Computer won't boot after update

Hi, as the title says, my computer will not boot after an update. First, I updated, but I canceled it after deciding to not update. I then decided I do want to update, and after, I rebooted. I was greeted by a message, “You have to load the kernel first.” For the past hour or so I have been trying to look for a solution. On other forums, people have suggested to run a certain command called mkinitcpio -P; but that did not work for me. Sure I could just reinstall, but I don’t want to lose all the files I had on there. Is there anything I can do to save it? Much thanks!

Hi and welcome to EnOS’ forum!

Try updating your system in chroot:

pacman -Syu

You might need to reinstall your kernels as well.

Afterwards, still in chroot:

mkinitcpio -P

And if you use Grub:

grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg



If you get any error messages at any of the steps above, please copy and paste it in your next reply and using the </> button to format.



Welcome to the forum @yahoooo :tada::balloon:

You cant do partial updates or stop an update when in progress. That’s a recipe for disaster. Follow what @pebcak has suggested.


It worked! Thank you so much for helping me!


You are welcome! Glad you got it sorted out!

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