What is Windows 10 stuck at “Choose your keyboard layout” screen
Sometimes, when upgrading to Windows 10 from previous versions users may face quite a bizarre situation – inability to choose a keyboard layout at the last steps of the installation. As a result, Windows cannot finish the set-up and results in a system reboot. Also, this problem may pop-up after installing a special KB4074588 patch that broke USB devices. Whilst this error can be related to driver issues, USB device malfunctions, and update problems, we will help you get rid of this snag in the article below.
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There are special repair utilities for Windows, that can solve problems related to registry corruption, file system malfunction, Windows drivers instability. We recommend you to use Advanced System Repair Pro to fix “Windows 10 stuck at Choose your keyboard layout screen” error in Windows 10.
1. Install fresh updates
If the problem does not restrict access to the desktop, you can run Windows Update services to search for new patches and install them since this issue can be caused by malfunctioned updates. Alternatively, use Safe Mode with networking To do so:
- Left-click on the Start Menu button in the bottom left corner of the screen and choose Settings. Or use Windows + I combination.
- Then select Update & Security.
- On the left panel choose Windows Update.
- Now click on the Check for Updates button.
- Wait till Windows scans for the updates and install them if found.
- After finished, restart your computer and check if the problem persists.
2. Restore Boot Configuration and Check disks for errors
In this case, we will need to rebuild the Boot Configuration and scan the local disk for errors. This may potentially work out if disk or Bootup settings were either corrupted or malfunctioned in some way. To do this, we will have to enter the Windows Recovery Environment. Before that, you will need to create Windows 10 Installation media or Bootable USB on other PC. You can do this by using Media Creation Tool. Once done, plug it into your PC and make a reboot. Thereafter, skip the first screen and choose Repair your computer at the bottom. Then, do the following steps:
- On the appeared screen, go to TroubleShoot & Advanced options.
- Then click on the Command Prompt.
- Once the console is opened, type these commands one-by-one by pressing Enter after each.
- Once done, close the Command Prompt and reboot your PC.
bcdboot c:\windows /s c:
chkdsk c: /f
Hopefully, this will solve the problem and resume USB devices.
3. Check USB devices
Rarely, but a mouse or keyboard can go down in the most unexpected moment. Of course, it is such a coincidence when USB devices break down during important processes, however, it still happens and you should never exclude even the least possibility of it. Also, if you are a laptop user, you can simply operate with the help of a touchpad if it is not broken. Anyway, you can simply connect your device to another computer and check if it works there. If not, then you should buy a new mouse. Moreover, note that USB ports can be broken as well and need repairing. In this case, you will have to bring your computer/laptop to special services that will solve the problem.
4. Update drivers
Another useful method that can solve the problem is updating USB drivers. Unfortunately, external devices are unable to work without supportive software. This is why you should boot up in the safe mode and try to update them.
- Get to Windows Recovery Environment as we did previously and go to Advanced options.
- Open Startup Settings and click Restart.
- Windows will reboot and appear with a list of options.
- Now you should press F4 to choose Safe Mode with networking and click Enter to restart.
- Left-click on the Start Menu button and choose Device Manager.
- Find USB devices and expand the dropping menu. Right-click on them and choose Update driver. Sometimes malfunctioned drivers are marked with a yellow rectangle.
- Let Windows search for new drivers and download them by following the on-screen instructions.
- Restart your computer and see if anything has changed after updating.
Finally, follow the rest of the steps mentioned below:
If possible, you can also install IObit Driver Booster that will automatically install necessary updates. To download it, click on the button below.
Didn’t work because step 2 bootrec/fixboot said access denied. I restarted my computer with an encrypted usb drive plugged in at the time. I wonder if that screwed anything up