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Satellite U50D-A stucks on "Preparing Automatic Repair" screen

Q: Satellite U50D-A stucks on "Preparing Automatic Repair" screen

I have a Satellite U50D-A and when I turned it on thismorning it starts on the "Toshiba leading inovation screen" with Preparing Automatic Repair written on the bottom. I've googled it but everyone else has the same problem but stuck in a loop...mines just frozen on that first screen. Now been 9 hours and am starting to doubt it will automatically repair

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Preferred Solution: Satellite U50D-A stucks on "Preparing Automatic Repair" screen

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I have a Satellite U50D-A and when I turned it on thismorning it starts on the "Toshiba leading inovation screen" with Preparing Automatic Repair written on the bottom. I've googled it but everyone else has the same problem but stuck in a loop...mines just frozen on that first screen. Now been 9 hours and am starting to doubt it will automatically repair

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I have a Satellite Pro C850-1FN and for some reason it gets stuck in a Preparing automatic repair screen on bootup. It will sit with the text on the screen and then after about 8 minutes a blue screen will show talking about a problem and then the PC re-boots.

The cycle is then continued.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

A:Satellite Pro C850-1FN stucks in Preparing Automatic Repair screen


It looks like the automatic repair isn?t possible.
Did you try another option ? HDD recovery?

The HDD recovery procedure would start new system as well as driver installation and would set the notebook back to factory settings.

I think if system repair isn?t possible, your next step should be the HDD recovery.
In case the HDD recovery would not work too, then you should use the Recovery disk.

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Hi, my Lenovo laptop has had a virus in it for quite a while and I recently did a factory reset, (I wasn't trying to get rid of the virus, I was just trying to clean out my old files) and it shut off. I turned it back on after I thought the reset had finished and all that came up was a black screen with the words Lenovo and it said "preparing automatic repair", and would go to another screen and say "diagnosing your pc". It would stay in a constant loop. I haven't been able to fix it on my own, any ideas?

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Earlier today, I noticed that my laptop wasn't automatically adjusting its screen brightness. I often fixed this recurring problem by putting the laptop in a state where the screen would turn off. I decided to quick press the power button to quickly put my laptop into sleep mode. However, the computer's internals were still operating, so I forced the computer to shut down. When I logged back in after I re-booted the computer, I was greeted by a window that said that the hardware settings had been changed and that the computer required a restart, so I obliged. When I rebooted the computer again, I was met with a boot screen that said "Preparing Automatic Repair." My computer loaded to the "Your PC did not start correctly. This can usually be repaired with a restart." I have not been able to load the OS proper. Please help!

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Hi, after sifting through many threads about this problem I'm still not getting anywhere. I can run recovery from the boot menu but it goes nowhere. I have a recovery CD and a USB but when I choose them in the boot menu nothing happens. I also disable secure boot. I don't care about the data at this point, just want it to boot up. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Toshiba P75 "preparing automatic repair" loop

You appear to have a Toshiba Satellite P75 series laptop.

What is its complete model number?
(A dash and additional characters after P75 comprises the complete model number)

What "recovery CD and USB" are you referring to?
Did they come with or were they created in that laptop?


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Hello My xps 8930 i7 (new) is stuck on "preparing automatic repair" and stays there even after several reboots and several goes via the recover os assist option. We turned the desktop on today and this problem occurred, it was working ok yesterday. The only thing that was different was I added some firewall rules to the sky router which I have since removed and the same problem persists. I have also tried going to windows recovery from os assist and that hangs with "Please wait".I have already run Running the ePSA diagnostics - no issues and I have already run recoveryassist OS - this found and fixed a problem with the partition, but the same issue occurs.I did not receive a windows install CD with this. Is my only option to reset to factory settings ? I hope not.

A:"preparing automatic repair" XPS 8930 desktop

You could use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool to repair your Windows 10 OS.

