The laptop is stuck on the screen ‘Preparing Automatic Repair’ during startup and fails to boot normally. If you are in this situation, read on to learn more about the problem and troubleshooting steps.

Automatic Repair is a feature that can fix certain PC issues when the computer fails to boot normally. However, due to various reasons, it can get stuck on the Preparing automatic repair screen and fail to boot. To resolve the error, follow the troubleshooting steps below.

  1. Perform System Restore

If any changes are made to your PC recently, performing a system restore will restore your PC to an earlier point and help undo the changes. Since ‘Preparing automatic repair’ loop prevents the PC from booting normally, you are going to have to enter recovery menu to perform System Restore.

  1. Press the Power button during the boot process, repeat this step 3 times
  2. Click on Advanced Options
  3. The click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore the computer to an earlier point in time

If this doesn’t work, you’re going to need a Windows installation disk to enter recovery menu to perform System Restore.

Note: Once the System Restore is completed, restart your computer and check if the error persists.

  1. Perform Startup repair

Start-up repair helps fix problems that keep Windows from loading. To access Startup repair, you will need to enter recovery menu.

  1. Press the Power button during the boot process, repeat this step 3 times
  2. Click on Advanced options
  3. The click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Repair

Note: If this doesn’t work, you’re going to need a Windows installation disk to enter recovery menu to perform Startup Repair.

Once Startup repair is complete, restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved. If the error persists, proceed to the next step.

  1. Rebuild BCD

If the boot files are missing or corrupted, you may receive the error ‘Preparing automatic repair’. Hence, re-building the boot record helps in such situations.

  1. Press the Power button during the boot process, repeat this step 3 times
  2. Click on Advanced options
  3. The click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt
  4. Type the following commands and hit Enter after each command
  • bootrec/fixmbr
  • bootrec/fixboot
  • bootrec/scanos
  • bootrec/rebuildbcd

Note: If this doesn’t work, you’re going to need a Windows installation disk to enter recovery menu to perform this step.

Once complete, type EXIT and hit Enter, then restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved. Your system should start normally. If this doesn’t work, you can try reinstalling Windows.

  1. Reinstall Windows

If your laptop still gets stuck in ‘Preparing automatic repair’ screen after trying all of the above methods, you can try reinstalling Windows. This may resolve the issue.

Data loss

Some of this troubleshooting are subject to data loss. You might lose important data if you don’t have a backup. Data recovery tools such as Remo Recover are required in such situations. It is a specialized tool to recover data after Windows reinstallation or system restore.

It scans your drive sector by sector to retrieve data thoroughly. Your original data along with folder structure are recovered intact. The tool works on a read-only mechanism, so your original data is not altered during the recovery process.

A variant of the software called Remo Photo Recovery is available to recover deleted photos from your laptop. Photo deletion can happen accidentally or during an improper cut and paste operations. Various photo formats such as JPEG, JPG, PNG etc. are supported.