Windows 10 Not Booting After Update? Here is the Quick Fix

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By Victor Ashiedu


If your Windows 10 PC does not boot immediately after installing a Windows update, use the first step below to uninstall the update. Then, use the second step to stop the update from reinstalling.

After receiving feedback from our readers, we have updated this guide with new steps to fix the problem.

Step 1: Uninstall Windows Updates

Follow the steps below to uninstall the updates and get your computer to boot:

  1. Start your computer and wait for Windows 10 boot process to begin. Windows 10 boot process begins when you see circular dots on the screen. See the screenshot below.
  1. Then press and hold the power button on your computer until it powers down.
  2. Power up the computer again, wait for the boot process to begin, and power it down.
  3. When you power it up again, it will initiate automatic repair. Wait for the screen below to display. Then, click Advanced options.
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  1. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.
  1. On the Troubleshoot screen, select Advanced options.
  1. The, on the Advanced options screen, select Uninstall Updates.
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The Uninstall Updates screen offers two options: 1, Uninstall the latest quality update. 2, Uninstall the latest feature update.
  1. Finally, to fix windows 10 not booting after update problem, select Uninstall the latest quality update.
  1. Follow the steps to uninstall the updates. Then, restart your computer. Your computer should start normally.
When I used this method to fix my computer recently, it asked for a key. If your computer asks for a recovery key, follow the notes to login to your Microsoft account to retrieve the key.

Step 2: Stop Windows Updates Reinstalling

In my experience after uninstalling the update that broke your computer, Windows may reinstall it again.

If the update is reinstalled and breaks your computer again, follow the steps above to uninstall the update. Then, follow these steps to stop Windows reinstalling the updates:

  1. On the bottom right of your taskbar, click your Wi-Fi icon
  1. Then, beneath the connected Wi-Fi, click Properties.
  1. Finally, scroll down to the Metered connection section and flip the Set as metered connection switch On.
When you set your Wi-Fi as a metered connection, Windows 10 will no longer download updates. Note that this is a temporal fix. At some point, you need to disable this to allow Windows updates to install. Wait for Microsoft to release new updates before allowing updates to install on your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section answers commonly asked questions about Windows 10 update boot problems.

1. How do I Fix Windows 10 not restarting after update?

Boot Windows 10 to recovery mode by interrupting the boot twice (power the computer down just when Windows 10 starts booting). When you power up the PC the third time, it will start in recovery mode. Then, click Advanced options -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Uninstall Updates -> 1, Uninstall the latest quality update2, Uninstall the latest feature update. Restart your computer.

2. How long does it take to restart Windows 10 after update?

Between 1 hour 10 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes depending on the update and the speed of your computer.

3. How do I repair Windows 10 after an update?

If Windows 10 stops booting after update, restart Windows 10 in recovery mode and uninstall the update. See the details in answer to FAQ 1 above.

4. Is there a troubleshooter for Windows 10?

Yes, Windows 10 has a built-in Troubleshooter. To open Windows Troubleshooter, open Settings -> Update & security -> Troubleshoot (left pane).

For more Troubleshooters, beneath Troubleshooters, click Additional Troubleshooters. You will be offered a long list of Troubleshooters.

5. How do I reboot Windows 10?

1. Right-click Start Menu, point to Shutdown or sign out, then select Restart.
2. Left-click Start Menu, click the power icon, then select Restart
4. Open PowerShell, enter Restart-Computer and press enter key on your keyboard


The fastest way to get your PC to boot if its broken by a Windows Update is to uninstall the update. After that, it is a smart idea to stop the update from reinstalling.

In this guide, I discussed the details of these two steps.

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Victor Ashiedu

Victor is the founder of InfoPress Media, publishers of Ilifeguides and Itechguides. With 20+ years of experience in IT infrastructure, his expertise spans Windows, Linux, and DevOps. Explore his contributions on for insightful how-to guides and product reviews.

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34 thoughts on “Windows 10 Not Booting After Update? Here is the Quick Fix”

  1. After Windows 10 update my laptop does not boot. chkdisk showed no errors found, but scannow did not work because of “Windows Resourse protection could not perform the requested operation”… what else can I do? pretty much Command prompt is the only way now I can communicate with the laptop… thank you…

  2. I followed this guide and after a 2+ hour scan, it resulted in the same blue “Choose Option” menu. I have tried multiple times to uninstall latest updates (will not uninstall); system restore (will not restore: error “0x80070020”)… I am at a loss and do not want to have to wipe my entire laptop because an update screwed everything up!

    • Use the command:

      chkdsk /x /f /r

      You will receive the message “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)” – type Y and press enter.

      Then restart your computer – Chkdsk will run when your computer restarts.

      The reason you receive the error is that you are trying to run Chkdsk on drive C but it is locked as it is the OS partition. Scheduling Chkdsk to run at next restart means it can run before the OS loads.

  3. Just thought I’d let you guys know: I had boot problems for the last month (after upgrading to the Windows 10 1909 version) To keep this short and to the point, I updated the motherboard drivers along with graphics, sound, usb….. after doing that, my pc boots up normally again. Visit your manufacturers website.
    Make sure your other drivers are up-to-date, but be carefull where you download from.
    (maybe not your problem, but will help someone I think)
    Happy 2020 to you all.

    • Sorry to hear you are still not able to boot your Windows 10. Would you mind providing more details. For instance, any specific error mesages? Did the boot problem start after an update?


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