Stuck in Automatic Repair Bootloop and Recovery Options Won't Work

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home Edition 64-bit

    Stuck in Automatic Repair Bootloop and Recovery Options Won't Work

    The Issue before the issue(this description is optional i guess): I tried installing a m.2 ssd on my new laptop and everything seemed to go fine during the cloning process. I soon realized the ssd wouldn't boot. Instead the internal hdd already in the laptop was being used as the boot device and the ssd was the c: drive. Everytime i tried to boot from the ssd, i would get a "no boot device found. press any key to restart the machine". So i tried the bootrec and diskpart commands and both drives ended up unbootable. After spending the whole day trying to boot these two without deleting anything, i created a windows recovery usb and was able to get the hdd to boot again but the ssd was removed as the primary drive and became the d: drive. This is when my issue arose

    The Main Issue:
    So a windows update needed to be install and requested a restart. I had accidentally pressed shift when i pressed "update and restart". I got the usual "windows is starting" screen and the update was being uploaded. All seemed normal until the reboot went through and i got stuck in a automatic repair bootloop.

    What I Tried: I attempted to use the command prompt once more to fix boot using bootrec. Didn't work because when i entered "bootrec /rebuildbcd" and selected the c: drive. Then i was given the "no system device was found". So i moved on to reinstalling windows from a windows recovery usb i created. It wouldn't let me install windows on any drive because "windows cannot be installed on a GPT partition". I tried restoring a system image but it says that it has run into an error. Restore points don't work because "system protection needed to be enabled". I finally tried to restore a factory image using the Dell SupportAssisst Recovery but it freezes on the "authenticating" pop-up.

    I apologize for all the mess I have made and I appreciate any help. I just purchased this computer and i don't want to have to lose it
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  2. spunk's Avatar
    Posts : 2,894
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2

    When Windows installs on a HDD, it creates a hidden System Partition. This has all of the boot information in it. If you leave your Windows HDD in the computer and install an SSD or a different HDD and install Windows, Windows will not create a new Hidden System Partition, but use the one on the mechanical HDD. If you remove the HDD then the computer will not boot.
    I would remove the Mechanical HDD, then run the BCEdit commands. If that fails, you can create a bootable UEFI/GPT bootable Flash drive using Rufus, in my signature, Creating a UEFI bootable Windows 10 (and Windows 7, 8 and 8.1) USB installer with Rufus - YouTube
    Boot off of that to install Windows on the SSD. Once Windows is installed, you then can reattach the HDD.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home Edition 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Yes! Thank you! I managed to do something similar to this with a bootable USB I made with the windows creation tool. I just let the HDD sit in the laptop though cause the connector wouldn't come off. Different connector than I'm used to. I reinstalled windows 10 on the SSD and everything boots fine and I can finally boot from my SSD.
    Thank you for your response Spunk. I will take note of your method in case the problem arises again. Seems more reliable.
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