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Q: Stuck in "automatic repair" loop

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

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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 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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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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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)
and it goes ... Read more

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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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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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Yesterday I turned on my laptop which came preloaded with Vista and it popped up the black screen that says, "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." Then it gives me the option to launch the startup repair or boot windows normally.

If I try to boot Windows normally, it just gives a microsecond view of a blue screen then it puts me right back where I started.

If I try the startup repair, it tries running for a minute, then it says, "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically," and gives me the option to send or not send the info to Microsoft.

This system is used for my business and I'm pretty dependent on it.
Any suggestions for how to proceed on this would be VERY appreciated!!


p.s. regarding the computer's message about new hardware or software, I have not installed anything new on it for some time. Don't know if that's helpful info or not.

A:Vista is stuck in "Startup repair/blue screen" loop

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I'm wondering if anyone could help me with this problem I'm having. The other day I installed a few microsoft security updates as per usual (I can't recall the exact names, I think they were mostly xp service updates). I shut my computer down and the next day booted it up, however once it went through the XP loading screen it got stuck. Before it got to the login screen with my username, it went to a black screen with only the mouse cursor. I left it loading for a number of hours but to no prevail, it just stayed on the black screen with the mouse cursor.

After reading several forums I chose to do a system repair using my installation disk. I installed and repaired the system and upon rebooting it went to the Installation welcome screen where it says "setup will complete in approximately 39 minutes". The only thing is this never changes. It stays on this with no change to the time, even after leaving it for hours. I've tried restarting it several times and taking out the CD but still get the same thing. I opened up the setupapi.log file hoping the problem was in there but it wasn't. Im guessing that it's a fault with my Video Card that won't make it progress as whenever I play games from a CD they always get stuck and freeze.

I don't particularly want to go pulling my computer apart, mainly because I don't know that much about the insides of computers. Could anyone please give me some suggestions as to what I can do? I'm running a Medion PC 7, type:... Read more

A:XP Repair - "Setup Will Complete In Approximately" Stuck in Loop

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Yeah possibly your video card. Does the system have on-board video too? Remove the card and try to continue with the repair to see if it gets past that point. Then replace the video card. If you have no on-board video try another card.

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Hey all,

Having major troubles starting my Win 7 Dell Inspiron. It's stuck in the Windows Startup Repair loop.

Please know I have consulted with the following forum topics:
1.Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery
[With these steps (at #13), my DEFAULT/SAM/SECURITY are far above this file size. But I proceeded anyway and didn't have success ]
2.Windows 7 Machine Stuck in Start Up Repair Loop ...
3.Use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

The drive had a virus and only about 60MB, yes MB of free space. I used Hirens Boot CD to eliminate the 3 infected files in SysWOW folder and also freed up space by deleting the hibernation.sys file. This cleared the viruses and freed up an additional 2 GB. I let the startup repair run after a restart and still no resolve..

Now because this C Drive was partitioned for the OS and D was free with loads of space, I had reinstalled the Windows OS onto the D drive and now have that as the boot drive. So I now have a fast but clean drive with the former OS as the now D Drive. I planned to use the EaseUS Partition Master and merge the drives together, but unsure how that would work.

To sum it up, should I merge the drives and will it affect Program Files and C:\Users etc.. as I would like programs to be listed in the Start menu etc..
Or, is there advise on how to rectify the startup repair loop in this situation?

Thanks much!!

A:Another "stuck in startup repair loop" thread

You will need a USB FLASH DRIVE

Download the Tool from a non infected PC

Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

Choose one that goes with your OS bit version . Save the file to a USB Flash drive

32-bit Version OS Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

64-Bit Version OS Farbar Recovery Scan Tool x64

Click the button and right-click Computer .Select Properties . Look for System Type: which will say 32-bit Operating System or 64-bit Operating System

Plug the flash drive into the infected PC.

Enter System Recovery Options.

To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:
Restart the computer.
As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.
Use the arrow keys to select Repair Your Computer menu item.
Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
Select your user account an click Next.

