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Startup Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC: Get Some Comprehensive Guidance

The latest Operating System developed by Microsoft is the Windows 10. With each of the latest versions of the Windows upgrade, Microsoft always tries to improve the limitations and the deficiency of several problems found in the previous versions of Windows. But still, there are some flaws which are very common to all versions of Windows Operating System. The ‘startup repair couldn’t repair your PC’ is one of those common bugs faced by several users. This issue is directly related to the boot failure. Boot failure can occur with any versions of Windows.

If you are facing the same error, then nothing to get worried about this. Here in this article, we are going to present some amazing tips and tricks which can help you fix this issue. Hence, you are advised to go through the guide given below. So, let’s start.

Know the Root Causes Behind the Error Startup Repair Couldn’t Repair your PC

Generally, the automatic repair is able to solve the error related to boot failure. This is an in-built option that comes inbuilt with the Windows Operating System. When the system fails to boot in a proper way, then the Automatic Repair tool tries to fix this issue by itself. Most of the time, automatic repair solves several problems associated with the boot failures, but like another program, it has some limitations as well as sometimes it fails to run.

Automatic Repair fails due to some errors or missing or damaged files on your Operating System installation which stop Windows to start in a proper way. And if it fails, then you might become unable to get into the Safe Mode. Usually, the failed automatic repair option will indicate you some type of error notification like this one:

Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

Press “Advanced options” to try other options to repair your PC or “Shut down” to turn off your PC.

Log file: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt’

In such a situation when the Automatic Repair is unable to repair the computer, then Recovery Drive/System Repair Disc or Bootable installation media are beneficial in those cases. Let’s have a look at the troubleshooting hacks explained in the below section.

Easy Tips and Tricks to Fix the Error Windows 10 Startup Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC

There are several ways to fix this issue. You need to stick to the troubleshooting hacks discussed below:

Procedure 1: Using Command Prompt

First, you should try to fix this error using the command prompt. To open this, you should follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Insert the System Repair Disc or Recovery Drive or Windows installation media on the CD drive and choose your preferred language. Tap on the Next button to proceed further.
  2. Look at the bottom of the screen. There you will see the ‘Repair your computer’ option. Tap on it.
  3. Now, you have to tap on the Troubleshoot and then choose the Advanced Options.
  4. After that, you will see a list. Choose the ‘Command Prompt (With networking)’ option from there.

It will open the Command Prompt (admin) Window. After that, you have to follow the methods provided below:

Fix 1: Solve BCD and Rebuild it

To rebuild the BCD, you should perform the steps mentioned below:  

  1. Open the Command prompt. Then, type the commands given below one by one. Hit the Enter key from the keyboard to run them:

1st: bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

2nd: bootrec.exe /fixmbr

3rd: bootrec.exe /fixboot

  1. After executing the above commands, you have to type Exit on the command line and hit the Enter key to execute them.
  2. Now, restart the system to check if you boot to Windows screen.
  3. Here if you face any other error and failed to complete the process, then type the command ‘bootsect /ntfs60 X:.’ Replace ‘X’ with the drive letter which you want to boot.
  4. Now, try to execute the above commands.
  5. After completing this, you have to close the Command Prompt Window and restart the system to apply the changes.

Now, check that the issue is resolved or not. If the error persists, then perform the next solution.

Fix 2: Use the Diskpart to Solve the damaged System Files

Follow the steps given below to fix the corrupted system files of your computer:

  1. Navigate to the Command Prompt Window and run the command ‘diskpart.’
  2. Next, you have to type the commands given below. Hit Enter after each command to run them.

1st: DISKPART> select disk 1

2nd: DISKPART> select partition 1

3rd: DISKPART> active

4th: DISKPART> extend filesystem

5th: DISKPART> exit

  1. Now, type the commands mentioned below. Don’t forget to hit Enter.

1st: bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

2nd: bootrec.exe /fixmbr

3rd: bootrec.exe /fixboot

  1. After finishing the above steps, you need to restart the system to apply the changes.

Now, check whether the error ‘startup repair couldn’t repair your PC Windows 10’ persists or not. If the error still appears, then go to the next method.

Fix 3: Using Check Disk Tool

Navigate to the Command Prompt Window. Then, you have to type the command ‘chkdsk /f /r C:’ on the command line and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to run the command. Next, you have to restart the system to check whether you are able to solve the issue. If the issue still persists, then you should perform the solutions given below.

Fix 4: Remove Windows Registry Files

To eliminate the Windows registry files from the system, you need to have a glance at the steps given below:

Step 1:

At first, you have to enter the recovery or installation media. Then, you should boot from this media. Next, choose the language preferences. Then, tap on the Next button. Now, you have to hit the Shift and F10 both at the same time from the keyboard. As a result, it will invoke the Command Prompt Window.

Step 2:

Type the command ‘cd X:\windows\system32\logfiles\srt\’ on the Command Prompt Window. Here you need to replace ‘X’ with your drive letter. Then, hit the Enter key from the keyboard to execute the commands. Now, run the command ‘SrtTrail.txt’ to launch the file with Notepad format.

