How to fix automatic repair loop: 7 simple ways

Updated: March 09, 2023
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How to fix automatic repair loop: 7 simple ways
by Ivy Davis
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Does your Windows system show an error and start attempting repairs? Do you need to know how to fix automatic repair Windows 10?

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Imagine the system had issues, prepared automatic repairs, and didn't allow you to perform necessary actions. Fortunately, the Windows system has built-in tools for such situations. It helps find solutions to the problems that affect booting. Unfortunately, sometimes, the computer flounders in the automatic repair loop of Windows.

What to do in this case? How to return the computer to working capacity? Let's figure it out.

What is an automatic repair loop?

The Windows system provides automatic recovery tools. They help protect the system from malfunctions and fix errors quickly. Sometimes an issue occurs when the system tries to restore itself, but you only see a blue or black loading screen. That means the automatic repair couldn't repair your PC. The error occurs again after turning it on, and the computer cannot start—it is stuck in an endless loop. Auto recovery can take hours.

Let's first understand the causes of such errors. Finding the real cause of such an error often takes a lot of work. It could be system file corruption or a virus. Here are a few of the most frequent:

  • Sudden power outage;
  • Windows registry;
  • Problems with boot or system files.

That is, either there was a failure in the system files, or some files became inaccessible. These may be drivers or system files needed for correct operation. Now let's see what you can do.

Use chkdsk

The system of the computer is preparing automatic repair for Windows 10, and it is completely unloaded, and you do not have access to computer data. But even in such a situation, you can run the command prompt and use it to check your disk. To do this, you need to use the chkdsk command. With such a check, the system will correct all errors that it can detect.

So, to run the check:

  • Restart your computer and press F1, F8, or Delete until you see the Windows logo checkbox. As soon as the system starts up, you need time to click the button to stop attempting repairs to Windows. After that, you will see a window in which you must select Advanced options.
  • Then you need to find Troubleshooting menu. So go to Advanced Options, find, and select Command Prompt.
  • If there is a black box, enter the check disk command. It looks like this: chkdsk /f /c:
Run the check
  • Write the command and press Enter. If nothing happened and the check did not start, use another command. Type fixboot c: and press Enter again.
  • After checking, restart your computer.

Startup repair Windows tool

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Another way to enable recovery mode if the Windows automatic repair is not working is to launch it from the start window. To do this, you must press F8 at startup before seeing the Windows logo. Next, go to Advanced options, find there Troubleshoot, and choose Startup Repair.

Startup repair Windows tool

This mode will quickly check your computer for the most common problems and try to fix them.

If all fails, you will again see a blue screen with a message stating that the “Startup repair mode cannot fix errors on your computer”. If this happens, try another method available from the same menu. Again go to Advanced options, and find there System Restore.

This function will help restore the computer's correct operation if you have a restoration point configured. First, the system will ask you to log in to your account on the computer, so enter your username and password. Then follow the prompts that your system will show. After you click Next, you will see a list of the system savings. Choose the latest one and confirm your choice.

After that, you will see a warning that the process cannot be interrupted. Agree with this choice. Then, the system will be restored to the version that worked before. After that, restart your computer.

Boot configuration data

Sometimes, the auto-renewal issue occurs due to Boot Configuration errors. And that’s why automatic repair couldn't repair your PC. To solve the problem:

  • Go to the control window by clicking F8 during Boot and back to the command prompt, as described in the method above.
  • Next, type diskpart and click Enter. After a few seconds, you will see a new input location.
  • Type list vol. You will see where your C drive is located.
  • The partition you need is called Volume 0. Write sel vol 0 at the command prompt to select it.
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  • Next, you will see how the system will wait for another command from you. Type assign letter z. The letter z now assigned to the recovery drive.
  • After that, you can exit discard. Just type exit.
  • Then, you need to run System Restore. Enter: bcdboot c:windows /s z: /f ALL. This command will start the system recovering using BCD files from drive C.
  • Enter the bootrec /fixmbr command.
  • Type bootrec /fixboot. This command will create a new boot sector.
  • The following command will scan all disks for Windows-compatible options. Type bootrec /rebuildbcd. Then, it will continue and restore the BCD store.
  • After all the steps are taken, exit the command prompt and check if you can successfully start the computer.