To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:
Insert the installation disc.
Restart your computer.
If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.
Click Repair your computer.
Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next... Read more

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I have a client who was haing issues with firefox. yesterday he attempted a system restore on his Lenovo k410 (win 8 64bit) desktop (without my blessing). it then got stuck in the infamous windows repair loop. the lenovo screen starts then it says attempting repairs, screen goes black and then it briefly flashes "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you".

Well I assumed (and google told me) I need to enter advanced startup options. the problem is nothing I do will get me there!

I've tried to boot to a retail iso just to do a repair install. I've also tried to boot to win 8 repair media created on my win 8 machine (both x64). when attempting to boot with either one the win 8 blue square "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you" and then it gets stuck. it then returns to the original screen, rinse and repeat.

and no luck getting into safemode!

I've found many folks with the similar issues and the only answers revolve around getting into advanced start up options. obviously I can't do it via windows and again I'm unable to boot properly from repair disc (cd or usb) or retail iso.

once at the clients house I was able to hit f2 to get to lenovo's one key rescue. I did not start it because I had not yet backed their data up. I booted to ubuntu and got the data off. now I am unable to even get to the f2 options!... Read more

A:stuck in "repair" loop, can't boot to repair disc or install disc...

Run Seatools long test. Remove all but one stick of RAM and run Memtest on each stick of RAM separately. If you get any errors (Red) that stick is bad and needs to be replaced. Tell us how you get along.

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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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I am stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"
When I choose "Start Windows Normally",it gives me blue screen with the following error:Unmountable_Boot_Volume.On "Launch startup repair" I am stuck on the Windows 7 wallpaper with cursor and can't even open Cmd trough Shift+F10.I've tried re-installing windows from USB stick and I am also stuck on "Setup is Starting".Any help please,and how much I am screwed?
P.S-On Advanced boot options I can't use Safe Mode,Safe Mode with Networking,Safe Mode with Command prompt and Last Known Good Configuration,it gets me back to "Start Windows Normally" and "Launch startup repair".

A:Stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"

Time to boot to an external testing/repair environment, such as a Win7 Repair disk or a hard drive test 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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Okay soo my windows 8 hp laptop is stuck on automatic repair loop and i try f11 to go to recovery mode but when i did i got stuck on a blank blue screen with a curser how do i get pass this

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Stuck in the 'Automatic Repair' loop!
Tried sfc with the offbootdir & offwindir options & get the reply that it's found things wrong, but can't fix them.

A:Stuck in the 'Automatic Repair' loop

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Stuck in the 'Automatic Repair' loop!
Tried sfc with the offbootdir & offwindir options & get the reply that it's found things wrong, but can't fix them.

Did you know this (quote from an EF tutorial):

If SFC could not fix something, then run the command again to see if it may be able to the next time. Sometimes it may take running the sfc /scannow command 3 times restarting the PC after each time to completely fix everything that it's able to.

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Hi all.
I am am having a major issue with my laptop. It is a Toshiba satellite C855D-S5307 running windows 8. It previously was updated to 8.1 but I factory resettled it for reasons unrelated to this issue and prefer windows 8. It has an AMD processor though I don't know exactly what one and 4gb of ram. I've had the computer a year and a half.
So, I previously had the game The Sims 2 on this computer. It went on the laptop with no issue on windows 8 when I first installed it. When I factory reset it a month and a half ago I lost the game.
I was was lucky enough to find the entire line of TS2 expansion packs for crazy cheap, brought them home, and tried to install it. Something went wrong with the installation, I'm not exactly sure what. I have since read that many experience issues with comparability with TS2 but have found suggestions to install it in the future.... If I can fix my computer that is.
The issue is... Immediately after install laptop was acting weird the game wasn't showing up and so I went to start and restarted the computer. It has never booted back up.
The toshiba screen comes up with the loading circle then it quickly flashes a light blue screen. It's so brief I am not 100% sure what it says. I think it says the computer encountered a problem and that it will restart for me. There's also a large sad face. It then goes back to the Toshiba loading circle page briefly and says preparing automatic repair and then to a black screen then light blue sad face scree... Read more

A:Please help stuck in automatic repair loop

I don't know computers well either, but, I just ran into an issue when trying to use the Recovery Partition.  If it goes into a loop - like I think what you are saying - you will have to boot up with a partition tool editor.  Then Un-mark the Recovery:Drive as "Active" as it is trying to boot from the Recovery Partition which isn't working for some reason.  Then Mark the C:Drive as active.  This might not help you either if something else is wrong with the 8.1 install.  I don't think you should have tried to revert to the 8 this way, and, this is just an idea of what might be wrong.  So wait to get some better help, but you can always google it and get a little knowledge until then.  

