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#1 shawnvw

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 01:42 AM

I'm trying to boot my Windows 10 laptop from a USB drive.  I get a blank BSOD instead.

 

Some background: for the last few days my Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop has been making grinding noises (probably a bad fan) and has been extremely slow to boot, or load windows, or login, or to respond to mouse clicks and commands. (Oddly, the mouse movement was unaffected). I tried Safe Mode and Restore Points, but they were also extremely slow, so its hard to tell what was working.

 

I started booting from the USB drive. From the Windows Install Screen, I chose Startup Repair, but it was still running after an hour later, so I suspected it was still suffering from the "hanging" problem. I booted again, but this time instead of the Installation screen, I get a blue screen with no messages.

 

If I can't start Windows from the hard drive or a USB drive, what can I do?


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 01:19 PM

Hi. . .

 

It sounds like there may be a problem with the hard drive.

 

Run SeaTools for DOS, LONG test - https://www.sysnative.com/forums/hardware-tutorials/4072-hard-drive-hdd-diagnostics.html

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 02:29 PM

Geek Squad has informed me that it's probalby an expensive motherboard failure. However, for the benefit of readers who may have similar problems, how do you boot a Windows 10 computer into DOS?



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 04:54 PM

Depends on what you want to do in DOS.

And it depends on the type of BIOS/UEFI that you have.

And then it depends on how the UEFI is setup.

 

I presume that you want to boot from the disk to run Seatools for DOS.
If that's the case, first try tapping F12 as you boot.

That should (if you have a BIOS and not a UEFI) let you boot to the Seatools for DOS disk

 

If you have UEFI, you'd first have to enable legacy/CSM mode and disable Secure Boot.

Then tapping F12 should allow you to boot from the Seatools for DOS disk.

Don't forget to set the UEFI back the way it was after you're done with the test,


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