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How to Fix a "Stuck in Auto­mat­ic Repair" Loop in Windows 10

By Maxwell Holland

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Here's what to do when the tool that's meant to repair issues ends up creating issues on a PC.

If you ever encountered an error and don't know what to do, Windows 10 comes equipped with troubleshooting tools to fix it for you. One of those convenient tools is the automatic repair tool. It is a handy repair feature that can troubleshoot issues that stop you from booting correctly.

But, what do you do when the tool itself is the cause of the error? If your PC is stuck in an automatic repair loop, we have devised a list of solutions to fix your error.

What Is an Automatic Repair Loop and What Causes It?

An automatic repair loop is an error that occurs when Windows 10 tries to boot and fails, then forcefully boots up the automatic repair tool and tries to repair itself. When Windows can’t repair itself, it reboots and repeats itself in an endless cycle.

There isn’t a single cause for a Windows 10 automatic repair loop and they can be hard to figure out. The most common cause tends to be missing or corrupted system files, in which Windows can’t boot or repair itself because these essential files it needs to run aren’t available.

Missing device drivers also tend to be one of the biggest causes for the error. If you have recently upgraded your PC, your new components will need device drivers to allow Windows to use them. If the drivers are missing, out-of-date, or not supported, they could cause a repair loop. New peripherals can also cause this error if their drivers aren't installed correctly.

Related: How to Find Stop Codes and Fix Windows 10 Errors

Other possible causes tend to be related to faulty components, malware infections, corrupted system registries, and even broken installation files. But, there is no need to worry as our solutions will work for most causes of a Windows 10 automatic repair loop.

1. Run Fixboot and Chkdsk Commands

If you can’t identify any cause of a Windows 10 automatic repair loop, you can use some system repair tools to try to fix it. The chkdsk command starts a low-level check of your system drive for errors using the Check Disk utility. If it detects errors, it will automatically repair them.

While Windows can’t boot, you can still force Windows to boot to a Command Prompt window using the Advanced options menu screen.

To do this:

  1. Restart your PC and press the F8 key on your keyboard before the Windows logo and spinning icon appear. This will cause the Windows boot troubleshooting menu to appear. Select See advanced repair options to begin.
  2. From the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:
  4. If the chkdsk command fails, you can also try using the Fixboot command. In the same Command Prompt window, enter the following command and press Enter:
  5. Once you are finished, close the Command Prompt window and restart your PC.

2. Perform a System Scan in Safe Mode

If system repair tools find corrupted files, Windows replaces those files with the local image. However, if this image itself has become corrupted, Windows can’t repair itself and causes the previous commands to fail. To repair this, we can use the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool.

To use this tool, we first must enable Safe Mode. This loads a basic version of Windows without any third-party programs to help you fix your start-up errors.

  1. The first step, like before, is to restart your PC and press the F8 key while booting to open the Windows boot troubleshooting menu.
  2. Select See advanced repair options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. Now, you will see a list of various restart options. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking by selecting F5 on your keyboard.
  4. Once Windows boots up in Safe Mode, right-click the Start menu and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter:
  6. This will take some time to finish. When the DISM tool finishes running, reboot your PC and follow the above steps to open the PowerShell window in Safe Mode again.
  7. This time, type the following command and press Enter:
  8. This will check the integrity of Windows system files and allow us to verify if Windows is fully repaired.

3. Restore the Windows Registry

Sometimes, malware infections or disk issues can also end up corrupting the registry files.

Related: How to Reset the Windows Registry to Default and Fix Errors

To fix registry issues, you can restore it with the following steps:

  1. Open the Windows boot troubleshooting menu.
  2. Select See advanced repair options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:
  4. If you are asked to overwrite files, type All and press Enter.
  5. Once you are finished, restart your PC.

4. Disable Automatic Repair Tool

If you believe that your Windows is functional, you can try to disable the automatic startup repair system. This should allow you to boot into Windows without the repair loop taking place. However, this will only work if your Windows system is working properly. You can use it to determine if your Windows is really at fault.

To disable Windows 10 automatic repair tool, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows boot troubleshooting menu.
  2. Select See advanced repair options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter: bcdedit
  4. Check the values for identifier and recoveryenabled. The identifier value should be {default} and recoveryenabled should be yes.
  5. Now, type this command and press Enter:
  6. This will disable the automatic boot repair. If the command doesn't work, try the following command:
  7. Once you are finished, restart your PC.