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When I started to reset my laptop to factory settings it got stacked in automatic repair loop

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Hi, so you know, automatic repair loop.
How it happened:
Was doing a factory reset, then I accidentally powered it off.
*Edit* I turned it on again and I was brought to a blue screen with said advanced repair, but since my internet died I didn't know what to do. So I turned it off.
When I turned it on again it began the repair loop.
The laptop is a Vostro 5460.
Pls send help.

A:Help! Stuck in automatic repair loop!

Thank you for writing to us!
Kindly follow the steps below :
Solution 1
This solution is to disable the automatic repair from starting if your computer fails to boot into windows.
What you will need - A Windows 8 or 8.1 CD/USB Key
Step 1: Place the CD/USB Key in your drive and proceed to boot from it
Step 2: When the install screen pops up, look to the bottom left and select "Repair Your Computer".
Step 3: You will now see a screen that says "Choose an option". Select "Troubleshoot", then "Advanced Options", and finally "Command Prompt".
Step 4: You should now see the command prompt. Type "bcdedit" (without quotes) and hit enter.
Step 5: A list should have appeared. Towards the top, you should see "resumeobject" (It is under "default"). Highlight the long number, including the brackets, and copy.
Step 6: Now type "bcdedit /set (the long number you copied) recoveryenabled No" (Without quotes). Hit enter.
Step 7: You should now see the message "The operation completed successfully"
Step 8: Type "Exit" (Without quotes)
Step 9: Reboot
Solution 2
Booting into safe mode first, then rebooting the computer.
What you will need - nothing
So you are at the screen that says something on the lines of "Windows did not load properly".
Step 1: Select "Advanced repair options&quo... Read more

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I tried to launch an app today on my computer and it wouldn't launch, so I restarted and now I'm stuck in an automatic repair loop

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I have a Toshiba Satelite laptop with windows 8.1 factory installed. The computer has only been used to for ebay and nothing else. Been stuck in automatic repair loop for 4 days now. I've tried system reset and restore, no luck. I've tried several things and nothing works. I do not have any windows 8.1 disk or any recovery disk. PLEASE HELP!!!

A:Stuck in automatic repair loop

What's the specific model of the Satellite? If you don't have any personal data you'd like to retrieve from it, you could try this option for doing a factory reset.

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I am not sure about what caused this problem. My suspect is the notebook had got shutdown during autoupdate of the OS, though I am not 100% sure. Upon restart, the system got stuck in automatic repairloop. I selected F2 and ran extensive tests on Hard drive and memory. Following error appeared on Hard drive Extensive Test. Hard drive Short DST Check: FAILED FAILURE ID: 9K7LR0-80P8K8-MFPWLK-60QS03  Kindly help me out on this. Thanks in advance.

A:Stuck in Automatic repair loop

Hi Ganesh,Hard drive had failed. This is what caused the loop error.Only solution for this is to replace hard drive with a new one of similar form factor2.5 inch 7mm/9.5mm thick SATA HDD or SSDIf you're within warranty, HP would replace it free of cost. Contact HP technical support in you're region.Manual: page 36, 37http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04655191Specs: https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-pavilion-17-g100-notebook-pc-series/8499304/model/9629691/do...It's pretty simple to reach HDD bay, carefully open bottom cover - now you'll see itUse recovery discs/USB that you must have created via HP recovery manager after first setup of this laptop, to factory reset after replacement.Get at least 250gb drive for recovery media to work.You can alternatively clean install Wiindows 10 Home edition using Microsoft windows media creation tool by creating bootable installation USB.RegardsVisruth

