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How to Fix Infinite Preparing Automatic Repair Loop

Updated on Oct 25, 2017 by Abby Haines to Resource


Windows says 'Preparing Automatic Repair', 'Diagnosing Your PC' and then goes to a blue or black screen of death error? Troubleshooting steps are offered here to help you get rid of this problem in Windows 10/8/8.1. Try EaseUS free data recovery software if any data loss disaster happened during the process. 

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"My Dell Inspirion 5000 laptop isn't working. When I turn it on it starts to load Windows 10, but later it is stuck saying 'Preparing Automatic Repair', and 'Diagnosing Your PC', then it switches off and does it again. Can you help?"

About 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop

Automatic Repair is a feature introduced in Windows 10/8.1/8 to fix some system problems when the computer cannot boot properly. But in some circumstances, it fails to work and put users in infinite Windows Automatic Repair loop


Stuck on 'Preparing Automatic Repair' screen and never move on is one of the typical symptoms of this issue. Along with the problem, users may also get a message read 'Diagnosing Your PC' or experience a blue or black screen of death error. And according to the reports online, we can refer that the most victims are hp, Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Acer users.

Preparing Automatic Repair loop screenshot

Windows official solution to fix 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop

Windows official solution to the endless 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop is to directly refresh or reset the PC. This is how it said:

"Upon the 'Preparing automatic repair' window, press-and-hold Power button 3 times to forcefully shut down the machine. The system will enter boot repair page after 2-3 times of reboot, choose Troubleshoot, then go on to Refresh PC or Reset PC." 

When coming here, you can easily complete the process by following the wizard instructions. If the problem still exists, it is suggested to reinstall the operating system.

Windows Boot Options menu

IMPORTANT NOTE: Windows also prompts that you'd better make a backup of your data before starting the above operations in case of the potential data loss disaster. EaseUS backup software with bootable disk can help you backup files when computer won't boot without requiring any technical skill.

Other troubleshooting steps to fix 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop

Except for the solution from Windows, there many other professionals provide their advice that may help to fix 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop. 

- Start by doing a hard reboot, remove the battery and Ac adapter then press and hold the power button for 20 seconds and see if it will boot up normally.

- Doesn't help? Repeatedly press F8 while the laptop is booting up, later it will show you Windows Boot Options menu, here go to Troubleshoot--> Advanced Boot Options --> Startup Settings. Finally, follow the wizard instructions to get into Safe Mode.

- It doesn't load Safe Mode? Try to disable Automatic Startup Repair on startup. Go to Advanced Boot Options again and this time, choose Command Prompt, type bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled No in the Command Prompt window.

How to recover data after fixing 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop

If some users have taken actions to fix 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop without making any backups, EaseUS free data recovery software may help to deal with the data loss disaster that has happened during the process. 

1) Launch the program, select a location where data lost and click "Scan".
2) After quick scan and deep scan, filter and preview the recoverable files in specified categories.
3) Select the target files and click "Recover" button to save them to a safe place.

Recover data after fixing 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop