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Windows 7: Startup repair "cannot repair automatically"

30 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Startup repair "cannot repair automatically"

This morning my computer just refused to start up (froze the screen with the windows logo) so I tried rebooting it a couple of times. Eventually it got to the startup repair screen but failed to finish it, saying it couldn't complete it automatically. .

That's what I got:
Problem Signature 01:
Problem Signature 02:
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 0
Problem Signature 05: unknown
Problem Signature 01: 1
Problem Signature 01: unknown
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

under Diagnosis and Repair details it gives Error code = 0x0 for most, but
Repair action: system files integrity check and repair gave an error code = 0x2

My Windows is genuine

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30 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit


I would suggest first trying a sfc /scannow

SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

To run this, Turn on computer, and tap the F8 key, You will come to some more advanced options, Repair your computer
Startup repair "cannot repair automatically"-repair-your-computer-windows-71.jpg

Then you should be prompted by a list of options:
Startup repair "cannot repair automatically"-65a1558c-4130-45c3-93b4-e1de3c40739d_0.jpg

select command prompt,
then type sfc /scannow
once the scan has finished, reboot your pc as normal.

If it still fails to boot,
re-run the Startup repair (if needed)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

Didn't help. Seems it can't read the hard drive. Is it possible to recover any files even if it is the hard drive that's at fault?
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30 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Possible bad sectors on the hard drive.

To check this,

Go back to the command prompt - using the steps above.

This time,
Type in chkdsk /F
press enter

Let me know if it picks up any errors.

What make is your hard drive?
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30 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

I got:
"The type of the file system is NTFS
Cannot lock current drive.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Ok, Try:

chkdsk C: /f /r /x
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30 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Few things to keep in mind. If your running off your recovery disk the OS drive might not be the C: drive.

The System file checker command sfc /scannow will not work, you must use
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

chkdsk /f is going to try to check the current running OS (which is technically in ram so will have no effect)

the /x option should not be needed because the drive is not mounted.

chkdsk c: /r /f

Anything Thats Red need to be the drive letter of your windows OS

Attached Images
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30 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 64 bit

So turns out it was D disc not C..
but then I got (for the shorter commands):
"Cannot open volume for direct access"
and the long one gave me:
"Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service"
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30 Jan 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP


Boot into BIOS setup by tapping the key given on first boot screen, look at storage listings to see if the HD is even detected. If not change the cables and check the connection. If it still doesn't register try it in another PC to see if it's read when slaved. If not replace it.

If HD is detected then work through these steps which try everything possible for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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