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My laptop (Predator Helios 300, i7-7700HQ, 16Gb DDR4, GTX 1060, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) doesn't start up for some reason. So I wanted to start it in safemode so I can backup my crucial data before formatting my pc. When it started "Preparing Automatic Repair" it went to a black screen with only the mouse cursor. It doesn't get further than that. If I repair or reinstall Windows 10 using a flash drive, will I loose my original license key?

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Dell Inspiron 3541 laptop, 15.6" screen, Win 8 OS. (April, 2014)
Service Tag: F12R412
CPU: AMD A4 - 6210, APU with AMD Radeon R3 graphics.
CPU Speed: 1800 MGz
CPU ID:730f01
HD: 500 GB

It starts, shows Dell logo, then says: Preparing automatic repair. Dotted progress circle begins, then shows a rectangular box for a split second. Then it moves back to a black screen and doesn't progress. Maybe I'm not waiting long enough. How long should it take?

The cursor arrow stays visible and moveable when I touch the pad.

Just found this one tonight. It's a nice machine. Can it be repaired?

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I have had my Dell Inspiron 17 5758 Laptop since around Feb 10, 2015 so almost 2 years now.  The lap top was working fine up until mid day yesterday now it is stuck in the "preparing sutomatic repair" loop and ends with either a black screen, saying my laptop didnt start correctly or that it couldnt repair my laptop and when i try to run a diagnostic on it it says that my hard drive is not installed. Also now the hard drove is simply not running. Is this because the hard drive as failed? Its in transit a lot and occasionnaly hits a bumps on the seat of my car when driving.
Also if i have to buy a new hard drive how would i install windows 10 on my laptop again? Will i have to pay for it again?

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Last night, I booted my computer and got the Preparing Automatic repair message. It then said it was searching and repairing, and that this process could take over an hour. It ran several hours before I went to bed, and then I let it continue with this message all night. When I got up this morning, it was just a black screen. When I boot my laptop now, it gives me the Preparing Automatic Repair message again, and then goes to a black screen with an active cursor but nothing else after a few seconds. I would really appreciate any help!

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When I turn on my laptop, I have Toshiba starting screen with a message:
"Preparing automatic repair"
And then there is only a dark screen and after some time, I am getting the message:
"Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you."

And then the PC restarts and again I am getting the message: "Preparing automatic repair"..
This loop lasts for some hours by now.
Does it finally bring me Windows starting screen?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi there,
I purchased a hp pavilion laptop a few months ago with Windows 10 pre-installed.
I haven't used it for a few days, turned it on this evening and I got a message on boot up saying
"preparing automatic repairs" and then my screen goes blank 3-5 seconds later.
I do not have a cursor and have tried various keys and different ways of trying to bring up some kind of option. I also tried plugging my laptop into my TV to see if it were perhaps the screen that was going wrong. To no avail, I have spent hours on Google trying to work this out and I have absolutely no idea what to do next as I seem to have no other option!

I really really hope someone can help me!!

Thank you in advance.


A:"preparing automatic repairs" Then bsod

Hi Gibsonuk.

We need at least some information about the BSOD in order to know what is going on there. Can you take a camera snap of it and let us see it?

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My laptop is stuck in a cycle of restarting itself after displaying a screen that says "Preparing to Repair". It turns on, shows the hp symbol and the message, then after a few seconds it loads a black screen covered in blue dots (which I've never seen before), then it turns itself off and restarts the cycle. I've tried using the fkeys, which load every option except the f12 system repair option. I can get into my bios menus and everything. I made a repair usb, as my laptop doesn't have a disc tray, I changed the bios to run from the usb in hopes that I could repair it that way. Still not working. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I don't care if I have to completely wipe it clean. I just don't know how at this point.

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After having a new fan installed two weeks ago, my computer has randomly become unresponsive at times with only the mouse cursor being able to move. Until now powering the computer back up again has "fixed" the problem. The fan had been required, on top of a full reinstall of Windows, which had cost enough to make me feel content with this method for now.

Tonight, however, I had the same problem but, after powering it on and off (since restarting it always just got me stuck in the BIOS screen) I find myself stuck on a black screen that follows Windows telling me that it is preparing an automatic repair.

