Startup Repair

Most of us have faced this at least once in our lifetime. Windows cannot boot, something crashed, or you just clicked on reboot and now it is not starting!! Gross!! Hopefully Windows gives us some basic repairing tools like Startup Repair that can help us fix some of these issues, which it does automatically after your concern.

Startup Repair” is the window you will see the moment your reboot after your system crashes. This program comes inbuilt in all of the Windows OS like Windows XP, Windows 7, 8/8.1 and even Windows 10. Startup Repair is a recovery that allows you to fix certain system problems that must be preventing your Windows from booting. Its developed to fix only few problems like missing certain files that are required for Windows to boot. To let you know that, this program does not act like an Antivirus and wont defend your System from any sort of Malware damage. It will neither help you for your Hardware issues of PC.

Startup Repair tools can fix following problems:

  • Has your Registry become corrupted?
  • Are there missing or damaged system and driver files?
  • Are you experiencing Disk metadata corruption? MBR, partition table, and boot sector
  • Or File system metadata corruption?
  • Having issues installing problem or incompatible drivers?
  • Installation of Windows service packs and patches coming back with incompatible errors?
  • Corrupt boot configuration data?
  • Bad memory and hard disk hardware errors? Detection only

You will want to run a Startup Repair when you are experiencing these issues, but while its early enough that no other issues have been caused as a knock on effect.

 Now we shall see how to run Startup Repair and how to fix problems with Windows 10 first, followed by 8 and 8.1 and then for 7.

For Windows 10:

Windows 10
Windows 10 logo

Automatic Repair.  

  1. Insert the Installation USB and boot Windows 10 from it.

[Read How to make a Installable Usb Pen Drive ]

2. In the ‘Windows setup’ page select the ‘language to install’, ‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘keyboard or input method’ and click on ‘next’.
3. Click on ‘Repair your computer’ and select ‘Troubleshoot’.
4. Click on ‘Advanced options’ and select ‘Automatic Repair’ and select the operating system.

For Windows 8 and 8.1:

Windows 8
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Note: The Automatic Repair tool should start if the computer fails over into Windows recovery because of a detected boot failure. If the automatic fail’over doesn’t work you can also start Automatic Repair as a manual recovery tool from a Windows install CD or DVD or from the Advanced Start Options.

  1. Boot to the System Recovery Options screen.
    • tapping rapidly on the F12 key at the Dell Splash screen when the system starts up and choose the CD/DVD drive from the Boot Once Menu that appears. You can do the same thing if you have a USB recovery drive, just choose to boot from the USB instead.
    • Tap rapidly on the SHIFT+F8 key together as the system goes past the Splash screen and it may bring up the Advanced Options screen.
    • If you still have access to the windows home screen you can click on Restart whilst holding down the SHIFT key. Or you can press the Windows+I keys together and choose General and select restart to advanced startup.boot menu
    • In Advanced Boot Options Choose Advanced Options for: Windows 8
      (Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice.)
    • Select: Repair your Computer

Note:On some Windows 8 builds this is an option you will need to set prior to having issues with the system. There are guides available for setting this up on Windows 8.

2. At the System Recovery Options screen, click on Advanced options and then Automatic Repair.

Advanced Options

Note: Your PC may Restart after this



3. If it asks while it’s running select the Operating System that you want to do an Automatic Repair on[if you have two or more installed].

If you have booted from DVD or Bootable PenDrive, you wont see other Operating Systems.

Automatic Repair

4. If asked select an Administrator Account.


5. The Automatic Repair will start Diagnosing your PC and it will attempt to automatically repair them.


System might reboot depending upon the choices you see and what it fixes. Once all the issues are resolved, the system will automatically Restart as Usually it does and then you can start using your PC.

6. If Startup Repair could not find problems or repair your computer, then either select Shut down to turn off your PC, or click on Advanced options to go back to Step 2 and repeat the steps.

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For Windows 7:

Windows 7
Windows 7 logo

For Windows 7, you can make a Bootable Pen Drive or you can insert the CD/DVD of Windows 7 Installation.

  1. If you see something like this, insert that Bootable Pen Drive or CD/DVD and hit Enter

windows 7 startup repair

2. Select the Setup Language and other settings and press next

3. Click on the Repair your computer link on the bottom-left of the window.

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4. Now this program will search Windows on your computer. Wait for it to show your hard disk. Select Next once your disk is selected.

5. Choose Startup Repair from the window as shown below

startup repair

6. Now it will search for issues that were crashing your System from booting normally. Once it detects the issue, it will let you know the details and also begin to repair it with your concern. Wait for it to finish.

7. Never skip, cancel the window when you are at detecting or Repairing window. Your computer may reboot several times during the process. Its Normal, do not panic. once the procedure is completed, it will Restart or ask you to Restart.

Thats it, you Computer should be back at normal functionality without any problems.

Great Job fixing your machine by your own..!!

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