How to Fix “Windows 10 freezes on startup”

Without you doing anything, Windows 10 might, at times hang at the time of booting due to various reasons. You will be left with the initial loading screen apparently without much to do. You can always enter to safe mode by restarting your PC more than twice to get your computer to diagnose itself of any hardware or software problems. Once you are in safe mode with access to internet, you can apply any of the following solutions to get your Windows 10 working again.

“Windows 10 freezes on startup” [Solved]

Solution 1: Change the Fast Startup Status to Disabled

  1. Open your computer’s Power Options by either looking it up in the Control Panel or searching it in the search bar of Start Menu.“Windows 10 freezes on startup”
  2. In the Power Options window, you will see written on the left side Choose what the power button does. Click that.
  3. Beside a small shield icon, there will text in blue that says Change settings that are currently unavailable. Click on that blue text.
  4. In the next window, under the heading of Shutdown Settings, you will most probably see the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option enabled. Disable that option by un-ticking it.

Solution 2: Disconnect Any and Every External USB Drive

Your Windows 10 might only be freezing on startup due to some problem with an external USB drive. In order to be sure, unplug any attached USB devices such mouse or a flash drive etc. Once done, restart your computer and see if Windows still hangs like before.

Solution 3: Change the Value of Start Service in Registry Editor

If the first two methods did not work for you, you should try disabling AppXSvc. AppX Deployment Service is one that helps run and shut store applications. Doing so has worked out for many Windows 10 users with the same problem. Here is a step by step guide to disabling the service:

  1. Type regedit in the empty bar of Run dialogue box. You can open it from the Start Menu or by pressing Windows and R keys together. UAC (User Account Control) will ask for confirmation to open, select Yes.
  2. Your PC’s Registry Editor will be run. On the window, look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and expand it. From the next list, click SYSTEM, then select ControlSet001 and then finally choose to open Services.
  3. A great many services will open. Find AppXSvc from among them and click to open it. On the right pane, from the column of names, select the second last option that is Start.
  4. You will disable the AppXSvc by changing the value data to 4. Press OK to finish.

Solution 4: Apply Different Recovery Methods

You can access the different recovery methods for Windows 10 by opening the Recovery window in Control Panel. The on-screen instructions will guide you to move forward with the process. This might work if the afore described methods did not.

Solution 5: Install New Drivers

Old and outdated drivers can cause all sorts of problems for your computer. It is healthy for your computer to update its devices from time to time. Knowing the version of your operating system and model of your PC, you can easily download new drivers from the Support section of the official website of your computer manufacturer and install them by following the instructions that come along.

That is it. One of the above five methods should solve the problem of your Windows 10 hanging at the time of startup.

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