Windows 10 Startup Repair Not Working: Solved

Posted by @Ada

May 21, 2019

Windows Startup Repair not working basically shows in two situations: Windows 10 Startup Repair loop and Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC. When you meet any situation, you can find solutions here.

Overview of Windows 10 startup repair not working

Windows 10 has its own repair tool, and Startup Repair is one of the recovery tools in the System Recovery Options menu. You can use Startup Repair to scan some PC issues like damaged/corrupted system files or invalid boot files and then tries to fix these issues.

If your Windows 10 won’t boot, you can use installation disc or system repair disc and boot into Advanced options, and then perform a Startup Repair. However, you may encounter Windows 10 Startup Repair not working issue.

Speaking of Startup Repair not working, basically, there are two most common cases: Windows 10 Startup Repair loop and Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC. Here, I will walk you through the two errors one by one.

Case 1: Windows 10 Startup Repair loop

Windows 10 Startup Repair loop also can be called Windows 10 Startup Repair stuck. When you encounter this error, Windows 10 will boot again and again into Startup repair and presents an endless loop of loading Startup Repair. You cannot access anything on your computer.

Case 2: Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC

Startup Repair is suppose to help you to fix some issues, but it will not always work. Sometimes, you may meet Windows 10 automatic repair failed, Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

Solutions to Windows 10 Startup repair not working

After figuring out the two common errors, let’s fix it one by one.

Solutions to Windows 10 Startup repair loop

Solution 1: Disable Automatic Restart

When you meet this issue, you can try to manually disable Automatic Restart first.

To disable automatic Restart, restart your computer. When your PC restarts, you'll see a screen titled "Choose an option," from which you should follow the menu options of Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

Choose Disable automatic restart after failure and then press Enter and wait for your PC to boot.

Disable Automatic Restart

After disabling automatic restart, you can go to see if it can load Windows 10 successfully. If this does not fix the problem, you can continue to find other solutions.

Solutions 2: Run chkdsk on the boot volume

Corrupted BCD settings or corrupted boot partition may cause Windows 10 Startup repair loop issue too. You can try to check the boot volume and rebuild the BCD settings.

To run chkdsk, at the Advanced options, select Command Prompt. In the command Prompt, type chkdsk C: / f /r to check your installation for corrupted, invalid or deleted system files.

Startup Repair Not Working

Solution 3: Rebuild BCD settings

Open the command prompt from Advanced option and type the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildbcd

Rebuild BCD

Solutions to Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC

When your Windows 10 automatic repair failed, you may receive a screen with the following message: Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

Windows 10 Automatic Repair Failed

When you run into this situations, you can try the following solutions.

Solution 1. Run the sfc /scannow command

You can run the sfc /scannow command (System File Checker) to repair file system. 

Restart your computer. Open command prompt in Advanced option.

When Command Prompt appears, type the following command: sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows.

Press Enter and restart your computer after the process is done.

Solution 2. Disable early launch anti-malware protection

If you have been facing the problem after installing an anti-malware program, this solution will fix it. Restart your computer. You'll see a screen titled Choose an option, then click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

At last select Disable early launch anti-malware protection setting.

Guaranteed fix to Windows 10 Startup Repair not working

If all the solutions cannot fix the issue, you have to find other solutions. A fresh install can surely fix this issue. However, it will take much time to install and configure windows and programs. If you have turned on System Restore, you can easily solve Windows 10 Startup Repair not working by performing a system restore.

At Advanced option, select System Restore, follow the instruction and choose the appropriate point.

System Restore

Note: System Restore will not remove or clean virus, or other malware. The virus can be deeply integrated into your OS. Performing a system restore will not do you a favor. Besides, System Restore only restore Windows system files, registry settings, programs, it will not restore the deleted files.

A beeter way to protect your computer

To have a better protection for your computer, I suggest to use a third party professional backup and restore software - AOMEI Backupper. It can be used in Windows 7/8/8.1/10/Visa/XP. It allows you to create system backup, disk backup, partition backup and file backup.

With the image backup created by AOMEI Backupper, you can restore system to the previous state even you cannot boot your computer. This best part is that you can even restore to a dissimilar hardware. Here is the main interface of AOMEI Backupper.

AOMEI Backupper

With AOMEI Backupper, you can have a more flexible way to protect your computer. And you do not need to bother about Windows 10 Startup Repair not working issue or other issues like Computer Stuck in Windows 7/8/10 System Restore.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.