How to fix booting problems in Windows 10?

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Hey fellas! I hope you have heard about Windows 10 Technical Preview and the initiative undertaken by Microsoft to dog feed its various builds which are underdevelopment to developers under Windows Insider Program. It seems like with new features introduced here, Microsoft is going to do a lot with this next version of Windows headed for its release in next fall or summer. It launched previously two builds namely build 9841 and 9860 which were quite stable and also packed with a bunch of new features and also giving a little glimpse on the features under development, like in build 9860, the new zPC settings console to transform the Control Panel into its Modern UI form, and also support of Metro Apps for lower resolutions than 1280X768. Also the concept of Fast and Slow Cycles were introduced to this build, where the fast cycles contains updates of less stable builds than slower one.

Windows 10 Boot


Few weeks ago, Microsoft released build 9879 to its fast cycle of users, introducing more and more features, but a lot buggy experience than all others. It introduced new icons of folders, and also, a step further in One Drive integration, and it also gives a view of Continuum Styled Start Menu but it’s very unstable and can be viewed through registry hacks.

Here One Drive Integration may be one of the most discussed topics for build 9879, both feature wise and bug wise. As it now allows only to sync what you want to sync, a better integration with cloud and much more. But it may crash sometimes.

Also, the main flaw with non UEFI computers is that with this build installed, once the computer is SHUT DOWN, and then when you start it, it will detect no operating system, i.e. the Hard Disk isn’t able to run. Regardless of any OS you install, this problem still prevails. Hence the hard disk isn’t gone, then also many of us will be considering it as gone and replace it with the new one.

Now fortunately, there’s a solution available, and also tried well by many users but hey, ensure that all the steps performed in following order:

Get your pen-drive booted with Linux or Ubuntu through any other’s computer, you can do it as followed:

  • Download the iso file of Ubuntu from its official website.
  • Download Rufus, a iso writing tool for USB drives.
  • Or, Burn the ISO onto a DVD, the ISO is of 1 GB approx.

Now, start your computer, with pen-drive attached, boot in your pen-drive via selecting you drive from boot menu.

As you see Linux/Ubuntu will boot up with a dialog box, giving options of Install/Try now. Hit try now.

Look for a restart button and hit restart, thus computer will be restarted, and now let it boot with hard drive, this time it will detect it and your windows boots up.

(Here I would suggest installing Windows 7 or 8 which is bit stable to work with…but if it’s not possible than it’s all OK)

Now as your windows is running, you can do steps further. Please take care of not shutting down the computer or even to put it in sleep.

  • Use Rufus.exe, under ‘create a bootable disk using’, select MS- DOS, it is cleared from below. And then press start, make sure you’ve pen-drive attached and in Device, your pen-drive is listed, also back up the data from it as it will be going to be erased.

Rufus for Windows screenshot

  • Download HDAT2_50.exe, which can be downloaded from here. Be sure to download exe file and with same name.
  • Now, copy this file on your pen-drive with MS-DOS and restart your computer, this time boot with your pen-drive.
  • Now write this command:  HDAT2_50.exe  /w
  • Now don’t use the interface at all.
  • Simply Press: Ctrl+Alt+Del

And it will reboot, and boo-yeah!!, your problem is solved, this time your Hard disk will boot perfectly, and even if you shut down, it will boot perfectly through hard disk the next time you start-up.

Below is the reason why the problem occurred:

HDD gets power, but stays still instead of spinning as it waits for ATA signal.

If your BIOS doesn’t support it, bootloader can’t start so Windows won’t work. On the other hand, Linux supports direct communication with SATA drives so it becomes our savior!

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