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How to Fix Your PC Did Not Start Correctly | 8 Ways🔥

If you power up your computer and only find a warning message: Your PC did not start correctly. Don't worry. This post will offer you eight workable solutions to fix this error immediately.

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Updated by Roxanne on Jan 16, 2024

Have you ever encountered the "Your PC did not start correctly" error when you turned on your computer? Here is a real case from the computer issues forum Super User :

My PC (Windows 8.1, dual booting with Windows 10 Dev Preview) won't boot. Every time I try to use Automatic Repair, it always fails and comes up with an error: Your PC did not start correctly.

Don't panic. This issue is quite common, and EaseUS will provide multiple practical solutions to help you fix this computer startup question in this guideline. Keep following and learn the comprehensive how-to guides.

How to Resolve Your PC Did Not Start Correctly - 8 Ways

In this part, you will discover the specific tutorial with pictures for each solution.

  1. Way 1. Apply Boot Repair via EaseUS Partition Master
  2. Way 2. Run Windows Startup Repair
  3. Way 3. Repair MBR
  4. Way 4. Check System File
  5. Way 5. Rebuild BCD
  6. Way 6. Boot Into Safe Mode
  7. Way 7. Perform a System Restore
  8. Way 8. Delete Recently-Installed Windows Updates

If restarting your computer can't resolve this problem, you can immediately try the following eight methods. Don't forget to share with other users in need after this issue is successfully solved:


Way 1. Apply Boot Repair via EaseUS Partition Master

We highly recommend EaseUS Partition Master Professional for a smooth experience dealing with various startup repair issues, such as Windows startup repair not working and a black screen after installing Windows 10. Its easy-to-use interface, quick solutions, and comprehensive capabilities make it an invaluable asset in your troubleshooting toolbox.

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Here is a full guide on how to use EaseUS Partition Master to repair boot issues:

Step 1. Start EaseUS Partition Master after connecting the external drive/USB to your computer, go to "Bootable Media," and click "Create bootable media."

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 2. Select an available USB Drive or CD/DVD and click "Create." You can also burn the Windows ISO file to the storage media.

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 3. Connect the created bootable drive to the new computer and reboot the computer by pressing and holding F2/Del to enter the BIOS. Then, set the WinPE bootable drive as the boot disk and press F10 to exit.

Step 4. Boot the computer again and enter the WinPE interface. Then, open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Boot Repair" under the "Toolkit" option.

open boot repair

Step 5: Select the system you want to repair and click "Repair."

click  repair

Step 6. Wait a moment, and you will receive an alert that the system has been successfully repaired. Click "OK" to complete the boot repair process.

click ok to complete the repair

Let me show you more noble features of this software that are related to the "Your PC did not start correctly" error:

Hurry up and install this tool to keep your computer far from annoying boot problems:

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Way 2. Run Windows Startup Repair

Windows Startup Repair is available in Microsoft Windows operating systems and is designed to diagnose and fix computer problems during startup, such as a corrupt system file or a misconfiguration. Run the Startup Repair tool once if your computer is not booting properly and keeps returning to the same Automatic Repair screen.

Below is what you should do:

Step 1. Select "Advanced options" on the "Your PC did not start correctly" screen.

automatic repair error

Step 2. Choose the "Startup Repair" option and wait for it to detect and fix the startup issue.

startup repair

Step 3. Click "Restart" when the process is completed.

You may get a warning message(Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically) if this tool doesn't work. Refer to the solution it provides to solve this error, or you can try the practical tips below:

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Way 3. Repair MBR

Windows system and boot files are kept on the system disk's first sector(MBR). If this MBR is damaged or corrupted, you cannot successfully boot into the Windows system. Therefore, rebuilding the MBR is an applicable solution in this case. The versatile tool EaseUS Partition Master Professional can meet your requirements perfectly:

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Step 1. Create a WinPE bootable disk

  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Bootable Media" on the toolbar. Select "Create bootable media".
  • Click "Next" to finish the process.
create a bootable disk

Step 2. Boot EaseUS Partition Master Bootable USB

  • Connect the bootable USB or CD/DVD to your PC. 
  • Press F2 or Del when you restart the computer to enter the BIOS screen. Set and boot your computer from "Removable Devices" or "CD-ROM Drive". And then EaseUS Partition Master will run automatically.

