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

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

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).
 
 

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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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Hello I'm new here. I just recently been plagued with the Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop.

When it boots and cannot automatically repair it states "Automatic repair cannot fix your computer Log file: C:\windows\System32\Logfile\Srt\SrtTrail.txt" and then gives me the options to Refresh my PC or Reset my PC.

I attempted to refresh and it said "The drive where Windows 8 is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again"

I also attempted a reset and it said "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."

Then I attempted to use the command prompt in Advanced options to chkdsk /f C: but it said "The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives."

and also attempted sfc /scannow and it said "Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service"

I'm running low on options and my last resort is to send it to a computer shop. Although I seen a method using diskpart in CMD but I'm not too familiar with it and it says it could possibly make things worst so I haven't attempted that.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

-Xian

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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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Hi.
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
X=\windows\system32.
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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Laptop: Gateway NE56R49U
I'm not sure if it's running Win 8 or 8.1.

So I got this laptop from my employer to use as a work computer. It had belonged to someone else and I wanted all the files wiped and basically I wanted it back to an out-of-the-box state before I started working on it.
EDIT: Let me get this out of the way: The company I work for is a very small company with very few established systems or processes and no actual IT guy. This laptop was just lying around and basically thrown to me with a "If you can use it, it's yours." So going to my IT dept is not a thing here. I'm on my own with this. Besides I know more about this kind of stuff than anyone else at the office (I work in the oilfield industry so my company is filled with a bunch of older guys who have no clue about this kind of stuff), so no help here.
Going through the RESET option, I chose to "Fully clean the drive"

Well about 40% of the way through this, it reported an error and booted me back to the repair menu.

Now I cannot boot back to Windows. I get stuck in a repair loop. Reset doesn't work. Refresh doesn't work.

I can get to the command prompt via the Advanced Options.

I attempted a couple of things as seen on Microsoft's website.
So I tried this option, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2823223/en-us which is to:
"Rename the System and Software registry hives to System.001 and Software.001 by using the following commands:
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A:Windows 8(.1?) repair/refresh/reset loop

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Due to my Asus 64-bit Laptop with Windows 8.1 running very slow and having often Windows Update Errors, I decided to try System Restore, but it was stuck for hours on "preparing files" so I shut the computer down.  But when I started it up again, the Restore continued for an hour and then restarted. I received the error "unable to restore to system restore point". 
 
I decided to do a Refresh of Drive C. On many tries, I received the error message "The drive where windows is installed is locked, try again". Since this didn't work, I tried restoring to a recent System Image I had on an external drive.  I got the error message "versions of windows don't match...". Then I tried Automatic Repair and got "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC". 
I have since used sfc/scannow and in the CBS Log there is an entry many times that says: Failed to internally open package. [HRESULT = 0x800f0805 - CBS_E_INVALID_PACKAGE]. 
 
I read somewhere on the net that this might have to do with the Partitions...so I looked at them, and was suprised to see 3 extra partitions of about 300MB each that I had never seen there before...
 
I will include here the logs from Adwcleaner, Junkware removal, Farbars MiniToolbox and Farbars Service Scanner.
 
I would really like to Refresh my computer.  I have no Recovery DVD at my location and want to avoid loss of my personal files.  Please let me know if you can help me to solve this problem.
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A:Unable to Refresh, Restore or Automatic Repair in Windows 8.1

Due to my Asus 64-bit Laptop with Windows 8.1 running very slow and having often Windows Update Errors, I decided to try System Restore, but it was stuck for hours on "preparing files" so I shut the computer down.  But when I started it up again, the Restore continued for an hour and then restarted. I received the error "unable to restore to system restore point". 
 
I decided to do a Refresh of Drive C. On many tries, I received the error message "The drive where windows is installed is locked, try again". Since this didn't work, I tried restoring to a recent System Image I had on an external drive.  I got the error message "versions of windows don't match...". Then I tried Automatic Repair and got "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC". 
I have since used sfc/scannow and in the CBS Log there is an entry many times that says: Failed to internally open package. [HRESULT = 0x800f0805 - CBS_E_INVALID_PACKAGE]. 
 
