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How to disable automatic repair loop on Windows 10

Windows 10 is self-healing. sometimes. If it runs into trouble, it will initiate an automatic repair which normally doesn’t fail. It can fix all sorts of problems but sometimes, it does fail. You can troubleshoot it and finish the repair but if you’re stuck in a repair loop where your system reboots and each time it does you get the repair tool, troubleshooting it might be a bit difficult.

In order to fix the problem, you may first need to get to your desktop. To do that, you should first disable the automatic repair loop.

Disable automatic repair loop

To disable the automatic repair loop, you need to run a command in Command Prompt. Getting to a Command Prompt window might be difficult if you’re stuck in a repair loop.

  1. Hold down the power button and force shut down the system.
  2. Tap the power button again to start the system and tap the F11 key.
  3. You will boot to the Troubleshoot menu.
  4. Go to Advanced Options>Command Prompt.
  5. Now that you have a Command Prompt window open, run the following command to disable the repair loop.
bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled no
  1. Shut down and restart the system. If your system is stable enough, you will boot to the desktop.

Enable repair loop

The repair loop isn’t all bad. In fact, it shows that a repair failed and Windows 10 is still trying to fix it. If nothing else, it indicates something is wrong with your system. If you keep it disabled, you may think a repair has been successful when it has not been. Once you’ve resolved problems with the automatic repair, you should enable the loop again.

  1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Run the following command to enable the repair loop.
bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled yes
  1. Reboot your system and allow it to boot normally to the desktop.

Conclusion

When you see the automatic repair screen, you should allow it to work for a while. The repair can complete within seconds and sometimes it can take hours. Just because you’ve been looking at the screen for ten or twenty minutes doesn’t mean you’re system is caught in a loop. Some repairs do take a long time. If you don’t have the time to allow the repair to finish, you can force shut down the system and then try to boot to your desktop. This isn’t without risks; you might lose the repairs that have been made so far, and you may not be able to get to the desktop. It’s best to give Windows 10 ample time to complete the repair.

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