I've tried restarting it but nothing stops it continually ending up on that screen. Even if I can get back onto the desktop, I expect I'll end up having to call someone to see what's causing everything to become unresponsive.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Processor (CPU) Intel? Core?i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache Motherboard ASUS? P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI?CrossFireX Memory (RAM) 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT) Graphics

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I have a HP laptop Model: 15-f004wm and it's stuck in auto repair mode. What should I do?

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i have a 2 yrs old asus laptop and sadly the warranty is expired and i do not have the money to repair my computer.

the problem with the computer is that whenever i turn it on there is a screen with the asus symbol which under it it says preparing automatic repair. after a while in this screen the computer screen goes black but the computer is turned on (and i can feel it working).
any ideas how to solve it?

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After having a new fan installed two weeks ago, my computer has randomly become unresponsive at times with only the mouse cursor being able to move. Until now powering the computer back up again has "fixed" the problem. The fan had been required, on top of a full reinstall of Windows, which had cost enough to make me feel content with this method for now.

Tonight, however, I had the same problem but, after powering it on and off (since restarting it always just got me stuck in the BIOS screen) I find myself stuck on a black screen that follows Windows telling me that it is preparing an automatic repair.

I've tried restarting it but nothing stops it continually ending up on that screen. Even if I can get back onto the desktop, I expect I'll end up having to call someone to see what's causing everything to become unresponsive.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Processor (CPU) Intel? Core?i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache Motherboard ASUS? P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI?CrossFireX Memory (RAM) 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT) Graphics

A:Stuck on preparing automatic repair screen

I may have written too soon, now it says that it is diagnosing your PC. That said, the fact it becomes randomly unresponsive is worrying. I'll see if it gets to the desktop.

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My laptop displays preparing automatic repair and won't boot up.  The screen just goes black.  What do I do?

A:Screen displays preparing automatic repair only.



I see that you're having an issue booting the notebook. Could you tell me what OS you have? 

I look forward to your response.



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Issue is "Preparing Automatic Repair" comes on screen for 20 seconds and then laptop shuts down.

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Hi there my son has a toshiba laptop that he unfortunately bought with windows 8 installed, he cant find his book with the key which must be on it with a sticker as its not on thecomputer, he has had heaps of issues with the computer freezing etc when using the internet then finally it has had a melt down and wont start at all.  When u turn it on it says it was unable to start properly and is starting automatic repair then it goes to the black screen and stops.  No key, no rescue disc.  What can I do

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My HP 2000 Notebook won't boot up.I get the "Preparing Automatic Repair" screen and then I get a black screen with a cursor and nothing more.How can I hard boot my laptop or factory rest it??

A:Black screen with cursor after preparing automatic repair

Hi, Shut down the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  Select the Diagnostic Menu option ( f2 ) and run the tests on the Hard Drive and Memory. Post back with the results, including any error code that may be generated. Can you also post back with the full Model No. and Product No. of your 2000 series notebook - see Here for a guide on locating this information. Regards, DP-K

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I have a HP laptop Windows 10. I had a few issues with my laptop and recently I had a message with a blue screen "DPC Watchdog Violation". I tried to do automatic repair on boot but it got stuck at 18%. I shut down my laptop and restarted then I had the same message starting automatic repair then it disappeared and now I'm stuck with a black screen and the white cursor but nothing happens...

Thanks in advance for your help.


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my hp laptop model #15z-af100 came with Windows 10 and everything was fine until I started it 5 days ago and it goes black then to a screen the has the hp symbol and on the bottom it says preparing automatic repair stays like that for awhile and then goes black I don't know what to do please help

A:Preparing automatic repair then black screen loop

Hi Startan, welcome to the TSG Forums....

Is the laptop still under warranty?

If "yes" then I suggest you contact HP. No point in messing around with something that is under warranty.

If "no" then try booting into Safe Mode. You should also connect the laptop to the mains electricity supply so as to ensure that you have a good source of power.


