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Windows 10 automatic repair locked me out.

Q: Windows 10 automatic repair locked me out.

My Lenovo B4130 running Windows 10 is three months old. Yesterday it started what I've come to know is an automatic repair mode. It never stopped 'repairing' the drive... after running all night. It will not boot under any circumstances. I've tried the recovery usb with no result at all. I've read all of the ideas on the tech forums. All of them required being able to access command prompt. I've tried f11, f8, you name it... nothing. It isn't a loop because it never finishes.

I would be happy to reinstall Windows, if that's what it takes. But even the recovery disk does nothing. Yes, it is under warranty. But this doesn't seem like it should be terribly complicated. I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks folks!

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My Lenovo B4130 running Windows 10 is three months old. Yesterday it started what I've come to know is an automatic repair mode. It never stopped 'repairing' the drive... after running all night. It will not boot under any circumstances. I've tried the recovery usb with no result at all. I've read all of the ideas on the tech forums. All of them required being able to access command prompt. I've tried f11, f8, you name it... nothing. It isn't a loop because it never finishes.

I would be happy to reinstall Windows, if that's what it takes. But even the recovery disk does nothing. Yes, it is under warranty. But this doesn't seem like it should be terribly complicated. I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks folks!

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My windows 8 drive has become locked.  Using Hiren's boot disk I can see that content is on there and I see many drives.  However, chkdsk doesn't recognize the drive and gives data cyclical redundancy errors.
I don't mind doing a reinstall; but, it has many pictures and files I'd rather not loose.
It's been in the automatic repair loop for some time.  I can't even do the one start refresh (it's a lenovo).

A:Windows 8 locked drive can't refresh - automatic repair loop

Additionally....the only way I coudl get it to boot to a Windows 8 DVD was to change it to legacy mode.  With it in UEFI it wouldn't boot to the DVD at all.   I've created a USB recovery disk from another laptop (same OS) but, it won't boot off of it.
But, being in legacy does appear to lock up the drives.

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I have a Windows 7 / Windows 8 dual boot setup that was initially working fine. When attempting to update the graphics drivers in Windows 8 last week, something went wrong and the system crashed. Now when I attempt to boot into Windows 8, it goes into the Attempting Automated Repairs loop which never finishes, even when left running for several hours. I attempted to boot off of the Windows 8 installation CD and do a Refresh but it just errors out saying Windows could not be refreshed. Any other suggestions?

A:Locked In Automatic Repair / Can't Refresh

I see lots of Google hits for this problem but no fixes other than to do a reinstall.

One post indicated a Windows Update was the cause of the problem, but the fix was still to reinstall.

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My pc is :C440 Touch All-in-One (Lenovo)

Operating system : Windows 10

I can't run my PC, every time i try to run it shows me blue screen wrote on it

" Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC

Press " Advanced options" to try other options to repair your PC or "Shut down" to turn off your PC.

Log file :\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt "

I tried to use the most options but none of them worked such as System restore, every time i click on it, it says : System restore could not find the offline boot volume. Please ensure it is currently accessible.

By the way before one day since this problem happened i created system restore point

My pc is Lenovo while running it i clicked F2 and it opened for me Onekey Recovery its Lenovo Tool, it has option called initial backup but i dont know if it backup from the system restore point i've created or what exactly.
Please help i need to solve it ASAP, i have many important university files on my PC and i don't need to lose them

NOTICE : I tried all the options in the repair screen such as " Reset this PC" , "Startup repair" ... and more, all of them give me message when i click on them please if u want know what message i get, let me know what option and ill write it because too many erorrs

and i got a dvd contain install of windows 10 ( ISO file ) and able to run it on my pc

A:Automatic repair couldnt repair your PC (Repair screen win10)

You might be better off doing a clean install. You won't need to enter the key as its already been associated with your computer.

Backup any files you want to keep first.

I am not certain but it may take the install files from the recovery partition (perhaps someone can confirm this), I know this worked with a recent HP job I did.

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Hello, last night, I was using my computer fine, playing a few League of Legends games before I turned off my PC and went to bed. This morning, I tried to turn on my computer and lo and behold, I encountered Windows 8.1 trying to "automatically repair" and it wouldn't boot me to the desktop. I have tried most of the options on the options menu that pops up after automatic repair "fails" and they don't work. I can't restore to a previous restoration point and I cannot boot into safe mode as well.

