Fix: Stuck on Automatic Repair Loop on Windows 10

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Although Windows 10 offers all sorts of amazing features some users complain that they are getting stuck on Automatic Repair loop on Windows 10. This is a big problem because you can’t access your Windows 10 at all, but there are few solutions that might work for you.

What to do if You Get Stuck on Automatic Repair Loop on Windows 10

  1. Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection
  2. Disable Secure Boot from BIOS
  3. Remove peripherals
  4. Run System Restore
  5. Remove your RAM module
  6. Remove your hard drive
  7. Reset computer to factory settings

Getting stuck in Automatic Repair loop on Windows 10 is quite a problem since it will prevent you from accessing Windows and it will make your PC almost unusable. Although this looks like a serious issue, we’re happy to inform you that there are few ways you can fix this problem.

Solution 1 – Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection

After your computer restarts a few times you’ll boot to Advanced startup options. From there you need to do the following:

  1. When you boot to Advanced startup options select Troubleshoot.
  2. Next click the Advanced options button.
  3. Select the Startup settings and click the Restart button.
  4. After your computer restarts again you’ll be able to choose between nine options.
  5. Press number 8 on your keyboard to disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection.

After disabling Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection your computer should start normally, but as soon as you restart it the Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection should be turned on again. To prevent that you need to fix the problem that is causing it and in most cases, it’s the antivirus software. Users have reported that after disabling Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection and uninstalling Norton 360 antivirus software the issue was completely resolved.

Solution 2 – Disable Secure Boot from BIOS

To do this you need to access BIOS first. To do this you need to press F2 or Del (or some different key depending on your computer) while your computer boots in order to access BIOS.

After you’ve accessed BIOS you need to locate and disable Secure Boot option and save the changes. Location of Secure Boot option might be different for different versions of BIOS, so you’ll need to find it on your own.

Solution 3 – Remove peripherals

It is a well-known fact that peripherals may sometimes prevent computers from booting up, creating a restore point or running automatic repair.

Unplug all the peripherals connected to your computer and press the power button to turn it off.  Also, remove your laptop battery. Wait for one minute and then power up your computer. Some users said that this quick workaround solved the problem, so it is worth giving it a try.

Solution 4 – Run System Restore

Boot up your computer and continue to press F8 until it loads the Advanced Boot Options. Once this option is available, select Safe Mode.

Now, run System Restore and restore Windows to a functional version. For more information on how to run System Restore, go to Microsoft’s Support page.

Solution 5 – Remove your RAM module

Some users confirmed that removing the RAM modules helped them fix the problem. If you’re not comfortable doing this, you can either go to the next solution or ask someone more experienced to temporarily take out the RAM for you.

Solution 6 – Remove your hard drive

This workaround is similar to the previous one, and our piece of advice for you is the same: if you haven’t removed your computer’s hard drive before, ask for the help of a more experienced user.

So, take your hard drive out and connect it to another computer. Normally, you should see a message informing you that the device is preparing automatic repair. The progress bar should quickly reach 100%.

A new window should now appear on the screen, showing you all the files and folders available on the respective hard drive. Now, remove the hard drive from the second computer, connect it to the problematic machine and the Automatic Repair loop problem should no longer occur.

Solution 7 – Reset the computer to factory settings

Keep in mind that by following this workaround you will delete absolutely all the files and folders from your computer. Don’t forget to back up your files on an external storage device before you proceed.

  1. Press and hold F11 and the power button at the same time
  2. Wait for a couple of minutes for factory restore to start
  3. Select your keyboard layout > navigate to Troubleshoot > select Reset your PC > click Next
  4. Fully clean your drive
  5. The reset process usually takes a few hours, so wait patiently.

We hope that these solutions helped you fix the problem. Let us know which one worked for you.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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  • And if,like me, you spent a full week trying every conceivable fix including all the above and discounted all the fixes that would have resulted in even further nightmare scenarios and you have OEM software (no disc) and had upgraded free to windows 10 you may think all is lost. I did, I contacted data recovery company £197 to recover my data, local PC Repair shop £60 to load back onto PC no guarantees that my data, files pictures etc would still be there. I purchased a installation only windows disc costing £1.50 that allowed me to boot into windows after which I tried every repair/fix on the net that I was able to access none of which did anything other than cost me lost hours of sleep.I have to say my computer looked to be pretty much screwed, just like me! Desperate I did a clean install, chose the version of windows I had and went $hit or bust.
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