How to Fix 'Windows Automatic Repair Not Working'

Windows like Windows 8 and Windows 10 includes a recovery feature called Automatic Repair. When operating system fails to boot, Windows Automatic Repair option will try to repair Windows. However, it has some limitations and sometimes Windows Automatic Repair fails to work, like any other program. There are two most common cases for the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue based on user feedback:

Windows couldn't load correctly.
Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC.

Now, this article walks you through the two errors one by one.

FIX: Automatic Repair Windows Couldn't Load Correctly in Windows 10/8

There are many reasons that can cause this error. For instance:

  • File system integrity may become corrupt or damaged. (That happens even more often if one turns off a PC while it is in the middle of writing crucial data to the boot sector.)
  • Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is missing or corrupt. (This could happen because of disk write errors, power outages, boot sector viruses, or errors made while configuring the BCD manually.)

How to fix this issue? If your Windows Automatic Repair fails to work because of the Windows couldn't load correctly error, you can try the following solutions.

Way 1. Restore PC to a Normal System State by Using System Restore Function

Generally speaking, the easiest and most effective way to fix Windows Automatic Repair not working issue is to click Restore button when you see the Windows couldn't load correctly error.

Automatic Repair
Windows couldn't load correctly
System Restore can try to restore your PC to an earlier point in time when it worked correctly. This repair will not change personal data, but it might remove some apps that were installed recently. You cannot undo this process.

Restore | Cancel

Then, Windows starts to revert to a previous system state and reboot. Finally, you have just one more thing to do: recover removed data files after system restore. There are many data recovery software out there, so just google one.

Way 2. Run Chkdsk Command to Fix Hard Disk & File System Issues

Sometimes, users are still stuck in startup repair infinite loop after using System Restore function. Now, they try running chkdsk to troubleshoot the Windows couldn't load correctly error, as shown in the following steps.

  • Insert the Windows bootable drive to your computer and boot from it.
  • Select your language preferences, and click Next.
  • Click Repair your computer.
  • Choose Troubleshoot.
  • Click Command Prompt.
  • Type chkdsk /r and press Enter.
  • Type exit and press Enter.
  • Restart your computer and see if the Windows couldn't load correctly error disappeared.

Way 3. Run Bootrec Command to Rebuild Windows BCD

If you are still stuck in Automatic Repair with Windows couldn't load correctly error after trying the above 2 solutions, you can try rebuilding Windows' BCD.

  • Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it.
  • Click Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.
  • Type bootrec /fixmbr and press Enter.
  • Type bootrec /fixboot and press Enter.
  • Type bootrec /rebuildbcd and press Enter.
  • Restart your computer and see if the Windows couldn't load correctly error persists.

Part 2. Fix: Windows 10/8 Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC

Generally speaking, if your Windows Automatic Repair fails to work because of the ‘Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC’ error, you can try the following solutions to solve the problem.

Way 1. Repair MBR and Rebuild the BCD

As we know, once the MBR and Boot Configuration Data (BCD) are missing, corrupted or not properly configured, Windows won't be able to start. Therefore, you can try repairing MBR and rebuilding BCD to fix the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue.

1) Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it.
2) Select your language preferences, and click Next.
3) After selecting language, press Shift + F10 to open command prompt.
4) Type the following commands and press Enter after each of them:

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot

Note: Some users suggest that you need to run additional chkdsk command (chkdsk /f /r C: ) to solve the Windows Automatic Repair fails issue.

5) Type exit and press Enter after completing each command successfully.
6) Restart your PC to see if the Windows Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC error disappeared.

Way 2. Boot to Safe Mode and Run Command Prompt

Some users reported that the Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC issue might be caused by a bad driver. And they try the following solution to solve the Windows Automatic Repair not working issue.

  1. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.
  2. Click Restart button, and your computer should now restart and give you a list of options.
    3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking.

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