How To Fix Windows Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically

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First you want to close the front "Startup Repair" window and then click on View advanced options for system recovery and support.

On the next screen take note of the operating system drive letter. It will probably be listed as (C:) or (D:). We may need to use this drive letter later on in the repair process.

Click on Command Prompt.

Type bootrec /fixmbr and press enter.

Then type bootrec /fixboot and press enter.

If the commands were successful then close the command prompt window and click on Restart and see if Windows starts normally.

If you receive the error The system cannot find the path specified then you may need to change a setting in BIOS. Close the command prompt window and click on Restart. Repeatedly press the key to enter BIOS. Sometimes the computer will display the key while restarting. The most popular keys to repeatedly press to get into BIOS is either the F2 or Del key.

In the BIOS we need to look for the SATA Mode. In some computers it is under Main and then Storage Configuration. If the SATA Mode is set to AHCI then change it to IDE. If the SATA Mode is set to IDE then change it to AHCI. The SATA Mode setting may also be under Advanced and then Onboard Devices Configuration and then look for the mode under Controller. Again, if it is set to AHCI then change it to IDE. If it is set to IDE then change it to AHCI. Save and Exit the BIOS, usually by pressing the F10 key.

If Windows still does not start normally and startup repair is unable to repair the computer automatically then click on View advanced options for system recovery and support.

Remember to take note of the operating system drive letter and click on Command Prompt again. If you haven't tried the commands bootrec /fixmbr and pressing enter and then bootrec /fixboot pressing enter then try those now.

Now we want to check the hard drive for errors:

Type

chkdsk C: /f /r

Replace C with the drive letter you noted before. Possibly D and press enter.

This will take a while. After it is finished, take note if their is any bad sectors. If there is then you will want to figure out a way to backup your data and either purchase a new computer or purchase a new hard drive to install Windows on. If you are purchasing a new hard drive then you will have to have made a Windows Recovery DVD or you will have to order one from Microsoft or from the manufacturer of your computer.

One way to backup your important data files is to connect an external hard drive or USB thumb drive and then type:

notepad

and press enter.

Once in notepad, click on File and then click Open. Change Files of type to All Files. Now click on Computer on the left and then go to your important data and copy and paste it to your external hard drive.   For example, to copy your pictures folder click on your computers local disk drive letter, go to the User folder then go to your username and then right click on My Pictures and click on Copy. Click on Computer again and then go to your external hard drive letter and right click and click on Paste.

If there are 0 bad sectors on the hard drive then close Command Prompt and click on Restart.

If Windows still does not start normally and Startup Repair cannot repair the computer automatically then we have one more fix to try. Go to Command Prompt and type the following:

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows

Replace d with the drive letter we noted before.

If your get the message "There is a system repair pending which requires a reboot to complete. Restart windows and run sfc again." then type in the following command:

takeown /f d:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml

Remember to replace d with the letter we noted before. Now type:

ren d:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml pending.old

Remember to replace d with the letter we noted before where your Windows OS is installed and press enter.

Now retype:

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows

Replace d with the drive letter we noted before and press enter.

Hopefully after running System File Checker (sfc) you get the message that it "found corrupt files and successfully repaired them". Restart widows and hopefully this time Windows starts normally. If it does not then you may need to take out your hard drive and connect it to another computer to run some of these commands on it. Or you may need to have a professional computer technician look at your computer.

Last updated on June 21, 2017
Created on June 21, 2017

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