I read somewhere on the net that this might have to do with the Partitions...so I looked at them, and was suprised to see 3 extra partitions of about 300MB each that I had never seen there before...
 
I will include here the logs from Adwcleaner, Junkware removal, Farbars MiniToolbox and Farbars Service Scanner.
 
I would really like to Refresh my computer.  I have no Recovery DVD at my location and want to avoid loss of my personal files.  Please let me know if you can help me to solve this problem.
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I will quote from an article on the Microsoft site, Article ID: 2823223

Consider the following scenario:
You have Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed on your PC.
Your PC fails to boot into Windows and launches Automatic Repair to attempt to repair Windows.
Automatic Repair is unable to repair your PC and you select "Advanced options".
After selecting "Troubleshoot", you choose to either "Refresh your PC" or "Reset your PC".

In this scenario, recovery may fail and you are returned back to the main WinRE screen.

This issue may occur if the System or Software registry hives have become damaged or corrupted.

To attempt to resolve this issue, follow the steps below.

NOTE: Following these steps should only be used if you are attempting to use the "Refresh your PC" or "Reset your PC" options in Windows RE because your system is in a non-bootable state.
After Automatic Repair fails to repair your PC, select "Advanced options" and then "Troubleshoot".
Select "Advanced options" and then select "Command Prompt".
If prompted, enter in the password for the user name.
At the Command Prompt, go to the \windows\system32\config folder by typing the following command: cd %windir%\system32\config.
Rename the System and Software registry hives to System.001 and Software.001 by using the following commands:
ren system system.001
ren software software.001Click to expand...

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A:Unable to refresh or reset PC after Automatic Repair fails in Windows 8

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This seems to be a real challenge!
 
I am Unable to refresh or reset Windows 8 after Automatic Repair fails. One error says out space but it is not. another error says hard drive is write protected. I have scanned the drive and removed 10 virus and performed CHKDSK.
 
Any help provided would be much appreciated.

A:Unable to refresh or reset Windows 8 after Automatic Repair fails!

I'm going to guess that your system isn't clean yet.
I'm also going to suggest to a moderator that this thread be moved into the forum where you can get the expert assistance you need
Keep us posted

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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 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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Hello!
 
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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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 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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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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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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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

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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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 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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Hello,

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.

Thanks.

A:Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop

Originally Posted by Sentinel


Hello,

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.

Thanks.



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

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To view the msinfo32 and the last available events log, please click here:
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AvQidR--7QwobNDrRo41bxm_aJE

(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:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/139576-startup-repair-infinite-loop-recovery.html
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1/bfc92bc7-031f-45d4-b623-bcb4847d32fd?page=1
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A:Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Loop

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

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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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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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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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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
16GB RAM
MSI H81M mono
2TB HDD

Problem:
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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Hi everybody, how are you?
 
I am looking at my sibling's Dell Inspiron 3521 laptop running Windows 8 and now 8.1.
I went to uninstall Norton Internet Security 2014 through Revo free.  After I restarted the laptop, it keep going to the "automatic repair" screen then to the repairs failed.  I could not get in Safe Mode (when I tried, it went back to the "automatic repair" screen), but the only way I got into Windows 8.1 is to press option #8 - "Disable early launch anti-malware protection".
 
During one of the failed boots, I was told that the log file can be found under Windows\System32\logfiles\rt\srttrail.txt.
Once I opened the above log file, I scrolled to find only one issue - C:\Windows\system32\drivers\NISx64\1501000.012\SymELAM.sys is corrupted.
 
I downloaded Norton Removal Tool, completed successfully, and dafter a restart, laptop seems back to normal - I even can boot into Safe Mode.
 
My question - can I have an expert eye look over some logs to check if I have any virus/malware/etc still hiding in the system?
 
Newest Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 & Malwarebytes scanned without finding any problems.