From what I have gathered online, one option that I didn't try was to use a Windows 8.1 installation disc to try to fix this problem. Unfortunately, on my laptop, the OS that was installed was Windows 7 and through some (ahem, illegal means), I upgraded to Windows 8.1. Therefore, this means I do not have any Windows 8.1 installation discs. Is there anyway I can fix this without a disc? This is really frustrating as my laptop is not functioning on me one week before I start classes again.

Any kind of response of help is greatly appreciated.

EDIT: I'm not particularly computer savvy and a lot of terms I ran into online such as booting, BIOS is unfamiliar to me so explaining this process in layman terms as much as possible would be great.

A:Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Loop

We can't help you to use cracked software. It isn't considered morally right in the host nation of this site.

You must have a win7 license, so install win7 instead. It is much better anyway.

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Well Hello! First things first, sorry if this is in the wrong section of the forums.

But late last night I went to bed, and about 2 ish hours ago I woke up to find my Laptop in an reboot loop.

I would like to specify that unlike other instances, my computer only seems to show the Windows 10 Logo, the text "Preparing automatic repair" and then it reboots. Repeat.

I don't know what caused it, and I don't own a repair disk, nor do I have the money to buy something like EasyRE.

Any help at all would be appreciated.

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Alright, I'm so frustrated right now so I'll try to not let this turn into a rant :D.
Yesterday I was trying to install Visual Studio so I can brush up on my C++. But, the installation failed . So, I tried to open Control Panel so that I could uninstall it and start over; but the search bar in the home menu wouldn't open up. The computer started to get bogged down and all of the program tiles on the home screen had these little X's at the bottom right. So, I decided to restart my computer to let it refresh.
But, the computer went through the "Repairing your PC" and then "Automatic Repair" and so on (I can't remember the exact phrases). Then, it gets to the "Choose an Option" page. Pressing "Continue" does the loop again. "Use a Device" is easier said than done. I don't have a disc drive. And, unfortunately to use a USB, apparently I would need a Windows Key, which I can't get because it was pre-installed. Pressing "Troubleshoot" brings me to the next page. 
Here is where it gets really frustrating! I figured I'll just "Refresh My PC", however, pressing that brings me to a page that says "You need to sign in as an administrator to continue, but there aren't any administrator accounts on the PC". I only have one account on this computer, which is mine. I always thought that it had Administrator Privileges but maybe not? 
So, I figured, maybe there is a way to activate Admin through Command Prompt, apparently there is. BUT, I get the same "N... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Loop

There is a hidden admin. account created when Windows is installed.  Have you tried to create an admin. account?
Press the Windows key  and the X key, in the menu that opens select Command Prompt.
When the command prompt is open copy and paste the command below, then press Enter.
sfc /scannow
When the scan is complete reopen the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, then press Enter.
findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >"%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt"
This will place a new icon on the desktop titled sfcdetails.  Click/tap on this to open the log, copy and paste it in your topic.

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I have been dealing with this issue for weeks with no fix. I upgraded to windows 8.1 when it was available and the first time I turned off my computer after upgrading, it all started and now I'm stuck in this automatic repair loop. To top it all off my mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3... has now become my main issue.

I have a bootable flash drive loaded with windows 8.1 and a bootable DVD loaded with windows 8.1 but my mobo supports only HDD and CD-rom...

I have no clue what to do, as I can't use a repair disc to repair my computer and I CANNOT Reset my PC, I have way to many files that I need on my HDD.

Does anyone have any suggestions at all for me, I literally am clueless at this point and I have tried everything.

Thank you.

A:Windows 8.1 Pro Automatic Repair Error


Run this batch file.
It may take 2 hours to run:


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 I went out of the house for half an hour, and when I returned my computer was shut. I was in the middle of writing a paper, I wasn't even downloading anything and wasn't overloading it with programs - but since then it keeps on looping the automatic repair loop.It says "the operating system couldn't be loaded because the NLS data is missing or contains errors."Error code: 0xc0000102 I had tried literally everything to get it up. It wouldn't consider any safe mode, so I went to system recovery. I tried refreshing it, auto repair, Image recovery and System restore. System restore was really my last hope - I had a restore from the 16th of august and an earlier one from 11th, I tried them both.  It just finishes it, then says; "System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed. Details: System Restore failed to replace the file (c:\programs files\windowsapps\8251macrorinaldi.notetiles_10.2.0.0_x64_9rvmmrcs6zgr6\sqlit... with its original copy from the restore point.An unspecified error occured during system restore (0x80070780)"  I went to the library, downloaded windows 10 on a usb drive, and tried to repair from it, but to no avail. It just says a problem occured and I can' install it. I decided perhaps to reinstall(upgrade) it, but it just says that the installtion started and that I need to take out the usb, reenter into windows and resume it in windows - but it never even log... Read more

