Windows 10: Automatic Repair Loop

Discus and support Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; I installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview yesterday, and at the end of the day, it froze up. I shut down the system and turned it back on this... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by r4zrbl4de, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. r4zrbl4de Win User

    Automatic Repair Loop

    I installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview yesterday, and at the end of the day, it froze up. I shut down the system and turned it back on this morning, finding the OS stuck in the infamous "Automatic Repair Loop." I ended up having to install a fresh version of Windows 10 again. Does anyone have any advice if this happens again in the future?

    r4zrbl4de, Jan 25, 2015
  2. Remon Ont Win User

    Windows 10 is stuck in Automatic Repair loop

    Hi Robert,

    Automatic Repair loop is a feature designed to help you fix some PC issues in Windows. It might fail to work sometimes and stuck in a startup repair loop in Windows 10.

    The two most common cases of the Windows Automatic Repair loop issue are:

    1. Windows Automatic Repair stuck on a black screen with "Preparing Automatic Repair" error message.

    2. Windows Automatic Repair failed and said, "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC".

    We suggest that you try the solutions provided by community experts on this
    and let us know how it goes.

    We will wait for your response.
    Remon Ont, Jan 25, 2015
  3. Automatic Repair Loop


    Unsuccessful installation of an update could be a possible cause why you are experiencing the automatic repair loop. To address this concern, we suggest running the Startup Repair tool using your bootable USB. This tool can scan and repair damaged system
    files. Follow these steps to run the Startup Repair tool:

    • Insert the bootable USB and boot Windows 10 from it.
    • In the Windows Setup page, select the language to install, Time and currency format and the keyboard or input method and click on Next.
    • Click on Repair your computer and select Troubleshoot.
    • Click on Advanced options and select Automatic Repair and select the operating system. You might also require changing the boot priority in BIOS in order to allow the computer to boot from CD/DVD.

    Important: While scanning the hard drive if any bad sectors are found, the scanner tries to repair that sector, any data available on that might be lost.

    Note: Modifying BIOS settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications
    of the settings are at your own risk.

    Keep us updated about the result.
    Darleen Pen, Jan 25, 2015
  4. Automatic Repair Loop

    I got caught in the Win 10 reset loop. It seems as if there a bunch of these loops to get stuck in. Basically Windows 10 is saying that it has encountered a problem and it has no clue how to resolve it. So it puts a small file on the hard drive telling it to keep looping until the answer is found.
    I don't know what issues cause the problem but my solution is that just as soon as the install is over, have Windows 10 make a complete system image on a USB drive( it will be about 25+ GB) Then make sure you have a Windows 10 or 7 boot disc. Once that is finished you can finish adding all of your games and programs. Get it just the way you like it but don't take too much time. Then get a small hard drive and put it in your computer and boot up again. Then use Acronis 15 ( 14 and earlier editions won't work on win 10) and clone your freshly tuned system to the spare hard drive. So now if everything goes to hell you can first use the boot disc and restore from the image or just boot from the cloned drive. You can put the original drive that has the looping problem into a usb case and delete it then reformat. Then you can clone back to the original drive if you want
    Johnkuestner, Aug 16, 2015
  5. dalchina New Member
    Hi, I'm 'glad' to see someone else reporting this experience- thought I was on my own.

    Here's my 'nasty' fix.. it's horrible.

    Just as the PC restarts, pull out the power cord/switch off. Cold boot (press power switch, wait, switch on/reconnect power cord, restart).

    That's the only (quick) way I've found in Win 8.1 and Win 10 when this automatic repair sequence was added to restore the normal boot sequence. I'd be interested to know if it works for you.

    (I get into the restart loop if I experience a thermal cutout when sthg unusual is happening for long enough)

    (And yes, use disk imaging!).
    dalchina, Aug 16, 2015
  6. dalchina
    I've done 6 of the upgrades now and that is the first time that the loop monster has struck. Mine was different from yours in that mine kept saying that the boot drive was not available and occurred after I tried to reset (aka- clean install). I am 100% sure that the small file that I found was causing the loop and also sure that it would still be there if not deleted in the reformat. In my case my best guess is that the loop started because of a pci card used to add sata ports. After I deleted the file, I stripped the pc down removing that card and a pcie video card so it just had the on board graphics. After making a system Image, I put the video card in and it installed fine. When I put the sata card in it showed a yellow check in device manager and said that resources were not available. After I rebooted the machine took a couple of seconds longer to boot but the yellow check was gone and the card works. So the system was able to readjust the resources after looking at all of the other devices. So Win 10 can repair it self at least in some situations. That is different from Win 7 and previous systems. In previous systems you would often end up with 5 or 6 devices with yellow checks where Win 10 is designed to find those problems and correct before finishing the install.
    Johnkuestner, Apr 4, 2018

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