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Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC (Causes & Solutions)

What should I do if 'Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC' shows up on the screen when Windows 10/11 won't boot? Can this issue be fixed? If you have these doubts, continue reading. You will find practical solutions in this informative page.

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Updated by Oliver on Feb 21, 2024

It is irritating when your Windows 11 or 10 won't boot, and your computer shows "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC" with an error message "Log File: D:\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt" on your screen.

If you are facing the Startup Repair or Automatic Repair not working, do not worry! This article from EaseUS will present you with comprehensive methods to help you resolve the issue. Navigate to each of them and find out which works for your computer.

Main Causes for Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC

Your computer shows "Automatic Repair/Startup Repair couldn't repair your PC" while booting up can be caused by various reasons. Below are several common causes for the issue.

  • There are hardware issues
  • Outdated or incompatible drivers are installed
  • The boot record is missing or corrupted
  • Viruses and malware are attacking your system
  • There are disk errors on your hard drive

7 Solutions to Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC

In this section, you will learn 7 ways to solve the Automatic Repair failure issue.

Solution 1. Perform System Restore

If your PC won't boot and Automatic Repair fails to repair your computer, you can first try to restore the system to the latest restore point. It brings your system to a previous state when the PC still works normally. Follow the steps below to perform a system restore:

Step 1. Press a hotkey (usually F11) while booting your PC to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 2. Go to "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "System Restore."

Step 3. The System Restore window will pop up. Then, select your administrator account and hit "Continue."

Step 4. Then, choose a restore point and hit "Next" to continue. ("Scan for affected programs." will tell you which programs will be removed during the process.)

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Step 5. Click "Finish" to confirm the restore point and hit "Yes" to start the process.

However, this method doesn't suit you if you or your Windows haven't created a restore point in advance.

Solution 2. Troubleshoot in Safe Mode

Safe Mode only requires the essential set of drivers and services to access Windows OS. It allows you to access a safe environment where you can fix system problems. Follow the steps below to enter Safe Mode and repair your system:

Step 1. Press a hotkey (usually F11) while booting your PC to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 2. Go to "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings" > "Restart."

Step 3. Hit "4" or "F4" to enter Safe Mode.

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Step 4. After entering Safe Mode, try identifying the cause, such as recent Windows updates, newly installed programs or drivers, viruses, malware, etc., and then fix it.

Solution 3. Repair Boot Records

Faulty system files can also cause Automatic Repair to fail to fix your PC. Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is a part of the computer boot record for launching the Windows operating system. Rebuilding BCD files can help you repair boot records and resolve the issue.

To repair boot records, you'll need help from a reliable boot repair tool. As one of the best boot repair tools, EaseUS Partition Master Professional provides a powerful feature that can automatically detect and repair common boot errors in your system.

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Follow the instructions below to rebuild the boot configuration data:

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Solution 4. Disable Automatic Restart After Failure

Windows startup issues can lead to an Automatic Repair loop, causing your PC to fail to access Windows OS. If you are stuck in such a startup repair loop, you can disable the function, which may solve your problem. Follow the guide here to prevent system booting into automatic or startup repair automatically:

Step 1. Press a hotkey (usually F11) while booting your PC to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 2. Go to "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings."

Step 3. Hit "9" or "F9" to disable automatic restart after failure.

Solution 5. Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection

Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection (ELAM) is an advanced security mechanism for system protection. It starts the antivirus or anti-malware program before other third-party drivers. However, ELAM can also be interfering with the Automatic Startup Repair utility.

Follow the guide below to disable ELAM and see if it fixes the issue:

Step 1. Press a hotkey (usually F11) while booting your PC to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 2. Go to "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings."

Step 3. Hit "8" or "F8" to disable early launch anti-malware protection.

Solution 6. Run DISM and System File Checker

DISM tool and System File Checker are Windows built-in utilities designed for repairing system errors. If the issue is caused by corrupted system files or registry items, you can run these command lines to fix broken registry items. Below are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Press a hotkey (usually F11) while booting your PC to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 2. Go to "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Command Prompt."

Step 3. Type in the following commands and press "Enter" after inputting each line:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
sfc /scannow

The following page will offer more information and details about SFC, CHKDSK, and DISM commands.

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Solution 7. Reset Your PC

If all the above solutions fail to resolve Windows 10 or Windows 11 startup repair not working, the last thing you can try is to reset your PC.

Step 1. Press a hotkey (usually F11) while booting your PC to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 2. Go to "Troubleshoot" > "Reset this PC."

Step 3. On the next page, choose "keep my files" and follow the instructions to reset your PC.

If you find the information on this page helpful, feel free to share it on your social media to help more users.

 

Conclusion

"Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC" or "Startup Repair couldn't repair your PC" are common errors when the Windows system goes wrong. Fortunately, this page offers several methods to guide users in resolving the issue and repairing their computers.

Among all the solutions, EaseUS Partition Master is the most suitable one for beginners since it provides multiple powerful functions like Boot Repair, Rebuild MBR, Check File System, and so on. These features allow users to perform troubleshooting on one simple and friendly interface. You can download it now and acquire the convenience.

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FAQs on Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers you may be interested in.

1. Why is my PC stuck on automatic repair?

PC gets stuck on automatic repair or startup repair can be caused by missing or corrupted system files. Such errors related to essential files can also be the reason why your PC fails to boot.

2. How do I get out of automatic repair loop?

To get out of the automatic repair loop, you can follow the instructions below:

Power up your PC and keep pressing "F11."

In the Windows RE, go to "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings."

Hit "9" or "F9" to disable automatic restart after failure.

3. Does automatic repair ever work?

Automatic repair usually works on the most common computer issues and system errors. However, if you encounter more complex situations, this utility may not be able to resolve the problem.

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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