A:Cannot get out of the Automatic Repair Loop - Windows 10

At this point, I have to agree that there might be more wrong than meets the eye.  I would first try to boot to a different OS, IE a Linux distro, maybe Ubuntu.  If that works OK, then it most likely is a Windows problem.  Or just replace the harddrive and try to install Windows 10 again.  If that goes OK, then try to retrieve the data from the old harddrive by placing it in a external enclosure.

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My husband's desktop had an issue when he was updating a couple programs (Python and Java). When he restarted the computer, it wouldn't continue to Windows and instead took him to the Automatic Repair. I have tried all the options available and every option asks to sign into the administrator account, but there are no accounts available. The message given is: You need to sign in as an administrator to continue, but there aren't any administrator accounts on this PC. He is the only user of this computer and thus the administrator. And unfortunately, the computer did not come with a recovery cd as everything was preloaded. Resetting the pc and starting from scratch is not an option as he has VERY important documents on the hard drive that we cannot lose.

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Windows 10 is looping Preparing Automatic Repair and will not boot. How do I get out of the loop and load Windows?

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I've had a rather large problem with my Dell Windows 10 PC since yesterday which isn't allowing me to do anything with my computer except for turn it on, shut it down or use Advanced Options.
When you turn on the computer, you are greeted with "Automatic Repair Couldn't repair your pc" followed by the error string "Log file: E:\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim\system32\logfiles\srt\srtTrail.txt"

I have tried a number of the advanced options including restarting in various modes, resetting my computer entirely and even using a number of command prompts that I found on the internet yet nothing seems to work and I am stuck with the same problem.
Hope someone can help me with this issue. Thank you.

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Hi, I have an acer E1-531-4694 laptop and it will no longer start up, when I press power, it goes to acer's startup screen :

explore beyond limits"

"your pc ran into a problem and need to restart. we're just collecting some error info, and than we'll restart for you ( 0%)"

"Preparing Automatic Repair.."

than the screen just turns black..

it will just restart the same thing

I tried booting into safe mode but nothing happens.

is there anyway to fix this ?

A:HELP ! Windows 8 won't start,keeps saying automatic repair

How did you try to boot into safe mode ?

EDIT-- If you don't respond you won't get much help.

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windows keeps restarting to automatic repair even when i reinstall windows, and change hard drive with a similar laptop  

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A few hours ago I tried to turn off my ASUS A46cm laptop running Windows 8 and when it was at the shutting down screen, the circular spinning thing in the middle stopped. In panic, I tried to force shut down it by holding down the power button. It shut down. But when I tried to turn it on again, it went o this blue screen with writings on it (I think it said that Windows encountered a problem, etc) and it immediately went to a screen that said preparing automatic repair. A few seconds later, the screen disappeared, and I'm stuck at a black blank screen. I tried pulling the battery off, and am waiting until the screen turns on again. Please help, I've got a Windows 8 ce as well but I don't know how to use it to fix my laptop.

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I am having trouble with my computer. It is stuck in automatic repair loop. I have tried almost every way to try to get out of it but it doesn't work. I don't have a CD or USB to restore anything as cyberpower did not send one. ( I sent a ticket request and they said I would have to buy a new one for $33 Should I just do this? ) I also tried some things with command prompt but it doesn't work

Any help would be appreciated.


A:Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop

Originally Posted by Sentinel


I am having trouble with my computer. It is stuck in automatic repair loop. I have tried almost every way to try to get out of it but it doesn't work. I don't have a CD or USB to restore anything as cyberpower did not send one. ( I sent a ticket request and they said I would have to buy a new one for $33 Should I just do this? ) I also tried some things with command prompt but it doesn't work

Any help would be appreciated.


