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HP Notebook PCs - Computer Does Not Start (Windows 10)

This document is for HP and Compaq notebook computers running Windows 10.
This document provides possible solutions to many common computer startup issues.

Perform a hard reset

Perform a hard reset of your notebook computer before you try any other troubleshooting steps.

Reasons for a hard reset

A hard reset has the following effects:
  • Clears the memory.
  • Reestablishes the connection between the BIOS and the hardware
The following conditions can be helped by the hard reset:
  • Windows stops responding.
  • The display suddenly goes blank.
  • The computer does not wake from sleep or hibernate modes.
  • Software applications freeze or fail to respond.

Run the System Diagnostics tests

The diagnostic tests are run from the Startup menu. These tests check the main components of your computer to make sure they are working properly. Use the following steps to run the diagnostics tests to check for problems.
  1. Hold the power button for at least five seconds to turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer and immediately press Esc repeatedly, about once every second, until the Startup Menu displays, and then press the F2 key.
    The System Diagnostics screen displays with the following menu options.
    • System Information
    • System Tests
    • Component Tests
    • Test Logs
    • Language
    • Exit
    Selecting the System Tests from the main menu
  3. Click the test you want to run. Each test runs individually and displays the results.

Troubleshooting other issues with computer not starting

If none of the previous symptoms match the one on your computer, use the following solutions to solve your issue.
For more Information on how to resolve no boot and power issues, see the following HP support documents:

Contacting HP Support

If you cannot find a solution in this document, contact HP for further assistance or to have the computer serviced.

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