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Have your Windows Automatic Repair ever stopped working? How to fix it and recover the lost data when Windows cannot load correctly? In this post, I will show several to fix Windows Automatic Repair not working issue, as well as how to recover data via MiniTool data recovery quickly and easily.

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Windows Automatic Repair Not Working

Windows system like Windows 8 and Windows 10 includes a recovery feature called Automatic Repair. When operating system fails to boot, Windows Automatic Repair option will try to repair Windows. However, it has some limitations and doesn’t always work, like any other program.

There are two most common cases for the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue based on user feedback:

Windows couldn't load correctly.

Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

Now, this article walks you through the two errors one by one.

Part 1. FIX: Automatic Repair Windows Couldn't Load Correctly in Windows 10/8

Have you ever encountered the Windows Automatic Repair fails to work issue? If we google "Windows couldn't load correctly" or visit some professional forums like Windows forum and Windows seven forum, we find many users are talking about this error.

Windows couldn’t load correctly

There are many reasons that can cause this error. For instance:

  • File system integrity may become corrupt or damaged. (That happens even more often if one turns off a PC while it is in the middle of writing crucial data to the boot sector.)
  • Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is missing or corrupt. (This could happen because of disk write errors, power outages, boot sector viruses, or errors made while configuring the BCD manually.)

How to fix this issue? If your Windows Automatic Repair fails to work because of the Windows couldn't load correctly error, you can try the following solutions.

Way 1. Restore PC to a Normal System State by Using System Restore Function

Generally speaking, the easiest and most effective way to fix Windows Automatic Repair not working issue is to click Restore button when you see the Windows couldn't load correctly error.

Automatic Repair
Windows couldn't load correctly
System Restore can try to restore your PC to an earlier point in time when it worked correctly. This repair will not change personal data, but it might remove some apps that were installed recently. You cannot undo this process. Restore | Cancel

Then, Windows starts to revert to a previous system state and reboot. Finally, you have just one more thing to do: recover removed data files after system restore!

Now, you might be wondering:

"How to recover moved files after system restore?"

Now, you can try MiniTool Power Data Recovery to check whether it can find your lost data. You can download it on your computer by pressing the following button.

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Fisrt, you need to launch this software and enter its interface.

scan drive

Second, select the target drive you want to recover and then click the Scan button, or you can click Settings feature to specify needed file systems as well as file types before scanning.

Tip: While scanning, you can click the Stop button to stop the scan process once you have found all your data that needed to be recovered. However, to get best recovery result, you had better wait patiently until the scan is completed, and the scanning time is determined by the capacity of data.

Finally, preview files, check needed files, and then click Save button to store them on a safe place.

scan drive

Note: while saving data, you might receive a warning: You have reached the file saving limit for the selected files, as shown below.
With this trial edition, you can only scan your files on the computer. To break the limitation, you need to upgrade your copy of MiniTool Power Data Recovery. You can read this post "Compare License Type" to know which license type is the best for you.

Way 2. Run Chkdsk Command to Fix Hard Disk & File System Issues

Sometimes, users are still stuck in startup repair infinite loop after using System Restore function. In that case, they can try running chkdsk to troubleshoot the Windows couldn't load correctly error, as shown in the following steps.

Step 1: Insert the Windows bootable drive to your computer and boot from it.

Step 2: Select your language preferences, and click Next.

language preferences

Step 3: Click Repair your computer.

Repair your computer

Step 4: Choose Troubleshoot.

troubleshoot

Step 5: Click Command Prompt.

Step 6: Type chkdsk /r and press Enter.

chkdsk r

Step 7: Type exit and press Enter.

Step 8: Restart your computer and see if the Windows couldn't load correctly error disappeared.

Way 3. Run Bootrec Command to Rebuild Windows BCD

If you are still stuck in Automatic Repair with Windows couldn't load correctly error after trying the above 2 solutions, you can try rebuilding Windows' BCD.

Step 1: Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it.

Step 2: Click Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.

Step 3: Type bootrec /fixmbr and press Enter.

Step 4: Type bootrec /fixboot and press Enter.

Step 5: Type bootrec /rebuildbcd and press Enter.

bootrec

Step 5: Restart your computer and see if the Windows automatic repair not working issue persists.

Part 2. FIX: Windows 10/8 Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC

Let's start with a true example from answers.microsoft.com:

Q: Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC
I've tried every option in the boot options menu and cannot get Windows 8 to boot. I just get 'Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC." And later: "Log file: D:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt" with the Shutdown and Advanced options button, which just takes me to the boot options screen.
I have no install media as this is originally a Win7 machine for which I downloaded Windows 8.

automatic repair couldnot repair your PC

Generally speaking, if your Windows Automatic Repair fails to work because of the Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC error, you can try the following solutions to solve the problem.

Way 1. Repair MBR and Rebuild the BCD

As we know, once the MBR and Boot Configuration Data (BCD) are missing, corrupted or not properly configured, Windows won't be able to start. Therefore, you can try repairing MBR and rebuilding BCD to fix the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue.

1) Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it.

2) Select your language preferences, and click Next.

3) After selecting language, press Shift + F10 to open command prompt.

4) Type the following commands and press Enter after each of them:

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot

bootrecexe

Note: Some users suggest that you need to run additional chkdsk command (chkdsk /f /r C: ) to solve the Windows Automatic Repair fails issue.