Since no replies have a look here first:
I need a windows 8 ISO file [Solved] - Windows 8 - Windows 8


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Hi,I am currently trying to get a lenovo ideastick 300 working and have absolutely run out of options. I wanted to do a clean install of windows on the device and so attempted to reset the PC using the 'reset this PC' option in the boot options menu, which failed (for no particular reason I might add) and now is preventing me from booting into windows.Additionally, when I start up my computer, it takes me to the Automatic Repair page, giving me the options to 'continue', 'troubleshoot' or 'turn off pc'. Selecting the 'continue' option results in my computer freezing, requiring a hard restart.Selecting Troubleshoot and advanced options gives me various options to try and recover files, etc but I cannot do anything as it says I am not signed in as an administrator and that there aren't any administrator accounts on this pc. I am also locked out of using command prompt through the advanced options. Choosing 'Forgotten your password or can't see your account' option results in the computer restarting. Prior to the attempted reset, I had access to all these options through my administrator account (which is now nowhere to be found). Additionally, when I access the bios (or atleast what I assume is the bios, as I cannot find any examples of what the ideastick's bios normally looks like) through the UEFI Firmware settings, I am given 6 options: 1. Continue (same problem as before with the freezing and hard restart). 2. Boot manager, which automatically selects the windows ... Read more

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To view the msinfo32 and the last available events log, please click here:

(abbridged)This is an Acer box with Windows 8.1 Home Edition, 8gb ram. Antivirus was AVG but has been removed. It belongs to a friend who couldn't upgrade to Windows 10. She took it to a local shop and they couldn't either. I said I would try. She wants the upgrade so she won't lose programs. Ok. Essentially I have run some troubleshooters, chkdsk, and tried repair from the recovery disk. Nothing. I try reinstalling Windows 10 again. It was very slow loading and froze at 99% (frustration). I took the msinfo and event log at that time. Everything was still working at that time so I went into command line and did sfc /scannow. Nope. But, now it won't boot. Caught in the dreaded Automatic Repair Loop. I cannot enter safe mode. I can access media on usb but not disk. (I have set bios to boot 1st from disk but not working). I ran a chkdsk. It found no errors but could not post to a log.

I notice a lot of people on here don't get answers to this particular problem, and I understand why. I think this is even a mystery to Microsoft. However, here are some strategies for others to try if they can't find an answer:

for some people, tap f8 while booting. Did nothing... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Loop

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My friend's laptop is unfortunately stuck in the automatic repair loop. We've tried using command prompt lines bootrec and chkdsk on C drive, but so far no luck. 
It displays a message saying it couldn't repair the system and mentions this path: C:\windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt
His laptop has an SSD, an considering the chkdsk command did not find any bad files in the C drive, maybe there could be an issue with the SSD?
Currently, he doesn't have any back-up of his files or a recovery drive, so that's why I'm hoping to find an alternative way to make the laptop bootable again.
Edit: We figured out System32 was installed on drive X, but when trying to run checkdisk, it gives a message saying: 'Windows cannot run disk check on this volume because it is write protected' or something similar. Any way to get around this?
Hopefully someone can help!

A:Windows 8.1 automatic repair loop with SSD

chkdsk /f

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I Just bought a new computer with Windows 8 already installed, started using it, and every 30 minutes after i booted it, it crashed. So i tried to restore the initial definitions of the computer by using the option to do so. While the computer was being restored, it crashed, and then started my problems. I booted the computer again, but now it goes automatically into automatic repair, goes to diagnose and the computer restarts, repeating the automatic repair "loop". I already tried shift+F8, it makes a screen appear for a few seconds saying to press ESC to get to the startup menu, no matter what i do at that moment the computer starts the "loop" again.Please Help Me!

A:Windows 8 automatic repair loop


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.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
I would return to the Retailer for Repair or Replacement.

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So I just had this problem.
I just left my laptop for 30min. with no app or window open...just my desktop and i come back to automatic repair loop.
i tried everything from command prompt, F8 or F12 start up, tried fixing up my BIOS, tried resetting my computer to wipe out everything but it keep saying error, etc...
It wont read my hard drive when we try to reboot it with that but when we used command prompt to check if the hard drive was broken or damaged...it read it just fine and says everything is ok.
so im not sure whats going on...
Dell isnt helping either because they wont let mw download Dell OS tool because my windows version is 10 S and they dont support that..
someone please help me....

