Last time I experienced some problems with the hard disk, I was still using good old reliable Windows 7. But now in Windows 10 if something happens in the hard disk or the file system, Windows tries to automatically repair it at the next boot in what it calls “Automatic Repair”. While the automatic repair works some of the times, it may fail at other times. And when the automatic repair fails to work, it can lead to a boot loop when it keeps trying to repair the problems at each boot.
Things were a tad better in my opinion back in Windows 7 when you could manually fix some of the boot related problems and run the tools like bootrec, bcdedit and chkdsk to fix some of the common file system problems.
If you also have a similar opinion and want to get rid of the automatic repair feature in Windows 10, then you can easily disable it. Here is how:
- Press the Win+X hotkey and then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- In the administrative command prompt that opens up, type the following and press Enter.
bcdedit /set recoveryenabled No
- Now if any trouble happens, Windows 10 won’t enter into automatic repair mode. Instead you can use the Windows installation disk to repair your PC problems.
In any case, if you want to restore the automatic repair feature back in Windows, then you can again repeat the same steps as above only this time change No to Yes in the command in the following manner:
If you are a new Windows user, then it is suggested that you do not disable the Windows Automatic Repair feature as this could fix some of the problems that can prevent Windows from booting properly. But if you are an advanced user and know how to use the Windows installation disk to boot into your PC and fix the problems then you can disable the Automatic Repair and save your time the next time a problem is encountered.