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I have Dell inspiron 15R 5521 with windows 10, while trying for safe mode i accidentally click on automatic repair and then restarting starts. Then While Restarting it shows Preparing Automatic Repair just after booting for a short interval blue screen appears and the loop goes on.
here is the photo ...
Please Help i am a college student , i need i a working laptop,Please Help.


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I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 and since then when I've been switching it on, it will either go straight to the preparing automatic repair screen, or sometimes a BSOD with various error messages and then onto repair screen. I tried to boot it from a USB stick with Windows 10 on and it just gets stuck in the manufacturer logo screen

Please help, I haven't been able to use my laptop for about 6 months now

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When i boot i get Preparing for automatic repair and than i get black screen, i have seen this post Windows stuck in Preparing automatic repair and then stuck during - Microsoft Community, so i made a bootable usb with windows 8 but when i boot from that i get black screen after windows logo, i don't get to select any thing, it happens after very first screen. What is the problem and what should i do?
Also i don't have separate graphics card. I have installed many programs so i don't want fresh install (if possible).

A:black screen after Preparing automatic repair windows 8.1

I have also tried making recovery usb from another windows 8 machine. but there also i am stuck with initial logo and then black screen.

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I bought this laptop 1 year ago and it's been 2 or 3 days since this message appeared on the screen and I let it "repair" for over 10 hours, then the screen became black and I couldn't use it. Since then It doesn't boot.
Every time I restart it, I see "Asus" and "Preparing automatic repair", after about 30 seconds the screen turns black.
I've been trying literally anything, I can't change the battery because it is inside the 'hard case' (I don't know how to call it) I don't care about the files, I just need the laptop.
I've also tried to reset W10 using a USB 3.0 and Create Windows 10 installation media from the official site, even entering the BIOS: nothing works.
It can recognize the Usb as a device, but the consequences are the same (even though the Asus logo appears and "Preparing automatic repair" doesn't).
I really don't know. I wish I could find something to solve this without going to the experts.
Sorry for my English.

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Laptop issue.  Can't get started up.  Blank black screen after couple mins of "Preparing Automatic Repair" message.  This started after automatic downloads to my computer.  How do I fix this issue?  I read posts online about other people with the same issue and maybe related to the hard drive.

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Hello,When I turned on last time my laptop, I was browsing through internet, just Facebook and Youtube. Suddenly screen froze. I turned off laptop using power button. Then I pusshed power button to turn it on but Windows couldn't load to desktop. After doing several times so, now when I push power button, it's loading "preparing automatic repair", after couple of minutes screen goes black and nothing happens. can anyone know how to fix this? Windows 10.  Thank you.

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I have a new gateway lap top and after trying to install updates it crashed and went to black screen with Gateway logo on it and underneath the logo states "Preparing Automatic Repair" and is frozen there. It is a Windows 8 operating system. Help please. Now it states "Scanning and Repairing drive (C):1%complete. and just stuck there............................

A:gateway laptop screen froze reads Preparing Automatic Repair

run the hard drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive

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Hi,Since a few months I have a lenovo G595s with Windows 8 installed, the thing is I don't know much over computers, but last tuesday I was just working and my laptop was next to me without any task, and somehow when I was going to reuse the computer I wasn't able because the screen where all the apps are was frozen, so I tried with CTR ALT DELETE nothing happened, then I just turn it off, and since it only goes on with the Lenovo logo, in the under part says or appears Preparing automatic repair and like 1 min later it goes completely in black without turning off.I tried el the F keys at the beggining of the start, in the middle, with a windows CD as well, but I just don't get access to the BIOS or any other configuration, only black screen, doesn't matter how long I leave it on.If somebody could help me to find out what is happening with the computer.Thank you a lot

