What is Startup Repair loop?
Windows 7 continuously runs into Startup Repair and fails to repair windows. Windows 7 boot again and again into Startup Repair without loading the normal Windows 7. This is called Startup Repair loop.
If you encounter startup repair loop, reinstalling Windows 7 can certainly fix this problem. If you do mind the time wasted on installing and configuring Windows and programs, you can use the methods in the following to solve this problem. Since the cause of this problem varies on different situation, you may need to try more than one solutions to get it right.
Solution 1: Disable Automatic Restart
This first thing you should try is to disable Automatic Restart to see if it can load Windows 7 successfully. If something is broken, then this cannot fix the problem but it will give you more information about how this problem is caused.
If you can see the Advanced Boot Options during the Startup Repair loop, you can simply select the option “Disable automatic restart on system failure” and then wait for your PC to reboot.
If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options screen, you can restart your computer, and repeatedly press F8 when the computer manufacturer logo shows to enter Advanced Boot Options menu. even if you still cannot load Windows normally after this, you can have a close look at the error message which system fails to boot.
Solution 2: Run chkdsk on the boot volume
Another mothod to fix this problem is to check the boot volume and fix errors. If your drive has filesystem corruption, it may lead to system failure. You need a command prompt to run chkdsk command.
1. At the Advanced boot option menu, select Repair your PC.
2. Then it will bring you to System Recovery Options menu. From there, select Command Prompt.3. In the command prompt, type this command “chkdsk C: /f /r” (without quotes). Then wait for the process to complete.
If you see no System Recovery Options, then you can boot your computer from a system repair disc or Windows 7 installation disc. In this way, you can select Repair your computer and then open a command prompt.
Solution 3: Manually attempt to rebuild the BCD
The third methods you should try is to fix bootloader. Erorrs in bootloader installation or configuration can also cause the problem that Windows 7 fails to boot normally and always goes to startup repair.
You can boot your computer from Windows system repair disc and then bring up a commad prompt. Then you can type the following command to rebuild master boot record (MBR), partition bootsectors, and boot configuration data (BCD) to the startup issue.
These are three commands. You should press Enter to run it for each command. after that, your Windows 7 should not go into startup repair loop.
By default, System Protection is on, so you probably have multiple restore points that you can use to restore your PC to earlier state. Therefore, you can run System Restore to your Windows 7 to any of the working states under Windows Recovery Environment.
1. Enter the System Recovery Option menu from system repair disc or installation disc.
2. From there, click on the option System Restore.
3. Choose the appropriate restore point from the list. It is recommended to view the affected programs before starting system restore.
4. Click “Finish” to start the system restore.
Sometimes, you may find no system restore points available or it fails to work. System restore points are stored in the corresponding volume, so the restore points become invalid if the volume corrupts.
If you have created system image backup in advance, you can use the option System Image Recovery to restore your computer. This can definitely fix Windows 7 Startup repair loop. If, unluckily, none of these methods works, you may consider reinstalling Windows from scratch. Therefore, it is very important to create a system image backup in case situations like this.
Create a system image in advance
For system image backup, you can use the built-in Backup and Restore or free third-party backup software. Windows Backup and Restore can only protect NTFS volume, and you can only have one schedule backup task.
If you want to backup Windows 7 in a more flexible way, you can use free backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard. The interface are designed to be very effective, which leaves little space for user error. Of course, each step has clear instructions.
You can refer to the steps below to create a system image
1. Download and install this Windows backup and restore tool.
2. Within its Home screen, click the Backup tab and select System Backup.
3. In the next screen, you can see related partitions has been automatically included in Step1. You only need to specify a destination location (external hard drive, NAS, network drive, etc) to save the image backup by clicking Step 2.
4. Next, you will get the Operation Summary screen. From there, you can custom backup options and add a schedule to run this backup automatically. Then you can click Start Backup to start the backup.
Based on this backup image, you can also create multiple incremental backups as you keep adding files to this PC. When the backup is over, you can create a bootable media using USB drive or CD/DVD. This bootable media is able to boot all versions of Windows 10/8/7.
When Windows 7 fails to boot, you can boot your computer from the AOMEI bootable media and then perform a restore. In the event of Windows 7 startup repair loop, you use this image backup to fix all issues without affecting all your files and installed programs.