5) Type exit and press Enter after completing each command successfully.

6) Restart your PC to see if the Windows Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC error disappeared.

Way 2. Boot to Safe Mode and Run Command Prompt

Some users reported that the reason why Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC could be a bad driver.caused by a bad driver. And they try the following solution to solve the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue.

1. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

startup settings

2. Click Restart button, and your computer should now restart and give you a list of options

3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking.

enable safe mode with networking

4. Download updated version of the driver that's giving you trouble when Safe Mode starts.

5. Press Windows key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.

6. Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, and press Enter.

Boot to Safe Mode and run Command Prompt

7. Restart your computer.

8. Install the driver that you've downloaded and the Windows Automatic Repair fails to work issue should be resolved.

Way 3. Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection

Some users recommend disabling early launch anti-malware protection to fix the Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC loop.

Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings. After that, the computer should restart and then will give you a list of options. Next, choose Disable early launch anti-malware protection. After that, restart your PC and check if the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue has been resolved.

Way 4. Delete the Problematic File

Sometimes, some certain files like VMW can cause the Windows 10/8 Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC issue. Now, do the following to check the log files.

Open Command Prompt. (Please see Way 1. Repair MBR and Rebuild the BCD to know how to open it.)

Type the following command:

cd C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\Srt
SrtTrail.txt

When the file opens you will see this "Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\tmel.sys is corrupt."

delete

Now, type the following command in cmd to delete the problematic file.

cd c:\windows\system32\drivers
del vsock.sys

windowssystem32drivers

Note: You might need to navigate to a different folder and delete a different file in your case because the file can vary in different situations. Make sure the file you want to delete isn't a core Windows 10 file before deleting it. Or, you can cause damage to your operating system.

Restart to see if the issue is fixed. If not, continue to the next method.

Way 5. Disable Automatic Startup Repair

Sometimes, you just need to disable Automatic Startup Repair when you are stuck in the loop of Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC.

1. Open Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter to run it:

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No

bcdedit set default recoveryenabled No

2. Type Exit and press Enter.

3. Restart and Automatic Startup Repair should be disabled.

4. Type the following command in cmd if you need to again enable it.

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled Yes

5. Restart your computer to apply changes.

Way 6. Perform Refresh or Reset

If Windows Automatic Repair loop issue still exists, you might have to try performing a Reset or Refresh to troubleshoot the Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC issue.

To perform Refresh or Reset, you need to do the following:

In Windows Boot Options menu, choose Troubleshoot. Choose Rest your PC, or Refresh your PC. Follow the wizard instruction to complete this process.

Refresh or Reset

If you choose Refresh option, your installed applications will be removed but your installed universal apps and settings will be saved. If you choose Reset option, your data, files and apps will be deleted. It is recommended to recover all your important files before taking this step.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is recommended here. This professional data recovery software can help you effectively recover lost data. Besides, even if all solutions cannot help you, you also can try using this tool to get lost data back because it offers MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Edition to recover data when PC won't boot.

Note: This trial edition doesn't offer MiniTool Bootable Media Builder. It is recommededd to choose the Deluxe or above edition to get it.

Now, let's see the detailed steps.

Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery in a normal computer, and then click Bootable Media button this icon to create bootable CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

bootable disk

Top recommendation: How to Build Boot CD/DVD Discs and Boot Flash Drive with Bootable Media Builder?

Connect the burned MiniTool Boot CD/DVD Disc to your PC with Windows Automatic Repair loop issue.

Start the computer and enter BIOS.

Set the Bootable Disc as the 1st boot device and press F10 to save configuration changes.

Click MiniTool Power Data Recovery in the main interface of MiniTool PE Loader interface.

MiniToool PE Loader

Now, you will see the main interface of this professional data recovery software, and then select target drive to recover and click Scan button.

scan drive

Check all needed files and save them on a safe place.

save files

Thus, all work has been done.

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Bottom Line

Now you have probably learned everything about how to fix Windows Automatic Repair when it is not working.

If you still have any question regarding this Windows Automatic Repair loop, please feel free to write them in the comment section or send your email to [email protected].

Windows 10 Startup Repair Not Working FAQ

How do you fix Windows 10 when it fails to boot?
  1. Repair MBR and Rebuild the BCD
  2. Boot to Safe Mode and Run Command Prompt
  3. Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection
  4. Delete the Problematic File
  5. Disable Automatic Startup Repair
  6. Perform Refresh or Reset
How do I fix the windows automatic repair loop?
  1. Restart PC.
  2. Restore Windows Registry.
  3. Delete the Problematic File.
  4. Disable Automatic Startup Repair.
  5. Run Bootrec Command to Rebuild Windows BCD
  6. Restore system and data recovery
Why does my computer keep saying preparing automatic repair?
Automatic Repair can fix some PC issues when the computer cannot boot properly. Sometimes, it repair starts and fails, and users will get stuck on fa black screen with "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "Diagnosing your PC" error message. HP, Lenovo, Asus, Dell, and Acer users are the most common victims of this issue - Laptop Stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during Startup.
How do I get out of the automatic repair loop?
  1. Perform a hard reboot.
  2. Boot into safe mode.
  3. extend system reserved partition.
  4. Rebuild BCD.
  5. Disable Automatic Repair at Windows 10 boot.
  6. Reinstall Windows and recover lost data.
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