A:Lenovo G505s windows 8, preparing automatic repair then black screen

hi Dlskmalpik,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
Automatic Repair usually kicks in if there's a problem loading up the files that's required to start Windows. If the repair was interrupted and the screen just goes into a black screen then there's most likely a hardware component that's malfunctioning.
To check, try to:
1.Boot into the BIOS by pressing the OneKey Recovery button
  - Link to picture
If successful, set the following settings in the BIOS:
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
UEFI = Disabled or Legacy
Boot Mode = Legacy
Boot Priority = Legacy First
Exit Tab
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS or Disabled
When done, press F10 (or Fn+10) to save and exit and try to boot from your Windows CD (i'm assumming this is a Windows 8 disc).
2. If you're successful in booting from the Windows 8 Disc, see Step 1 to Step 2 of this guide on how to proceed in fixing the issue.
3. If the problem remains, consider re-instaling Windows by pressing the OneKey Recovery button and choose System Recovery
  - Link to picture
In an event that the recovery fails, I recommend you contact lenovo and report the issue as you may need to send the unit for service..

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I have a Lenovo G500S Touch running Windows 8.1. I am stuck in the endless loop, which I've researched and still haven't found a solution. For many hours, all it would do is just show a black screen with "Lenovo" on it. Then it went into this loop, and nothing I do can get out of it. Help??

A:Lenovo laptop stuck in "Automatic Repair loop"

Note: I can get the "Startup Settings" screen, but following that, I CANNOT get the options to select; so I can't select, say, Safe Mode, or whatever.

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Hi there,

This is my first Dekstop PC I have built myself. Here is some information:

OS - Windows 8.1 x64 (Only OS - Purchased from retailer)
System Age/OS Age - 2 Months
CPU - i7 4790k (I haven't OC'd it)
GPU - GTX 980
Motherboard - MSI z97 Gaming 7
Power supply - Corsair CP-9020054-UK RM Series RM650 80 Plus Gold 650W
RAM - Crucial Vengeance low profile DDR3 1600mhz 16GB

I also have 4 hardrives (1 3TB, 3 1 TB) and 1 SSD (Crucial 256GB) (my OS is installed on the SSD)

System Manufacturer - MSI?

The problem:

Working fine for 2 months (no issues). Today I started the pc and I went away to do something else. Came back to a black screen (which had some backlighting). I moved the mouse and typed something and the screen didn't change and I assumed something had crashed so I restarted (held down power button)

I attempt to restart only for the PC to get into a loop of restarting exactly when the blue windows logo appears and then I get the windows 8 BSOD (sad white face) but I can't read the error as it restarts too fast.

It then attempts to repair and gets to the "Preparing automatic repair" before the whole "Windows has encountered a problem and needs to restart" BSOD.

Tried removing all cables (Everything except PSU cable) - No effect. Computer still restarted continuously.

I have made no recent hardware modifications.


~ Brya

A:Computer worked fine for 2 months. Now gets BSOD on "Prepairing automatic Repair"

Looks like one of my memory sticks seems to be at fault. Tried a single stick and it worked fine. Tried the other "bad" stick and the problem occurred again (computer just froze).

Tried using both sticks with good stick always in slot 1 and the bad stick in 2,3,4 and problem occurs as normal.

Why and how did this occur? It was working fine 3 hours ago with both sticks until I put the computer to sleep. After that, the problem started...

Another problem now is that using the single "good stick" causes the pc to load fine except it doesn't display the login information and just displays a bright blue screen. I have to press the power button (which I have set to sleep) and then press it again to resume in order for windows to display the login information (i.e. resuming the pc caused it to show my account name and ask for my password etc)

Why do I have to do this? should I run automatic repair? I'll probably try running repair anyway.

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I recently built a new computer and installed Windows 8.1 64-bit on it. One day, the computer took a very long time to boot up, was very slow, and was stuck on the "Logging In" screen. I shut down the computer by holding down the power button (was this a mistake?), and turned it back on. It went into the Automatic Repair, then to the "Diagnosing Your PC" screen, and took me to the menu with different options to fix the computer. I selected the Troubleshooting option, and the computer froze. I decided to put the installation disc back in to reinstall Windows 8.1, and after that, everything was fine for about a week. Then, the same thing happened AGAIN. I have no idea why this is happening. Before running Windows 8.1, my computer ran the Windows 10 Technical Preview. With it, the computer crashed twice and went into the Automatic Repair loop. Before running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, my computer ran Windows 7 flawlessly. Any advice? Could my trail of problems have started with Windows 10?

