So, I this has happened to me a couple of times now and frankly it’s a sham, it really is.  I honestly do not know the inner workings of how this situation occurs, I doubt many people outside of Microsoft truly understand it since Windows isn’t open source but I’m sure it’s catching lots of people out and causing all manner of headaches.

I made the simple mistake of hitting “sleep” instead of “shutdown” earlier today – nightmare ensues.  The machine would not wake from sleep so I had to pull the plug (hold the power button down).  Not a pleasant thing to do doing.  I worry about the state of SSD drives in situations like this and apparently so does Windows, but its not terribly smart at recovering from this and this is where my beef is.

If you end up in this situation you are highly likely to end up in a boot -> failed to boot INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE -> restart – repair cycle that frankly would continue until the planet vanishes.  Not helpful and … not entirely correct either.  Windows will insist on repeating this.

What you need to do is boot into Safe Mode and all will be well.

  1. When you get to the Restart screen hit Advanced options.
  2. Then select the “Troubleshoot” button
  3. then the Advanced Options
  4. then select Startup Settings and restart
  5. The screen will fade to almost invisible and then a list is shown
  6. Select 4 to Enable Safe Mode and restart

Windows should now boot into safe mode and once it has you can safely reboot into Windows properly.  Why on earth it insists on cycling through a useless and ultimately pointless repair / restart process I don’t know.

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