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Windows 10 stuck in Automatic Repair Loop

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#1 amlutrick


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 12:15 PM

Viewing a video on PC when the computer froze. Hard restart initiated and then the computer went into Automatic Repair Loop. Unable to get out of the Loop after several restarts.


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 05:22 AM

Force a restart while holding down the power button.

Do this shortly after the little spinning wheel shows up

Do it 3 times - it should let you into the menu selection of Startup Repair.


If Automatic Repair isn't fixing things, then I'd suggest trying:

- System Restore, or

- Reset (using the Keep My Files option)


If still unable to get into Windows, try running the installation media again.

In the first or second screen (where it asks to install Windows), there will be a link in the lower left corner to "Repair this computer".

Use that to get into the Startup Repair menu.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 10:01 PM

The OP in this thread is a family member.  I'm posting a follow-up in hopes it will help someone else.

The original problem occurred while the OP was watching a video.  The computer froze during the video and it was necessary to do an illegal shutdown.  Upon restarting the computer it went into a repair loop.  The loop consisted of the following screens upon powering up:

  • Black Screen with Dell Logo and F2 and F12 options
  • Windows 10 Logo Screen w/ message Preparing Windows Repair
  • Windows 10 Logo Screen w/ message Diagnosing Your PC
  • Automatic Repair Screen w/ message Your PC Did Not Start Correctly
  • Selecting Advanced Options from the above screen, the only working option was the Command Prompt


The problem turned out to be a corrupted Windows Registry.

The fix was to copy all five Registry Hives from the folder c:\windows\system32\config\regback to the folder c:\windows\system32\config, overwriting the existing Hives with the backups.  In general, I followed the procedure in This Link.  However, I booted the computer into XPUD on a flash drive and used the Files utility rather than moving the files using the Command Prompt.

After restoring the Registry as described above, the computer booted normally.

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