System Specs:
Nvidia Geforce 660 (Graphics Card)
MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ (Motherboard)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (RAM)
AMD Athlon 760K Multicore Processor
Western Digital 1 TB SATA III Hard Drive
Corsair Builder Series CX 430 Watt Power Supply

A:Windows 8 crashes and enters "Automatic Repair" very often

Any advice?

Unless someone has better advice, if it was mine I would reinstall my OS.

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I posted this in wrong forum, in "security". So, I am re-posting it here.
Hello, I would appreciate help fixing my PC. System: Toshiba C75D-B7300, Windows 8.1. For a few weeks the pc was running slow. It would freeze frequently. Initially the mouse would be stuck for a while and then resume. It was like every keystroke took several
minutes to execute. Then it started freezing to the point where i had to restart to get out of it. Then it became so frequent that it became impossible to use the PC. The problem existed both in normal mode and in safe mode.

I have not installed any new programs before this began. I tried restoring to previous date, but it said "failed".
So, I looked up solutions on line and tried them. scannow, chkdsk, etc. (scheduled at restart) The results showed "errors were found, some errors could not be fixed". Every method I found on line I tried. After one of the methods, and I believe
it was some version of scannow.exe  with several alphanumeric /. After running that, the PC is stuck in a "automatic repair loop". The PC has been on for two days and I can see the windows go through  "preparing to do automatic repair",
"repairing disk errors: this may take over an hour" etc over and over for two days. Finally I turned the PC off from the power button. Then restarted the PC. Now I am unable to go to the start options to get into safe mode (it did before this loop)
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Looking a for some guidance here. I have a Toshiba Satellite C55t-A5222 laptop that went into the dreaded "Automatic Repair Loop". I attempted to boot in Safe Mode to go from there. Upon rebooting (in Safe Mode), my laptop remained at the "Please wait" screen with the spinning dots for hours. After another hard reset, I attempted to boot it up again. This time with a recovery thumb drive I made from from my son's desktop. Same thing.... "Please wait" for hours. Frustrated, I decided to boot up in system recovery by holding down "0" while powering up the laptop. Same thing..... "Please wait". I am at my wits end and know of nothing else to do. The laptop will not boot past "Please wait" now. I am running Windows 8.1 but unsure of which version (32 or 64 bit). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:1st Automatic Repair Loop & now stuck at "Please wait"....

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Have you tried restarting it shutting off 3 or 4 times quickly to get advanced boot options ?

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So this is the second time this has happened to me in the past few weeks. And the time before was when I was shutting down and exiting programs (I used my power button on my laptop)

Last time I reported this I didn't get the information from the SF Diag tool properly, and being that I have the program up to date, hopefully this will shed some light. I'm HOPING SF Diag got the right information and that I used it correctly.

A:"Preparing security options" screen after attempted shutdown

ok hopefully this should be the updated folder that the program finished doing processes on. apologies for the double post

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I have a machine with Vista Ultimate x64 on it (more specs at the end). It is joined to a Windows SBS 2003 domain.

When I log in to either my domain account or the local administrator account, I get "Welcome," then "Preparing your desktop," then a blank blue screen with just mouse cursor.

Ctrl-Shift-Esc does not invoke task manager. Win-R does not bring up the Run dialog. Ctrl-Alt-Delete provides security screen, but Task Manager can't be invoked there.

I can boot into safe-mode or safe-mode with networking and successfully log into both accounts. (WTF?)

Things I've tried:
* Done Vista startup repair. It claims there is no problem (and it's sorta right - I *can* startup a normal windows startup, I just can't properly log in)
* Logged in with safe mode and done chkdsk /f on all relevant volumes
* Done sfc /scannow - nothing interesting
* Changing HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell to "Explorer.exe" (it used to b cmd.exe /k start cmd.exe)
* Deleted the HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices key and allowed it to be regenerated. No effect.
* Removing the machine from the domain, and adding it back
* Using net user Administrator /active:yes to activate the machine\Administrator account. I can log in (to a normal windows startup) on that account and get a desktop. But...then what.

