Windows 10 allows us to run Automatic Repair to fix minor and major issues in our PC. Windows fix the issue for you most of the time, but sometimes you can get ‘Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC’ in Windows 10 on the blue screen. This can be because of an existing issue you were trying to fix, bad sectors in the system driver, or corrupt system files.

The error message says:-

‘Automatic Startup 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: C:WindowsSystem32LogfilesSrtSrtTrail.txt’

It can differ from system to system, but in most cases, this is what users see when they say Automatic Repair didn’t work.

Solutions To Fix Automatic Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC Windows 10

Although the error message seems scary, some fixes can help you get rid of it. If you cannot enter the system through safe mode and are stuck on the error screen, you can jump to the next section of the article for fixes.

1. Execute bootrec and chkdsk Commands

You can execute the bootrec and chkdsk command to fix the ‘Automatic repair couldn’t repair your PC’ in Windows 10.

To execute the commands, you need to enter Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). Press the physical power button to shut down your PC and press the button again to restart it. As soon as you see the Windows logo, press the power button again to shut down the PC. You need to repeat this step until ‘Preparing Automatic Repair.’

On the Automatic Repair screen, click on Advanced options. You can then navigate to Troubleshoot ➜ Advanced options.

Now, click on Command Prompt and execute the below-given commands.

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

This will fix the boot-related issues on your PC. You need to execute the below command to check the disk for errors and bad sectors.

chkdsk /r c:

Here, C is the drive letter. If you have more than one drive, you can add their drive letters instead of C to the command mentioned above.

Once all the commands are executed, reboot the PC and check if you got rid of the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC message in Windows 10.

2. Use DISM and SFC Utility

If the above commands didn’t fix the issue, there might be a problem with system files. You can use SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) utility to fix the damaged system files on your Windows 10 PC.

However, to run these commands, you need to start Windows 10 in safe mode. Once your system boots in safe mode, type cmd in the Start menu and run Command Prompt as an administrator.

Run Command Prompt as administrator
Run Command Prompt as administrator

In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and hit Enter.

sfc /scannow
Execute the sfc /scannow command
Execute the sfc /scannow command

Once the sfc command is executed, type the following command and press Enter from the keyboard.

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Execute DISM command Fix For Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC In Windows 10
Execute DISM command

Once both the commands are executed, restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

3. Restore Windows Registry

You can try restoring the Windows registry to fix the error ‘Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC’ in Windows 10.

Open Command Prompt using Windows Recovery Environment and type in the below command there.

copy c:\windows\system32\config\RegBack\* c:\windows\system32\config

Press Enter button and if you are asked about overwriting files, click Yes. Now, close the Command Prompt terminal by executing the exit command.

You will have to restart your computer to check if the issue you were facing is resolved or not.

4. Use ISO File to run Automatic Repair Tool

You can try rerunning the automatic repair tool using the ISO file. All you need to do is create an installation media using Windows Media Creation Tool.

Once the installation media is created, plug it into your PC and click on Repair your computer. This will open WinRE; you can navigate to Troubleshoot ➜ Advanced options and click on Automatic Repair to rerun it on your PC.

5. Delete the Damaged File

The damaged boot critical file on your computer can prevent you from running Automatic Repair on your PC. You can find the problematic file and delete it to fix the issue.

Open Command Prompt from Windows Recovery Environment and execute the following commands one by one.

cd Windows\System32\LogFiles\Srt

When the file opens, look for the ‘Boot critical file ______ is corrupt’ message in there. You can search on the web about the mentioned file to check if it is a system file or not.

If it is not a system file, go to the location and delete the problematic file from your computer.

You can use the cd command to go to the desired location as shown above and to delete the file, execute the del filename.txt command. Here, the filename.txt should be the name of the corrupted file mentioned in the above message.

6. Disable Early Launch Anti-malware Protection

Many users fixed the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC in Windows 10 error by disabling early launch anti-malware protection. Follow the steps below to disable the protection.

Step 1: Go to the Windows Boot options/Windows Recovery Environment using the steps mentioned in the above solutions.

Step 2: Navigate to the Troubleshoot ➜ Advanced Options ➜ Startup Settings.

Step 3: This will restart the PC and give you an option to perform a list of things on the PC. Press the function key that is related to ‘Disable early launch anti-malware protection.’

Now, restart your computer again and check if the issue with Automatic Repair is fixed or not.

7. Change device partition and osdevice partition

It may sound weird but changing the device, and osdevice partition to C helped many users fix the issue with Automatic Repair.

Open Command Prompt via boot menu and execute the below command.


Now, check if device partition and osdevice partition is set to C. If it is using any other partition letter, type in the below commands to change it and press Enter.

bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:

Now, reboot the computer and check if this fixed the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error message.

8. Perform a System Restore

The system restore can help you roll back your device to a point where everything is working perfectly fine. It can help you fix the older issues of your system as well.

Your personal files are not affected in the restore process; only the applications and software installed after the restore point were created will be removed. However, post the system restore, the Automatic Repair error message will vanish.

