Computer says automatic repair? Try this


I got a new client the other day and he mentioned and I quote “My computer says automatic repair. It was working fine all day today. Then, when I went to go check my email, something strange happened. My computer started up like it would normally, but instead of opening my internet browser, it crashed and showed the automatic repair screen”

Is this a virus? Is there any way to get rid of it?

Not likely. The automatic repair page is part of your Windows installation. It will allow you to fix certain errors that cause your system not to boot properly or for parts of your system not to work properly once booted into Windows. To learn how automatic repair works and how you can use it if ever necessary, read on here. While most users do not need to worry about this error message popping up now and again, some users have been experiencing issues with it popping up when they try to boot into Windows.

An automatic repair is only triggered in Windows 11/10/8.1. We have already explained how to fix computer startup repair in Windows 7 here.

What triggers an automatic repair in Windows?

In Windows, many events can trigger an automatic repair. If an event is triggered, the system will automatically try to fix the problem. To access this process, hit Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open up Task Manager. Click on “More Details” and then go to “Services.” On the list of services, scroll down until you find a service called “Automatic Repair.”

Some common issues which cause Automatic Repair include hard disk failure, memory corruption, and file/directory permissions problems.

If any of these events happen during startup or while your computer is in use, some programs may not start or work correctly because they can’t load or run properly. Before fixing these issues, it’s important to first determine whether the computer needs to be repaired.

How to fix if your computer says automatic repair?

For Beginners

To do this, select either “Startup Repair” or “System Restore.” If Windows successfully executes Startup Repair, the computer will not need any additional repairs made to it. However, if System Restore is necessary and fails, there’s a good chance different issues may lead to another automatic repair during startup.

If you’re using an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of Windows such as Windows 7 or 8 Core/Home Edition that doesn’t allow you to access Task Manager while in use; then we recommend following these steps: Start by shutting down your computer and turning it on again. While the screen displays your manufacturer’s logo (for example, Dell), press [F8] until you get to the Advanced Boot Options screen or one that allows you to restart your computer. Once at the Advanced Boot Options, select the Repair Your Computer option to begin the automatic repair. If this doesn’t work, then please continue reading below to see if any other issues may be prevalent.


If you’re using a retail version of Windows such as Windows 7 or 8 Pro/Ultimate Edition that allows you to access Task Manager while in use; then we recommend following these steps: Start by pressing [Ctrl]+ [Shift]+ [Esc] simultaneously or right-clicking on your taskbar and selecting Task Manager from the context menu displayed. When Task Manager opens up, click File in the upper left corner and choose Run new task from the drop-down menu In the Create new task window that displays enter “explorer.exe” and press OK to continue Next, launch the Start Menu Now try clicking on your Windows folder as this will open up a second Explorer window allowing you to see any issues with accessing your computer files If you’re using the built-in Administrator account, then do not sign out of it as this may cause extra problems If your Windows folder does not open or if another error message appears please continue reading below

Explanation: Explains how to access Task Manager and run an explorer command, which is useful if an automatic repair cannot be performed on startup by pressing [Ctrl]+ [Shift]+ [Esc] simultaneously at bootup. This article also includes information about what to do if doesn’t work (i.e. you cannot access your computer files, a new window pops up with a Windows error message).

For Advanced users

If you are one of the unlucky people who find themselves in this situation, here is how you can get rid of the message and get back to a more normal state:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del consecutively three times quickly while your computer is starting up.

2. The blue screen menu will appear. On this menu, click on the option that says “Troubleshoot”.

3. Your troubleshooting wizard will pop up! Click on “Advanced options” at the bottom right corner of the window. Then click on “View advanced options” in that window that pops up or press “+” key 5 times (for Windows 8 users!).

4. On this page, you will see an option called “Startup settings”. Click on it and then click on “Restart”.

5. A new menu should pop up! Press 5 for “Disable automatic reboot on system failure” (for Windows 8 users, press 7 instead).

6. After the restart, your computer should be back to normal without all those pesky messages! Be sure to create a backup of any important files before trying these steps out as a precautionary measure! If you follow my advice and find yourself with a blue screen or other problem after doing this, please leave comments below telling me what happened so I can update the post. Thank you for reading and best of luck getting rid of your “computer says” messages!

The blue screen of death should be eradicated once you restart your computer. You may have found yourself in the midst of a “computer says” message after rebooting. I can tell you how to get rid of this terrible problem, but first, let’s go over what the BSOD is and why it happens!

The BSOD or otherwise known as the “blue screen of death” is an automatic reboot that occurs when Windows (or any OS for that matter such as Mac OS or Linux) crashes and encounters a fatal error. This usually results in messages like “your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart”, but sometimes users also see messages like the DPC watchdog violation.

There are many different reasons why the BSOD can occur, but it usually results from software or hardware malfunctions.

A common source of BSOD is AVG virus protection. You may have seen this yourself if you use AVG! But don’t worry about this because there’s a very simple solution! To fix the problem…

1) Restart your computer and wait for Windows to load.

2) There should be an option on the screen that asks whether or not you’d like to “launch Startup Repair.” Click it! Then just follow any on-screen instructions that appear. This will automatically repair any problems with your antivirus software so that you never have to see the dreaded “computer says” error message again.

If you are looking for a good antivirus to replace AVG, we recommend Kaspersky!

If all the above is to no avail, then you will be pleased to know that our computer repair experts in Melbourne can solve this issue.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...