FIXED: Windows 10 Startup Repair Not Working🔥

Jerry updated on Apr 07, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Have you ever had a question about your Windows 10 startup repair not working? Do not worry. This passage from EaseUS will show you some reasons why Windows 10 automatic repair is not working and teach you how to fix this issue with some quick and helpful fixes. Now you can read this passage.

Why Is Windows 10 Automatic Repair Not Working

Windows 10 automatic startup repair is a built-in tool that fixes all problems of the system files required to boot the operating system.

First, you need to enter startup repair Windows 10. It uses scanning to diagnose damaged, corrupted, or wrongly configured Windows files. After detection, it replaces these files for smooth Windows loading and system startup. However, sometimes the automatic repair stops working. It becomes a major become as the system fails to start, and you can't do any work at all.

automatic repair

There are 2 major cases of Windows 10 Automatic repair not working, which you are likely to encounter.

Case 1: Windows 10/11 Startup Repair loop

Windows 10/11 startup repair loop is also known as a startup repair strike. During this error, Windows will boot again and again to startup repair without moving forward. This presents a loop stopping, not allowing the operating system to start.

Case 2: Windows 10/11 Automatic Repair failed

Since the main objective of automatic repair is to fix all problematic files, but sometimes it can fail to do so. In this case, it shows a message on the screen saying that automatic repair couldn't repair your PC. After the message, the system will advise users to move towards advanced options. It can happen due to damaged BCD Settings, corrupted Boot Partition, and the Blue screen of death on reboot.

How to Fix Startup Repair Windows 10 Not Working

So far, we have discussed the issues causing the automatic repair to fail. Let's understand how you can troubleshoot the startup repair with Windows 10 boot repair. This section includes 8 different methods along with a bonus tip for backup of your system files.

  1. Fix 1. Disable Automatic Restart
  2. Fix 2. Run CHKDSK Command
  3. Fix 3. Boot to Safe Mode and Run Command Prompt
  4. Fix 4. Repair MBR and Rebuild the BCD
  5. Fix 5. Run Sfc/Scannow Command
  6. Fix 6. Disable Early Launch Anti-malware Protection
  7. Fix 7. Delete the Problematic File
  8. Fix 8. Perform Reset

Fix 1. Disable Automatic Restart

Generally, automatic restart aims to reboot the PC when encountering any bug or malware. However, sometimes this feature causes the repeated loop problem, not allowing the system to start.

So, when you face startup problems, follow these steps to disable the automatic restart

Step 1. Restart your system and see the screen titled "Choose an option."

Step 2. From these options, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings, respectively.

troubleshoot advanced options startup settings

Step 3. The startup settings will show 9 options. Press either F9 or a simple 9 to choose "Disable automatic restart after failure."

Step 4. Now, wait for your PC to reboot and see whether the Windows 10 startup repair problem has been resolved.

pc to reboot

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Fix 2. Run CHKDSK Command

The startup repair can cease functioning due to corrupted boot partitions. So, it is essential to run the CHKDSK command to troubleshoot and resolve all hard drive problems on Windows 10.

Step 1. Restart your PC and select "Troubleshoot" from a screen titled "Choose an option."

Step 2. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt to open the command prompt window.

Step 3. In command prompt windows, write chkdsk C: / f /r and press Enter.

Step 4. The system will find invalid, damaged, or corrupted files and look to restore them.

system will find invalid files

Fix 3. Boot to Safe Mode and Run Command Prompt

Safe mode boots a system with basic settings, allowing users to identify and resolve the major issues affecting the startup. In the safe mode, the screen looks a bit dull, some installed apps don't work, and the computer's overall speed is a touch slow. However, you can always switch to normal settings once it solves startup issues.

This is how you can boot to a safe mood by running command prompts

Step 1. Restart your system and go to "troubleshoot."

Step 2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt; it will open a command prompt window.

Step 3. In the command prompt window, type "bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal" and press enter.

Step 4. Now, restart your system. It will boot to safe mode.

Step 5. If you want to boot your computer with networking, you have to type "bcdedit /set {current} safeboot network" and press "Enter" for safe mode.

safeboot network and press enter for safe mode

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Fix 4. Repair MBR and Rebuild the BCD

If the "Master Boot Record" and "Boot Configuration Data" of Windows 10 are missing, corrupted, or deleted, it will not start. In that scenario, the easiest way is to rebuild its original settings. It will resolve all issues related to the boot sector.

Step 1. Launch "Command Prompt" after selecting it from the System Recovery options.

Step 2. Type these commands and press "Enter" after each command to fix the startup issue:

  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • bootrec /fixboot
  • bootrec /rebuildbcd

Step 3. The system will restart without any hiccups.

restart without any hiccups

Relax if the Command Prompt warns you with an access denied error, and you may follow this tutorial guide to get rid of this issue efficiently:

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Fix 5. Run Sfc/Scannow Command

It is most common for case 2 when the system shows automatic repair failed on screen. The command repairs all system files to provide a smooth startup.

Step 1. Restart your PC and go to Command Prompt in advanced options.

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, write bcdedit and press Enter to locate the partition where Windows is installed.

