Guide to resolve the error “Automatic repair couldn’t repair your PC”

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I would like to inform that the “Automatic repair couldn’t repair your PC” error is the most common error that occurs in various Windows versions including the Windows 10 OS. The boot failure error which can be generally fixed by the Automatic repair feature which is an in-built option that is available within the Windows operating system. If the operating system fails to boot itself, then the Automatic Repair feature will automatically try to repair the Windows OS.

Most of the cases, the automatic repair feature is used to fix the multiple issues that are related to the boot failures. However, similar to other programs, this feature also has some limitations and at a few times, it fails to work. Automatic Repair option will fail due to some missing or corrupted files or even some errors within your installed OS which prevents to boot and start up properly. It is not possible to use the Safe Mode option if the automatic repair option fails.

Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC steps

Error Message

Please find below the error message you receive often when the automatic repair option fails:

Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC”.

Tap the “Advanced options” to try different options to repair your PC or “Shut down” to turn off your PC.

To overcome this situation, you can make use of the System Repair Disc, Recovery Drive, or any Bootable installation media to resolve the issues. Let us discuss more in detail on how to fix the fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error message. You need to ensure that you are not converting a basic disk which contains the operating system execution file into a dynamic disk, since it may make your computer unbootable.

To process the below-provided instructions, it is mandatory to have a System Repair Disc, Recovery Drive, or any Bootable installation media. In case if it is not available then it is recommended to create one. You can also make use of a stable internet connection on your computer to create a bootable disc or even use your friend’s computer instead of downloading the Windows Operating system from the website.

Open Command Prompt

This could be a basic troubleshooting step that you need to follow for the other listed methods as well.

  • Insert the System Repair Disc, Recovery Drive, or any Bootable Windows installation media into your computer and choose your preferred language and press the Next button.
  • On the bottom screen, press the option named “Repair your computer”.
  • Then select the Troubleshoot option and choose the Advanced options.
  • From the provided drop-down list, choose the option Command Prompt with Networking.

Troubleshooting steps to resolve Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error

You can follow the below-provided methods to resolve the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error message:

Fix boot and rebuild BCD

  • Access the Command prompt program on your computer and process the following commands:
  1. bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

2. bootrec.exe /fixmbr

3. bootrec.exe /fixboot

  • Upon completion of executing all the above commands successfully, you can close the program by entering the exit command.
  • Reboot your computer and check if it can boot to your Windows Operating system.
  • In case if you still receive the similar message then access the Command Prompt program again and execute the following command: bootsect /ntfs60 C: (it is advisable to change the drive letter with the bootable drive letter)
  • The above command will recover from the failed state.

Fix the Corrupted file system using Diskpart

  • Access the Command prompt program from your computer and input the command diskpart (ensure that you need to enter this command only in lowercase letters and do not use uppercase letters).
  • Under the diskpart section, you need to execute the below-provided commands one by one:
  1. DISKPART> select disk 1

2. DISKPART> select partition 1

3. DISKPART> active

4. DISKPART> extend filesystem

5. DISKPART> exit

  • After entering the above commands, you need to execute a few more commands:
  1. bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

2. bootrec.exe /fixmbr

3. bootrec.exe /fixboot

  • Reboot your computer to apply the above changes and fix the error message “Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC”.

Make use of Check Disk Utility

  • Open the command program and run the following command by entering: chkdsk /f /r C: (the drive letter refers to your current Windows installation drive letter).
  • After the successful process, you can reboot your computer and check if it the above command able to resolve the automatic repair issue.

Recover Windows Registry

  • You can initially boot your Windows operating system by using the Recovery Media or any Installation disk or media.
  • Choose your preferred language and tap on the Next option.
  • Once choosing your language, you can access the Command prompt program by pressing both Shift + F10 keys simultaneously.
  • Execute the below-provided command

cd C:\windows\system32\logfiles\srt\ (change your drive letter accordingly)

  • Now, input the file name as SrtTrail.txt to access the Notepad application.
  • Click on the File Menu and choose the Open option or even you can press the CTRL + O keys simultaneously and choose the option “All files” and access the following folder (C:\Windows\System32) and select the file named CMD and choose the option “Run as Administrator”.
  • On the Command prompt window, input the following command:

cd C:\windows\system32\config

  • You can backup all the files by renaming the following files: Security files, System, SAM, Software, and Default.
  • You can execute the following commands under the Command prompt window to rename the file names using step by step

1. rename DEFAULT DEFAULT.bak

2. rename SAM SAM.bak

3. rename SECURITY SECURITY.bak

4. rename SOFTWARE SOFTWARE.bak

5. rename SYSTEM SYSTEM.bak

  • After renaming the files, you can input the following command:

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

  • You can reboot your computer and check if the Automatic repair issue persists.

