"Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC"


  1. Posts : 5
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    "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC"


    For about week, Windows has tried to update every time I shut down, but it repeatedly failed and rolled back the changes. Today I ran the Windows Update troubleshooter and it appeared to do something, so I shut down again, went into the BIOS, and set "Memory Enhancement Settings" to "Enhanced Stability", since I suspected this issue was the result of a preexisting issue I had where the computer would sometimes fail and restart when waking from sleep ever since I added a second stick of RAM.

    When it started up again, it appeared to begin the regular update process, but then hung on a black screen for several minutes, leading me to believe that it had somehow seized. The disk activity light was off, so hit the reset button, and upon booting, it displayed a black screen bearing the Gigabyte logo and a loading wheel, and said "Preparing Automatic Repair", then "Diagnosing your PC", before landing on a blue screen that read "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC".

    It listed the location of a log file at I:\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt, but navigating to the I:\ drive using the Command Prompt-Notepad trick only yielded an empty, 0-byte text file named "Recovery".

    I just made an up-to-date bootable USB drive with the Media Creation Tool, and I seem to be able to boot into my old Windows install on my old hard drive. What solution is there without losing the programs on my current install?

    If relevant, my machine runs on a Gigabyte H81M-H v2.1, Intel Core i5-4590, 2x8GB Avexir DDR3, and Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, using Windows 10 64-bit.
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1237 (x64) [21H2]
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    Hello @Oktayey , welcome to Ten Forums....



    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade







    Here is the short version of the In-place upgrade tutorial...

    DISABLE non-Microsoft:
    a) antivirus software
    b) firewall software
    c) drive encryption software

    Make a full OS backup with a program like Macrium Reflect (free)
    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    Go here and get the Media Creation Tool and save it to your desktop.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    RUN the Media Creation Tool and use it to: Create an ISO image... save IT to your desktop.
    This will be the latest version of the ISO image.




    Right click the ISO image and choose: MOUNT
    Open File Explorer and you will see a new drive letter. It will look like a DVD optical drive.
    Double click the new drive letter to open it.
    Find setup.exe and double click it to start the in-place upgrade.

    Choose the Keep personal files and apps option.

    After it's all done... to UNmount the ISO image, right click the new drive letter and choose: EJECT.


    The ONLY thing you will lose is some of your personalizations. Your programs and data will be intact.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ghot said:
    Hello @Oktayey , welcome to Ten Forums....



    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade







    Here is the short version of the In-place upgrade tutorial...

    DISABLE non-Microsoft:
    a) antivirus software
    b) firewall software
    c) drive encryption software

    Make a full OS backup with a program like Macrium Reflect (free)
    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    Go here and get the Media Creation Tool and save it to your desktop.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    RUN the Media Creation Tool and use it to: Create an ISO image... save IT to your desktop.
    This will be the latest version of the ISO image.




    Right click the ISO image and choose: MOUNT
    Open File Explorer and you will see a new drive letter. It will look like a DVD optical drive.
    Double click the new drive letter to open it.
    Find setup.exe and double click it to start the in-place upgrade.

    Choose the Keep personal files and apps option.

    After it's all done... to UNmount the ISO image, right click the new drive letter and choose: EJECT.


    The ONLY thing you will lose is some of your personalizations. Your programs and data will be intact.
    I can't boot my main drive at all. Can I do this entirely from my old Windows installation on another drive?
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  4. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1237 (x64) [21H2]
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    Oktayey said:
    I can't boot my main drive at all. Can I do this entirely from my old Windows installation on another drive?


    Unfortunately, this must be done from "within" Windows.



    I would remove the "extra stick of RAM", then set the BIOS back to defaults. THEN see if you can boot the machine.


    You also mention your "old install on your old hard drive" ??
    Windows 10? Windows 7?

    We need more history, and the dates or approximate dates, all these things occurred.
    Same with Sleep problems, and "when" you added the 2nd stick of RAM.



    I can't tell if this is all happening in a short time, or is spread out over a 6 day, 6 week, 6 month or twelve month period.
    Last edited by Ghot; 19 Jun 2021 at 03:18.
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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ghot said:
    Unfortunately, this must be done from "within" Windows.



    I would remove the "extra stick of RAM", then set the BIOS back to defaults. THEN see if you can boot the machine.
    If the memory was the problem, how could I boot from my old Windows 10 install on my other drive?


    Ghot said:
    You also mention your "old install on your old hard drive" ??
    Windows 10? Windows 7?

    We need more history, and the dates or approximate dates, all these things occurred.
    Same with Sleep problems, and "when" you added the 2nd stick of RAM.
    My old install is also Windows 10. I added the second stick of RAM some time in April, and that's when the wake-from-sleep issue appeared. I moved from the old drive with its old Windows 10 install some time in January.
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  6. Ghot's Avatar
    Posts : 12,366
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    Oktayey said:
    If the memory was the problem, how could I boot from my old Windows 10 install on my other drive?




