Windows 7 Stuck on Startup Repair - Fix the Loop Easily

Is your Windows 7 stuck on Startup Repair? To fix the Startup Repair of Windows 7, you can disable automatic restart on system failure, run chkdsk.exe from Command Prompt and rebuild MBR.


By Bryce / Updated on May 12, 2023

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My Windows 7 PC is stuck on Startup Repair!

“Hello, please help! My computer failed to boot with a blue screen and asked me to restart. I restarted it but got the same result. I tried to fix this Windows 7 based computer using Startup Repair. However, it boots again and again into Startup Repair without loading accessing the normal system. I’m rather disappointed. Is there any way to solve the problem of Windows 7 being stuck in the Startup Repair loop? “

Blue Screen Death

3 tested solutions to fix Windows 7 Startup Repair loop 

Startup Repair, one of the recovery tools in the System Recovery Options menu, can be used to scan your computer and fix issues, like damaged/corrupted files, when the PC faces the blue screen of death. However, you are likely to encounter Windows 7 Startup Repair loop as mentioned in Scenario. If you are in such a condition, try the following solutions to fix the issue.

Solution 1. Disable Automatic Restart

Firstly, disable Automatic Restart manually by following the steps given below:

Restart your PC > Type F8 repeatedly when the screen with the manufacturer logo and/or system information appears > In the Advanced Boot Options window, choose “Disable automatic restart on system failure” > press Enter and wait for PC to boot. 

Solution 2. Run CHKDSK on the boot volume

If Windows 7 still doesn’t boot normally, you can run CHKDSK on the boot volume to fix it. Detailed steps are listed as follows:

1. Access Command Prompt from System Recovery Options windows.

Command Prompt

2. Type “chkdsk C:/f” and hit Enter key to check your drives for file system corruption.

Solution 3. Rebuild BCD using Bootrec Commands

1. In the System Recovery Options screen, choose Command Prompt.

2. In Command Prompt window, run the following commands:

▪  bootrec /fixmbr
▪ bootrec /fixboot
▪ bootrec /rebuildbcd

After that, you can boot your Windows 7 computer without Startup Repair loop.

Fix Windows 7 Starup Repair loop from USB drive

Or you can fix the issue that Windows 7 stuck in Startup Repair loop via a comprehensive and powerful tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to rebuild MBR, check bad sector, or make surface test under WinPE environment.

Download this freeware on a working computer and have a closer look at how it works:

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Step 1. Insert a USB drive to the working PC and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click “Tools” in the top toolbar, and choose “Make Bootable Media” and click “Next”.

Make Bootable Media

Note: All the data stored on the USB drive will be erased, thus you should back up the files that you don’t want to lose before this operation.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose “USB Boot Device” among three options and click “Proceed”.

Choose Usb Drive

Step 3. Wait for the whole process to complete. Then boot the corrupted Windows 7 computer from the bootable USB drive created via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

Step 4. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will automatically appear. In the main interface, choose “Rebuild MBR”.

Rebuild System Disk Mbr

Step 5. Select the type of MBR based on the current operating system and click “OK”.

Choose Mbr Type

Step 6. Return to the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to execute operations.

▪ AOMEI Partition Assistant can complete other tasks, like cloning hard drive with bad sector, converting dynamic disk into basic without data loss, etc.
▪ To experience more advanced options like securely erase SSD, recover lost partition and so on, you can upgrade it to Professional Edition.


Now, you are sure to know how to fix Windows 7 stuck in Startup Repair loop issue. But the problem is not always can be solved. If so, Windows fresh install is not a bad choice. But it is time-wasting and energy-consuming. Thus, it is advised to perform a system restore if you have already created system backup.

Bryce · Staff Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.