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my laptop was fine before this.but when i restart it, this happened.i got stuck in recovery options.it says that "the operating system couldn't be loaded because a critical system driver is missing or contains errors. file:\windows\system32\aswVmm.sys errorcode:0xc000007b" it says on the internet that this driver had something to do with avast.i did turn avast down few weeks ago.would love to delete aswVmm.sys but i don't know how.i've tried searching it in regedit but there was no result. i've tried everything to fix this problem but no luck.i have tried the "use a device" (using a disk, not a flashdisk),system restore,startup repair but no luck. searched everywhere too including this site.i haven't try resetting my computer though, that would be my last attempt of this thing before trying to resolve it on computer service workshop.and let me tell you i can guess what they are going to say about this.they would say something like one of my hardware is broken so i would need to spend around $40+ for them to buy the component for it (yeah, i don't trust my country's tech support :p).will do the reset option to my computer later if it's still not solved.i have some important files in there so i would prefer not to choose that option. whatever you might suggest would be helpful.thanks

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Stuck in automatic repair loop, did a test everything was fine. Computer keeps turning on and off again.

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I have an Acer aspire V3-572 -78R3 that I wanted to clean and use for a game. I decided to do a full reset to factory settings but after restarting I get a black screen or the message that automatic repair failed. My microsoft acct is no longer on the list so I can not access any advanced options (only administrator acct there, locked with password) I do not have a flash drive or disk for windows available. Is there a way to get into the admin account and use command prompts to try to get windows installed?

Thanks so much in advance,

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I have a toshiba laptop with windows 8 installed on it.  Getting a infinti loop with automatic repair.  cant get into advance boot options with shift f8 or f11.  I dont have the recovery disc or installation disc.  Need to figure out how to get it to stop looping.   Need help ASAP

A:windows 8 automatic repair loop!

Is this an actual Win 8 or 8.1 machine, or is it an older computer that you've upgraded.
In other words, I'm trying to establish if you have a recovery partition on your machine.

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When I turn my HP Pavillion, it shows "preparing automatic repair" and then becomes a black screen. I've tried booting from my installation disc but after loading for a while, it also becomes a black screen. F11 for HP recovery doesn't work either. Running a system test showed that the hard disk is okay although it doesn't appear in UEFI boot options. It does appear in legacy boot options. Any ideas?

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Running W8 on a machine with motherboard RAID 5 (five drives, Intel z68 SATA controllers) with an SSD cache. Machine has run fine for about 6 months. While running, froze up. Rebooted but got Automatic Repair, which did not work. Neither Reset nor Refresh
will work, as they report drive is locked. BIOS shows RAID array is functioning; did a sync of SSD with the array, no help. Comand line shows an X drive that appears to be my C drive. DiSKPART shows no disks at all. CHKDSK will not work, reports drives locked.
Tried Win8 install disk, it reports no drives.
I have check cables and power. I am not convinced this is a hardware issue since the command line shows my boot drive files.
Any recommendations about what to do?

A:Windows 8 will not boot or repair: drive locked

Here is a similar post for your reference.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-system/windows-crash-refresh-hard-drive-locked-unlock/a6bb04ff-5dba-4e10-a849-644cd0851bc6 Juke Chou
TechNet Community Support

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 Hello HP user !   I made a Recovery  DVD Disk for my HP  laptop from ( 1 to 5 disks)  in that order windows note 8 or Laptop r...My daughters has the same laptop  ass well .  When  I  start the laptop a blue screen comes up with hp automatic preparing  to repair error. I have tried everything  that I can think  of to get to the desktop and cannot because it is stuck on the blue  screen. I did the F11 Recovery Key  and it dose not seem to help.  I also tried the HP recovery disk.. I can not get screen to change so that i can put it in safe mode to install it on her computer....  Please tell me what I am doing wrong.

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Hi I have a PC with Windows 8.1 on it.
I recently got a blue screen of death with a Watchdog Violation that rebooted my PC. Now it is stuck on start-up saying that it's preparing to automatic repair. I went to several forums and read what people say, however, in my case it's different.
The loading circle keeps sticking up all the time without fail. After about half an hour with it sticking and then going it will then reboot and the cycle continues.
During all of that there are no prompts to do anything, just a black screen with Window's blue logo on it and the "preparing to automatic repair" caption.
I tried unplugging the PC and plugging it back several times, I even put in a boot CD and still there's nothing new happening after the prompt to press any button to use CD/DVD. What can be wrong and how can I fix this?
I am a basic user of PCs so I never went to DOS, if it's required please let me know how to do it.

