I see that lots of people have reported this problem and I've read zillions of replies and suggested ways to fix it, but so far nothing has worked for me. I did the free upgrade from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Pro through the icon in my taskbar. Everything worked fine for the first 24 hours. I put my computer to sleep at the end of the night and when I woke it up the next day it had a red flashing screen with the loading circle of dots just spinning.
I tried rebooting but after the first two Window panels and the piano riff, it goes right to the RSoD. I can't get to my desktop. I booted in Safe Mode and tried to uninstall the two new programs that I installed after the upgrade but only 1 uninstall was successful - the other program showed a message that said some components couldn't be uninstalled.
I ran sfc/ scannow and it said everything is fine. I tried a clean boot, msconfig, services and the whole process of checking/unchecking boxes and restarting. Got down to one service checked and still have the problem. Rechecked all the boxes except that one and rebooted but still have the problem.
Tried to do a System Restore or a System Image - did both the night before I upgraded - but Windows 10 can't find the files. Says I don't have any system images or restore points, but I do. Tried to access the drive they're on (external drive) and it won't let me access it.
I don't want to wipe the PC. Is there anything else I can do? The problem doesn't exist in Safe Mode.