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Microsoft Windows Stuck at Loading Screen

Microsoft Windows Stuck at Loading Screen

Troubleshooting Guide

Fix Microsoft Windows Stuck at Loading Screen

Is your Microsoft Windows 10 or 11 stuck at the loading screen? Follow our comprehensive guide to troubleshoot and resolve this frustrating issue.

Common Symptoms

Microsoft Windows 10 spinning circle on boot.

Endless Spinning Circle

Windows 10 or 11 shows a spinning circle indefinitely during boot.

Microsoft Windows 10 spinning circle on boot.

Stuck on Loading Screen

The system remains stuck on the loading screen without progressing.

Error Messages

You might encounter error messages such as ‘Preparing Automatic Repair’ or ‘Diagnosing Your PC’.

Restart Your Computer

Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve the issue. Hold down the power button until the computer turns off, then turn it back on.

Boot into Safe Mode

Access Safe Mode by pressing F8 during startup. This can help you diagnose and fix the problem.

Run Startup Repair

Use the Windows Recovery Environment to run Startup Repair. This tool can fix many common startup issues.

Check for Hardware Issues

Ensure that all hardware components are properly connected and functioning. Faulty hardware can cause startup problems.

Common Questions About Windows Loading Issues


Why is my Windows 10 stuck at the loading screen?

This issue can be caused by corrupted system files, recent software installations, or hardware problems. Running a startup repair or performing a system restore can often resolve this.


How can I fix Windows 11 stuck on the loading circle?

Try booting into Safe Mode and uninstalling any recent updates or drivers. You can also use the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and fix the issue.


What should I do if Windows 10 won't load after an update?

Boot into Safe Mode and uninstall the recent update. If that doesn’t work, use System Restore to revert your system to a previous state.


Can a hardware issue cause Windows to get stuck at the loading screen?

Yes, faulty hardware such as a failing hard drive or bad RAM can cause this problem. Running hardware diagnostics can help identify the issue.


Is there a way to prevent Windows 11 from getting stuck at the loading screen?

Regularly updating your system, avoiding untrusted software, and maintaining your hardware can help prevent this issue.


What is the Windows Recovery Environment?

The Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a set of tools included with Windows that can help diagnose and repair startup problems, including the loading screen issue.


How do I access Safe Mode in Windows 10?

Restart your computer and press F8 before Windows starts loading. From the Advanced Boot Options menu, select Safe Mode.


Can a virus cause Windows to get stuck at the loading screen?

Yes, malware can corrupt system files and cause startup issues. Running a full system scan with a trusted antivirus program can help resolve this.


What is a System Restore and how can it help?

System Restore allows you to revert your computer’s state to a previous point in time. This can undo recent changes that may have caused the loading screen issue.

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Why does Windows restart without warning?

Why does Windows restart without warning?

Why does Windows restart without warning?

If your Windows computer is restarting on its own, without any warning, review the troubleshooting options below for help on resolving the problem.

Software issue or error

Since the release of Windows XP, Microsoft designed Windows to automatically reboot when errors occur, such as a BSoD. Although this may be nice for errors that do not occur often, users who have a re-occurring error may want to identify the error to troubleshoot it. Below are the steps on how this feature can be disabled and enabled in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.

1. From the desktop, right-click on My Computer. In Windows 8 and 10, open File Explorer and right-click on This PC in the left navigation pane.

2. Select the Properties option in the pop-up menu.

3. In the System Properties window, click the Advanced tab or the Advanced system settings link.

4. On the Advanced tab, click the Settings button under Startup and Recovery.

5. In the Startup and Recovery window, unchecked the Automatically restart check box.

6. Click OK.

Now if the computer generates an error, it should not automatically restart and should display an error message, most likely a BSoD.

Hardware issue or error
Any failing hardware component in your computer could cause your computer to unexpectedly generate an error or reboot without warning. If you have recently attempted to add a new hardware device, remove that device to make sure it is not causing your issues.

Make sure you are not encountering any hardware conflicts by viewing Device Manager for errors.

Hardware drivers can also cause this issue. If you have recently installed new hardware drivers, you may want to try an earlier version of those drivers. Additional information and help with computer drivers is available on our drivers page.

If you updated drivers and removed any newly added hardware, and the random reboots continue to occur, it’s possible that the memory is bad in the computer.

Finally, hardware devices that are not installed properly in the computer can also cause random reboots. Make sure all the cables and expansion cards are connected properly inside the computer. The best way to determine this is to disconnect and reconnect all cables and expansion cards.

Computer Virus

Some computer viruses, such as the blaster virus, are designed to reboot your computer without warning. Usually, these viruses make the computer reboot every 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes after the computer has started up.

If you believe your computer has a virus, make sure an antivirus program is installed and the virus scanner definitions are up-to-date.