Windows 11

Automatic Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC: 5 Ways to Fix It

Effective Methods to Resolve the "Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC" Error


When the automatic startup repair couldn’t repair Your PC error, your automatic repair tool cannot automatically detect and repair issues based on its design. This issue may occur when you attempt to boot up your computer, sometimes specifically after a RAM upgrade, and you find it hard to reset your PC.

Windows 11’s Startup Repair tool automatically diagnoses and fixes startup issues through a thorough system scan. The repair error may occur due to missing or corrupt system files or damaged boot configurations, causing abnormal system startup.

1. Use Startup repair

Startup repair is useful if your computer starts with a black or blue screen of death, hangs at the Windows logo during startup, you cannot log in after startup, or if program files are missing. Follow the steps below.

  1. Press Window + S keys to access the search box, enter Recovery options, and click on the app to open.
  2. Then, find Advanced startup and click Restart now.
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  3. When the next window opens, choose Troubleshoot.
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  4. Then click on Advanced options.
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  5. Afterward, select Startup setting and then select Restart.

2. Perform fixboot and/or chkdsk command

The fixboot and chkdsk commands will help to repair the hard drive. They will repair the hard drive boot sector and find and repair file system problems, such as bad sectors and lost clusters. Here are the steps.

  1. Restart your computer and press the F8 key repeatedly before the Windows logo appears.
  2. Select the Troubleshoot option, then choose Advanced Options.
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  3. Then, choose the Command Prompt option.
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  4. Enter the following code and hit Enter after each line to run it:
    bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
    bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    bootrec.exe /fixboot
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  5. You can also perform a chkdsk commands as an additional measure.
  6. Lastly, enter the command below in Command Prompt where c: should be your computer’s hard-drive partition and hit Enter after each:
    chkdsk /r c:
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  7. Finally, restart PC.

3. Perform SFC and DISM scans

This solution can help when you cannot boot your computer into Windows correctly. These scans can identify and fix corrupted system files that may be causing the error. Use the steps below.

  1. Press the Windows and S keys simultaneously and enter cmd in the text field.
  2. Then, select Run as administrator option on the right side to start the Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
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  3. Once the User Account Control prompts you, select Yes to continue.
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  4. When Command Prompt displays, enter the following command into the prompt and tap the Enter key to start an SFC scan:
    sfc /scannow
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  5. Once the scan is complete, copy and paste the command below and press the Enter key to run the command:
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
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  6. Finally, it would be best to restart your computer to implement repairs.

4. Uninstall updates

Uninstalling updates can resolve the “Automatic Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC” error if the update is causing the issue. First, boot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking, as explained in our article on fixing the 0x8024000C Windows update error. Once you have done that, follow the steps below.

  1. Launch Settings by pushing Windows and I keys simultaneously and select Windows Update.
  2. Then, locate and click Update history.
  3. Afterward, select Uninstall updates.
  4.  Finally, click the Uninstall button next to the intended update.

5. Perform SFC SCANNOW through Offboot switch

This solution can be useful if your system files are corrupted, causing Windows to malfunction during startup. The offboot switch informs the SFC scan to check the system files in the Windows installation drive (usually the C: drive). Follow the steps below to implement the solution.

  1. Start your computer with the Windows installation media (either USB or DVD).
  2. Then, choose your preferred language and click Next.
  3. When the next screen displays, select Repair your computer at the bottom-left corner.
  4. Select the operating system you intend to fix and click Next.
  5. If you get a prompt, enter your correct administrator credentials.
  6. Choose Command Prompt in the System Recovery Options menu.
  7. Then, locate the Windows Install drive letter using BCDEDIT command.
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  8. Afterward, enter the following command:
    sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=C:\Windows
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  9. The SFC tool will scan and repair available corrupted system files. Wait for the process to complete.
  10. You can also use DISM:
    dism /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions
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  11. Finally, restart your computer to implement repairs.

FAQs on Automatic Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC

  1. Why is my PC saying automatic repair?
    A common reason you may get this warning is if your boot files are missing or damaged. Due to this, some users restructure critical portions of their system.
  2. What does “startup repair couldn’t repair your PC” mean?
    ‘Startup Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC’ error may mean that the Windows Recovery tool cannot fix the errors due to a corrupted file or a bad sector in your hard drive.
  3. How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Repair at Startup?
    • Open the Command Prompt as administrator and run the BCDEDIT command.
    • Execute this command to disable automatic repair at startup:
      bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled no
  4. How long does startup repair last?
    Windows Startup repair may take a minimum of 15 to 45 minutes maximum!

To conclude, when your Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your pc, the solutions provided above in simple steps can get you back to proper functionality. Problems like this are not fatal. All you need is the correct steps to repair any file or process responsible.

Also, you may perform a system restore when other solutions fail. We will appreciate your feedback as you drop them in the comment box below.

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