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Fixing Windows Devices That Can't Start

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If you have a windows desktop or tablet that won't start, Mark Edward Soper will help you troubleshoot it, in this excerpt from The PC and Gadget Help Desk: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing. Mark covers BIOS configuration settings, Windows configuration issues, BIOS startup error messages and solutions, and Windows 7 and 8 error recovery and advanced boot options.
This chapter is from the book

Fast Track to Solutions

Table 8.1 Symptom Table


Flowchart or Book Section

Page #

My computer displays an error message when it starts

Troubleshooting a System That Displays Errors at Startup (flowchart)

Chapter 24

My computer won’t start if I have a USB flash drive plugged into it

Disconnecting USB Drives


I see a STOP (blue screen) error when I try to start the computer or after I use it for awhile

STOP (Blue Screen) Errors at Startup


I just installed an SSD in place of a hard disk, but my computer isn’t any faster

Switching to AHCI Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8.x


I’m not sure the power and data cables to my hard disk are plugged in correctly

Loose Drive Data and Power Cables


I think my hard disk has failed. How can I find out for sure?

Drive Failure


Windows 7 won’t start. What do I do next?

Windows 7 Error Recovery and Advanced Boot Options


Windows 8/8.1 won’t start. What do I do next?

Windows 8 Error Recovery and Advanced Boot Options


How can I find out what System Restore will change before I use it?

Using System Restore, Figures 8.22 and 8.23


How can I prevent unwanted programs from running when I start my computer?

Using MSConfig


I just ran Refresh Your PC in Windows 8/8.1 and some of my programs were removed. How do I find out what’s missing?

Figure 8.30


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