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Hi all, I have a Lenovo Y580 with windows 10.1 on it. It worked fine until today. Today I started to enter something that called a Windows automatic repair loop. I keep getting the message the Windows ran into a problem and need to restart with an error message of FAT_FILE_SYSTEM of NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM. I Googled the subject and in the BIOS the "Intel Virtual Technology" is Enabled and the "SATA Controller Mode" I tried both AHCI and Compatible. I always got the same error and could not enter the Windows. Can someone give me a hint on what to do? Thank you in advance!

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I read a topic on how to activate F8 to get to Safe Mode, but I cannot even pass "Starting Automatic Repair". Most of the topics talk about creating a repair disk, but for that I need to get to Windows first. Any help will be appreciated.

A:Can't pass "Starting Automatic repair" in Windows 8

What make and model computer?

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I was an idiot and forgot to make a recovery disc, and didnt buy the disc after buying the 40 dollar upgrade. Why are my options? Do I have to buy another windows 8 to get the recovery disc? After I try to do the automatic update, the screen just goes to black with a cursor. Ugh. Any help would be great!

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Hello ,
Ok , so this is my first post in the form
I have HP Pavilion g6 2321ee with windows 8 Singal language (original camed with the laptop )
It all starte with windows update error 800703f1
& SFC /scannow error : Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operetion .
I tried command : dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
and came with error 1009 / the configuration registry database is corrupted .
Then is was Stupid when by mistake i opened old registry Backup named : Backup.reg with over 500MB .
and now everytime i restart windows i get message : Preparing Automatic repair and then it coudn't repair your computer .
the only way i can continue to windows 8 is to go to troublshoot > Advanced Option > StartUp option > restart > Disable Anti-malware delyad startup and it continue normally to windows .
My question is how to get back at least the normal rstart with getting into automatic repair loop ?
Note : i have tried to restore to factory settings but it always request recovery disk which i dont have because Windows 8 already comed with the laptop .
Sorry for the bad post because i am in hurry .

A:Help With windows automatic repair loop and registry , etc

Try to restore via the recovery partition in the computer. Continuously tapping the F11 key at boot to get into recovery manager to restore to factory conditions. You can also order the recovery disks from HP Customer Care in your country if still available:
Contact HP | HP? Official Site

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Have a Dell inspiron 17r that recently starting failing to boot (Windows encountered a problem blue screen) and then goes into a automatic repair loop.

Things that I have tried
- Ran Dell internal diagnostics, no errors or issues.
- Booting to safe mode or command prompt. I can't access safe mode or CMD due to the auto repair loop
- Restore to a previous recovery point. When I try any option in the advanced menu Windows give an error that I must log in as an administrator and that there are no administrators configured on the system. (single user who is an admin on the system)
- Boot with Windows 8.1 install disc. Unable to launch bcdedit as discussed in many articles, tells me it can't load the boot configuration.
- Ran system restore from 8.1 CD which runs for about 30 minutes and then give an error that a file could not be accessed.
- From Windows 8.1 CD I have run chkdsk (no errors) and SFC (no issues found)
- There are no external devices connected to the laptop, no USB mouse, etc.

I've spent a few hours going over all the MS articles along with anything I could find on a forum, given what I've attempted so far is there anything else I can do.

A:Windows 8.1 automatic repair loop - unable to fix this

One other thing I tried was to manually replace the registry files in System32\Config from the last backup. That did not help.

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Asus laptop running windows 10, started the laptop as normal, windows didn't launch and goes to Automatic Repair screen. Tried the restart but keeps looping back to this screen. Tried to launch in safe mode but will not launch, tried to reset PC but it comes up with error. Start up repair loops back and it won't restore back to previous build. Any help sorting this issue would be greatly appreciated, just need to get into windows to copy some documents then it can be reset to factory settings!

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On my windows 8 pro machine windows keeps wanting to run the automatic repair upon boot. It always fails and I know as a matter of fact that there is nothing wrong with it. How can you disable, bypass, or permanently remove this "feature"?