No ghosting, drive letter shenanigans, etc. have been carried out.

Running out of ideas. Thanks in advance for any advice.


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A:Vista Ult x64: on domain login "Preparing desktop," blank blue screen

***** UPDATE *****
I booted to safe-mode with networking and logged in with my domain account. I ran msconfig and disabled UAC there. Then restarted.
After that I was able to log in to my domain account from a normal windows startup.


Things are very askew.

* If I try to do Properties on Computer, no properties appear
* Start > Control Panels is empty
* The Event Log service is not running, and when I try to start it, I get Access Denied.
* Same with the ISA Firewall Client. (not running, access denied trying to start)
* Windows defender wants to get new definitions but gets 0x8024402c trying.
* Internet access doesn't seem to work (dns errors), even though ipconfig looks ok and DNS service is running
* My Antivirus software is running (Computer Associates eTrust) and does not seem to be upset
* Mamutu anti-Malware is running and doesn't seem to be upset about anything

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Ok so my mother threw her laptop in front of me and there were boot up errors which included PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable and Operating System Not Found. I firstly checked the BIOS and everything seemed to be fine there and i Restored to Default and Saved. I couldn't find her Vista disk that she should of got with her laptop so i used my own (Is this a mistake?). I then selected repair and it seemed to fix a file and windows started to run.

This is where the problem starts. It would do the normal windows loading (logo, green bar etc) then on the screen "Preparing Your Desktop" for a good few mins. Then it would load up with a Blue screen with only having the ability to use the mouse. I then did Ctrl+Alt+Delete and ran the task explorer.exe. This loaded a temporary desktop which wouldn't allow me to run most programs. Now at this point i wanted to run a System Restore but there are no Restore Points avaliable....(sigh).

Then i read somewhere else that i should delete some registery files. So i lauched regedit.exe and went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/MountedDevices and deleted the files and restarted. This did not do anything and the files i deleted were restored and had to carry on from the blue screen again.

So, that's my problem and i would love some help or advice please If you need anymore information please ask.


A:"Preparing Desktop" then a Blue Screen with mouse...NEED HELP

if you figure this out or solved the issue please let me know because i am having the same exact problem thanks

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I have read many posts with similar headings but none of them quite fit with the way my PC installation got into trouble.

I had the PC fitted with one HD and loaded the XP Pro sp3 32 bit OS on to that when it was first available. It has gone through all the updating procedures and is pretty stable.

But once the full support ceased I thought it was probably time to try out a later OS and settled on Win 7 Pro as the one most likely to fit my requirements. Earlier this year I added a new HD and partitioned it to suit a Win 7 installation from a MS DVD - paid for and fully licensed. I installed Win 7 to the partition I called W and that was fine and since then I have gradually been learning the oddities and kinks in the new OS. BUT, mostly I use the XP installation on partition C on the first HD. I used the Win 7 msconfig to set the boot options to default "Earlier version of Windows" and the alternative "Windows 7 Professional".

All was fine for several months until a couple of days ago when I selected the Windows 7 start option and Win 7 failed to start, as it has done OK many times before, and the Preparing your desktop/blue screen/no activity/not genuine windows routine that others have described came into play

I tried the boot from DVD and then try to repair 3 times and ended up with no improvement. On the last attempt I tried the explorer.exe method and then got a very incomplete desktop with a list of programmes. I tried to access them but ever... Read more

A:"Preparing your Desktop" and then blue screen with no HDD activity

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Mgmt from XP. To capture it you press Print Screen, paste into Paint, then save the file to attach in reply box using paper clip. Screenshot with Paint

Try installing EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to XP, under Edit OS Menu tab delete the Win7 listing and then add it again on Add OS Entry tab.

