Error: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might have caused the issue after you install Windows Updates

Applies to: Windows 8.1Windows 7Windows Vista

After you install the latest Windows Updates and reboot your computer, you may get the following error message:
Error: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might have caused the issue after you install Windows Updates

Resolution


To fix this, use the following methods according to your operating system:

Method 1: Use the Last Known Good Configuration to start Windows

Method 2: Use the Automatic Repair or Startup Repair feature

More Information


For more information about startup errors, visit: (Windows 7) Resolving stop (blue screen) errors in Windows 7 or (Windows Vista): What to do if Windows won't start correctly 

For more information about Windows Update, visit: Windows Update