Windows 10 1809: Stuck on Restoring your previous version of Windows in loop


I am having one new problem on my laptop since yesterday and it appears some other people also having the same issue and I think no one cannot even get to Windows 10 sign-in page.

The laptop is completely frozen or stuck in an endless loop. I get nowhere near Windows, it attempts to restore the previous version of Windows the screen goes completely black and it starts over again. This is been going on for 1 day straight even after so many attempts. The Windows update or had previously attempted to install and I had some error code and then I thought I was done dealing with the update installer.


At present, I am in Windows 10 1809 and not sure what is upgrading in my PC maybe a next available version Windows 10 1903 or 1909 but I didn’t request it. Can the Windows automatically upgrade to the next version on a certain period?



I think u just need to wait or leave it running for one night if nothing happened u need to save your backups into external device and reset your windows with winRe

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Hi @AnthonyD,

I have this issue once in one of my domain computer. Performing Startup Repair solved this problem. I hope this helps you also.

Please follow this step to perform startup repair:

  1. On the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key down while you select Power > Restart (in the lower-right corner of the screen).
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.
  3. Go to Advanced options then Startup Repair.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to resolve this issue.



Hi @AnthonyD,

What I can understand from your post is, there is a possibility that the upgrade has failed and caused Windows to restore your PC back to its previous version. However, maybe the restoration cannot be completed because the recovery file or the system image for restoration should have been corrupted. That’s why, you are in endless restoration loop when starting your device.

First, I will following the recommended step by @tjnihal to perform a Startup repair. You can also try performing a System Restore if the startup repair didn’t solve your problem.

Please let me know which solutions worked for you.


Download the installation media and create a bootable drive for Windows 10 using any flash drive. Now you need to access the Advanced options to do this, follow these steps:

  • Insert the USB or flash drive to your PC and restart.
  • The Windows Setup screen will pop up, select language, and click on Next.
  • Choose Repair your computer.
  • Select Troubleshoot.
  • Click on Advanced options.
  • Choose Command Prompt and enter the following commands: bootrec /scanos, bootrec /fixMBR, bootrec /fixBoot, bootrec /rebuildBCD.
  • Restart PC and see if there are any changes.
  • Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for all the reply from @tjnihal, Addison, @Arara, @Aaron.

I will try all of your instruction and see which one of them help me prevent this issue.


You need to reboot your computer manualy. First shutdown your computer then go to bios. You can find there reboot and restart your computer. You can try these step might help you.

You are welcome @AnthonyD. Hope any one of our instruction help you resolve your issue. :grinning:

Hi @AnthonyD,

Why are you upgrading your laptop to Windows 10 version 1809? Windows 10 version 1809 going to reach end of services by may 2021. Better upgrade your laptop to Windows 10 version 1909 which is more stable comparing to Window 10 1809.