Step 3. Write sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows and Enter to repair the corrupted files. Be careful to replace "d:" with your Windows drive letter.

write sfc scannow

Step 4. Restart your computer. The operating system will load without any stoppage.

Fix 6. Disable Early Launch Anti-malware Protection

People often use anti-malware software like Total AV to protect their data against malicious attacks. However, sometimes this software triggers automatic startup repair loops. The system keeps on restarting without moving forward. In this case, you should disable early launch malware protection with these steps

Step 1. Restart your system.

Step 2. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings.

Step 3. Press 8 or F8 to choose "Disable early launch anti-malware protection" from the available options.

Step 4. Restart the PC.

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Fix 7. Delete the Problematic File

During a startup, the problematic files are those files that fail to execute the required commands. These files can get corrupted by a defect during creation or a virus. In any case, they prevent startup repair from functioning.

That's how you can get rid of such files

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt Window and type cd C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\Srt and SrtTrail.txt.

Step 2. You will see that the Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\tmel.sys is corrupt.

Step 3. Now write the command "cd c: windowssystem32drivers" and "delvsock.sys." The files will be deleted.

Step 4. Restart your system to see the results.

restart your system

Fix 8. Perform Reset

You can fix all startup issues with System Restore. Your device will get back to factory settings with no corrupted files or malware issues. This is how it works

Step 1. Go to "Advanced Options" and select "System Restore."

Step 2. Select a necessary restore point and click on "Next."

Step 3. Once it is done, restart your PC again.

restart your pc again

However, in doing so, the system will erase the files, apps, updates, and drivers installed on your device. Therefore, before opting for Restore, you should always back up your important files and applications. So, you can add and install your data again on the same device.

Bonus Tip: How to Backup Your Computer to Avoid Data Loss

While reading about startup repair resolution, you must have noticed that all these issues occur due to corrupted files, malware attacks, and viruses. We should admit that digital data is susceptible to such malicious attacks. To avoid that, you should always have a backup to restore this data to its original form.

Plenty of backup software is available in the market, but in terms of speed and accuracy of data recovery, EaseUS Todo Backup seals the deal. The backup software is used by more than 20,000,000 people across 160 countries. It provides a one-click backup with an instant recovery option. It is compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a versatile backup and recovery tool for Windows 11/10/8/7. It lets you back up your files, systems, disks, and partitions and create a Windows 10 system image on an external drive for recovery. In addition, it allows you to create an iso image file of your operating system and create an image of an SD card.

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The steps for you to back up your computer as follows:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer, and click Create Backup on the home screen and then hit the big question mark to select backup contents.

backup outlook mail step1

Step 2. To back up your Windows operating system, click "OS" to begin the backup task.

backup outlook mail step2

Step 3. Your Windows operating system information and all system related files and partitions will be automatically selected so you don't need to do any manual selection at this step. Next, you'll need to choose a location to save the system image backup by clicking the illustrated area.

system backup

Step 4. The backup location can be another local drive on your computer, an external hard drive, network, cloud or NAS. Generally, we recommend you use an external physical drive or cloud to preserve the system backup files. 

backup outlook mail step4

Step 5. Customiztion settings like enabling an automatic backup schedule in daily, weekly, monthly, or upon an event, and making a differential and incremental backup are available in the Options button if you're interested. Click "Backup Now", and the Windows system backup process will begin. The completed backup task will display on the left side in a card style.

backup outlook mail step 5

To Wrap Things Up

That is all about how to fix Windows 10 Startup Repair not working. Windows automatic startup is a critical feature that resolves all issues related to the booting of operating systems. However, sometimes, the repair doesn't work, which stops the system start-up. It can happen due to corrupted, deleted, or misconfigured files, malware attacks, or viruses. You can't access or work on the system as long as the problem is there.

This blog presents the 8 quick fixes to resolve this issue for Windows 10. The complete procedure for each fix and its screenshot have been listed. Give it a read and apply these methods. You will never be upset about startup repair again.

If you want to protect your computer well and keep your data safe and secure, you can use EaseUS Todo Backup to back them up. It is a practical backup tool for all computer users. Just download and try it to get more options.

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FAQs Windows 10 Startup Repair Not Working

1. Why is my Windows 10 not booting up?

There can be multiple reasons for your Windows 10 not booting up. It can happen due to incorrect boot Order in BIOS, damaged operating, corrupted system disk, deleted files, malware attacks, or system crash.

2. Does clean install delete all files?

Yes, the clean install erases everything except the operating system. Any previously installed files, apps, or drivers are erased as the hard drive is formatted completely. So, before a clean install, you should have a backup to save the data.

3. How do I know if my Windows 10 OS is corrupted?

For this, go to the command prompt window, type sfc/scannow, and press Enter. The built-in System file checker utility will check the integrity of Windows system files and repair them if required. Once the process is done, restart your system.

4. What to do if automatic repair Cannot repair your PC?

If an automatic repair doesn't work, you can use disable automatic restart, run a chkdsk command, boot to safe mode, rebuild BCD, Run sfc/scannow command, disable early launch anti-malware protection, and Reset your system. The procedure of all these methods has already been provided.

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