How to Fix Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10 – Startup Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC

If this is the first time you’re seeing a bluescreen error like this with a restart option, then you should first try the restart option and see if it will boot you back into Windows. Then afterward you can observe the behavior of your PC to see if this happens again. Other common error messages you may see includes:

  • Automatic Repair Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC
  • Windows 10 Automatic Repair Your PC did not start correctly
  • Windows 10 Automatic Repair failed
  • Startup Repair Startup Repair couldn’t repair your PC

There are several possible reasons for these blue screen errors during startup. Among other things, it could be due to power failure, abrupt shut down of the PC or some incompatible applications or drivers.

It could also happen when you attach some new hardware like an external hard drive or USB devices to your PC and for some reason, such a device is not fully compatible with your PC or just pops a blue screen and shuts down.

This is more common in cases where such a USB device or external hard drive has a faulty circuitry. In such cases there wouldn’t be any need to panic or change any settings, simply use this restart option to try to boot your PC back to Windows, but if that fails or if you keep getting such errors over and over again, then you can proceed with the other suggestions to resolve this issue.

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SOLUTION 1 – Use Startup Repair Tool

The Startup Repair tool is a default tool provided in Windows to help fix problems that keep your Windows from loading. To access it, while on this blue screen where it says Automatic repair, your PC did not start correctly or a similar message, click on the Advanced options.

You should have a screen like this, here click on Troubleshoot.

On the troubleshoot screen, click on Advanced options.

On the Advanced options screen, click on Startup Repair.

If you have multiple users accounts it will prompt you to select the account you want to fix, just select your account and enter the password, then click continue and wait for the startup repair tool to diagnose and try to repair your windows automatically.

While that happens, you should see messages like Diagnosing your PC, Checking disk for errors, and attempting repairs.

This process could take a while, from a few minutes to maybe an hour depending on the situation. If this gets successful you should be able to log back into your Windows.

However, if this continues for an unusually long period of time or you get feedback like startup repair couldn’t repair your PC or some similar feedbacks then you should consider stopping the process and proceeding with the next fix.

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SOLUTION 2 – Reconfigure Your Registry Using “regback” from Command Line

The approach here would be to use the registry backup command called regback. What this command does is to replace your registry configuration with the last known good configuration you have on your PC, so basically changing your registry configuration to the configuration of your most recent successful bootup.

To do that you will need to go back to this advanced options screen and click on the Command Prompt option.

It should open up this command prompt terminal like this.

Here type in the following commands.

  • First, type the letter of the disk drive where you installed your operating system, usually is the drive c or in some cases, it could be drive d if you have configured it so. Here type c: and hit enter.
  • Type dir and hit enter.
  • If you find the folders like Program Files and Program Files (x86), together with other folders like Users, and Windows, then you’re in the right drive otherwise type in other drive letters e.g. d: and hit enter, then dir, till you find the right drive
  • Before running the regback command, back up the current registry in case I have some need to restore it afterward. For that type in the command cd \windows\system32\config, and hit enter.

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  • Then type MD backup and hit enter.
  • Type copy *.* backup hit enter, and wait a bit for the files to be copied.
  • After that, type in CD regback and hit enter. Then type dir once again, and here you should have a bunch of items with some 6, 7, or 9 digit numbers next to them. Is important that these numbers are in the described format. If you do not see the kind of number or if you have all zeros, then just exit this fix and try some other fixes. For this solution to be feasible and to avoid further complications to your computer, please check that you have the kind of numbers I mentioned here, otherwise just type exit and move to the next fix.
  • If you have valid numbers here, then go ahead and type the command copy *.* .. and hit enter. Now type exit and hit enter to complete the process. It should take you back to this page where you can choose to continue to start up your computer or shut down.

However, if both suggestions fail, then you should consider running a system restore if you have set a restore point. You could also make a bootable USB with Windows 10 installation files and use it to run a restore.

In the worst-case scenario, you could also attach your disk to another PC, backup your files and reinstall Windows entirely.

You can also see this article for other suggestions that can help resolve Different Startup  Issues in Windows 10.

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The following video demonstrates the solutions in this tutorial.