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The symptoms started yesterday. I can't print from my printer, it displays itself as offline. What I did was to download a driver online from Epson website, and then installed it. When I tried printing it encountered an error. I've tried to restart the computer, hoping that it would finally solve the problem. My Toshiba Satellite laptop was stuck in the Preparing Automatic Repair Loop, after which it displays that it can't diagnose the PC. I've tried entering to Safe Mode (which didn't work since I can't get Windows to load) and doing System Restore (which did nothing).
My attempt shifted to trying to retrieve the files I have in my hard drive before reseting the installation. Right now I'm using Linux MInt Live Boot, but I can't access the root folder from Linux Mint.
What are the chances my files are doomed? There are still other options I haven't tried, including disabling the antivirus software.
(My hard disk has ~500GB and 100GB is the free space; I have huge amounts of files there that I want recovered)
I thank you in advance :D

A:Stuck in Preparing Automatic Repair loop

Do you have any system images? What about recovery discs/USB sticks (though those will only get you as far as the windows recovery environment at which point you will need a system image.)? CAn you get to the "advnaced options" rather than letting windows try to repair itself automatically? Have you tried going into the "system image recovery" options and seeing if there is already a system image hidden on a partition of the hard-drive, some manufacturers do this.

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First off, I'd like to note that refresh/reset is not an option unless someone knows how to fully backup everything (programs, app settings, filesystem, etc.)

My system specs:
Intel i7 4770
AMD Radeon HD 7770
MSI H81M mono

Possibly after a video card driver update, I restarted my computer only to get a "loading automatic repair" loop then it tells me that it wasn't able to repair automatically, etc. and just gives me options to get into a command prompt, reset or refresh and a couple other options.

Steps I've tried to fix:
1. Flashed updated BIOS
2. Tried safe mode, boot logging, low res mode, etc.
3. Took it down to a couple local repair shops that ran a chkdsk (fixed some files but didn't work) and tried to run the auto repair from a Windows 8.1 install disk. Came to the conclusion that I need to reinstall and that there's no way to update programs

Please help lol. If you need any additional information or logs, feel free to ask and direct me on how to get it, thanks!

A:Windows 8.1 stuck in automatic repair loop

Look here
How to Fix the Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Community

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Hey . I have a Lenovo G500s . I have it for 3 months . 1 week ago i turned off with the power button in the recovery mode bcuz it was so slowly recovering my G500 . When i turned on again the laptop . I got a screen with Lenovo Logo & the loading circles . The laptop said preparing automatic repair then it loads another black screen with Diagnosing your PC :// what can i do. any keys or recovery boot?

A:G500s stuck in "automatic repair loop"

Hi AnisHuG500,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
As per the information you have provided the turning off the computer forcefully while the recovery is processing will automatically affect the features. I suggest you turn the computer and then click on OKR (One Key Recovery) button located beside the power button and check if the Recovery Menu loads, please let me know the findings.
Hope to hear back soon
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar

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This has been happening for a couple of days now. When the blue screen of death shows up and states that "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your screen,"  and under it is Log file D:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt. What I have tried to do was go through the Advanced Options, but none of them seemed to work. I can't use a device because my laptop apparently doesnt support using a USB. Reset this PC, System Restore, Sytem Image Recovery, Startup Repair, UEFI Firmware Settings and Startup Settings all tell me that someting goes wrong within the process of trying to complete that action. I even tried OneKey Recovery, but when I try to restore from the initial backup, I get a message that says " The program cannot restore the system partition because its structure is incorrect. You may have to recreate the partition to continue."  Any ideas of how to fix this problem? I really need this laptop to work since the school year just started.

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My system is just stuck in this loop to no end. It keeps restarting and going back to the frowny faced screen where it says 'Your PC ran into a problem and needs a restart'. But, restart results in going back to same screen. I am even unable to activate the system recovery or safe mood. Please help!