5. Reset Your Windows 10 Device

The last resort for a computer stuck in an automatic repair boot loop is resetting Windows 10. You don't have to worry about losing your files and data as you have an option to proceed with either a clean reset (deleting everything) or preserve your files.

To reset a Windows 10 PC, open the Windows boot troubleshooting menu and select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.

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It can be frustrating to deal with a never-ending loop due to a tool meant to resolve your problems. It can be difficult to diagnose and understand, but our solutions will be sure to help you out and return your PC to normal.

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Hi Lee

Please try the following, for any option that fails, please report exactly what happens with each option . .


Start your PC, just as Windows attempts to load (spinning dots), press and hold Power Button for 5 - 10 seconds to perform a Hard Shut Down

Do this twice

On the third start Windows will boot into the Recovery Environment and from there you can access System Repair, Safe Mode, Command Prompt . . . etc.

Please try each option one at a time, then see of Windows will boot . . .

Go to Troubleshoot - Advanced Option - Revert to previous build of Windows
If available, this is the best option . . .

Go to Troubleshoot - Advanced Option - Startup Repair
See if Windows startup can repair itself

Go to Troubleshoot - Advanced Option - System Restore
Check to see if you have a restore point you can go back to

If you do not have a Restore Point, go to Troubleshoot - Advanced Option - Startup Settings and click Restart
Upon restart, press 4 to enter Safe Mode
Once in Safe Mode, backup your data if you do not already have a backup
Open Device Manager and check to make sure all your Drivers are up to date
Reboot to see if Windows will start Normally

If the above fails, go to Troubleshoot - Advanced Options - Reset this PC
Choose to keep your files and apps, just your files or to keep nothing
Then start the Reset

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Hi Lee123321_773,
I am Vijay, an Independent Advisor. I am here to work with you on this problem.

A. Try to boot into safe mode

Power ON your computer and as Windows / manufacturer's Logo appears, Power OFF - Repeat 3 times
Now your computer will go into Advanced Recovery Environment
Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart
Press 4 or F4 to enable Safe Mode (5 or F5 to enable Safe Mode with Networking)
Log in once Windows starts in safe mode
See whether you able to login. If yes, come out of this and start normally.

If you are not able to boot like above, You will need to boot through a Bootable USB drive. You will need to create this on another computer which is working - https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-create...

How to Boot from a USB Flash Drive in Windows 10 - https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/21756-boot-...

B. Another option when you are in Advanced Options in previous step is to choose (Note - You won't lose any files in this step)
1. System Restore - This will restore your system to a point when things were working fine.
OR
2. Startup Repair - Startup Repair upgrade fixes all Windows errors and retains all files, applications and settings.

C. Penultimate option could be Reset this PC.
In Step A > Troubleshoot > Reset this PC - Keep my files and Remove everything. Choose this carefully as most likely you would like to keep your files.
All apps will be removed and windows will be reinstalled.

D. Last option could be a clean Install. This is the best method to perform a clean install of Windows 10. (If you want to rescue your files, there is a section Rescue Files when Windows Won't Start)

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/for...

If you want a very lightweight guide - Start fresh with a clean installation of Windows 10

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-downlo...

Disclaimer - This is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products). Thoroughly research any product advertised on the site before you decide to download and install it.

Sincerely yours,
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Hi,  

It doesnt go to recovery environment, instead it goes straight to diagnosing your pc. 

It gives options to bios setup by pressing del

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Hi Lee123321_773

When it goes to 'Diagnosing your PC, if you let that proceed and fail, do you not then get the Advanced Options button to get into the Windows Recovery Environment?

If not, you will need Windows 10 Installation Media and boot from that. Then instead of Installing Windows, choose 'Repair this Computer'

That will give you the opportunity to use the options listed above . . .

If you do not have Windows Installation Media, you will need an empty 8GB flash drive and access to a working PC to create that:

Click this link:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-downlo...
to download the Media Creation Tool (Click on Download Tool Now), with that you can download the latest Windows 10 ISO (Select Create Installation Media for Another PC), you can create a bootable USB flash drive (min 8GB) using that tool

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Hello,

I suggest you to make clean install.

Please refer this step-by-step guide:

https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-make-clean-install-of-windows-10

Hope this helps!

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Hi,
I am Sumit, an Independent Advisor and a 2-Year Windows Insider MVP here to help.
Let us try repairing the existing OS.

On a working computer, create an Installation media of Windows 10 that allows you to repair existing Windows Installation.

