Restoring the previous version of Windows – Shutdown or looping



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Often, when the Windows 10 update fails, it attempts to restore the previous version of Windows to return a working Windows 10 PC to you. Although it works most of the time, it is unfortunately a nightmare for any Windows user to stay hooked to this screen or be in an endless restart loop with the message -”Restoring your previous version of Windows‘. The worst part is that restarting the windows during recovery can cause a permanent failure of the PC. What I will always suggest to you is to wait a long time (maybe 3-4 hours) to see if it will do itself. Sometimes the process is blocked, but in the end, it works. But if you’ve waited long enough, let’s take a look at your options.

Restore to previous version of Windows

We always recommend you have a bootable USB stick handy or at least add Safe Boot as an option in your boot menu. You need a bootable USB stick to solve this problem because there is no way to switch from connection mode to repair mode.

Now that your PC is looped, you must turn off the PC and start your PC. Press F11 when the computer is on. This should take you to the Advanced Start Options menu. You can perform these steps here. If this does not work for you, you can start Windows 10 in safe mode and follow our suggestions.

Booting in the recovery environment



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While you must follow the standard Windows installation, you get the option to repair the PC directly on the installation screen. If you are in repair mode, you have several options here, such as Reset, Advanced Options and so on. The reset option is our last option.

Set MBR or Master Boot Record

During the Windows 10 upgrade, the system processes the boot record to know where to return from in the event of a reboot. If it does not add an entry to the upgrade, it starts from the previous version of Windows. We can get rid of it and return our PC directly to the old facility.

The Advanced Start option allows us to use the command prompt. You can then use the tool Bootrec.exe and execute the following commands in sequence to repair MBR and rebuild BCD.

 /RebuildBcd

Perform system recovery or boot repair

Go to Advanced boot options. Here you can choose between two System Restore or Startup Repair. System Restore returns to the previous Windows operating state, while Startup Repair can resolve problems that prevent Windows from loading.

Reset Windows 10 PC

If nothing else works, select Reset this PC and click the Start button. This process will completely reinstall Windows, but will allow you to keep your files. You will then need to reinstall the applications and software. It will take some time to reinstall everything, but it will be much faster than a new installation.

If the reset does not help, i.e. something seems to be broken, you must reinstall Windows completely with the same USB stick.

PS: It is also possible to force the Windows 10 system to cancel something with the PC and start recovery. Simply turn off your PC 3-4 times at random and it will be displayed. We do not recommend it because we do not know how your hardware and software will react. Then be careful.

Additional playback: Windows 10 is blocked when a screen is loaded.



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