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How to fix automatic repair loop in Windows 10

Updated: Dec 17, 2022

You can use automatic repair in systems that run Windows 8 and above. This is a Windows system-recovery tool that troubleshoots and diagnoses common boot errors you might encounter.

It’s usually triggered automatically if your system fails to boot for two consecutive attempts. Once activated, this tool will run several diagnostic tests to self-repair and detect any problems that are preventing your device from successfully booting.

However, sometimes this automatic repair tool will enter an endless reboot loop instead of fixing your boot issues. Users are left with a blue screen of death or a black screen, in most cases. Since there’s no option to stop or delay this reboot, any unsaved data will be irrevocably lost.

There are many reasons why the tool gets stuck in the dreaded automatic repair loop. This could be due to missing or corrupted systems files, including problems with Windows Registry, incompatible hard drives, file corruption in Windows Boot Manager, or even a faulty Windows update.

Here are some obvious signs that you need to look out for which show your Windows automatic repair utility has failed.

Signs you ran into Windows automatic repair loop:

  • Your device shows a simple black screen with an error message that says "Diagnosing your PC" or "Preparing automatic repair"

  • The “Preparing automatic repair” message appears on a black screen, but with no indication of progress

  • A blue screen shows with the message "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC" or "Your PC did not start correctly"

Windows automatic repair loop fixes

The solutions for fixing the Windows automatic repair loop can vary significantly, depending on if you’re dealing with a black or blue error screen message.

To help you, we’ve put together some solutions on how to bypass the Windows automatic repair loop error quickly and efficiently in each scenario. Fixing automatic repair loop error on a blue screen If your screen is showing an error message and is blue, follow these tips to help you solve the problem. 1. Undo changes using System Restore System Restore rolls your system software back to its previous state by overwriting files on your PC’s local drive. Use the following steps to perform System Restore:

  1. Click on "Advanced options” in the automatic repair blue screen

  2. Navigate to “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced Options” > “System Restore”

  3. Choose the restore point created right before the blue screen appeared (Windows 10 creates a system restore point each time it installs an update, driver, or app)

  4. Click "Next"

Wait until the restore process finishes, then restart your computer. 2. Run built-in system repair tools Windows offers built-in System File Checker and CHKDSK (check disk) utility tools to check and repair missing or corrupted system files. Access these helpful tools using the steps given below:

  1. Restart your PC and press the “F8” key (this will trigger the Windows troubleshooting menu)

  2. Select “See advanced repair options”

  3. In the “Choose an option” menu, click “Troubleshoot”

  4. Under the “Troubleshoot” menu, select the “Advanced options” option

  5. Select “Command Prompt” in the “Advanced options”

  6. In the command prompt window, type “chkdsk /r c:” and hit Enter. This command will check your drive for errors using the CHKDSK utility and automatically repair them if possible

  7. Type “sfc /scannow” and hit Enter. This will check the integrity of Windows system files using the System File Checker tool

  1. Type “Exit” to close the Command prompt

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