A:Stuck in 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop

Hi, Shutdown 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 codes that may be generated. Regards, DP-K

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Hi guys,

I'm having an issue with my 8.1 on my desktop PC. Have had 8.1 installed for a couple of months now without issue until recently. Computer will not start, ending on a sad smiley face BSOD with the message INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. Error codes 0x80070571 and 0xc0000001 have been seen.

Sounds to me like a corrupted hard drive. Did a bit of reading and went into command prompt armed with various chkdsk, /r and /f commands all of which were carried out showing no issues. A few guides said to carry a few bootrec commands (/fixMBR, /rebuildBCD, /fixBoot), which I've also done without much success.

Also tried this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGPVKk79JCc

No change there either.

I chucked the installation disk in and tried to run a repair, but it says the hard drive is locked. Woo. Some attempts to unlock said drive has resulted in the above actions.

I appreciate any input available. Thanks for your time.


A:Stuck in automatic repair loop, can't start.

Hi Anti & Welcome to the forums ^_^,

This bug check indicates that the Microsoft Windows operating system has lost access to the system partition during startup.

Did you try with another HDD? I would suggest you doing the Disk Diagnostics and report back the results -
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

Furthermore, have you tried re-plugging the cables with which your Hard Disk is connected?

Let me know how it goes ^_^

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Hi Reeni,  If you do not have a important files in computer, you should try to recovery without backing up your files; Before do that steps, please release all of external devices which plugged in USB > Turn off to computer> After press to Power button to Power On, you should press quickly to ESC key for many times> While Start Up Menu comes, you should press F11 for System Recovery> Select to Troubleshoot in first screen> On the Troubleshoot screen, click Recovery Manager> On the operating system selection screen, select Windows 10> Under I need immediate help, click System Recovery> When Recovery Manager prompts you to back up your files, select backup option as Recovery without backing up files> Next  Note: Do not disconnect the monitor,keyboard,mouse or power cord during recovery! Thanks, 

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Please help with my laptop. I've never had a problem with it before but today a screen popped up saying I needed to restart my computer so I did and when it came back on, a screen appeared saying automatic repair and I've tried a lot of stuff I seen online but nothing seems to be helping. It's stuck in this loop, and I have so much important files. Please help

A:Hp Hewlett Packard stuck in automatic repair loop. PLEASE HE...

Tap F2 as you power up to enter diagnostics or tap esc and look for a menu that includes F2 and see if you can get into component tests and run them to see if something has gone bad like maybe the hard drive. 

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So recently my PC wouldn't boot into my hard drive and I didn't have a USB lying around so I can clean install it, it was hanging and freezing at the bios loading screen and everything. I finally was able to boot into System Recovery using F11 and it started to do the automatically repairing your pc, then it was in an infinite loop of a screen where it basically says my BIOS, the version, then checking memory, then CPU. It was an infinite loop like I said and now whenever I boot my PC up it's stuck on that screen, it freezes right on the spot where it was checking what processor I have. I will post my specs considering it's a big help for troubleshooting - not a fan of opening my PC and removing things.
- Specs -
OS - Windows 8.1 PRO
BIOS - Phoenix AwardBios v6.00 (2008, yeah it's quite old.)
CPU - AMD Athlon x64 +4800 Series (2 cores, 2.50)
HDD - Maxtor 350GB I believe, don't know the exact model.
I decided to look around on the internet but 90% it's people saying your computer fried and random bull, anyway thanks, hope I can fix this issue soon.. sucks too because I just bought WoW.
I don't care if all the information on the HDD gets wiped I just want my computer to be working again.

A:[Help] Stuck on Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Loop Screen

To me it sounds like you have a hardware issue or a BIOS issue. Can you get into your BIOS by pressing F2, Del, F9, F10, or F11? (Not sure what it would be for you. It varies between BIOS manufacturers and models). Im going to lean towards hardware and say its a RAM issue. Probably a bad DIMM. If you have access to another computer, download MemTest86 and burn that to a disk and boot from it and let it test your RAM to see if it errors out at all.

