Quick Fix: Windows Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10/8.1/8Time: Jan. 10, 2020
About Windows Automatic Repair and Related Issues
Automatic Repair, the same as Startup Repair, is a built-in feature designed to fix boot-related issues for you.
It will run automatically when a startup problem arises on a Windows computer.
However, it doesn't always work. Many users have been faced with issues related to Automatic Repair,
now including you.
What Kind of Situation You Are in
When Automatic Repair starts and fails, you will probably find yourself in one of the following situations:
·Windows Automatic Repair gets stuck on a black screen with "Preparing Automatic Repair" or
"Diagnosing your PC" error message.
·Windows says it is going to preparing Automatic Repair but results in a black screen with nothing on.
·Windows Automatic Repair results in a blue screen of death, saying "Your PC did not start correctly"
or "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." If you click "Restart", you will be stuck in the Automatic
When Will You See 'Preparing Automatic Repair' in Windows
But far too often, Automatic Repair can do more harm than good by getting stuck in a startup repair loop,
including the variations.
It is a well-documented issue in Windows 10/8.1/8. When will this "Preparing Automatic
Repair" issue appear? Generally, users may come across Automatic Repair loop or related problems after a Windows
update or unexpected shutdown of Windows.
Why Is Windows Stuck at 'Preparing Automatic Repair' or the Automatic Repair Loop
Being bothered by the unchanging "Preparing Automatic Repair" screen or ever-lasting Automatic Repair
loop, have you ever wondered about why this issue happens on your computer? There are some common causes:
·Issues with Windows Registry·BOOTMGR (Windows Boot Manager) file corruption·Missing or damaged system files·Issues with the hardware driver (hard drive driver, motherboard driver, graphics driver)·Other unknown reasons
Fix "Stuck in Preparing Automatic Repair" and Automatic Repair Loop
Depending on the specific situation you are in, you will have different solutions. The cases listed above
can be divided into two categories: black screen or blue screen.
Case 1. You Got a Black Screen
In this case, you are stuck in the "Preparing Automatic Repair/Diagnosing your PC" screen, or the computer's
screen goes black after preparing for an Automatic Repair.
The result is you cannot use the built-in repair functions in Windows without the help of Windows Installation Media.
hus, the fixes are:
Method 1. Perform a Hard Reboot
When the computer doesn't respond, perform a hard reboot first. A hard reboot is a way or restarting your computer manually
instead of using the operating system controls (soft reboot).
The most typical way to perform a hard reboot is to press and hold the power button on the computer until it shuts down.
Afterward, start the computer and see whether the issue persists.
Method 2. Refresh or Reset PC
The official Microsoft solution to an endless 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop is to refresh or reset the PC directly. They state:
"Upon the 'Preparing automatic repair' window, press-and-hold Power button three times to forcefully shut down the machine.
The system will enter boot repair page after 2-3 times of reboot, choose Troubleshoot, then go on to Refresh PC or Reset PC."
If this solution fails to bring you the repair page, continue with the following methods.
Method 3. Boot into Safe Mode
When the computer is stuck at the "Preparing Automatic Repair/Diagnosing your PC" screen or the computer's screen
goes black and stops responding, there will be no choice available on the computer for you to repair the system.
Thus, you will need a Windows installation CD/DVD for the following methods. If you do not have the installation disc,
follow the guide from Microsoft to create a Windows Installation Media. Then enter Safe Mode:
Step 1. Connect the Windows Installation Media to the computer.
Step 2. Choose to boot from the installation media from the screen.
Step 3. Wait for the files to be loaded.
Step 4. In the Windows Setup window, choose "Next".
Step 5. Again, in the Windows Setup window, choose "Repair your computer" >
"Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "Startup Settings".
Step 6. Choose a Safe Mode option (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and
Safe Mode with Command Prompt) to enter.
What you can do in Safe Mode:
·Run antivirus software to scan for and remove virus
·Delete problematic files that may result in the "Preparing Automatic Repair" stuck
·Uninstall suspicious software or drivers
·Update the hardware driver using a CD/DVD/USB that contains the driver