    My old install is also Windows 10. I added the second stick of RAM some time in April, and that's when the wake-from-sleep issue appeared. I moved from the old drive with its old Windows 10 install some time in January.



    If the old drive also has your "programs and files" on it, you could try an In-Place Upgrade on that drive.
    Then, if that works, we could clone that drive to your new drive.

    Just about anything we could try, requires being able to boot into Windows.



    There is a tool on a Macrium Reflect Rescue media (CD or USB) called Fix Windows Boot Problems.
    But again. we would need to be able to boot into Windows to "make" that rescue media.


    You've done a lot of things over the past 6 months. The trick is... never move on to the "next" thing, until everything is working 100% after the "last" thing.





    1. Memory
    Your old drive was swapped out BEFORE you added the 2nd stick of RAM.
    The 2nd stick may not be 100% compatible with the 1st stick. This is hard to tell w/o make/model of both sticks.


    Now, at present day, we have several issues. Unresolved sleep issue, Windows Update issue, boot problems, and possible mixed RAM issue, with one or two BIOS adjustments added on top.
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  7. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Ghot said:
    If the old drive also has your "programs and files" on it, you could try an In-Place Upgrade on that drive.
    Then, if that works, we could clone that drive to your new drive.
    The problem with my old drive is that it had TOO much stuff on it. It was so painfully bloated that it took seconds for the Windows key to open the start menu, and cloning it (also being impossible since it was a 1TB HDD, while my new drive is a 256GB SSD) would make my switch pointless.

    Ghot said:
    Just about anything we could try, requires being able to boot into Windows.

    There is a tool on a Macrium Reflect Rescue media (CD or USB) called Fix Windows Boot Problems.
    But again. we would need to be able to boot into Windows to "make" that rescue media.
    Again, I can still boot from my old drive to generate rescue media. Or, for that matter, use my laptop like I did to use the Media Creation Tool. If I can boot off of it, I can give it a try in the morning.

    Ghot said:
    The 2nd stick may not be 100% compatible with the 1st stick. This is hard to tell w/o make/model of both sticks.
    I went out of my way to find the same brand, speed, capacity, and line of memory for my upgrade; the only difference is LED color.
    Last edited by Oktayey; 19 Jun 2021 at 03:46. Reason: Missed a chunk of a reply
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  8. Ghot's Avatar
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    Oktayey said:
    The problem with my old drive is that it had TOO much stuff on it. It was so painfully bloated that it took seconds for the Windows key to open the start menu, and cloning it (also being impossible since it was a 1TB HDD, while my new drive is a 256GB SSD) would make my switch pointless.



    Again, I can still boot from my old drive to generate rescue media. Or, for that matter, use my laptop like I did to use the Media Creation Tool. If I can boot off of it, I can give it a try in the morning.



    When you say your "programs", you haven't told us what type of programs. In other words, if they are fairly easy to re-install....that may be the best way to proceed.

    Just do a clean install of Windows 10 on your 256GB SSD, with no internet connection and no other drives (1TB hard drive) connected.
    Then install your motherboard and vid card drivers, then rehook the internet and do Windows Updates.
    GA-H81M-H (rev. 2.1) Gallery | Motherboard - GIGABYTE Global

    Advanced Driver Search | NVIDIA

    Then hook up your 1TB drive, and remove the old Windows 10 install, and any other things you don't need.
    You can use EaseUS Partition Master for any partitioning tasks.
    Free partition manager software to resize partitions - EaseUS(R) Partition Master Free

    Maybe, set up your 1TB like this...

    "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC"-image1.png


    Then Install some free backup software, like Macrium reflect, and make a full OS image backup.
    Then install your programs and tweak Windows as you like... then make another backup.

    IF you have ANY problems at all with any part of Windows... solve it, before you move on to the next step.
    We have many people on here that can pretty much solve any issue you might have.



    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition


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    At each step along the way, make sure everything is working 100%.
    Make sure sleep works. Make sure RAM is stable and functioning properly.

    Use tools to check Windows at each step. Tools run from a Command Prompt as admin, like...

    sfc /scannow

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth


    If everything is working properly... make a full OS image backup.
    Definitely make the Macrium Reflect Rescue Media, so you can access you backups, even if Windows won't boot.

    Rinse and repeat. Never move on to the next step until the one before is working 100%.
    If you install something or do something that breaks Windows... Restore from a backup and try again.
    Last edited by Ghot; 19 Jun 2021 at 04:31.
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  9. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Ghot said:
    When you say your "programs", you haven't told us what type of programs. In other words, if they are fairly easy to re-install....that may be the best way to proceed.
    I have dozens of GB of VSTs with convoluted DRM that would take too long to redownload with my connection, and many others. I already went through the headache in January, and I'm not willing to endure it again.
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