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For a few days now my desktop has been stuck in a automatic repair loop.
I already tried a few solutions I found online like refreshing the pc.
Or this:

bootrec /fixMBR
bootrec /Fixboot
bootrec /rebuildBCD

When I use cmd in the advanced recovery options.
Unfortunately when I enter the last command it says that it was successful but it did not detect a windows installation.
Is there any way I can make the recovery/repair part see my installation of windows. Or is there any other way I can try to resolve this problem?

Thanks in advance.

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My asus laptop x5o2S is in constant automatic repair loop unable to move forward any assistance greatly appreciated

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I am having this issue where my laptop with windows 8 just won't boot. I see my acer splash screen, then I see a blinking _ then it goes blank for around 20 min, and then it would say "automatic repair, diagnosing" I've waited nearly 20 hours, almost an entire day leaving my computer on, just still no use.

I am having a very very similar problem as this guy, (as well as many others who pretty much lost all their valuable datas in their HDD after installing WIN 8)

Windows 8 Woes

The person who wrote that was actually in RTM version, but the problem still persists in the most updated Final build version as of last week. I am quite disappointed in Microsoft. I am currently on my friend's mac.
I have my windows 8 original copy bootable on my usb drive. Insterting my usb drive, it boots and all, and I went into the repair option. I tried all of the repair options, all of them would either stuck in their screen or say that my disk is read only and locked.

I do have access to the cmd though in that repair mode, but it seems to be quite limited.

I tried to enter safe mode by pressing shift+F8, it doesn't work!!! Tried it so many times, just doesn't work.
It gives a loud beeping sound if I hold it for more than 2 sec.

I am now successfully able to boot Ubuntu from my Portable Hard Drive and it runs smooth and really well.

I originally had 2 partitions, C and D. C is where my windows 8 was installed, so it's unaccessable now, it doesn't appear in the ... Read more

A:HELP! Stuck at automatic repair loop... WONT BOOT.

Your problem sounds very serious. I am very sorry. And, I am sorry I know of no way to help you. The best I can do is suggest that you take the computer or drive to a data recovery specialist.

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My computer, an XPS 8500 originally running Windows 7 but upgraded to Windows 10, is stuck in a diagnose/repair loop.
When the computer turns on, I see the Dell logo and I have the ability to press F2 or F12.Then a black screen comes up with the Windows logo and spinning circle of dots and it says, "Preparing automatic repair".Then "Diagnosing your PC".Then "Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete."Then the Dell logo and F2/F12 prompts again.Then "Scanning and repairing drive (C:): 0% complete".Then it starts over from the beginning.
-When I press F12 I have the option to run Dell's diagnostics on the hard drive which comes up with no errors or problems.-I can't start in Safe Mode by holding down the shift key; it just pauses at the Dell logo screen until I let go, then it starts the auto repair sequence.-I have a Windows 10 installation USB and I've tried using it to do a Startup Repair but that seems to be the same as the automatic repair my computer is already trying to do and it just keeps repeating what I typed above.-Using the Windows 10 installation USB to access a command prompt, I tried the four boot rec commands I saw in other posts (fixmbr, fixboot, scanos and rebuildbcd); they all completed successfully but didn't help my problem.-I have no restore points to go back to.
Before I do a complete reinstall, can anyone think of anything else I can try to get me into Windows long enough to c... Read more

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my computer is in a boot loop. No matter what options I choose at start up e.g. safe mode, start windows normally, ect. it always loads right into asus preload wizard. My goal is to get back to my desktop without losing any information from my hard drive.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Asus laptop stuck in Automatic Repair loop.

Create a Live distro of Linux on a CD or FD. See if it will boot (you will have to go into the BIOS to select the proper boot order to OD or USB). If it boots then there is a problem with the HDD or the OS. Let us know if Linux boots up.
Create a Live disk ... http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/write-a-cd-dvd-image-or-iso/ .
Linux distro with a small footprint ... http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm .

