By AOMEI / Last Updated September 10, 2020

Overview of Startup Repair not working in Windows 10

Windows 10 has its own repair tools, and Startup Repair is the frequently-used one. You can use Startup Repair to scan and repair some PC issues like damaged/corrupted system files or invalid boot files. If your Windows 10 won’t boot, you can use installation disc or system repair disc to boot into Advanced options, and then perform a Startup Repair.

However, some users find Windows 10 Startup Repair not working sometimes. Here are two most common cases:

Case 1: Windows 10 Startup Repair loop

Windows 10 Startup Repair loop also can be called Windows 10 Startup Repair stuck. When you encounter this error, Windows 10 will boot again and again into Startup Repair and present an endless loop of loading Startup Repair. You cannot access anything on your computer.

Case 2: Windows 10 Automatic Repair failed

Startup Repair is supposed to help you to fix some issues, but it will not always work. Sometimes, you may receive a message on the screen that says Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

Windows 10 Automatic Repair Failed

How to fix Windows 10 Startup Repair not working efficiently?

Learn how to resolve Startup Repair not working in Windows 10 under two cases separately:

Case 1: Windows 10 Startup Repair loop
Case 2: Windows 10 Automatic Repair failed

Case 1: Windows 10 Startup Repair loop

If you cannot use Startup Repair, then your option is to disable automatic restart, run chkdsk and rebuild bcd settings.

Solution 1: Disable automatic restart
Solution 2: Run chkdsk
Solution 3: Rebuild bcd settings

Solution 1: Disable automatic restart

To disable automatic restart, please follow the steps below:

1. Restart your computer and then on the screen titled "Choose an option", click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart subsequently.

2. On the Startup Settings screen, press 9 or F9 to choose Disable automatic restart after failure. After that, just wait for your PC to boot and see if Windows 10 Startup Repair loop is solved.

Disable Automatic Restart

Solution 2: Run chkdsk

Corrupted boot partition may cause Windows 10 Startup Repair loop issue. You can try to check the boot volume using chkdsk:

1. Restart your computer and then on the screen titled "Choose an option", click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

Advanced Options

2. In the Command Prompt window, type chkdsk C: / f /r and press Enter to check your system partition for corrupted, invalid or deleted system files.

Solution 3: Rebuild bcd settings

To rebuild bcd settings, you may follow the instructions below:

1. Open Command Prompt as mentioned in Solution 2.

2. Type following command lines and press Enter after each to fix Startup Repair stuck issue:

  • bootrec /fixmbr

  • bootrec /fixboot

  • bootrec /rebuildbcd

Rebuild BCD

Case 2: Windows 10 Automatic Repair failed

If you are told Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC, then try the following solutions:

Solution 1. Run sfc /scannow command

You can run the sfc /scannow command (System File Checker) to repair system files.

1. Restart your computer. Open Command Prompt in Advanced option as mentioned above.

2. When Command Prompt appears, type sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows and press Enter.

3. Restart your computer after the process is done.

Solution 2. Disable early launch anti-malware protection

If you have been facing the problem after installing an anti-malware program, you can disable anti-malware protection to fix Windows 10 Automatic Repair failed.

1. Restart your computer. On the screen titled "Choose an option", click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

2. Press 8 or F8 to select Disable early launch anti-malware protection at list and then press Enter.

Extra tips for fixing Windows 10 startup repair issues

As you see, the Windows 10 Startup Repair not working problem can be caused by corrupted, invalid or deleted system files. Therefore, it’s important for you to create a system image backup so that you can restore system to a normal state when problems occur.

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Notes:

  • If you want to continuously protect your computer, you can create a scheduled backup at daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

  • Incremental or differential backup is recommended, because it only backs up the changed data, thus saving much time and disk space.

  • To restore your computer when it fails to boot, you can create a bootable disk beforehand.

Summary

There are five solutions offered in this article to help you solve the Windows 10 Startup Repair not working problem. You can pick one solution according to your situation. To restore from possible system errors, you may backup your computer with AOMEI Backupper.

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