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Windows 10 Boots To Choose Your Keyboard Layout

Windows 10 boots to choose your keyboard layout

Some Windows 10 users may encounter a problem where their computer gets stuck on the "Choose your keyboard layout" screen after an update or a restart. This screen is part of the Windows Recovery Environment, which is designed to help users troubleshoot and fix various issues with their system. However, sometimes the recovery process may fail or loop, leaving the user unable to access their desktop or files.

In this article, we will explain some possible causes and solutions for this problem, based on the information from [MiniTool Partition Wizard], [Microsoft Community], and [Technipages].

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Possible causes

There are several factors that may contribute to the "Choose your keyboard layout" loop, such as:

  • Corrupted or incompatible keyboard or mouse drivers. This may prevent the user from selecting a keyboard layout or navigating the recovery options.

  • Corrupted Windows 10 upgrade files. This may cause the system to fail to boot normally and enter the recovery mode automatically.

  • Corrupted Universal Serial Bus (USB) controllers drivers. This may affect the communication between the USB devices and the system.

  • Damaged or misconfigured boot configuration data (BCD). This may prevent the system from locating and loading the operating system.

Possible solutions

Depending on the cause of the problem, different solutions may work for different users. Here are some common methods that may help resolve the "Choose your keyboard layout" loop:

  • Check your keyboard and mouse. Make sure they are working properly by connecting them to another computer or laptop. If they are faulty, replace them with new ones or use different ports.

Restore boot configuration. This requires a Windows 10 installation media, such as a DVD or a USB flash drive. Boot your computer from the installation media and select "Repair your computer" on the first screen. Then, choose "Troubleshoot" > "Command Prompt" and enter the following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each: chkdsk c: /f bootrec /fixmbr bootrec /fixboot bootrec /rebuildbcd bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

  • These commands will check and repair any errors on your system drive, fix the master boot record, rebuild the boot configuration data, and copy the boot files to the system partition.

  • Update drivers. This can be done in safe mode with networking, which is a diagnostic mode that allows you to access Windows with minimal drivers and services. To enter safe mode, you need to interrupt the normal boot process three times by holding the power button until your computer shuts down. Then, on the "Choose an option" screen, select "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings" > "Restart". After your computer restarts, press F5 to select "Enable Safe Mode with Networking". Then, right-click on the Start button and select "Device Manager". Expand all categories and look for any devices with a yellow exclamation mark. Right-click on them and select "Update driver" > "Search automatically for updated driver software". Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the update.

  • Install fresh updates. This can also be done in safe mode with networking. To do this, right-click on the Start button and select "Settings" > "Update & Security" > "Windows Update". Click on "Check for updates" and install any available updates. Restart your computer after the update is completed.

  • Reinstall Windows 10. This is a last resort option that will erase all your data and settings on your system drive. You need a Windows 10 installation media for this method as well. Boot your computer from the installation media and follow the instructions on the screen to install Windows 10 from scratch.


The "Choose your keyboard layout" loop is a frustrating problem that may prevent you from using your Windows 10 computer normally. However, there are some possible solutions that may help you fix it, such as checking your keyboard and mouse, restoring boot configuration, updating drivers, installing fresh updates, or reinstalling Windows 10. We hope this article has been helpful for you.


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