9. Disable Automatic Startup Repair on your PC

If Automatic Repair is starting on its own every time you reboot your PC, you need to disable automatic repair on your PC. This will stop the error message getting displayed on the blue screen every time to turn on your computer. You can do so by disabling automatic startup repair via Command Prompt.

Open the Command Prompt terminal using the boot menu and type the following command.

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No

Press Enter to execute the command. You will now be able to restart the PC normally.

10. Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

You can try disabling the driver signature enforcement to get rid of the Automatic Repair error message.

Choose Troubleshoot ➜ Advanced Options ➜ Startup Settings as mentioned above. Now, press the function button related to Disable driver signature enforcement. In most cases, it will be F7.

Now, restart your computer normally and check if you were able to fix the issue with this.

11. Refresh or Reset Windows 10

The last option to fix Windows 10 automatic repair error message is to refresh or reset your PC. This will clean install Windows OS and also give you an option to keep your personal files. However, reset will remove the apps you installed on your PC. Also, this will restore the settings to default.

There is also an option to delete everything while resetting your PC. If you don’t have crucial data on your PC, we recommend opting for that option when asked. Reset can also help you fix Windows Automatic Repair loop issue.

What to do if the screen is stuck on Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC?

Many Windows users get stuck on the Automatic Repair error message and cannot do anything even in WinRE. There can also be an Windows Automatic Repair loop. In such cases, you need to tweak BIOS settings and work around the computer’s hardware.

1. Remove the Laptop’s Battery

remove battery Fix For Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC In Windows 10
Remove Laptop Battery

You can manually remove the laptop battery and then plug it back in. Make sure you check the laptop’s manual to know how to do it without causing any damage. After plugging in the battery, connect the power cable again and check if you can normally log in to the system.

2. Remove Additional USB Drives

If there are any external USB or flash drives connected to the laptop or CPU, you need to remove them in order to fix Automatic Repair that couldn’t repair your PC in Windows 10. Once the USB drive is unplugged, reboot the computer by pressing the physical power button.

3. Keep Hard Drive as First Boot Device

There might be issues while entering the system if the hard drive is not set as the first boot device in BIOS. You can enter the BIOS by referring to the manual that came with your PC. The way of entering BIOS depends on the manufacturer and may differ from system to system.

Once you enter the BIOS, navigate to the Boot section and change the first boot device to a hard drive. If there are multiple hard drives on your PC, make sure you select the one which has Windows operating system installed.

4. Disconnect and Connect your Hard Drive

You can fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC in Windows 10 by reconnecting the hard drive.

To disconnect the hard drive, shut down the PC, open it and remove the hard drive. Make sure you disconnect the hard drive, which has Windows 10 installed on it.

Note: We recommend you perform this solution only if the computer is not in the warranty period. If the system is still in the warranty period and you open it on your own, the warranty will no longer be valid.

Also, if you have never opened your system, you can take help from an expert. As opening the computer incorrectly can damage it.

5. Enable NX, XD or XN in BIOS

You can enable XD, NX, or XN in BIOS to get rid of the error message. To do so, you need to enter the BIOS and go to the Security section.

First, check if it has an option to enable XD. If XD is not available in your BIOS settings; you can enable NX or XN in the security section.

Post this reboot your PC and check if you got rid of Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error.

6. Try Removing the RAM

Installing RAM in the laptop to Fix Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC In Windows 10
Installing RAM in the laptop

If you are still stuck outside your PC and cannot log in, we recommend removing RAM. You need to shut down your PC and unplug the RAM from it. If you have not done it before, take help from a professional.

Wait for some time, and then plug the RAM again into the PC. Restart your computer and check if this helped in fixing the issue you were experiencing.

7. Change the Disk Controller Mode in BIOS

You can try changing the disk controller mode in BIOS to fix the Windows Automatic Repair issue. All you need to do is enter the BIOS and find the disk controller mode. Once you find it, change it to Standard, which is SATA, IDE, or Legacy.

Now, reboot your computer and check if the issue is resolved. However, if you are still experiencing an Automatic Repair error message, try changing the disk controller mode to something else. If none of the modes works, you can change it to the original settings and move onto the next solution.

8. Clean Install Windows 10

If refresh/reset or any of the above solutions didn’t help fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC in Windows 10, you need to clean install Windows 10. You can do so by creating a Windows installation media and plugging it into the PC.

If you cannot boot using installation media, you need to change the primary boot device to a USB flash drive or DVD-ROM. You can then follow the instructions wizard to finish the clean installation.

9. Hardware Faults

If you cannot perform a clean installation, there might be chances of hardware failure in your computer. You can visit the local repair shop to get the issue fixed.

If your PC is in warranty, we recommend going to the manufacturer’s store to know what has caused the problem and get it fixed as well. In most cases, you may need to change the computer’s hardware part, and it will fix the issue for you.


It can be annoying when you are trying to fix one issue using Automatic Repair and get stuck on the same screen with an error message. The error message states that Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC and prevent you from entering the system normally. You either need to use safe mode or Windows Recovery Environment to fix the error.

The article explains all the possible ways in which you can fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC in Windows 10. You may need a little technical expertise to perform the fixes mentioned above, but the simple and straightforward explanation will make it easy for many users.