If this fails, back up an XP image using a program like Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums. In XP Disk Mgmt Mark Win7 Partition Active then reboot into Win7 disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to move the Boot Manager to Win7 while checking it over to see if it can be made to boot. If so then you can install EasyBCD to add XP, if not you can move the Active flag back to XP to start it again.

If these fail and Disk Mgmt doesn't reveal why, follow these steps to this time do a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 sticking with the steps, tools and methods given which has helped over a million users get and keep a perfect install without a single complaint.

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i tried to clone a backup hard drive to my computer and canceled the operation about halfway through because it was taking way too long. Now my computer is stuck in a "preparing automatic repair", "diagnosing your PC", and then "repairing disk errors", then restart loop

A:Stuck in "automatic repair" loop

I have an Asus motherboard and bios, and I'm on a desktop 64 bit Windows 10

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I start up my laptop and the Dell logo appears and under it it says "preparing automatic repair" then it goes straight to a black screen. Please help

A:Dell Insprion 15 core i3 Laptop Starts Up Then Says Preparing Automatic Repair Then Goes To A Black Screen

Hi BETH1445,
What is the exact system model? What is the current OS installed on the system?
Restart the system and press f12 key on startup - choose diagnostics. Let it run the diags and if you encounter any errors - make a note of the complete error and report the same to us. These are onboard diagnostics and they might possible pick some error if the hardware is not functional. Also, run an extended / thorough tests on the HDD and memory to check for any possible errors. 
If you encounter any HDD related errors, then you the HDD needs to be replaced.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details(Name and Email) for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Four days ago I installed BB flashback software but due to some problems I had to uninstall it and the installation didn't complete. After that day, whenever I open my Toshiba Laptop the windows vista boots normally but stucks at 'please wait while your system is preparing' screen. After waiting for a long time, I opened task manager, ended that running screen and then my laptops works just fine. I don't know what's that. I tried system restore many times but it always ends up unsuccessful. Later on I even installed BB flashback successfully and a new anti-virus AVG, but the problem persists. Any idea and any suggestions please???

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Hello Guys and Girls,

My wireless internet connections are currently set to a manually configured status, but this means I am having problems connecting to other wireless connections with free (ie unsecured) connections. I have tried going to properties and ticking the "Let Windows configure my wireless network settings", but I get a dialogue box coming up telling me that not all of my changes have been made.

Any ideas? Thank you in advance.


A:Solved: Changing wireless connection status from "Manually Configured" back to "Automatic"

Why don't we start with the make/model of the wireless router in use, as well as the wireless adapter or laptop brand. Also, what version and patch level of Windows do you use?

If you have XP-SP2, you can set the machine back to installation defaults using the following procedure.

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

For these commands, Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

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This PC is an HP Desktop model Pavilion 6520f with an AMD Athlon II x4 635 2.90 Ghz processor and 12 MB of memory. The PC is from about 2010 but the 1 T hardrive, memory ,added video card (NVIDIA) and power supply were upgraded about a year and a half ago before the installation of Windows 10. I performed a clean install of Windows 7 on the newer harddrive last summer and then upgraded to Windows 10 Home edition.

A few days ago I started experiencing random BSOD errors. This was a few days after the most recent Windows 10 system update.

I initially suspected that there was a simple system volume mismatch after the update so I scheduled a CHKDSK scan on the C: drive. It froze at 10% then crashed. I tried again with the same result. At this point the computer was booting normally and could be used for a while before any freezing or crashing.

I decided to run SFC. It froze at 50% then the computer crashed. I tried this a few times as well. Always stopped at 50% and then another Blue Screen crash.

Following some online advice, I tried to run DISM command (DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /Restore

It got to 29.2%, froze , then crashed. Now when I try to boot I only get the "preparing automatic repair" and then the keyboard select screen and I am stuck.

The keyboard and mouse inputs do not work, so there is no where to go. I tried switching to a wired keyboard and mouse but no luck.

Please help. I am at a loss as to where to go from here.

Also, I have many questions. I... Read more

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