A:Windows 8.1 Norton & automatic repair loop

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Hi Everyone -
Needing your help with my situation. I have been dealing the issue on my laptop, it has been running Windows 10 for 4 months until the other day my pc won't boot and I have received the error: Preparing automatic repair (In a loop) and goes black screen after. After trying some fixes like checking if it's a hardware failure or issue. The error turns into: Preparing automatic repair and goes on a recovery error.
Please help to fix my laptop.
Would appreciate your assistance!

A:Windows 10 Preparing Automatic Repair Loop

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Please post the system model that you are having this issue on. You can click the link below for information on possibly resolving this issue.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8U-bWQ8tqY

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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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I have had this loop for 4-5 hours now, and I have not found any fix for it. I am using build 10240. I have tried reverting back to windows 7, and that failed. Tried start-up repair, that failed. Tried system restore and image recovery, those failed too. Even resetting my pc has failed. I have tried cmd commands, and those also failed. I have upgraded to windows 10 via online from Windows 7, and I do not have a disk or another computer to work with. Nothing has even caused this issue. I just booted my pc like any other day and I was sent into this loop. I have a Gigabyte USB 3.0 powered motherboard.

A:Windows 10 preparing automatic repair loop

Welcome to Ten Forums. If you still have the Win 7 product key and aren't worried about losing your data here is a link to create Win 7 install media on the sister site Seven Forums. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...sc-create.html . Then just do a clean install, but then you totally start over with nothing leftover. The other choice is to create Win 10 media and try to repair your installation from there. You might have a better chance at repairing it using bootable media. Here is a link from the tutorial section Windows 10 ISO Download . Here is a link for a repair install / inplace upgrade. Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade . This might not work for you, but maybe you can get back to a stable situation.

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Hello,
I have a Toshiba,  I upgraded to windows about a month ago.
I am now getting the Automatic repair loop.  I let the laptop battery drain.  I get to the Gui interface Toshiba setup utility window.  From here I can change the boot order.  I changed it to USB first, and  I have tried to boot
from USB.  I get to the windows set up menu, but after a few seconds the Automatic repair loop kicks in AGAIN.  I can not complete the install. How do I turn off Automatic repair loop so I can finish install?

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Hi,

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.

However, after booting up into Ubuntu, the Wind... Read more

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.
c) Click Repair your computer in the ... Read more

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I was running Windows XP Home Edition SP2 (not sure if my actions changed this)
Athlon 2400+ GA-7VAXP, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Raid 0

I experienced a random reboot, that locked into a reboot cycle until I disabled GoBack this seemed to fix the issues although I had some sever performance issues at this point (boot took about 3x longer than normal). For that reason I ran Norton System Works 2006's 1 button checkup and accepted all changes. After the reboot from this I got an Explorer.exe application error 0xc0150002, which prevented anything other than my wallpaper form loading. After checking the Microsoft forums the only solution I could attempt was running the Windows repair from the installation CD. During the repair run I had a COM+ error from csetuputil.cpp stating it could not locate catsrv.dll. I accepted that and the run appeared to continue normally. Later during the run I received notification that directdb.dll, wab32.dll, inetcomm.dll, and msoe.dll were missing or corrupted. The repair seemed to finish normally after this until it attempted to reboot. The usual XP load screen popped up, screen went blank, cursor appeared and then the system rebooted, this loop had continued for 3-4 cycles until I shut the system down. I then booted into the recovery console and attempted to copy the corrupted files in, but the Program Files directory was inaccessible...the two I was able to copy in (catsrv.dll and inetcomm.dll) had no effect on the boot.
 

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So I was trying to install the driver to my steelseries apex keyboard and during the installation the computer blue screened with a kernel inpage error.

The computer restarted into automatic repair and unsurprisingly it failed. Rebooted and it kept doing this over and over again, however I was able to boot into my other partition with vista on it.

Vista successfully booted and I immediately went to my computer: the windows 8.1 partition was nowhere to be found, looked in disk management, it was classified as "free space" but I saw a blank entry in the disk management and it said "EISA configuration".

Is my windows 8.1 install gone?

