What to do When Windows is Unable to Boot after Power Outages?

Written by Lucy John on April 17, 2023

“Yesterday while I was working on my PC, the power instantly turned off due to electrical failure. After some time, I turned on my computer in order to resume work. However, on start up, the Windows logo blurred out and dashed lines appeared on the screen. As my Windows computer is not booting properly, can anyone help me how to get back my PC to working state?”

Why does a system fail to boot after a power outage?

The Operating Systems are complex and they should go through a shutdown sequence in order to terminate all the running processes before powering off. A sudden power failure may interrupt important threads and leave your system in a fatal state.

Impact of power outage on computers

It’s a well-known fact that power outages damage electronic devices and yes this includes computers as well. Due to sudden power outages (or even voltage fluctuations), the PC can undergo severe damages which in turn would make it completely inoperable. Furthermore, regular power outages can reduce hard drive’s overall lifespan. However, if you already are facing complications in booting up the computer, then read the next section to know the possible fixes.

Ways to fix computer that won’t boot up after power failure

Hope above troubleshooting techniques helps you in booting up Windows system normally. If you are still not able to boot normally and if you wish to recover data from hard drive, then please detach the drive and connect it to a healthy system before proceeding further.

Note: Even after successfully booting up Windows, if you notice that some of your files are missing or deleted from hard drive, then also you are recommended to go through the same approach given in next segment.

Advanced technique to restore hard drive files:

A renowned software known as Yodot Hard Drive Recovery can be used to restore data from Windows hard drive. Further, the procedure to perform data recovery when Windows doesn’t boot is given as follows,

How Yodot Hard Drive Recovery will be helpful in retrieving files on a Windows hard drive?

To understand this, please read through the features of this application below:


  • Always use a UPS connected to your computer to avoid problems during after a power outage
  • Power outages can occur any time, so always keep a back up of your hard disk content ready

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