Step 3. Rebuild MBR

  • Click "Toolkit" and choose "Rebuild MBR".

rebuild MBR

  • Select the disk and the type of MBR. Then, click "Rebuild".
rebuild MBR
  • After that, you can see "MBR has been successfully rebuilt on Disk X".
rebuild MBR

Way 4. Check System File

Another potential cause for the "Your PC did not start correctly" error is corrupted or missing system files. To repair this issue, you can run the Windows System File Checker (SFC) tool to scan and repair system file problems:

Step 1. Search for Command Prompt and log in as an administrator. 

Step 2. Type the SFC command below and hit the "Enter" key:

SFC /scannow

Step 3. Wait till the scan finishes. You may receive:

  • The SFC program detected no integrity issues.
  • Windows Resource Protection discovered corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them

For message 1, quit and close the CMD window. For message 2, perform a DISM check to repair as follows:

🚩Related Reading: How to Run SFC and DISM in Windows 11 [Newest Guide]

Way 5. Rebuild BCD

BCD, short for Boot Configuration Data, contains essential information and settings for the operating system to boot up correctly. Thus, you can try to repair BCD if the above solutions cannot fix your issue:

Step 1. In the Automatic Repair error blue screen, click "Advanced options" > "Command Prompt."

access command prompt in advanced options

Step 2. Type the following commands before hitting "Enter" on the keyboard for each:

  • Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
  • ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
  • Bootrec /rebuildbcd

rebuild bcd

Step 3. Write exit to quit the utility and then restart your PC.

Way 6. Boot Into Safe Mode

Step 1. On the "Your PC did not start correctly" error window, choose "Advanced Options."

Step 2. From the Menu, select "Startup Settings"

Step 3. Click "Restart," and press "F4" during rebooting to boot into Safe Mode.

boot into safe mode

Way 7. Perform a System Restore

If this issue is raised after you update the Windows system, you can restore it to the previous version using the Windows System Restore function. Follow the comprehensive tutorial below:

Step 1. Select the "System Restore" option under the "Advanced Options."

system restore

Step 2. Choose a time point you want to return to and click "Next."

choose system restore time point

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions and finish this process in the System Restore Wizard.

restore system files and folders

Way 8. Delete Recently-Installed Windows Updates

Beyond restoring the Windows system to the previous time point, you can also clean up the recent Windows updates to repair the startup errors caused by any Windows updates. Let's learn how to remove recently-installed Windows Updates:

Step 1. Enter the "Advanced Options" menu and choose "Uninstall Updates." Select the latest quality or feature updates from Windows and then uninstall them.

uninstall Windows updates


This post discussed eight workable go-to ways for the "Your PC did not start correctly" error in Automatic Repair with simple and comprehensive tutorials. You can repair this issue and regain access to your Windows computer by proceeding with these methods. As you finish reading the above information, you may find that EaseUS Partition Master offers various helpful tools to assist you with computer startup errors. Let it make your life easier immediately!

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FAQ About Your PC Did Not Start Correctly

If you still have unanswered questions, refer to this FAQ section for more information.

1. How do I fix my computer that couldn't turn off correctly?

Reboot is an option if your computer can't shut down normally. Try to turn your computer off normally after the system reboots. To access the power icon, click the Start Menu icon on your system. Currently, select "Restart" from the menu.

2. Why my computer did not boot correctly?

Why does Windows fail to start properly? Windows may not load correctly for various reasons, including corrupted or missing BCD, compromised system integrity, faulty drivers and software, etc.

💡You May Like: How to Fix Hard Drive Won't Boot [Top 6 Fixes]

3. Can BIOS cause display issues?

Yes, the BIOS on your computer could be the reason for your display problem if it functions properly with a different monitor. Your BIOS activates everything required for the computer to boot up. You can correct any incorrectly configured settings by resetting your BIOS settings to their most recent saved configuration.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created over 200 posts that help users solve multiple issues and failures on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, and Macs. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interests.

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