Create a USB Flash Drive
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-create...

Boot from the USB Flash drive-Make sure you have disabled Secure boot/Fast boot in BIOS Settings.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/21756-boot-...
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/21284-enabl...

Then open Advanced Startup options after the computer boots from USB. Click Repair your computer at the first screen that says Install now.
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2294-boot-a...

Select Startup repair, let it finish the job and see if the computer can boot afterward.

If that doesn't help, consider doing a clean install after rescuing your files.

Rescue Files when Windows won't start
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/for...

How to do a clean install
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/for...

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/for...

Disclaimer: Tenforums is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products).There is no need to buy paid products to fix your computers as they do more harm than good sometimes.

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having the same problem with my Dell Inspiron One, running windows 10. It keeps rebooting over and over. tried your suggestion but it will not let me go into advanced repair. tried touch screen, keyboard, mouse, arrows button, tab key and nothing works. running dell diagnostics on it now. but I don't think it will help any suggestions of how I can get it to work????

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Windows 10 not loading only attempting repairs

Hello @Gobuoys75

 

Welcome to the HP Support forum. Thank you for posting.

 

Windows cannot start/boot and it is trying to repair it self automatically - It may be caused due to hardware problem (e.g. your HDD) or it may be caused by faulty Windows Update, some other faulty update/driver, corrupted bootloader, etc...

Have you performed some changes or upgrades recently or before the problem started ?

 

 

 

 

1. Please, shutdown the computer using the power button (pressed and hold for a few seconds until PC powers off)

2. Power the computer back on.

2.1 As soon as you press the power-on button, immediately begin hitting the Esc button (like tap-tap-tap) before any logo appears. This should open a HP Startup Menu

 

3. Choose F2 to open System Diagnostics. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform System Test >> Quick test.

This will check major hardware componets for issue (do it just in case) . Here is more info >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03467259#AbT1

 

If there are no system checks/no quick tests, perform HDD (hard disk drive) and RAM check (memory check).

 

If the tests pass without issues, continue. If not, please, let me know

 

 

Repeat steps 1-2 above but when HP Startup menu opens, please choose F11 for System Recovery options.

The computer should boot from it's recovery partition to open you various recovery options. Note, that F11 option will only work if the recovery partition is there (not deleted) and intact. From there, you have prenty of options to choose from. Every HP computer comes with recovery partition present to assist in tough moments.

 

Please, perform "System Restore" first in an attempt to fix the issue. Please, restore back to previous days (restore point) where the issue was not present. Here is more info:

>> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03327545#AbT5

>> https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4588-system-restore-windows-10-a.html

 

 

Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes. Provide your feedback/reply.


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How to fix automatic repair loop in Windows 10

Automatic repair is a Windows system-recovery tool that diagnoses and troubleshoots common boot errors in Windows 8 and above systems. 

It’s triggered automatically when a system fails to boot in two consecutive attempts. Once activated, the tool runs a series of diagnostic tests to detect and self-repair problems preventing successful booting. 

Instead of fixing boot issues, the automatic repair tool sometimes enters an endless reboot loop. In most cases, users are left with a black screen or blue screen of death. Unsaved data is irrevocably lost, as there’s no option to stop or delay the reboot. 

There are several reasons for the dreaded automatic repair loop, from a faulty Windows update to missing or corrupted system files, including issues with Windows Registry, Windows Boot Manager file corruption, and incompatible hard drives. 

Below are tell-tale signs that indicate Windows automatic repair utility failure.

Signs you ran into Windows automatic repair loop:

  • Your system displays a black screen with a "Preparing automatic repair" or "Diagnosing your PC" error message
  • "Preparing automatic repair" appears on a black screen with no indication of progress
  • "Your PC did not start correctly" or "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC" appears on a blue screen

Windows automatic repair loop fixes

Whether you’re dealing with a blue or black screen error message, the solutions for fixing Windows automatic repair loop error can vary significantly. 

Read on to discover how to bypass Windows automatic repair loop error quickly and efficiently in each scenario.

Fixing automatic repair loop error on a blue screen

If you received an error message on a blue screen, these tips will help you fix the issue. 

1. Undo changes using System Restore

System Restore rolls your system software back to its previous state by overwriting files on your PC’s local drive. 

Use the following steps to perform System Restore:

  1. Click on "Advanced options” in the automatic repair blue screen
  2. Navigate to “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced Options” > “System Restore”
  3. Choose the restore point created right before the blue screen appeared (Windows 10 creates a system restore point each time it installs an update, driver, or app)
  4. Click "Next" 

Wait until the restore process finishes, then restart your computer. 