A:Windows 8.1 automatic repair loop after installing drivers

I fixed it by installing minitool partition wizard and doing a partition recovery on my vista partition.
Immediately found and brought back my windows 8 partition with ease and it acts just like it did before... after it made me do a chkdsk of course.

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Since upgrading to windows 8/8.1 x64 i have twice had this situation when during boot up windows tries automatic repair & fails , every time i restart same repair fail happens , its stuck in this cycle , neither "Refresh" or "Reset" option works , . I have to do a fresh format & install , loose all my files stored in the OS partition , I even tried to recover the files using linux boot cd but the folders were inaccessible/corrupted .

I tried every solution i could find to make it boot including Unable to refresh or reset PC after Automatic Repair fails in Windows 8 but nothing worked .

This has happened twice in the one year since i have been using Win 8 , Is there any way to avoid this from happening i future ?

A:How to avoid Windows 8.1 Automatic repair boot loop ?

This video claims to demonstrate how to escape the loop.

Also read comments. One claims rebooting with no USB devices connected broke out of the loop. I see lots of complaints on MS but I didn't see a fix.

Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop Fix - YouTube

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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 laptop is in a constant auto repair loop, I have tried just about every troubleshoot I've found via google and youtube, defaulting the bios doesn't working, the 'hold power button for 10,15, 30,60 secs' doesn't work. I dont have a windows boot disk as my laptop didn't come with one. I cannot get to the option to do a system restore, I can;t afford to get a windows boot disk and I don't have anyway of putting it on a usb and booting from there. I don't know what else to do as no forums are helpful for my problem.

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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
MEMORY - 4GB
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.
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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.
Cheers.

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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hello everybody, it's my 1st post and i'm glad i find this forum.
I have windows 8 for couple of month , it's all work fine till today.
my computer crash, and it's getting to the automatic repair everytime , it's really suck they windows 8 don't have
the F8 thing.
anyway i have windows 8 installtion USB ( plus i check it that it working on another laptop) and when i plug it into the computer it's loading the windows 8 logo, and after 15 secs of loading it's just show black screen (im sure 100% that it's boot from the USB since i choose it from the bios ) .
I tried this USB on my other laptop and it's work perfeclly fine...
please is there anything i can do ?

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I have had crashing in the past few days (not sure what caused it - that's what I'm hoping to figure out). It started with the PC not shutting down. I would shut down and it would just restart instead.

Afterwards it again BSOD'd on me twice - the second time it went into an automatic repair loop and after several hours of attempting to get it working I ended up doing a PC Refresh.

I ran Memtest 5.01 overnight (~9 hours) and no errors on 5+ passes.

Started messing around in windows again this morning (trying to figure out how to read these .dmp files - any insight there?) and it has crashed again.

Since I had to do the refresh I do not have any programs on here and have not loaded any drivers or anything, so I'm not sure that that would be an issue, but hoping it's not hardware.

I have been running an overclock ([email protected] volts) for about 2 years now without issue - ran the memtest with default clock settings and XMP profile (which I checked - all the settings match the corsair recommended).

Also ran WindowSmart 2013 - no errors on the SSD; can't check the HDD since it's a RAID array.

Any other thoughts?

See attached the SF folder. Also, I have some files uploaded here as well:

My minidump file is located here: http://sdrv.ms/GC2leL

Windows also created the following log files on my windows folder (now windows.old) during the automatic repair:

http://sdrv.ms/1bztopg and http://sdrv.ms/1bztpcV

Here are the new memory dumps from this morning:

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A:Windows 8 Pro - BSOD / Crashing / Automatic Repair Loop

So I've gotten some feedback from other forums, but still no confirmation on what is actually causing this.

I reverted to stock clocks (with XMP) and have still gotten crashes (although they are less frequent now). I ran prime95 this morning to see if it might be a heat or cpu issue; it crashed after about 30 minutes of running hitting about 60C max.

I will be running memtest again overnight with 1 of the 4 memory sticks to see if I can definitively figure out that it's not the memory.

With the prime95 test failure though I'm tempted to believe it's the board or cpu - everything is under warranty thank goodness, but I want to make sure I'm sending the right piece(s) back so that I'm not out of commission here for too long.

