My Computer Won’t Boot or Start-Up – What do I do?
We know that there are few things worse than pressing the power button on your computer and getting the response of a dead or inert computer. It might be a relatively simple repair but often ends up being something far more complex – something that may involve software (things like the operating system, your programs/ installations) hardware or both. Also, how would you know why your computer won’t boot and what do you do to find out how to repair a computer that won’t boot?
Before considering your options and deciding what you should do next, you need to ask yourself a few relevant questions, including (if it is a PC):
Is it a notebook or a desktop computer?
Is it running a Windows 7 8.1 or 10 operating system?
How old is your computer? Is it still running Windows XP or Vista.
Has it been serviceable and error-free in the last few weeks
If you happen to own an Apple Mac, those questions will be similar and no less relevant – only the specifics will differ. You might still be running Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6), Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8).
Apple Mac Won’t Boot
In our experience, most problems with Mac’s not booting at start up are associated with hardware. The majority of these are related to a failure of the hard drive, but there are also occasions when the failure involves the logic board (motherboard), RAM, power supply, or graphics controller.
Replacing a hard drive is relatively straightforward exercise, though not necessarily a cheap one.
The Mac OS X is a relatively stable operating system and in our experience, less problematic than Windows and thus less likely to result in failure to start up. Nevertheless a poorly maintained, out-of-date system, or even one repeatedly “updated” from one version to the next over a period of years, can eventually lead to sudden problems one day with the result being that your Mac won’t boot.
In this instance, you’ll be relying on your Time Machine backup to get you up and running again.