Fix: Windows Cannot Repair This Computer Automatically

Sep. 07, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

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When you see such an error message “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically” (can also be “Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically”), it means that the computer cannot boot in a normal state and Windows is unable to repair it.

This error can be caused by many factors such as the damaged hard drive, bad sectors and corrupted system files. There are also several solutions to this error. Read on to try them one by one, and you may address this “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically” issue.

Fix 1. Run Bootrec (bootrec.exe) to Troubleshoot the Issue

Bootrec is a utility provided by Microsoft in Windows Recovery Environment (also known as Windows RE). It is useful to fix the issues which prevent computers from booting normally. It is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. To run it, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Restart your computer by using the computer's power button.

Step 2. If there is a single operating system installed on your computer, press F8 when the Windows logo appears. If there are more than one operating system installed on your computer, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to repair at first. And then press F8 when the Windows logo appears.

Step 3. Select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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Step 4. Select Command Prompt from the pop-up System Recovery Options menu.

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Step 5. When the Command Prompt opens, execute the following commands one by one:

  • bootrec /fixmbr

  • bootrec /fixboot

Step 6. When the commands are executed successfully, reboot your computer.

After the reboot, if the “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically” issue still exists, go ahead and try the following methods.

Fix 2. Run CHKDSK to Address the Issue

As mentioned above, the damaged hard drive and bad sectors can also lead to the “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically” error. In this case, running CHKDSK can help address the issue. Do as follows.

Step 1. Restart your computer and press F8 when the Windows logo appears.

Step 2. Select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options screen.

Step 3. Select Command Prompt from the pop-up System Recovery Options menu.

Step 4. Type the “chkdsk /r” command into the Command Prompt and hit Enter to run it.

Step 5. Reboot your computer.

Read Also: How to Fix CHKDSK /F/R Not Working after Windows 10 Creators Update

Fix 3. Run System File Checker to Resolve the Issue

This method can be useful if the “Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically” issue is caused by corrupted system files. Take the following steps.

Step 1. Restart your computer and press F8 when the Windows logo appears.

Step 2. Select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options screen.

Step 3. Select Command Prompt from the pop-up System Recovery Options menu.

Step 4. When the Command Prompt opens, type “sfc /scannow” into it and hit Enter to run the command.

Step 5. After the process is finished, restart your computer.

See Also: How to Fix Corrupted System Files with SFC /scannow in Windows

Fix 4. Perform a Clean Boot to Get Rid of the Issue

If all the methods above don’t work, try to boot your computer into the Safe Mode and perform a clean boot to get rid of “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically”. These posts are for your reference:

Hope the methods above could be helpful to fix “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically”. Welcome to leave comments below if you have any questions. For more solutions to other computer issues, you can click here.

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