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

“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

  • Remove USB drives or graphics cards
  • At times, Windows will not boot after power outage even if USB drive or memory card is left inserted within the USB port or card reader respectively. So ensure to remove connected portable devices and then check whether your system boots up normally.

  • Enter into Safe Mode
  • Even if you can’t boot into Windows, you will be able to get into Safe Mode. To enter into safe mode press F8 as your system starts up. Then, you will get a menu asking to boot into Safe Mode. The Safe mode is intended to help set right most of the problems related to operating system.

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,

  • Step 1: After downloading and installing Yodot Hard Drive Recovery on Windows system, launch it and follow the below-mentioned steps:
  • Step 2: Home screen will present two options- Partition Recovery and Formatted/Reformatted Recovery. Choose the first option
  • Step 3: Then, select hard drive from which files needs to be extracted
  • Step 4: Scanning process begins to get back all files from hard disk
  • Step 5: Preview files to confirm whether files are restored properly or not
  • Step 6: Store files on any secure location (There is an option to compress extracted files in order to save space

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:

  • Rigorous and rapid scan - the program does in-depth scanning of hard drive in order to get back lost/deleted data
  • Disk image functionality - exact replica of hard disk files will be produced to bypass bad sectors and to restore files after scanning
  • Self-explanatory User Interface – GUI is designed to offer trouble-free operation and control of restoration task
  • Categorize files – Extracted files can be sorted based on various attributes such as size, date, title etc.
  • Supported OS – Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows server 2008 and Windows 2003
  • Help and support – Any queries regarding this application will be answered by committed Technical Support team
  • Supports Various devices – Compatible to restore files from hard disk, external drive or SSD won't boot after power loss or any other logical issue


  • 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