Windows Automatic Repair Loop (Fixed)

Want to fix Windows automatic repair loop? See this article, I will tell you how to fix automatic repair loop in Windows 10/8 using command prompt.


by Ivy Updated on October 18, 2022

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What is automatic repair?

Automatic Repair is a new repair tool in Windows 8/8.1/10, which can detect the operating system startup problem. When the problem is detected, the automatic repair will start an automated, diagnostics-based troubleshooter. And the operation starts automatically without user intervention.

If the problem is severe and the automatic repair does not start automatically, you can create a recovery disk and use it to troubleshoot your computer.

Windows automatic repair loop and its cause

No matter what happens, there is always a cause. Computer stuck on automatic repair is not an exception. This issue may occur owing to anti-malware protection, corrupted system files or drive, bad drivers, damaged registry setting, wrong device partition or OS partition value. And It always comes with the following error messages:

  • automatic repair couldn’t repair your PC

  • preparing automatic repair

  • Windows automatic repair loop without disc

  • Windows 10 automatic repair failed

  • log file c /windows/system32/logfiles/srt/srttrail.txt Windows 10

  • Windows 10 automatic repair your PC did not start correctly

Prevention measure for your computer

Every operation may lead to data loss or system crash, so you need to create a backup in advance, especially when your computer run into issues. If you cannot access your system, you can go to go to safe mode and then backup whatever you like.

To create a backup, you need an easy-to-use backup and restore software. I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper, which allows you to backup your system, entire disk and files.

Aside by the basic function, it still offers you more useful secondary features. You can compress your backup with Normal or High compression level. You can enjoy incremental backup and differential backup, not just full backup. Also, you can create a backup at a given time and date, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly. 

If you want more advanced features, you can upgrade your computer to AOMEI Backupper Professional or AOMEI Backupper Server. The first one is suitable for Windows 7/8/10/11/XP. The second is for Windows Server 2008/2012/2016/2019/2022 and its R2 version.

Step 1. Download free AOMEI Backupper and open it.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Click Backup > System Backup. You still can select Disk Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup.

System Backup

Step 3. In this window, select a path to save your backup.

Select Destination

Note: AOMEI Backupper will select system partition and other system related partition by default. Thus, you do not need to manually select which partition to backup.

Step 4. Set up settings if needed.

Backup Settings

Step 5. Click Start Backup to run the pending operating.

After that, you can start to fix Windows 11/10/8.1/8 automatic repair loop with or without disc. If there are something wrong, you can restore system image backup or other backup to repair it.

♬ Easier way to create bare metal backups for protection:

Besides AOMEI Backupper, you still can use one key recovery software AOMEI OneKey Recovery to backup system and it's easier. It not only backup system, but also create a bootable media to boot your computer. It comes along with a boot menu and you can use specific key to quickly access it for recovery, which is very useful when your computer is not working.

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How to access recovery tools in Windows

To fix automatic repair loop in Windows 10 HP/Dell/Asus, you need to use some recovery tools, such as, Startup Setting, Command Prompt. Thus, here comes a question: how to access it?

Re relax and see below. Here are two ways for you. If your computer is bootable, you can use Boot Options. If not, you can consider an installation disc.

1. Use Boot Options Menu. You can restart your computer several times to access Boot Options Menu, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options, then choose the recovery tools you need.

2. Use installation disc. You can insert your Windows installation CD/DVD, turn on your computer and press a key when you receive the message” Press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Then click Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options and select the recovery tools in the next window. 

If you just want to use CMD, you can directly press Shift + F10 on the Windows Setup Screen and then command prompt window will pop up automatically.  

Quick fix to Windows automatic repair loop

Fix 1: Restart your computer

For Windows automatic repair loop issue, the simplest reason is that you do not shut down the computer owing to a power cut, a crash, laptop battery out of charge. Thus, when you receive this error message, the first thing is to restart your computer.

To restart your computer, you should boot your computer and press F8 repeatedly to access Windows Boot Manager, then select Start Windows normally.

If this does not work, you can try the next solution to Windows preparing automatic repair loop

Fix 2: Check boot priority in BIOS

Sometimes, Windows Boot Manager will be set as the first boot device. You need to go to BIOS with the corresponding key on the initial screen, then go to boot option and set priority to your hard drive.

Fix 3: Disable early launch anti-malware protection.

The anti-malware protection is one of the reasons why you receive “Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC ” . To do that, you can select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings in Boot menu and choose Restart, then elect Disable early launch anti-malware protection. At last, restart and see if it works.

Fix 4: Replace the bad driver

You can enable safe mode with networking with boot options and download the latest driver first. Then, restore the health of your driver with DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command. At last, restart your computer and install the driver.

Fix Windows automatic repair loop using command prompt

Fix 1: Delete corrupted file

Step 1. Open the log files and find out the corrupted files. You can type the following to find corrupted files in the command prompt.


Cd Windows System32LogFilesSrt


Take VMWare files as an example, you will see a message like Boot critical file c:windowssystem32driversvsock.sys is corrupt. If you receive other messages, you need to search and ensure the type of problematic file.

Step 2: Delete the corrupted files. You can type the following and press Enter.

cd c:windowssystem32drivers

del vsock.sys

Delete File Command Prompt


Fix 2: Rebuild BCD and Windows 10 automatic repair loop chkdsk 

Step 1. Rebuild BCD and repair MBR. You can type the command below.

bootrec.exe /fixmbr

bootrec.exe /fixboot

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

Rebuild BCD


/fixmbr writes a new MBR (Master Boot Record) to the system partition.

/fixboot writes a new boot sector onto the system partition.

/rebuildbcd scans all disks for Windows installations and provides a choice of which entries to add to the BCD store.

Step 2. Run Chkdsk. Type the following command with partition driver letter.

chkdsk/r c:

Note: Running Chkdsk can check and repair the hard drive filesystem corruption.

step 3. Restart your computer and see if this works.

Fix 3: Restore Windows Registry or Registry settings using RegBack

Step 1. Ensure your system drive. You can directly typedir c:in the command prompt. If you see Program Files, Program Files(x86), Users, Windows, it's your system drive. If not, try the next drive letter.

Step 2. Restore Windows registry from RegBack using the following command. if you are asked to overwrite files, type All and pressEnter.

copy d:windowssystem32configRegBack* d:windowssystem32config

Restore Windows Registry

Step 3. Exit the command prompt. You can type exit and press Enter.

Step 4. Restart your computer and check if the issue has been solved.

Windows automatic repair loop is one of the most frustrating things, which does not allow you to go to your computer. You can try to backup your system, disk or files in safe mode, then fix it with the given solutions above.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.