Windows 10 repeated blue screen of death

I just upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 64-bit to Windows 10 a few hours earlier. I'll cut to the chase and state that what was once a perfectly usable laptop is no longer usable because I could barely be in Windows 10 for two minutes and I'd get a blue screen, and the system would reboot.

One of the first things I tried was to pull up File Explorer, and that's when the first blue screen came. Many more came after that, even while I was at the login screen doing nothing and simply moved the mouse, and the blue screen came once again.

I have two Asus laptops, and I'm so relieved I upgraded my backup laptop first and not this one, which is my development machine.

I am getting the feeling that I am one of the unfortunate ones who is running into this disaster, so I'm posting to ask if anyone had the same experience, and what they did after that. For me, I'm not making preparations to reinstall Windows 7, but unfortunately I will have to reinstall my applications.

Thanks.
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McKnifeCommented:
Your recovery Options are here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/windows-10-recovery-options - you can go back right to 7 and retry the upgrade. Sometimes it really works out the second time although nothing has changed.
But this time better check if your applications are said to be compatible - although most will not even provide that info, we can assume that most are.

In Explorer, having a bluescreen could be connected to something you have installed the modifies or extends Explorer, like
-context menu extensions
-virtual drives

Also make sure that your anti Virus Software (if any) is compatible.

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elepilAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your response, McKnife. Clearly I have to restore back to Windows 7, but now the function keys don't work when I power on my machine. I was supposed to be able to power on the laptop, continuously tap the F9 key to get to recovery options or F2 to get to the Bios, but Windows 10 was so pervasive even those keys no longer work.

So I have a laptop that has been functioning perfectly fine till today, and now, I have a useless laptop that has Windows 10 that keeps giving me blue screens. I am in a horrible position because Microsoft's system requirements check indicated to me that I could upgrade to Windows 10, but I called Asus and was told their drivers and not compatible with Windows 10. And I can't restore back to Windows 7 unless I ship my laptop to Asus (which will cost me $150). That laptop is 5 years old or so, and I feel I just lost it because of Windows 10.

This is all so screwed up, but I don't see how I could've avoided this when Microsoft tells me I could upgrade to Windows 10, and Asus did nothing to forewarn me not to upgrade to Windows 10 due to the lack of updated drivers. I'm screwed.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get a copy of Backup & Recovery 14 Free and take backup before you do any serious modifications to the system. This way you save lots of time and hair.
https://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/
With it you can take backup of the system partition and restore it back. I know this is too late but for the future you could use it.
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elepilAuthor Commented:
You know what? I got Windows 7 restored back!

An Asus technician told me to bring my Windows 10 just at the point when it's asking me to put in my user password. He told me to click the lower right icon which gave me options to Restart and Shutdown, but he told me to hold down the SHIFT key and then click Restart. Windows 10 gave me a screen of recover options! One of them was to go back to my previous build, and that's what I did. It somehow got stuck at the screen that said "Restarting" with an animation going on, but after 3 hours, I gave up and thought something went haywire. To my surprise, during bootup, it said "Restoring to your previous Windows version"!

And it worked! I'm back to Windows 7.

I thank you both though for taking the time to respond.
McKnifeCommented:
Windows' upgrade pre-check looks for drivers on windows update. If found, it even tries to download them while upgrading. So even if Asus has none, that might be no problem. Your explorer problems were not driver related, for sure. So if you try again some day, it might work flawless.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
FYI, W8 and later do not really shutdown with the shutdown button, They are kind of hibernating (precisely, logging out all users and then suspend to disk), so startup is faster.
Same for reboot, the default is a "fast reboot" circumventing going thru the BIOS, if possible.

The shift-restart does a complete reboot, and hence allows access to the BIOS screen and Windows boot options.
McKnifeCommented:
Qlemo, restart is still restart, fast startup is only about shutdown, not about reboots, those are the same for all windows versions: non-fast.
The options that are accessible on shift restart are not related to fast startup. Even if we deactivate fast startup, we don't get these options.
elepilAuthor Commented:
McKnife, I'm not sure it's not a driver problem. I get a blue screen when I tried to log into Microsoft OneDrive. I got a blue screen when I tried to install NVidia's latest drivers. There was even once when all I did was move my mouse and got a blue screen. It felt screen-refresh-related to me, that whenever a screen update needs to be done, I get a blue screen.

My two Asus laptops are 3 and 5 years old. Instead of dealing with this Windows 10 upgrade rigmarole, I'll probably just buy a new laptop pre-installed with Windows 10.

It's just unfortunate that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has only a 15-inch screen. I really want a 17-inch screen with a detachable keyboard if I could find one; I haven't really seen 17-inch tablets.
McKnifeCommented:
3 to 5 years isn't that bad, it would work ok for another 3 to 5 at best.
You should try a clean installation now, that is possible directly using windows update if you deselect to keep applications and settings.
elepilAuthor Commented:
It's really too bad because I liked the Windows 10 feel. After I finished installing Windows 10, I was very pleasantly surprised that I saw my desktop with all my shortcuts intact just the way it was in Windows 7. The only indication I could tell that Windows 10 was running were the icons in the task bar and the nice Start menu that had Windows 8 tile functionality incorporated into it. In short, I saw no disruption in the way I did things in Windows 7, plus I was going to get the added functionality of virtual desktops, something I was really looking forward to enjoying.

But alas, it is not meant to me. Besides, Asus told me explicitly that my two laptops were not listed as Windows 10 compatible. When the laptop manufacturer themselves tell me their machine is not designed to run Windows 10, What else can I think?
McKnifeCommented:
"Not designed" does not mean it will not run happily. Win10 will have drivers for all components you can be almost sure of that. And the performance need is not higher than that of 7.
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