Step 3:

Hit the letter “O” and the Ctrl buttons simultaneously from the keyboard and choose the ‘All files’ option. Then, you have to go to the location ‘C:\windows\system32.’ Now, right-click on the ‘cmd’ and choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option to run the Command Prompt with administrator privileges. Type the command ‘C:\windows\system32\config’ on the command line and hit Enter to run the command. Now, you have to rename the Security, System, SAM, Software, and Default files to ‘.bak’ to back them up.

Step 4:

After that, you have to type the commands given below. Don’t forget to hit the Enter to run them.

1st: rename DEFAULT DEFAULT.bak

2nd: rename SAM SAM.bak

3rd: rename SECURITY SECURITY.bak

4th: rename SOFTWARE SOFTWARE.bak

5th: rename SYSTEM SYSTEM.bak

Step 5:

Then, you have to execute the command ‘copy c:\windows\system32\config\RegBack c:\windows\system32\config.’ Exit from the Command Prompt Window and restart the system to apply the changes.  

After that, you have to check whether the issue is resolved or not. If the error persists, then move on to further procedures.

Fix 5: Repair the Windows Image

To repair the Windows image. You should perform the steps provided below:

  1. At first, you have to invoke the Command Prompt Window. Type the command ‘DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth’ on the command line. Then, hit the Enter key from the keyboard to run this command.
  2. Now, it will take a minimum of 25-30 minutes time to complete the complete process. But, if you see that the above command is not running then, you have to run the command ‘Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows or Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess.’
  3. Wait for a few minutes and restart the system to apply all the changes.  

After that, you have to check whether the error is resolved or not. If the error is not fixed then you should perform the next procedure.

Fix 6: Remove the Problematic Files from the System

By eliminating the problematic files from your computer you can also fix the ‘Windows 10 startup repair couldn’t repair your PC’ issue. To perform this, you need to stick to steps given below:

  1. Open the Command Prompt Window again. Then, you have to type the commands given below. Execute them, by pressing the Enter key from the keyboard.

1st: cd C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\Srt

2nd: SrtTrail.txt

  1. It will open the files that are creating problems on the system. Now, boot them by executing the command ‘C:\windows\system32\drivers\tmel.sys is corrupt.’
  2. Remove them by running the commands given below:

1st: cd c:\windows\system32\drivers

2nd: del tmel.sys

  1. Here you need to be careful, that there are also some necessary files which help Windows to run properly. Don’t remove them from the system. Now, restart the system to save the changes.

Now, you should check that the issue is still showing or not. If it continues, then go to further methods.  

Fix 7: Disable the Automatic Startup Repair Tool

Deactivate the Automatic Startup Repair loop to check if it can fix the ‘Windows 10 startup repair couldn’t repair your PC’ issue. To perform this, you should perform the steps as follows:

  1. Invoke the Command Prompt Window. Then, type the command ‘bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No’ on the command line. Hit the Enter to run the command.
  2. Restart the system to disable the Automatic Startup Repair.

Now, check whether the error is resolved or not. If it is not, then you should enable the Automatic Startup Repair by performing the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to the Command Prompt Window and type the command ‘bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled Yes’ in cmd. Execute this command by pressing the Enter key from the keyboard.
  2. Reboot the system to apply the changes.

Now, continue with further solutions.

Fix 8: Set the Correct values of your Device Partition and OSdevice Partition

Sometimes, due to wrong entries of the OSdevice and Device partition, you can also face this issue. To fix this, perform the steps given below:

  1. Open a Command Prompt Window. Then, you have to type the command ‘bcdedit’ on the command line and run that.
  2. Now, you need to search for the value of partition of the device and OSdevice. Then, make sure that the values are accurate. Or if you prefer, you can also set the correct partition. The value is ‘C:’ by default as the Windows pre-installed on this drive only.
  3. If by any reason, the value is changed to any other partition, then you have to execute the command given below:
  4. 1st: bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
  5. 2nd: bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:
  6. But, if you have installed the windows on another drive previously, then you have to confirm that you are that drive letter instead of ‘C:.’
  7. After that, you have to restart the system to save the changes.

Now, check that the issue is fixed or not. If the issue still appears, then follow the next procedures.

Procedure 2: Disable the Anti-Malware Protection

Sometimes, the ‘Windows 10 startup repair couldn’t repair your PC’ issue can also happen because of the third-party antivirus programs installed on your computer. Hence, you should try to deactivate them to check if it can fix the problem. Follow the steps given below to disable the anti-malware programs of the system:  

  1. At first, you have to go to the login screen of Windows login. Then tap on the Power button. Click on the Restart button by holding the Shift key to enter the Boot Options.
  2. It will open the Boot Menu. Go to the Troubleshoot section. Then, you have to tap on the ‘Advanced Options’. Select the ‘Startup Settings’ option from the next Window.
  3. Now, the system will start to restart as well as boot to the list of options for you to select.
  4. Select the ‘Disable early launch anti-malware protection’ option.
  5. After that, restart the system to apply the changes.  

Now, you should check whether the error is still unresolved or not.

Final Recommendation

In the above article, we have provided some of the easiest solutions to fix the ‘startup repair couldn’t repair your PC’ issue. It is our hope that if you perform the above ways in their given order, then it will definitely help you to ease up your pain regarding this matter. After successfully implementing the above methods if you are still not able to fix this issue or facing any other kinds of trouble, then you need to connect with a tech expert. In addition, you can also share your queries and valuable feedback through the comment box given at the end of this post.

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