A:Disable/Bypass Windows 8 Automatic Repair

As Robert has just mentioned, you can fix that by disabling the Automatic Repair feature right in Boot Configuration Database, here is how:
1. Press WindowsKey and type 'cmd' (without quotes), then hit Enter holding Ctrl+Shift pressed.
2. Confirm elevation for the Command Prompt application.
3. At the elevated command prompt type the following and hit Enter when you are done:
bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled No
This command will modify the boot entry that has been used to boot your current Windows 8 configuration and turn off Automatic Repair feature for this boot entry.
Now that when booting Windows 8, you will always have Automatic Repair disabled.
you can craft a separate boot entry that will have the Automatic Repair turned off.
1. At the elevated command prompt type:
bcdedit /copy {default} /d "No Automatic Repair"
This command will copy the default Windows installation entry used to boot Windows automatically. Typically this is your current Windows installation, however, if you have multiple Windows installations and want to modify currently booted Windows which is
NOT the Windows installation booted by defeault, use this command:
bcdedit /copy {current} /d "No Automatic Repair"
 NOTE: Everything that goes in quotes after the /d switch would be a text used to name the newly created boot entry, the one you'll see in the boot menu after the POST screen.
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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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So, I've been having to deal with this problem about two times now. I had no choice but to wipe, however fortunately, I was able to backup all my files before wiping. My second time occurred today, with no choice but to wipe either.Anyways, I was wondering if there's any fix to this? None of the command prompt commands seemed to work when I was trying to fix it back then either, which is kind of a let down. Hopefully they work now that I have access again though.

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I left my computer running before going out today and come back 3 hours later to an automic repair screen, restarting does nothing but bring me to the same screen, I messed around a bit with the repair options and got a log file, SrtTrail, which tells me it did a bunch of tests which were sucessful but all returned an 0x0 error and in the end there's a generic OS failure 0xc000025, also tells my HD is damaged, something about 7a error, parameters 0x4, 0x0, 0xffffe00110628360, 0x7ff5fbdab388, then there's a bunch more tests just saying auto repair can't find the problem.

What can I do? Is my HD the problem? Couple months ago it was acting pretty strange, few times it ran a scan when booting up but stopped after like a week, every once in a while it also took a bit more than usual to startup after login in to windows but never paid it much attention, now this.

A:Windows 8.1 won't boot, automatic repair failure

Download and run hard disk diagnostics from your hard disk manufacturer. Some computer manufacturers have their own diagnostics but without knowing what the make and model of your computer is I can't guide you.

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Hello. My motherboard is Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2, SSD Samsung Evo 850 250 GB, 2x8 Kingston Hyperx 1600mhz. I have Windows 10 Pro.

System was formatted and installed due to MBR partition.

System broke after memtest86 bootable from USB session. After finished memtest86 session without errors i restart pc and change in UEFI boot order from UEFI USB KINGSTON to P1: Samsung Evo 850 Evo and then automatic repair started every restart of pc, every start of pc.
So i was left with automatic repair every start of pc.

Everytime i restarting Windows 10 by button RESTART from START in next boot i have Automatic Repair. On next boot i am able to boot fine to Windows 10
So overall in every second restart boot ( It's a bit weird that it reboots twice and then get's through )when i get through to Windows 10 i get problem with opening task manager and event viewer and apps. Task manager and event viewer was not responding and some of the applications stop responding. I was clicking and nothing happening.
And last issue. In Windows 10 when i click run TEST 3dmark 11 test was not loaded, but system became laggish and not responding. System was in slowdown. Almost all programs stop working. Start menu was not responding. All applications wont responding and became very laggish. Gets stuck on "Logging Off" when attempt to shutdown or restart. System become unresponsible and laggish.
Weird issue , just simple clicking RUN ( still test was not loaded ) TEST 3dmark... Read more

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I seem to be having some problems with my Windows 8 installation and was wondering if anyone might be able to help? A couple of days ago, I cut the power to the base station suddenly (by accident), so Windows didn't shut down properly. My monitor was off at the time, so I don't know what state the system was in. After powering back on, the OS doesn't boot up and I'm getting this 'automatic repair message' with a black screen, then getting kicked into the blue builtin diagnostics tool.