Repair Windows Image

  • Open the Command prompt window and run the following command:
  • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

–     Press the enter key to execute the above command. You have to wait until the process gets completed (by default, it will take up to a maximum of 20 minutes).

–     If it is not working with the above command then you can also try with any one of the below commands: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess or Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows

–     After completing the process, reboot your computer.

–     The entire windows drivers should re-install to resolve the Automatic repair issue.

Delete the Problematic files

  • Open the command prompt and enter the below-provided command:

cd C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\Srt

  • Now enter the filename SrtTrail.txt
  • While accessing the file, you will receive a notification stating that the Boot Critical file is corrupted C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\tmel.sys
  • Use the following command to delete the problematic file

cd c:\windows\system32\drivers

del tmel.sys

  • You need to ensure that you are not deleting the drivers that are most vital and important to load your Windows operating system.
  • Reboot your computer and check whether you are still experiencing the issue.

Disable the Automatic Startup Repairing Loop

You need to ensure whether you are locked within the Automatic Startup Repairing Loop. If so, you can follow the below steps:

  • Type CMD in the run command and open up the command prompt window to enter the below command:

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No

  • After the process completed, reboot your PC and now the Automatic Startup Repairing loop will be automatically disabled.
  • If you would like to re-enable it then follow the below command:

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled Yes

  • Restart your computer to apply the above changes and check if the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error is fixed.
  • If not, you can try with a different solution.

OSDevice and Device Partition to be set with correct values

  • Within the Command prompt window, type the command as bcdedit and hit the enter key.
  • Search and locate the OSDevice and Device partitions. Ensure that they are set to the correct values and as well as to the correct partition.
  • The default value for both partitions is C: (Since this is the Windows pre-installed partition on your computer).
  • In case, if you had installed Windows on a different drive then type the below commands on the command prompt to set the default values:

bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:

bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:

  • By default, you can use the above-provided command to set the correct values. If you had installed Windows on D or E drive then you need to change the partition values to the respective drive.
  • Restart your computer to apply the changes and check whether the Automatic repair error is fixed.

Disable the Driver Signature Enforcement

  • Insert the System Repair or Recovery Drive Disc or the Windows Installation Media into your computer and click on the Next button.
  • Choose your preferred language and tap on the Next option.
  • On the bottom screen, click on the option “Repair your computer”.
  • Select the Advanced options from the Troubleshoot selection.
  • Click on the Startup Settings.
  • Reboot your computer and tap the number 7 to disable the Driver Signature Enforcement option.
  • If the process is not working then you need to execute the process once again and try tapping with different numbers.

Disable the Early launch Anti-malware protection

Another cause for receiving the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC issue could be Anti-virus software interrupting the automatic repairing process. However, it is not possible to uninstall or disable the anti-virus software since you have not logged in to your computer. Hence, you can use the Recovery mode option to disable the anti-virus program by following the below steps:

  • You need to restart your computer using the Recovery mode option.
  • Choose the Startup Settings from the Advanced options that are available under the Troubleshoot menu.
  • On the existing Startup Settings page, press the Restart button.
  • You will be provided with a list of multiple options to choose from.
  • Tap the number 8 to disable the Early launch Anti-malware protection option.
  • Now, reboot your computer and check if the issue persists.

Understand that this process may not disable the entire third-party anti-virus programs available on your computer.

Perform Reset or Refresh

  • While displaying the Boot menu, you need to choose the Troubleshooting option.
  • You can select any one of the options: Reset your PC or Refresh your PC.
  • You can follow the instructions provided on your screen to complete the Refresh or Reset option.
  • The process can be completed by using the latest OS disc (make use of Windows 10 OS).

By now, you should be able to resolve the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error message successfully by following the above-provided troubleshooting steps. Before to process the troubleshooting procedure, it is mandatory to keep the System Repair Disc, Recovery Drive, or any Bootable installation media in handy.

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