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How to avoid Windows 8.1 Automatic repair boot loop ?

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    Win 8.1 x64

    How to avoid Windows 8.1 Automatic repair boot loop ?


    Since upgrading to windows 8/8.1 x64 i have twice had this situation when during boot up windows tries automatic repair & fails , every time i restart same repair fail happens , its stuck in this cycle , neither "Refresh" or "Reset" option works , . I have to do a fresh format & install , loose all my files stored in the OS partition , I even tried to recover the files using linux boot cd but the folders were inaccessible/corrupted .

    I tried every solution i could find to make it boot including Unable to refresh or reset PC after Automatic Repair fails in Windows 8 but nothing worked .

    This has happened twice in the one year since i have been using Win 8 , Is there any way to avoid this from happening i future ?

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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    This video claims to demonstrate how to escape the loop.

    Also read comments. One claims rebooting with no USB devices connected broke out of the loop. I see lots of complaints on MS but I didn't see a fix.

    Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop Fix - YouTube
    Last edited by MilesAhead; 12 Mar 2014 at 11:15.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You could get:

    WinAero: Downloads / Software / Boot UI Tuner


    Once installed, enable the option in the picture:

    Click image for larger version

    Restart & click the option in the picture:

    Click image for larger version

    That should fix it, hopefully.

    With BootUI Tuner you MUST choose an option or press Enter to continue booting.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Looks like some interesting downloads. I think I'll try the Win=x Menu Editor.
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  5. #5


    Southern
    Posts : 1
    windows 8 (junk)


    When I finally got restore disks to try and at least boot via CDROM it gave me a message about Booting into Legacy Bios.. How? THATS THE QUESTION OF THE DAY!

    Here is answer..
    Go into BIOS delete key or F2 or whatever your key may be. .
    Enter an Admin password..
    Disable System Security
    Save and Exit.
    Now you can boot to CD and wipe out your drive to start over again.
    Yes all data will be lost.

    Windows 8 SUCKS... will probably go thru this again and again... it's a buggy system that WE THE PEOPLE are DEBUGGING for FREE for MICROSOFT. 
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    Posts : 2
    windows8.1

    Stuck in "automatic repair" boot loop


    Lenovo Z570 w Win 8.1

    My Chrome browser hung a few days ago and on reboot, I got the "preparing automatic repair" message. Have not been able to boot since. I have tried the following:

    Win 8 recovery USB
    Lenovo one key recovery
    Win 7 (original) recovery CD

    None have worked and so far, I'm still stuck in the boot loop.

    My computer guy recovered my data, but I haven't asked him to have a go on the system yet. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
    Click on Parts & Accessories.
    or
    https://www.lenovorecovery.com/Extranet/Home.aspx
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    Posts : 2
    windows8.1


    Thanks for the link. I have to wonder, though, if the disks would work when the recovery disks I made when I first got the system won't work. I seem to have 3 boot up options that all "should" work, but don't.

    Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkrcr70 View Post
    Lenovo Z570 w Win 8.1

    My Chrome browser hung a few days ago and on reboot, I got the "preparing automatic repair" message. Have not been able to boot since. I have tried the following:

    Win 8 recovery USB
    Lenovo one key recovery
    Win 7 (original) recovery CD

    None have worked and so far, I'm still stuck in the boot loop.

    My computer guy recovered my data, but I haven't asked him to have a go on the system yet. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi I wrote this in another thread on Windows 8 boot looping;

    I ran into a boot loop on my desktop PC. Windows 8.1
    I also have Ubuntu installed which means that I get a boot screen with the selection of Windows, Ubuntu and a line that says: "Change defaults or choose other options".
    I clicked that line and got all the boot options that you can normally select from within Windows 8.1 (if it's not boot looping, that is).
    I am not sure what I first selected, but Windows offered to repair the boot procedure. I tried that to no avail.
    Next trial was to restore windows to the latest restore point. That solved the problem.
    Now there is "only" ten Windows updates to test one at a time. [IMG]imap://flemming%40fknudsen%2Edk@imap.fknudsen.dk:143/fetch%3EUID%3E.INBOX.Sent%3E785?part=1.1.2.2&filename=sad.gif[/IMG]
    My conclusion is that if you can get to the F12 boot menu, you can install Ubuntu or another Linux distribution on your machine from a CD or DVD. You then have the possibilities that I just described.

    Good luck everybody.
    (There will surely be others)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlemmingK View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tkrcr70 View Post
    Lenovo Z570 w Win 8.1

    My Chrome browser hung a few days ago and on reboot, I got the "preparing automatic repair" message. Have not been able to boot since. I have tried the following:

    Win 8 recovery USB
    Lenovo one key recovery
    Win 7 (original) recovery CD

    None have worked and so far, I'm still stuck in the boot loop.

    My computer guy recovered my data, but I haven't asked him to have a go on the system yet. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi I wrote this in another thread on Windows 8 boot looping;

    I ran into a boot loop on my desktop PC. Windows 8.1
    I also have Ubuntu installed which means that I get a boot screen with the selection of Windows, Ubuntu and a line that says: "Change defaults or choose other options".
    I clicked that line and got all the boot options that you can normally select from within Windows 8.1 (if it's not boot looping, that is).
    I am not sure what I first selected, but Windows offered to repair the boot procedure. I tried that to no avail.
    Next trial was to restore windows to the latest restore point. That solved the problem.
    Now there is "only" ten Windows updates to test one at a time. [IMG]imap://flemming%40fknudsen%2Edk@imap.fknudsen.dk:143/fetch%3EUID%3E.INBOX.Sent%3E785?part=1.1.2.2&filename=sad.gif[/IMG]
    My conclusion is that if you can get to the F12 boot menu, you can install Ubuntu or another Linux distribution on your machine from a CD or DVD. You then have the possibilities that I just described.

    Good luck everybody.
    (There will surely be others)
    I had the same issue, kept getting Auto Repair. I saw somewhere that taking out USB devices helped. I rebooted without any attachments but didn't help. I then removed the battery, waited a couple of minutes and rebooted without the battery (probably has no impact). When it rebooted it went to preparing auto correct but a couple of seconds later it went diagnosing then fixing the problem. It then took me to a page where I could restart or Advanced options. I chose restart and it rebooted normally. Not sure what the key parameter was but I had tried the battery removal previously without success but it definitely worked after disconnecting the USBs.
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