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Hello. So I was upgrading the RAM on my Acer Aspire One 725 (from 2GB to 4GB) and after doing this I booted the laptop up as normal and it displayed a message saying "preparing automatic repair" with little spinning circles and it just gets stuck on that and will NOT boot up Windows. I've tried leaving it on overnight and for long periods of time to see if it makes any progress but no luck there.
I've tried acesssing the recovery options with ALT+F10 but I can't seem to get onto that either, any ideas there? Once again, it's an Acer.
Does anyone know what this problem is and how I can go about resolving it? I'd prefer to not lose all my data of course...
I'm running Windows 8.1
Thanks in advance.

A:Acer Laptop stuck on "Preparing Automatic Repair" loop

Have you tried removing the new RAM?  If that doesn't do it for you I'd recommend reseating all of the RAM.

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Hi there my laptop is stuck in win10 Automatic repair loop i used notepad.exe in command prompt to see if the files were still present all windows files are but whenver i boot my laptop it goes into Automatic repiar and diagnosing our pc and then it cany repair the laptop

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My Yoga Book (Windows) will not start up.  It says "Preparing Automatic Repair" then goes to a black screen.  After a few minutes, it might come back with a boot attempt, but then goes back to "Preparing Automatic Repair." I have had it less than a month. It seems to be stuck in a loop. When the screen goes black, I can't tell whether or not it's or or off or doing anything. Please advise.Sheff 

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So, I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 7559, and decided to upgrade it with another 8GB RAM and a 120GB 850 Evo SSD. Directly after installing these, upon boot I was taken to a white screen reading: "The amount of system memory may have changed" with the options of "Continue" "BIOS Setup" and "Diagnostics". When I continue, I am asked to chose my keyboard layout, and then am taken to a screen with an array of options, such as "Continue", "Troubleshoot", "Use a device", etc. I have tried many of the options and solutions I've found with some googling, but nothing is working. When I continue, I'm taken to a screen with a circular loading animation that reads "Preparing automatic repair...", and then I am taken back to the "Choose your keyboard layout" screen. I've ran the diagnostics, albeit to an extent (I have not completed the second part of the diagnostics reading the memory, which takes 5+ hours), but what was tested was a-okay. I have factory restored, and reset Windows 10. I am pretty certain that this isn't due to faulty hardware with the aftermarket installations I made, as the Samsung SSD and Crucial RAM both came from the manufacturer on Amazon, both products having 5 stars.

Anyone have any ideas?

A:Stuck in Automatic Repair loop after upgrading Dell 7559

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My Toshiba laptop/Windows 8.1 installed a VLC Media player & Malware bytes today. I was instructed to Restart as 'drivers not working properly' & since then have been on the Automatic Repair loop. It says it cannot fix it - log file: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt, & I tried a few System Restore points but that just says -

System Restore could not access a file. This is probably because an anti-virus program is running on the computer . Temporarily disable your antivirus program and retry System Restore. You can try System Restore again If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method.

Thing is I can't get into Windows or my laptop to disable the antivirus program. I'm not very techy so could someone please help me to get back into Windows.

I don't have any CD or DVD & no product key as the disc has been misplaced.

A:Stuck in Automatic Repair loop, System Restore not working

Welcome to EightForums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.
Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media DVDs on a Windows 8 Laptop - YouTube
Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube
Creating Recovery Media for Windows 8 - TOSHIBA FORUMS
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
Toshiba Service Portal - Laptop Recovery Media Services - Toshiba
From the Repair CD/USB: (or the Toshiba Recovery disk)
How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

How to do a System Restore:
System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8

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I accidentally removed a usb cable from a powered usb hub , and a volume slider of some other program appeared superimposed and floating above my music making program , so I restarted the pc.
From then on , it wouldnt start , and kept saying preparing automatic repair, then reached 40% and wouldnt go any further.

I unplugged my 2 external drives because they werent showing in the bios , and plugged them into my laptop to check they were ok , and im relieved to say they are.

Since i removed the drives , my desktop ( asus ) will eventually arrive at the blue recovery screen , but all these things that are supposed to help fix it , arent working.

When I try to refresh , it says the drive where windows is installed is locked
Ive tried to do a system restore from 3 different restore points and none of them have worked ( one actually cited a mozilla profile as being the cause )
Re-image wont work because it cant find the image file , which is on one of my external drives which are now unplugged.
Automatic repair diagnoses , but then says it cant repair.
It also will not boot into safe mode.