Restore registry

If you've gone through the steps and the problem persists, and you want to know automatic repair advanced options, try doing a restore registry.

  1. Type the diskpart command and click Enter.
  2. After that, write list volume. You will see a list of volumes on your computer.
  3. Even if you know exactly which drive is your operating system, it's better to type this command and check. Then exit this part of the commands by writing exit.
  4. Next, you need to write the following commands. For example, suppose your system is installed on drive C. Your command will be: C:>dir. After that, you will see where Windows is located.
  5. After that, type: C:>cd windowssystem32config. When the next line appears, type dir. You will see all the content on the disk.
  6. We need to make a directory on this drive, so type: md Backup1. After that, copy *.* Backup1. This command will copy all the files to a folder and make a backup of them. Then type cd regback. It will take us to the registry backup folder. Type dir, and you will see the contents of this folder. You will find five files there that will help you restore the registry:
  7. Next to them should be the size of these files, and it should not be equal to 0. If you see 0 or no files in the folder, you should exit the command prompt and go back o the Advanced options window.
  8. If all is well and you can see the file sizes, type: copy *.* ..
  9. The device will ask you to confirm overwriting the files with the ones from the registry backup. Type all and press Enter.
  10. When all five files have been restored, restart your device to see if these steps helped stop the automatic repair loop.

Disable Malware Protection at Startup

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Again, you need the help of the command prompt. So go to the Troubleshoot while rebooting, select Advanced Options and find the Startup Options menu. Then, wait for your system to reload.

You will see a list of your computer offers. Select Turn off early launch anti-malware protection. Click Enter, and turn off your computer. Then turn it on and check if it fixes automatic repair.

Disable Malware Protection at Startup

Disable Automatic Recovery

If none of the previous steps helped, you could simply disable Automatic Recovery. It will help get out of preparing automatic repair. You need a disk with Windows installation files and help from the command prompt.

So, take the installation disk and insert it into your computer. Start your device. When the computer starts to boot, press F1, F11, or Delete, and go to the BIOS. Find and click on Boot from the installation media and wait for the download. When the installer starts, follow the prompts on the screen. When the system prompts you to Repair your computer, select this action and click on the Next button. Then you need the Troubleshoot menu and Advanced Options; go there and select Command Prompt.

Next, type bcdedit / set {default} recoveryenabled No in the input field.

Disable Automatic Recovery

And then press Enter. After executing the command, write "Exit," press Enter, and restart the computer. Check if you turned off automatic repair Windows.

Reinstall Windows

Sometimes nothing helps, and Windows is still attempting repairs, and all that remains is to reinstall Windows. Unfortunately, this action results in a large amount of data loss. But after such action, you can continue working on the computer, so use this method when nothing else works, and you can’t fix automatic repair.

To reinstall Windows, you need a media with installation files - a disk or a USB flash drive. Insert the media into your computer and follow the prompts on the screen. Or find the latest Windows updates on the official website and download them.

After installation, reboot your device and start working.


What causes a Windows repair loop?

There are many reasons for such a problem - corrupted files, a download error, an incorrectly installed update, viruses, or incompatible new programs. However, you can quickly identify the cause of the Windows automatic repair loop. In that case, you can quickly remove the problematic files or fix the error to get your computer back up and running.

How to go to BIOS to fix the Windows 10 automatic repair loop?

Go to the BIOS after restarting the computer. While it is loading, press one of the buttons: F1, F11, or Del.

What should I do if none of the methods to stop the Windows automatic repair loop works?

Just contact technical specialists. They will help to find a solution or reinstall Windows.


The automatic repair loop is one of the most annoying gaps that can appear on your computer. This material has collected the most working techniques that can help you when Windows is attempting repairs loop. However, if you are afraid of making a mistake, contact the Howly team for help. 24/7 specialists are ready to solve your issue remotely.
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