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How to Fix a Laptop That Keeps Going Into Recovery Mode

Why does my laptop keep going into recovery mode?

Your laptop keeps going into recovery mode every time you reboot it because of its BIOS settings, a problem with the newly installed software, or an underlying hardware issue. 


Possible Causes

  • Hardware change
  • BIOS settings
  • Problems with software


Hardware Change

Recovery mode usually implies that there has been a change in the hardware, such as adding another hard drive.

This can set off the laptop’s automatic response that something is wrong, and it begins an in-depth analysis in the form of entering recovery mode.


BIOS Settings

Recovery mode can also imply a change in the BIOS settings, such as turning off the TPM chip on that laptop. It might also be caused by faulty system files or incorrect Boot Configuration Data.


Problems with Software

A fault with the Windows operating system may also result in the laptop becoming stuck on the boot menu.

A virus or malicious application can damage the Windows operating system files, causing the laptop to hang on to recovery mode.


What does recovery mode do on my laptop?

When your laptop enters recovery mode, it activates software that will fix common laptop faults, safeguard against any file loss, spyware, and hardware failure, and optimize your PC for optimal performance.


laptop going into recovery mode


How do I fix a laptop that keeps booting into recovery mode?

You must first diagnose the problem to fix a laptop that keeps booting into recovery mode. You can do this by removing the newly installed hardware to see if the issue exists or restoring your laptop to work settings and taking it from there.


Remove Newly Installed Hardware

Adding devices can also cause Windows instability issues.

Follow these procedures to resolve any difficulties that emerge as a result of installing new hardware:

  1. Remove the AC adapter and batteries from your laptop.
  2. Remove the newly installed device. You may need to reopen the laptop to access any installed devices.
  3. Replace the battery.
  4. Turn on the laptop as normal.
  5. The laptop may boot to the desktop successfully, and the Windows recovery error notice will not be shown again.
  6. You may now reconnect the device and wait for Windows to detect it.
  7. The ideal technique for hardware put on the motherboard is to confirm that you are installing a compliant device.


Restore Your Laptop

Restoring the laptop returns it to the previously working settings. If the option to do a system restore appears in the startup repair box, you can do so.


If the option was not offered, this is how to start the restore process:

  1. Restart your laptop.
  2. As soon as the windows logo shows, begin tapping the F8 key. Press the specified key many times until the starting screen shows.
  3. Using the up/down arrow keys, select the safe mode option and hit enter.
  4. When the Windows login screen appears, select an administrator user account and enter your password if there is any.
  5. When the desktop displays, hit the Windows button on the menu and enter a search term into the search field.
  6. Enter cmd, enter rstrui into the command prompt window, and press enter again. The System Restore screen appears.
  7. Click next, select the most recent restore point that works from the list of alternatives, and click next.
  8. Now, click Finish and wait for the checkup and restarting procedure to finish. Be patient again.
  9. Hopefully, the laptop will boot normally, and the issue will be gone.


How can I get my laptop out of recovery mode?

To get your laptop out of recovery mode, use the disc to restore original Windows settings, then run Startup Repair using a Windows installation CD. Remember, these techniques may fail if there is a significant problem with your Windows installation. 

  1. Start your laptop and insert a valid Windows installation disc into the DVD drive.
  2. Restart the laptop and hit F9 repeatedly as soon as the HP logo shows until the message “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…” comes on the screen.
  3. Choose your desired language, time, currency, keyboard/input method, and click Next.
  4. Select fix your laptop.
  5. Choose the disc containing your Windows installation and click next in the next system recovery options box.


As a last resort, you will likely need to reinstall your windows software


Why does Windows 10 keep asking for the BitLocker recovery key?

Windows 10 keeps requesting a BitLocker recover key because Auto-Lock is most likely enabled.