2. Run built-in system repair tools 

Windows offers built-in System File Checker and CHKDSK (check disk) utility tools to check and repair missing or corrupted system files. 

Access these helpful tools using the steps given below:

  1. Restart your PC and press the “F8” key (this will trigger the Windows troubleshooting menu)
  2. Select “See advanced repair options” 
  3. In the “Choose an option” menu, click “Troubleshoot” 
  4. Under the “Troubleshoot” menu, select the “Advanced options” option
  5. Select “Command Prompt” in the “Advanced options” 
  6. In the command prompt window, type “chkdsk /r c:” and hit Enter. This command will check your drive for errors using the CHKDSK utility and automatically repair them if possible
  7. Type “sfc /scannow” and hit Enter. This will check the integrity of Windows system files using System File Checker tool
  8. Type “Exit” to close the Command prompt 

Finally, restart your computer. 

Fixing automatic repair loop error on a black screen 

If you received an error message on a black screen, there are different steps to take. 

These tips will help you fix the issue.

1. Boot into Safe Mode

In Safe Mode, you can uninstall device drivers, roll back Windows 10 updates, remove viruses, and more. 

Here’s how to launch your system in Safe Mode:

  1. Turn off your PC
  2. Download and install Windows Installation Media
  3. Restart your PC
  4. Upon rebooting, press “F2,” “F11,” or “Delete” to enter BIOS
  5. Boot using “Windows Installation Media” 
  6. Under the Windows Setup window, choose "Next"
  7. Navigate to "Repair your computer" > "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings”
  8. Choose the Safe Mode (Enable Safe Mode, Enable Safe Mode with Networking, and Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt) that meets your needs

Once you enter your desired Safe Mode, run antivirus software to scan and remove viruses. Delete problematic files by uninstalling incompatible software or drivers and update your device driver.

2. Disable automatic repair

When all else fails, disable the automatic repair tool using the following steps:

  1. Insert a Windows installation disc/media in your PC
  2. Select your language preferences, and click “Next”
  3. Click on “Repair your computer”
  4. Click on “Troubleshoot”
  5. Click on “Advanced Options”
  6. Click on “Command Prompt”
  7. In the command prompt window, type “bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled No” and hit “Enter” (this command deletes problematic system files)
  8. Type “exit” and press Enter

Go the extra mile, configure automatic backups on Windows 10

Sudden shutdowns can crush your productivity. Worse yet, it can wipe out unsaved data, leaving you flustered and anxious. With a backup ready, you can access your critical files and folder at all times, regardless of boot errors.  

To configure automatic backups on Windows 10, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings and click on “Update & Security”
  2. Click on “Backup”
  3. Under the "Looking for an older backup" section, click on “Go to Backup and Restore”
  4. Under the "Backup or restore your files" section, select “Set up backup option” option
  5. Select a backup destination (removable drive) to store your automatic backups
  6. Click “Next”
  7. Under the "What do you want to backup?" section, click on “Let me choose”
  8. Click “Next”
  9. Under the "Computer" section, check “Local Disk (C:)”
  10. Check “Include a system of drives: System Reserved, Windows 10 (C:)” option
  11. Click “Next”
  12. Under the “Review your backup settings” section, click on “Change schedule” 
  13. In the “How often do you want to backup?” prompt, select “Run backup on a schedule” 
  14. Set the frequency, date, and time for backup (choose ‘Daily’ for continuous backup)
  15. Click “OK”
  16. Click “Save settings”
  17. Click “Exit” 

To retrieve individual files or entire system data from a backup on Windows 10, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click on “Update & Security”
  3. Click on “Backup”
  4. Under the "Looking for an older backup" section, click on “Go to Backup and Restore”
  5. Under the "Restore" section, click on “Restore my files” 
  6. Click “Browse for files” and select the files that you want to restore
  7. Click “Add files” 
  8. Click “Browse for folders” and select the folders that you want to restore
  9. Click “Next”
  10. In “Where do you want to restore your files?” prompt, click on “Browse”
  11. Select desired restore location
  12. Click “OK”
  13. Click “Restore”
  14. Click “Finish”

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[SOLVED] How to resolve Windows 10 Automatic Repair Loop [MiniTool Tips]

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Preparing Automatic Repair

Laptop stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during startup? This article tells you several solutions to fix "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "Diagnosing your PC" error message in Windows 10/8/7.  If any data is lost due to these messages, use MiniTool software. 