I tried to refresh the system from there and that failed. I then ran the hardware diagnostics in the BIOS and it looks like the hardware is all ok, so I'm assuming this is a Windows issue. I hunted around a bit on several forums and it sounds like a few people have had similar issues; however, i wasn't having much luck with the Windows diagnostics, so I created a bootable USB with Ubuntu and I've managed to boot up using that ok (thinking that might at least give me access to the hard disk).

The machine is a Dell Inspiron 660 desktop with Windows 8, which I bought just over a year ago. It has an Intel Core i5 processor and about 8GB RAM. I confess that I didn't get round to creating a recovery disk or make any system backups (I know, my bad ...). I know there is an option in the Windows diagnostics to reset the system back to 'factory settings'; however, I haven't tried that yet as I'm still hopeful of being able to recover my files.

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A:Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop Issue

Hi Time4Tea, Welcome to 8 forums.

Insert the Windows 8 installation DVD in the DVD ROM and restart your computer.

a) After you boot your computer using Windows DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen appears with gray text "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD". Press any key.
b) Select the correct time and Keyboard type.
c) Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner.
d) Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen.
e) Click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen.
f) Click Automatic Repair from Advanced Options screen.
g) Next, choose the operating system by clicking on its button.
h) Windows 8 will then looks for problems on hard drive(s) and verify that all required files are intact.
Please move to the next method if the issue is unresolved.

Method 2: Perform System Restore from Advanced Options screen.

System Restore allows you to restore your computer to a previous state quickly and easily without losing any of your files or personal settings. Sometimes when you install programs or drivers, they may affect some of the system settings and prevent other programs from working correctly. You can use System Restore to revert these settings back to their previous state

Follow the steps:

a) After you boot your computer using Windows DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen appears with gray text "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD". Press any key.
b) Select the correct time and Keyboard type.
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Hi. So i have an Windows 10 Pro. But i got issue.
Few days ago after i finished testing my ram in memtest86 ( bootable from USB ) , i change boot in UEFI BIOS from USB to SSD.
After this Windows 10 started showing at 1 boot Automatic Repair and Diagnosing Pc. Windows 10 boot loader starts by "preparing automatic repair" and diagnosing pc.
Then after this i get screen with Your pc did not start correctly. And when i click restart then Windows 10 boot fine.
This startup problem was occured only when starting system again after shutdown or restarted pc from windows.So i was needed 2 boots to boot properly to windows. After screen with Your pc did not start correctly i click restart i was able to boot Windows 10 properly.

Pc :
2x8gb 1600mhz Hyperx DDR3
Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 UEFI
Samsung Ssd 250 Gb Evo

Is this something with hardware or windows problem? HDD smart is fine, memtest86 not showing errors.

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I'm not sure if this is a virus: While viewing a web page my lenovo laptop beeped then went to a blue screen that stated Preparing Automatic Repair then said Diagnosing. Next blue screen said 'Your PC did not start correctly --restart or advanced options. Restarted - lenovo logo appears, windows logo appears then blue screen with 'preparing automatic repair then Diagnosing. Clicked advanced options, next blue screen option 1 continue, option 2 troubleshoot, option 3 turn off your pc. I've tried all 3 options - everything goes back to blue screen 'preparing automatic repair'. I can't get past the BLUE SCREEN Automatic Repair. Can you help?

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I've encountered this problem before, where the hard disk corrupts and Windows won't boot and enters preparing automatic repair infinite loop.

But i think this can be saved, because the Windows drive is a bit corrupt is still accessible, i can access the drive via DVD, and on my Dual Boot Ubuntu 12.10, i use the Ubuntu bootloader, whenever i select to boot my Windows 8 Loader theres a blank screen for about 3 MINUTES, then 'Preparing Automatic Repair, Diagnosing PC..' shows up, and the diagnosing PC never ends.

I'm really tired of having to re-install Windows because of minor problems, if i have no choice, is there anyway i can still keep my Metro UI apps after reinstall?

But i still want to fix this!

A:Windows 8 Pro Preparing Automatic Repair, Diagnosing PC..

Not a lover of mixing Windows & Linux.

Refresh Windows 8

This can overcome by creating a Custom Recovery Image:
Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

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My omen laptop was updating last night then had to reset to apply changes. Then it got stuck in this loop for hours. Not sure what to do. Ran a quick check and long check on all components and everything passed. I have switched off and on and also done the 10 second hold. Can someone please help me with steps on what to do now. Thankyou for your help.

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