Automatic Startup Repair couldn’t repair your PC in Windows 10

If you are facing problems with your Windows 10 computer and you or the OS decides to run Startup Repair – and if Startup Repair fails then you may receive a screen with the following message – Automatic Startup Repair couldn’t repair your PC. The full error message reads like this:

Automatic Startup Repair couldn’t repair your PC . Press “Advanced options” to try other options to repair your PC or “Shut Down” to turn off your PC. Log file: C:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

automatic repair couldnt repair your pc

Automatic Startup Repair couldn’t repair your PC

If you get into this situation here are a few things you could try. Please go through the entire list first and then decide which of the suggestions may apply in your case and which of these you would like to try.

Before you begin checking this log file could give you an idea of the error cause:


1] Rebuild BCD & Repair MBR

You need to rebuild the Boot Configuration Data file and repair the Master Boot Record file. To do this, click on the Advanced Options and then select Command Prompt. Following that, your system will ask for the password. After entering it, you will find the command prompt right on your screen. Enter the following commands one by one-

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot

These commands will fix Boot Sector problems. After running these commands, check whether you can start normally or not.

2] Run chkdsk

Checking the Disk for errors might be a good idea. So again open the Command Prompt windows as explained above and run the following command and see if that helps:

chkdsk /r c:

For your information, the command will scan and fix problems of your C drive only.

3] Use DISM Tool in Safe Mode

Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode, open Command Prompt with administrator privilege, and Run DISM to repair the System Image:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This command will use the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management tool to scan for possible corruption. For your information, this command takes a while to run so do not close the window.

4] Disable Early launch anti-malware protection

If you have been facing these problems after installing an anti-malware program, this solution will fix it. After clicking on Advanced options, click on Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

On the Startup Settings page, hit the Restart button.

You will on restart see this screen. You need to press the ‘8’ key on your keyboard to select Disable early launch anti-malware protection setting.

Your system will start that within moments.

5] Disable automatic Startup Repair

When you have a system drive related issue, the Automatic Startup Repair window opens up automatically during boot. If you think you are in such a situation, you can disable automatic Startup Repair. You need to click on Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt and execute the following command:

bcdedit /set recoveryenabled NO

Restart your computer and see.

6] Restore registry from RegBack directory

Sometimes, a wrong registry value can create this problem. See if restoring the registry helps you. To do this open the Command Prompt from Advanced options, and execute the following command-

copy c:\windows\system32\config\RegBack\* c:\windows\system32\config

You will be asked whether you want to overwrite all files or partially. You should type All and hit the Enter button. Following that, you need to restart your computer and check whether the problem remains or not.

7] Reset this PC

This option in Windows 10 helps users get factory settings without removing any personal files. Use the Reset this PC option in Troubleshoot menu as the last option.

There are a few other things you could try, and these are related to your hardware actually.

  • Unplug and reconnect the hard drive
  • Reconnect RAM
  • Unplug all external devices.

All the best!

Related read: Windows 10 Automatic Startup Repair failed.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.