Diagnosing Your PC/ Preparing Automatic Repair Loop

Laptop is stuck during startup - with a screen saying Preparing Automatic Repair or diagnosing your PC!

the issue preparing automatic repair

A true example from answers.microsoft.com is shown below:

Laptop is just stuck in an infinite loop between diagnosing your PC and Preparing Automatic Repair. Sometimes it comes up with repairing disk errors, but never stays and just enters the loop again.
I've read numerous other threads online and yet to find something that works. Starting to think there is nothing I can personally do.

What should you do if you are one of them?

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Now, before solving the issue, you should know what Automatic Repair is.

What Is Automatic Repair?

Automatic Repair is a feature introduced in Windows 10/8 that can fix some PC issues when the computer cannot boot properly.

But sometimes due to some reasons, Windows Automatic Repair might fail to work and get stuck in diagnosing your PC. It will go to a blue or black screen of death error. HP, Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Acer users are the most common victims of this issue according to a report online.

If your laptop stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during startup, you can try the following solutions.

Note: If your computer contains massive important data, it is better to recover the important data before attempting any solutions because any mistaken operation might cause data loss permanently. How to Recover Data When PC Won't Boot is recommended here.

8 Solutions - Fix Preparing Automatic Repair Loop Windows 10

Solution 1. Perform a hard reboot

If your Windows cannot boot because of the "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "Diagnosing your PC" error, you can do a hard reboot.

  • Remove the battery and AC adapter.
  • Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds and see if it will boot up normally.

If this method doesn't work, try the following solutions.

Solution 2. Boot into safe mode

You can try the method below to enter into safe mode when you encounter any issues related to booting up your computer.

Step 1: Turn off your computer.

Step 2: Insert the Windows bootable installation disk to your PC and boot from it.

Step 3: When prompted to Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key to continue.

Step 4: Select your language preferences in the Windows Setup interface, and click on Next button to continue.

select language

Step 5: Tap or click on Repair your computer to continue.

click repair your computer

Step 6: Select Troubleshoot.

choose troubleshoot

Step 7: Click on Advanced options.

Step 8: Click on Startup Settings.

Step 9: Click on Restart. After restart, the computer will show another screen that has different startup options.

click restart

Step 10: On your keyboard, press the 4 or the F4 key to boot into minimal Safe Mode. (If you need to do some online research after booting into the safe mode, press 5 or F5 to boot into "Safe Mode with Networking.")

press 4 to enter into safe mode

Step 11: Now fix issues in Safe Mode.

  • Run antivirus software to scan for and remove virus.
  • Uninstall suspicious software or drivers.
  • Update the hardware driver using a CD/DVD/USB that contains the driver.

Solution 3. Extend system reserved partition

If your computer's system reserved partition is smaller than it should be, you will get the "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "Diagnosing your PC" error message. To fix this issue, you can try extending system reserved partition. You can download MiniTool Partition Wizard to effectively complete this task.

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Helpful Article: This post "Extend Partition" will show you more information about how to change partition size easily and effectively.

After extending system reserved partition, you can restart your computer to check whether this issue has been solved.

Solution 4. Perform a startup repair

Some users recommend performing Startup Repair when the laptop is stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during startup.

The steps are:

Insert the Windows bootable drive to your computer and boot from it.

Select your language preferences, and click on Next.

Click on Repair your computer.

Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Repair.

click startup repair to fix problems

Solution 5. Rebuild BCD

If the boot files are missing or corrupted, you will receive the Preparing Automatic Repair error in Windows 10. Therefore, some users will re-build the boot record by following the below steps.

Step 1. Insert the Windows bootable installation disk into your PC that has "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "Diagnosing your PC" error message.

Step 2. Boot your PC from the installation disk.

Step 3. Select your language preferences, and click on Next button to continue.

Step 4. Click on Repair your computer.

Step 5. Click on Troubleshoot.

Step 6. Click on Command Prompt.

Step 7. Type the following commands into the prompt and press Enter key after each command.

  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • bootrec /fixboot
  • bootrec /scanos
  • bootrec /rebuildbcd
rebuild bcd by using diskpart commands

Step 8. Type exit and press Enter.

Step 9. Restart your PC.

Note: Modifying BIOS complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems, preventing your computer from booting properly. And, Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings at your own risk.

