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Fix 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically' in Windows 10/8/7/Vista

Updated on Nov 09, 2018 by Abby Haines to Resource


Don't worry if you can't fix 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically' error in Windows 10/8/7 or Vista. Practical methods are available here to help out of this issue and boot PC normally again without losing data.

Error: Startup Repair cannot repair PC
Fix 1. Repair Startup repair error with System Backup [no data loss]
Fix 2. Repair Startup Repair error without System Backup [no data loss]
Final Words: Best method to prevent this error

ERROR:Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically

If the error message "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically" pops up and prevents the Startup Repair to fix some problems on your PC, you won't be able to boot the computer again.

If you click on "View problem details", you can get more details as listed here:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200442
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 65
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033 

This error can occur in Windows 10/8/7/Vista due to various reasons like virus attacks, disk write errors or power outages.

And the problem signature might be shown very different variables from the ones above on different Operating System:

Startup Repair cannot repair this computer error.

If you are having such an error on Windows PC, refer to the two fixes below to restore your PC to life again.

Fix 1.Fix 'Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically' error with System backup/restore points

If you've created a Windows system restore point as a system backup on Windows 10/8/7 PCs, you'll be the lucky one who has the chance to fully restore your PC back to its original state, at least to the previous state.

Step 1. Restore important data from dead PC

When you are stuck with 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically' or 'Startup Repair couldn't repair your PC' error message on Windows PC, don't rush to perform System Restore. 

As System Restore will bring your computer back to a previous state, you may lose some useful data. Therefore, we highly recommend you to try powerful data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media to get your data out of the current 'dead' PC:

Notice: This will require a second healthy computer for help.

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

Prepare an empty USB. If you have important data on it, copy the data to another device. When you create a bootable disk, the data on the USB will be erased. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will help you create a bootable disk.

  • Connect the USB drive to PC, launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition.
create a bootable disk with easeus
  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will recognize your CD/DVD device or USB drive automatically. You can also export the ISO file.
  • Select the USB drive and click "Proceed" to create a bootable disk.

Step 2. Boot from the bootable USB

  • Connect the bootable disk to PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 at the same time to enter BIOS.
  • Set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk) or "CD-ROM Drive" (bootable CD/DVD) beyond Hard Drive. Press "F10" to save and exit.

Step 3. Recover files/data from a PC/laptop hard drive that won't boot

When you boot from the USB, you are able to run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk.

  • Select the disk you want to scan to find all your lost files. 
selet the drive
  • Click Scan to start the scanning process.
let the software scan the drive
  • Recover data from the computer or laptop.

After the scan completed. You can preview all recoverable files, select the targeted files and click "Recover" button to restore your files. You'd better save all of the recovered data to another place to avoid data overwriting.

recover data from the computer

Step 2. Perform a System Restore
(bring the computer out of 'Startup Repair cannot repair error')

If you have enabled the System Restore on your computer and created a system restore point, you can fix "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically" in Windows 10/8/7/Vista be performing a system restore:

For Windows 10/8/8.1 users:

1. Reboot your Windows 10/8 PC into Advanced Startup, and click Troubleshoot.

Enter system restore option.

2. Select Advanced options, choose System Restore

Choose System Restore to fix startup repair cannot repair PC error.

3. Click on the Administrator Account and enter your password, click Continue to move on. 

Restore system point.

4. Choose your system restore point created previous and follow onscreen guidelines to complete the whole process.

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

  1. 1. Insert your Windows installation CD or disc.
  2. 2. Press any key when "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" message appears.
  3. 3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next.
  4. 4. Click Repair your computer.
  5. 5. Select your Windows install drive, which is usually C:\ and click Next.
  6. 6. In the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore.
  7. 7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instruction and choose the appropriate restore point.
  8. 8. Click Finish to restore the system.

Finally, restart your computer and copy your restore data back to your PC. You should be able to use your computer and data again.

Fix 2.Repair Startup Repair error without System Backup

If you don't have a system backup, to fix 'Startup Repair couldn't repair your PC' error will be more complex. You can also get this job done in two steps:

Step 1. Restore from the won't boot PC

You can directly follow detail guidelines in Step 1 included in Fix 1 with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media. It fully allows you to recover data when PC won't boot or start in Windows 10/8/7/Vista.

Step 2. Clean install/reinstall Windows OS

When you don't have a system restore point on your PC, the best way to remove 'Startup Repair' error on Windows 10/8/7, etc. is to perform a clean install of Windows OS.

You can directly turn to Microsoft for an online assistance (and Windows 7/Vista users are recommended to try this way).

Or you can refer to clean install Windows 10 with three solutions as a guide for reinstalling Windows 10 and 8.

Final Words:Best method to prevent 'Startup Repair cannot repair...' error

After restoring your PC back to life and rescuing all precious data, it doesn't mean that your PC and data are safe now. 

Virus attack, system failure, system crash, data loss, and other unknown issues may also occur to you anytime.

1. How to prevent these issues from happening? No way!

2. Is it possible to protect your System and data securely from these disasters? Sure!

Powerful Windows System backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup can help!

It provides System Backup, File Backup, Disk/Partition Backup, System Clone, and other more advanced features to help you fully protect your PC from these issues. 

A smart way is ready to help you prevent and protect your computer from 'Startup Repair failure' error or similar issues here now, why not give it a try and make your PC life smarter!