You can follow the steps below to disable it:

  1. Go to the system’s Control Panel and click BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  2. Click Suspend Protection in this window.
  3. Click Yes in the BitLocker Drive Encryption box.
  4. Click on Resume Protection from the BitLocker Drive Encryption box.
  5. If you see the notice, “wizard startup has failed.” That most likely indicates the TPM chip is disabled in the BIOS.
  6. Restart the laptop, then navigate System Setup and enable the TPM chip.


How to turn off recovery mode in windows 10

To turn off recovery mode or safe mode in Windows 10, exit the mode by using system configuration panel. Right-click start button and choose Run, then enter MSConfig in the Run Command Window and press OK. When your laptop restarts, it will exit safe mode.


Below we explain this step-by-step:

  1. Exit Safe Mode by using the System Configuration panel.
  2. Right-click the Start button and choose Run.
  3. Enter MSConfig in the Run Command Window and press OK.
  4. Select the Boot tab on the System Configuration screen, uncheck the Safe Boot option, and click OK.
  5. Click the Restart button on the pop-up.
  6. When you restart your laptop, it will exit Safe Mode.


How to turn off recovery mode in Windows 11

To turn off recovery mode, also known as Safe Mode in Windows 11, use the System Configuration Utility. 


This is explained in the steps below.

  1. To open the Run prompt, press Win+R.
  2. Enter MSConfig and press the Enter key.
  3. Navigate to the Boot tab.
  4. Remove the checkmark from the Safe boot box.
  5. Press the OK button.
  6. Start your laptop again.
  7. Your laptop will boot up normally.


What do I do if Windows 10 laptop is stuck on recovery mode?

If your Windows 10 laptop is stuck on recovery mode, you should restart it with the shift key to resolve the issue.


Here’s how to go about it:

  1. While holding down the Shift key, restart your laptop.
  2. On the following page, select Troubleshoot.
  3. Next, go to Advanced Options, Startup Settings and select Restart.
  4. Your laptop will now restart with several startup choices.
  5. Hit the Enter Key to exit Safe Mode.


What do I do if Windows 11 laptop is stuck in recovery mode?

If you cannot log in or access your desktop while in Safe Mode or Recovery Mode on Windows 11, you may need to restart your laptop in Safe Mode with networking. 


This problem may occur if you use a Microsoft account password to log in.

  1. While on the Lock Screen, hold down the Shift key, click the Power icon, and select Enable Safe Mode with Network by clicking the ‘5’ key.
  2. After restarting the laptop, go to Troubleshoot, go to Advanced Options, click on Startup Settings, and select Restart.
  3. This will force the PC to restart in Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. Now input your password, and it should turn safe mode off.


Why does my  HP laptop keeps booting in recovery mode?

The reason your HP laptop keeps booting in recovery mode is because Hardware Diagnostics is a Windows-based program that lets you perform diagnostic checks to see if your laptop’s hardware is working properly, which is built-in for HP laptops.


To turn Recovery Mode off of your HP Laptop:

  1. Turn off the laptop and hold down the PWR button for four seconds.
  2. Disconnect any externally attached devices like the Docking Station, USB storage devices, monitors, and printers, leaving only the keyboard and mouse connected.
  3. Unplug the laptop’s power supply.
  4. To Hard Reset, press and hold the Power button for 15 seconds.
  5. Your HP Laptop should restart as normal.


Why does Lenovo laptop keeps booting in recovery mode?

Your Lenovo laptop keeps booting in recovery mode because of faults, malicious applications, and hard disc difficulties.


To fix this:

  1. Unplug all of your laptop’s devices since they may be interfering with the starting process.
  2. Laptop users should remove the battery for seconds before plugging it back in.
  3. If you don’t want to remove your laptop’s battery, you may force a shutdown by pressing the Power button for 10 seconds.
  4. When it turns on, click the POWER button again and then the SHIFT key. However, doing so is not normally suggested because it might result in data loss.
  5. Your Lenovo laptop should reboot normally.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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