I can use command prompt, and was hoping I could rename the system hive name , but the command prompt says
Ive tried cd%windir%\system32\config , but it says " the drive , the path, or the filname is not valid"
I have successfuly ran regedit from the command prompt , but to be honest , im out of my depth and dont know what im doing , but at least somethi... Read more

A:Stuck in Automatic repair loop. refresh/restore wont work

Would you be able to reinstall Windows?

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So, I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 7559, and decided to upgrade it with another 8GB RAM and a 120GB 850 Evo SSD. Directly after installing these, upon boot I was taken to a white screen reading: "The amount of system memory may have changed" with the options of "Continue" "BIOS Setup" and "Diagnostics". When I continue, I am asked to chose my keyboard layout, and then am taken to a screen with an array of options, such as "Continue", "Troubleshoot", "Use a device", etc. I have tried many of the options and solutions I've found with some googling, but nothing is working. When I continue, I'm taken to a screen with a circular loading animation that reads "Preparing automatic repair...", and then I am taken back to the "Choose your keyboard layout" screen. I've ran the diagnostics, albeit to an extent (I have not completed the second part of the diagnostics reading the memory, which takes 5+ hours), but what was tested was a-okay. I have factory restored, and reset Windows 10. I am pretty certain that this isn't due to faulty hardware with the aftermarket installations I made, as the Samsung SSD and Crucial RAM both came from the manufacturer on Amazon, both products having 5 stars.

Anyone have any ideas?

UPDATE: I completed the second part of the diagnostics; I passed.

A:Upgraded hardware on Inspiron 7559, now stuck in Automatic Repair loop?

So, I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 7559, and decided to upgrade it with another 8GB RAM and a 120GB 850 Evo SSD. Directly after installing these, upon boot I was taken to a white screen reading: "The amount of system memory may have changed" with the options of "Continue" "BIOS Setup" and "Diagnostics". When I continue, I am asked to chose my keyboard layout, and then am taken to a screen with an array of options, such as "Continue", "Troubleshoot", "Use a device", etc. I have tried many of the options and solutions I've found with some googling, but nothing is working. When I continue, I'm taken to a screen with a circular loading animation that reads "Preparing automatic repair...", and then I am taken back to the "Choose your keyboard layout" screen. I've ran the diagnostics, albeit to an extent (I have not completed the second part of the diagnostics reading the memory, which takes 5+ hours), but what was tested was a-okay. I have factory restored, and reset Windows 10. I am pretty certain that this isn't due to faulty hardware with the aftermarket installations I made, as the Samsung SSD and Crucial RAM both came from the manufacturer on Amazon, both products having 5 stars.

Anyone have any ideas?

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My G580 was working great, best laptop I've ever has so far. Then when I went to use it the other night, as soon as I opened it up, it showed the Lenovo Logo and said "Preparing for Automatic Repair" then after a few seconds it would change to "Diagnosing Your PC" and get stuck there. I tried several options I found online for a hard reset to no avail. Then I discovered F12 me to the boot menu and I chose recovery. I was warned I would lose everything but thankfully I had made and image backup, on an external HDD, using the Lenovo Solution Center, not OKR. My trouble now is I can't find any help online about how to use the backup I made. On my HDD I have files numbered from 0001 to 0327, 3 .dsi files, a BIN file and an OKI Can anyone point me in the right direction for instructions or explain the process to me? Thank you

A:G580 Laptop Restore after Getting Stuck in "Preparing for Automatic Repair" Loop

hi egad1968,
Welcome to the Forums.
Just to verify, if the machine came with Windows 7 and you ran the  Lenovo Solution Center's Backup feature, did you choose Lenovo Rescue and Recovery to do the backup?
- Link to picture
From the files that you listed, it seems like you've chosen the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery tool. If this is the case,, you need to have Rescue and RecoveryŽ and see step 5-8 of this guide to restore your files.
Rescue and Recovery? 4.2 - Considerations
Let me know how it goes.

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