild a corrupt boot partition. By the end of this course, you'll be able to repair almost any type of Windows start up problem. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to troubleshoot Windows startup and Pluralsight.

Manually Repairing and Rebuilding the Boot System
It's possible in Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10 to manually repair or completely rebuild the boot partition structure and the boot system for the OS. And that's what we're going to look at in this module, but the way you do this varies depending on the situation you find yourself in. So let's have a look at what we're going to cover. We'll begin by looking at the structure of the Windows boot partitions, because again these vary depending on what type of installation you've got, be it a BIOS or a UEFI PC. Then we'll look at how you can manually repair the boot system if it becomes corrupt and you just need to get it working again. We'll finish up this module by looking at how you can completely rebuild or move the boot partition completely.

Dual-boot Systems and Editing the Boot Options
This third and final module on this course is slightly more academic in nature, and that's because of the complex and technical nature of the topics that I'm going to cover. So let's have a look through and see what we're going to cover in this module. We'll start by looking at Secure Boot, which is a security subsystem on UEFI PCs that is intended to prevent the running of malware such as rootkits, when a PC starts. Then we'll look at how we manage BitLocker at startup, and I'm talking about this specifically because we're going to go on to look at dual-boot systems, and BitLocker and dual-boot systems really do not get along. We'll look at the methodology of how you install a dual-boot system and why you do things in a particular order. Then we'll look at the BCDEdit command, which is used to manipulate the Boot Configuration Database in Windows. And we'll finish up by looking at BCDEdit in depth and all of the commands and the syntax and the structure that you will use to troubleshoot startup on a Windows PC.