Computer startup repair not working? Try this


You may notice problems with your computer at startup or while you are shutting down and your computer startup repair is not working. This could be an indication of a bad driver or faulty installation. Startups repair utilities will restore proper functionality when Windows starts and shutdown repair tools can help in cases where the shutdown procedure has been corrupted. Repair software for Windows XP and Vista users is readily available on the internet but repairs for later variations such as 7 and 10 can be hard to come by unless you have access to the more recent versions of these operating systems.

Computer startup repair is a useful feature in Windows 7 which you can use to automatically fix the most frequent causes of Startup problems. However, if this option doesn’t work for you it’s possible that your computer has some corrupted system files or malware installed.

  • Verify that your computer isn’t infected with viruses or spyware as they are found to corrupt system files.
  • Use System Restore function to restore your computer to an earlier state when it was working fine.

If these steps fail, reinstall Windows. You can either backup all your data and perform a clean installation or upgrade your existing version of Windows if it’s not too late for that.

If you do not want to reinstall the operating system on the machine, consider using one of several free programs designed specifically to fix problems with Windows startup. The most popular of these programs are EasyBCD which is designed to work with all versions of Windows.

Startup Repair tool

If you have a StartUp repair tool, you can also use it to resolve the issue. If this doesn’t help either, try booting from a Windows DVD or flash drive and choosing System Recovery Options. You can do so by hitting the F8 key repeatedly when your computer starts up until the Boot Menu screen appears. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and type in “sfc /scannow” without quotes to scan your system files for errors. It will take a while but once it’s done, close Command Prompt window and restart your computer normally.

If you were unable to take care of the issue using these methods, then one last resort is to perform a system restore from a Restore Point. Restoring your computer should fix any serious errors that might prevent it from booting up correctly.

Here are some methods you can use to fix startup and shutdown problems on newer versions of Windows.

Method 1: Repairing Startup Problems with Startup Repair for Windows 7

1) Press F8 at startup right before Windows starts booting up. Keep holding down the key until a menu pops out on your screen

2) Highlight Safe Mode using your keyboard arrow keys and press Enter  – this will give you options for Safe Mode which will only load the basic files needed so that you can run Startup Repair successfully

3) Type in “Repair Your Computer” followed by a space  – this option is located towards the bottom left corner of the list but not all computers will have it. For example, if you cannot see the option on your screen, it is likely that your computer does not have this feature

4) Startup Repair will now start working on your startup problems  – some users may be asked to do additional things after running Startup Repair but most of the time, all will be completed automatically

This is one of the most common methods for fixing startup issues on Windows 7/8/Vista since the new version runs automatically with just a few steps. However, there are still cases where it won’t work so you’ll need to try out other methods below if this method fails.

Method 2: Fixing Windows 8 Startup Issues using System Configuration Utility

1) Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click the Restart option in Windows 8 while you’re on the shutdown screen

2) Now choose Troubleshoot from the menu that appears  and go to Advanced options when the troubleshooting screen pops up

3) On next screen, hit Startup Settings  and follow through with all prompts given by System Configuration Utility to fix startup issues

Method 3: Press F8 during boot-up before Windows begins to load

As long as your computer is capable of getting past POST (the BIOS part of a PC’s boot process where hardware checks are performed), it should be able to start normally even if Startup Repair failed. At this point, you can try pressing F8 a few times before Windows starts loading so you can get to a boot menu. From the Windows 8 boot menu, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt and input the following:

bootrec /fixmbr


(This command fixes your PC’s Master Boot Record)

bootrec /fixboot (This command writes a new boot sector code to your PC’s system partition)

bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr (This command replaces your computer’s existing Ntldr file with a default copy that lets you start normally)

After entering all these commands, restart your computer normally and see if it starts correctly. If not, run through these steps again until one of them manages to fix the problem. Note:  If none of this worked, or if Windows 8 was installed on a separate hard drive / SSD, go to the recovery partition and try the Startup Repair option – this will complete all of these steps automatically.

If your computer is running Windows 7, boot from your installation disc and select Repair Your Computer when prompted. Select Command Prompt and enter:

bootrec /rebuildbcd (This command scans all disks that are currently attached to your system for any installations of Windows)

bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup (This command exports a full backup of your BCD file just in case something goes wrong)

bcdedit /import C:\BCD_Backup (This command restores your BCD store with the backed up settings)

After these steps, your computer should reboot and you will be able to access the boot menu again.

If you’ve tried all of those options and nothing has worked, it is time to resort to an advanced option: reinstalling your operating system.

This is a complicated process and will require the help of a technician who excels at computer repairs in Melbourne.

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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...