Solution 6. Disable Automatic Repair at Windows 10 boot

During its startup, Windows 10 executes the Automatic Repair feature to fix booting related issues automatically. This feature is very useful for the average users. However, sometimes it might not suffice solving the startup problems; or, it might even be causing the startup problems itself. Therefore, disabling automatic repair might be a solution to some problems related to Windows 10 booting up. The steps are below.

a) Insert the Windows bootable drive to your PC and boot from it.

b) Select your language preferences, and click on Next.

c) Click on Repair your computer.

d) Click on Troubleshoot.

e) Click on Advanced Options.

f) Click on Command Prompt.

g) Type bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled No in the Command Prompt window and press Enter button.

let windows do any automatic repairs

h) Type exit and press Enter.

Solution 7. Reinstall Windows

If your laptop is still stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during startup or if you still get the diagnosing your PC error message after trying the above solutions, you can try reinstalling Windows.

Hi, I effectively removed out the 'Preparing Automatic Repair' or 'Diagnosing your PC' error message in my Windows 10!Click to tweet

Warning: Before you begin reinstalling Windows, you should recover all your personal data and files in case of any data loss.

However, I guess you might be wondering:

"How to recover data when PC cannot boot effectively and quickly?"

MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a professional file recovery software developed by a famous software development company based in Canada, can help you recover data when your PC cannot boot and reports diagnosing your PC error message.

  • It is a read-only tool,meaning it recovers lost data without affecting the original data.
  • It offers wizard-like interfaces as well as simple operations to help you effectively recover lost data without any difficulty.
  • It supports various operating systems including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, etc.

Now, let's see how to recover data when PC reports "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "Diagnosing your PC".

Note: The Free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery doesn't offer MiniTool Bootable Media Builder. It is recommended to choose the Pro and above versions. Here, we take Personal Ultimate for example. 

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Step 1. Create bootable CD/DVD discs or USB flash drive by using MiniTool Bootable Media Builder. Install your MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal in a normal computer, and then click Bootable Media icon next to the Key icon at the top toolbar.

Click on WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in.

Choose media destination to create bootable CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

create bootable disk

Note: MiniTool Bootable Media Builder will format the USB flash drive or CD/DVD discs while building MiniTool Bootable Disc. Please make sure to back up all important data on the USB drive or CD/DVD disc before burning.

Click on "Finish" after successful burning.

Step 2. Boot your PC from the bootable drive.

Connect your bootable drive to PC, and then start it.

Enter the BIOS and then set Bootable Disc as the 1st boot device and save configuration changes.

Select MiniTool Power Data Recovery when you enter into the MiniTool PE Loader interface.

launch software to recover lost data

Step 3. Recover data from PC that is having the "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "diagnosing your PC" error message.

On the main UI, select the hard drive you want to recover, and click Scan button. Here, you can click the Scan Settings button in the left panel to specifythe file types and file systems you want to recover.

the main interface of MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Finally, select all needed files, and then click Save to store them in a location of your choice. It is recommended to store important files on a drive other than the one you recovered from; otherwise, the lost data could be overwritten and there is no way to recover them.

save all needed fiels

Here, if MiniTool Power Data Recovery lists a lot of files after scanning, you can use the Filter feature to quickly find the files files you need not only by the file format, but also the size and creation or modification date..

For instance, if you want to quickly find needed lost pictures, you can click on Filter, and then choose "*.jpg, *.gif, *.png, *.psd, *.tif" from the drop-list of By Filename/Extension and then click OK button, as shown below. Besides, you can preview your needed photos before saving.

filter needed files

Hi, I effectively recovered lost data when my laptop is stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during startup without affecting the original data.Click to tweet

Solution 8: Check your hardware

If you still receive the "Preparing Automatic Repair" or "diagnosing your PC" error message after reinstalling Windows, this issue might be related to your computer's hardware.

For instance, Preparing Automatic Repair error in Windows 10 happens because this PC has a failed or failing HDD or SSD. It is recommended to check whether or not your HDD or SSD has failed or is failing. Additionally, check your RAM to make sure it is working properly as well.

Bottom Line

Are you still worrying about this issue - laptop stuck on Preparing Automatic Repair during startup? Please try the above solutions to solve your issue.

If you happen to know other ways to fix the Preparing Automatic Repair error in Windows 10 issue, please feel free to leave your comments below and we promise we’ll update this guide.

If you have any questions about recovering lost data by using MiniTool Power Data Recovery, please feel free to contact us via [email protected] Thanks for your reading.

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