How to resume Windows 10 initial setup (OOBE) after a power interruption.

How to resume Windows 10 initial setup (OOBE) after a power interruption.

When a new PC running Windows 10 is going through its initial setup routine, also known as the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE), it is susceptible to to corruption of the routine it the unlikely event of a power interruption.

If a power interruption does occur during OOBE then there is a likelihood of the following on screen message being displayed during the next boot. Pressing OK at this state causes the PC reboot but it will show the same error message and so on in a loop.

The problem can be easily fixed by making a small change to a registry key.

The procedure is as follows.

  1. When the error above appears please press “Shift + F10” to start the Command Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt type “Regedit” and press ENTER.
  3. Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\ChildCompletion”
  4. In the right hand pane Right Click “setup.exe” and click “Modify”.
  5. Change the “Value Data” field to 3 and Click “OK”.
  6. Close the registry editor, close the Command Prompt and Click “OK” on the error message.
  7. The PC should restart and then commence OOBE again.

 

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