Any advice on tests to rule out the psu? I've tried using Everest and speedfan, but neither of those is giving me a reading on the 12V (and I don't have any physical tools to read the psu).

Still looking for help with reading the dmp files too to see if there is any insight there into what's going on.

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Hello, community

I firstly want to thank for being able to post and possibly get help here, and to anyone who gives attention to this request, as it's my first topic here.

Well... I have a desktop running Windows 10 x64. Yesterday I was copying some files from a folder to another. (no other software open). To have no problems, I did something I've been doing since I installed Windows 10: I'd go to the task manager, close the "explorer.exe" and would open it again as administrator, so I wouldn't have to confirm each folder I'd enter on another drive.
But what happened this time is that the explorer wouldn't open, leaving only the black screen and the cursor.

So I rebooted and then windows entered automatic repair mode. When trying to use any options, it said there are no admin accounts on windows (although there are three).

A few things I tried:
*System recovery from windows boot cd (there is only one system recovery point, and it couldn't complete the recovery, presented an error)
*Automatic recovery from boot cd
*Using Windows boot disk to enter command prompt to allow the hidden administrator account (which worked, but windows still don't recognize it, or don't see it, I'm not sure which)
*Chkdsk on system drive
*Used Hiren's Boot CD to reset password in my account and created a new Admin one
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Hello, community

Well... I have a desktop running Windows 10 x64. Yesterday I was copying some files from a folder to another. (no other software open). To have no problems, I did something I've been doing since I installed Windows 10: I'd go to the task manager, close the "explorer.exe" and would open it again as administrator, so I wouldn't have to confirm each folder I'd enter on another drive.
But what happened this time is that the explorer wouldn't open, leaving only the black screen and the cursor.

So I rebooted and then windows entered automatic repair mode. When trying to use any options, it said there are no admin accounts on windows (although there are three).

A few things I tried:
*System recovery from windows boot cd (there is only one system recovery point, and it couldn't complete the recovery, presented an error)
*Automatic recovery from boot cd
*Using Windows boot disk to enter command prompt to allow the hidden administrator account (which worked, but windows still don't recognize it, or don't see it, I'm not sure which)
*Chkdsk on system drive
*Used Hiren's Boot CD to reset password in my account and created a new Admin one
*Tried overwriting "utilman.exe" with "cmd.exe" in order to use command prompt in Windows instead of boot disc so commands there would take effect (I'm guessing many cmd commands won't work from the Windows Boot Disk command prompt)
*MBR fix, boot fix, bcr rebuild

What I can't do:
*Log ... Read more

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Hello,

I've been having an issue with some work machines ever since I updated them to Windows 10. Every time I cold startup, it triggers an automatic repair and I have to restart in order to get things running. It is not a loop, the OS will start once I restart, but I'd like to know what is causing me to have to restart and how I can fix this issue.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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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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Hello,   I could not start Windows on my laptop, kept getting Automatic Repair messages and got into infinite loop.  I tried System Recovery but after starting Windows and it attempted to load files it stopped there.  I cannot get into Command Prompt.  I tried Hard Drive Test and gotten Short DST failure.  The failure ID:  M09KM9-55G8KA-XD6U3G-60UR03.Much appreciated for any help I can get to resolve this problem.  Please help. 

A:Cannot start Windows, Automatic Repair loop, Short DST failu...

That means the hard drive must be replaced. Where do you live (country)? We can assist you with finding and installing a new hard drive and since it is Windows 10 reinstallation of the operating system is easy, too. 

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Acer Aspire V5 is the PC I am using. I turn it on, the boot fails and the pc restarts. Then begins an automatic repair, which crashes and the PC turns off. It is a loop I cannot get out of. How do I fix this?

I don't have a Windows 8 Disc or anything like that.

A:Windows 8.1, failed boot, preparing automatic repair loop

You will have to reinstall windows. On the Acer at boot press Alt + F10 to access the recovery process. If unable you may have to order the recovery disks from Acer. I hope you had you data backed up

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