The operating system version is incompatible with Startup Repair

Windows 10 has rolled out many updates with many more exciting features, all for free. But there are some problems that remain despite the frequent updates and many bug fixes. However, if you look around, and happen to look at the right places, you will find the fix for most of your problems that apparently haven’t been addressed yet.

In this article, we are going to deal with the “The Operating System version is incompatible with Startup Repair” error message which you may see while trying to run Startup Repair.

The error message shows up when Windows 10 is trying to boot and troubleshoot them using Startup Repair. This sends the computer into a loop that it can never find a way out of. If you open the SrtTrail.txt log file, this is what it will display.

Going to Advanced Repair Options

This is the first step to the solution no matter which way you fork into later:

  1. Try letting the PC boot and while it does so, press the Shift key and without letting go, keep hitting F8 repeatedly. You might have to try this whole process a couple of times before it responds.
  2. This takes you to the Recovery screen and that’s where you’ll find the “See Advanced Repair Options” link.

If this process does not work, which is likely, there is a better way using the Windows 10 installation media:

  1. Get the Windows 10 Installation media.
  2. Restart the computer and access BIOS when it’s booting.
  3. Change the boot order to boot from the media as opposed to from the hard drive.
  4. Don’t forget to save the changes before you exit BIOS.
  5. Let the installation media boot.
  6. Select the time zone, language, and keyboard preferences.
  7. Click ‘Next, ’ and you will see the ‘Install now’ button.
  8. Find the ‘Repair your computer’ button to get to Advanced Repair Options.

Disabling driver signature enforcement using Advanced Repair Option

After you have accessed the Advanced Startup Options screen as explained above, do the following:

The operating system version is incompatible with Startup Repair

  1. Click ‘Troubleshoot’ under the ‘Choose an option’ screen.
  2. Go to ‘Advanced options’ and click on ‘Windows Startup Settings’.
  3. Click ‘Restart’ and wait for the ‘Advanced Boot Options’ to pop up.
  4. Navigate to the ‘Disable Driver Signature Enforcement’ option using the arrow keys.
  5. Hit ‘Enter’ (or click ‘Restart’) and wait for the computer to boot.

The problem should be solved.

By the way, if you don’t have any installation media and the first way to get to the Advanced Repair Options does not work, you will need to create a bootable USB and use it.

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Karan Khanna is a passionate Windows 10 user who loves troubleshooting Windows problems in specific and writing about Microsoft technologies in general.