How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 10

When Windows 10 runs into serious problems, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue. Thankfully, this common problem has a common solution – the Windows 10 startup repair tool.

Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows 10 boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

Still, you can run the tool even if you don’t have access to the main OS or are stuck in a boot loop. Windows 10 boot repair only requires access to Advanced boot options, which we’ve covered in guides in the past. You can even run it from a bootable USB if your PC is really struggling. Let’s jump into the tutorial:

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Windows 10: Fix Boot with Startup Repair

As mentioned earlier, Startup repair is one of the Advanced Startup options available for system repair in Windows 10. The easiest way to get there when you’re having boot issues is via USB installation media. You can find a guide for that here. Once you’re in advanced startup options, you can continue with this guide.

  1. Click “Troubleshoot”


    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Choose an Option

  2. Choose Advanced Startup Options


    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Troubleshoot

  3. Choose “Startup Repair”


    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Troubleshoot

  4. Select your OS install


    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Startup Repair - Select OS

  5. Select an account


    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Startup Repair - Select Account

  6. Enter your account password


    This security measure ensures someone can’t just come along as repair your PC at will.

    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Startup Repair - Enter Password

  7. Wait for the diagnosis and repair


    Windows 10 Startup repair will now scan your PC for issues and automatically fix them it finds ones it can resolve.

    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Troubleshoot - Startup Repair - Windows Rollback

  8. If your PC can’t be automatically repaired:


    If you don’t have any errors of it can’t find the problem you’ll be met with the screen below. You can check the log file, shut down your PC, or pursue other repair methods.

    Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options - Startup Repair - Failure message

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