So last week I experienced one of the common Windows problems that I hate. When I started my computer up for the day I had the pleasure of Windows stopping in the middle of the boot process. This was not the first time I have had to troubleshoot a Windows boot issue and my luck with fixing them has been zero. So I expected to spend hours and hours working on either doing a startup recovery, system restore or trying to manually fix the bootmgr. Thankfully I did not need to wipe my hard drive and rebuild Windows like I have had to do in the past and the cause was from a pretty unbelievable source.
Being a computer geek for a good part of my life I have become the go to person whenever friends and family have computer problems. I have gotten used to troubleshooting a wide array of computer issues, but there are a few Windows problems that I dread trying to fix the BOSD (Blue Screen of Death) and Windows boot errors. The reason I hate trying to fix these issues unless it is a one-time error is to fix these problems takes a long time and a lot of work to resolve the problem if you can resolve it at all. Several times I have been forced to just use third-party software to recover the data and then wipe the hard drive and start over with a fresh install of Windows. So I was pretty upset when my computer was starting up and hung at the Windows logo
After waiting a half hour for Windows to load I figured that Windows was screwed up. So I manually restarted my computer I get the Windows Error Recovery screen where I can choose to start Windows normally and pray that it will boot or I can go into the helpful Startup Repair screen. I tried starting Windows normally and unfortunately it did the same thing. So on to the Startup Repair screen which has several different options. Startup Repair is an automatic wizard that does it’s best to fix whatever the Windows Startup error is (Normally this never works), but I ran the wizard anyway and after it finished and my computer restarted, guess what it still didn’t work. The next option in the startup recovery is doing a system restore which can be very helpful if a recent update or install has corrupted the boot and is stopping Windows from loading. So I did a system restore to two different restore points on my computer and I was still stuck and Windows Loading. Ah I was getting so frustrated and did what I normally do when I am having trouble solving a problem, Google it. So I went to Google to try and find some help and ideas and started trying them to fix my computer. I won’t go through all the different potential solutions that I tried from Google but just say I tried tons of different solutions to get my computer working. After hours and hours of looking and working on it I was still nowhere so I was halfway to copying my data off the Hard Drive and buying a fancy new SSD drive then install Windows 7 on it.
But I managed to find what was causing my computer to lock at the Windows boot and it wasn’t anything I found online I just got lucky and happened to get my computer working. The cause of all my problems and issues was one stupid USB device that I had plugged in. My FITBIT, yes that was it my Fitbit walking tracker was plugged into a USB port when I was uploading data to the website and it was causing all the problems. I was mad and yet I thought it was really finny that this device would cause Windows to stop mid-boot. The only thing I can figure out is that the Fitbit was in front of my keyboard and Windows was stuck trying to load the Fitbit as the keyboard instead of the actual keyboard. The reason I believe this is that the computer detected the mouse but the lights would not come on for the keyboard.
Well that is my rant about the problems I had with my Windows computer and all the fun little troubleshooting steps I took to solve it. I hope this has be enlightening to you or at least funny. It seems just when you think that you have seen every different Windows problems around something new comes and knocks you down. Hope you enjoyed my little rant and let me know what kind of crazy troubleshooting problems you have dealt with.