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:

C:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

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 TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

7 Comments

  1. MmeMoxie

    As I read your article Andy and was going to comment that it was really very good – I myself, suddenly was having PC issues. I couldn’t get my keyboard to work. It was really strange, but I did think to just re-boot. Well, it took me several minutes to get my PC to re-boot. Finally, it did and then up came CHKDSK checking out the hard drive. I didn’t get any notice of bad sectors but it did repair what was going on.

    When I was reading your article, I got to think about all of the issues that I have faced in the past with my PCs. Some of it is not pleasant, either. However, every issue taught me that much more of what happens to computers. Today computer users, especially those that are new to the game, really need this information. I say, why spend hundreds of dollars to have your computer fixed and then to find out it really isn’t fixed – When you can learn to do all of that yourself and it’s FREE!!!

    It was an expensive repair, long distance phone calls to Canada, to the tune of about $500, back in Spring 1997. Tech Support sent out a man to change my motherboard. He came and “killed” the motherboard as he was installing. I did get a new PC out of all that and in all honesty, I truly deserve a new one. But, right then and there I decided that for a lot less than $500 – I easily could kill a motherboard myself. LOL

    Anywho, it was that incident that started me on the path of computer learning. I think, I have learned fairly well – I have built from scratch 12 computers and repaired for family and friends I don’t know how many times. Every time I would repair or replace and of course built new computers – I learned by reading, asking questions of my computer guru and simply advanced in my knowledge.

    Do I know all of the aligroms of how a CPU works or a Memory Module – Nope – But I do know how to check things out and find out what is wrong. Today I decided to re-boot, an old trick I know but it worked and I thought it might since my Windows 10 Pro was upgraded from Windows 7 Pro, so there are still more elements of Windows 7 Pro in my PC. I would have done what I did with Windows 7 Pro, so I thought – Try it. Bottom line, it worked and I am up and running again. I don’t know anything about algorithms or any of that jazz or programming, but I can find my way around a computer. }:O)

  2. Alberto Gorin

    easier to format all system or for me

  3. Barbara Laue

    I had a problem with my startup after the latest updates for Windows 10 & my keyboard & mouse were both completely dead. I turned my computer off by pressing the power button & then back on. Then when the Windows logo with the wheel of wait appeared, I turned it off again with the power button. I did the same thing a second time when the logo & wait wheel appeared. Then I turned it on for a 3rd time & let it finish starting up & it actually gave me back my keyboard & mouse & went into a diagnostic, followed by a light blue screen with the option for advanced recovery options. Once I chose advanced, I chose startup repair options & the computer actually gave me a message that said it was Attempting Repairs. After that, when I re-booted, my mouse & keyboard were still working & my startup problem was no longer an issue. Everything is now working as it was before the update. So I say, save your money & try this first.

  4. Giovanni Serrano

    Thank You very much for your time to bring us a solution!! With the last software windows 10, 1709 actualization my computer present this problem last week and I did a factory reset cuz I didn’t know other way to restore the system I trieded to start in safe mode but didn’t work and tried to repair by command commands and the problem continue. I lost a lot of programs and utilitys of my HP Envy 15. And know I am running 1607 version cuz the last one still having problems.

  5. Game All Official

    At method 6 its

    copy c:windowssystem32configRegBack* c:windowssystem32config

    not

    copy c:windowssystem32configRegBack* c:windowssystem32config

  6. Thanks for pointing out the typo.

  7. Priyank

    Just today I had this problem with my Dell XPS 15. I performed all the above mentioned ways to get my laptop start working again.
    In my situation Nothing happened by following above mentioned ways. Now my laptop is working perfectly with a small trick i did. I just restored my laptop to the previous settings( the one i had yesterday).
    When u get the screen which says that system didn’t start normally or automatic repair fail, go to advance options > advance now u will see a bunch of options…… just select system restore. And follow the instructions. When the windows ask for session selection, I would recommend not to select the latest option because that’s the session where everything went wrong. U can even see what changes happened between 2 sessions. And the best part is IT WON’T REMOVE ANY FILES other than the file(s) that were not at the time of the selected session.

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