Windows 11 stuck while preparing for automatic repair [Fixed]

In this guide, we are going to show you various methods to fix Windows 11 PC stuck on the self-repair preparation screen. Despite all the goodies and intriguing features that the operating system has to offer, it’s not exempt from its fair share of problems.

These bugs could be of varying magnitude, from apps not working on intended lines to corrupt system files. In the latter case, it could also lead to your PC not being able to boot. Fortunately, in such cases, the Windows automatic repair tool comes in handy.

It would scan the underlying problem and then apply the appropriate fixes accordingly, without much manual intervention on your part. However, at times, the tool itself gets stuck in the loading cycle, and even after a considerable amount of time has passed, it continues to charge. If you are also bothered by such a problem, this guide will come in handy. In this tutorial, we are going to introduce you to some ingenious workarounds to fix Windows 11 PC stuck in the automatic repair preparation screen. Follow.

Fix Windows 11 Stuck While Preparing for Automatic Repair

Windows 11 stuck while preparing for automatic repair

It is recommended that you try each of the workarounds mentioned below and then see which one indicates success for you. Also, all the fixes listed below must be done from the Windows recovery environment.

So, first, refer to our guide on How to boot the Windows 11 recovery environment when your PC can’t boot the operating system. After that, you can proceed with the workarounds below.

FIX 1: Boot into Safe Mode

In most cases, the problem is related to corrupt third-party apps and services. To verify the same, you should start your PC in safe mode. In that mode, all third-party apps are disabled and if it ends up correcting the underlying problem, the culprit was indeed the third-party app. So you should then uninstall that app immediately. Here’s how all of this could be accomplished-

  1. From the Windows RE screen, click Troubleshoot.
  2. Then go to Advanced Options> Startup Settings and click Restart. Your PC will now boot in safe mode.
  3. Now launch the Control Panel and uninstall all those apps after the problem started occurring.
  4. Once done, check if it fixes the Windows 11 PC stuck issue on the self-repair preparation screen.

FIX 2: Delete corrupt driver files

In some cases, the problem may also stem from corrupt driver files. In such cases, the best solution is to delete those files from the system, which could be done using the instructions listed below-

  1. Go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Command Prompt.
  2. Then type the following command and hit Enter
    cd C:WindowsSystem32LogFilesSrt
  3. Then run the following command-
    cd c:windowssystem32drivers
  4. Finally, type the following command-
    Delvsock.sys
  5. Now restart your PC using the following command-
    shutdown /r
  6. Check if it fixes Windows 11 PC stuck on the Preparing for Self Repair screen.

FIX 3: Rebuild the boot configuration data

if the boot configuration data gets corrupted, the direct consequence will be that your PC will not be able to boot into the operating system. To fix it, you will need to rebuild this data, using the instructions given below-

  1. Go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Command Prompt.
  2. Then type the following three commands [one at a time] and press Enter
    bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
    bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    bootrec.exe /fixboot
  3. Now check if it fixes Windows 11 PC stuck in Preparing for automatic repair screen.

FIX 4: Use the check disk command

If rebuilding the BCD didn’t work, your next course of action should be to use the Verify Disk tool which scans the underlying corrupt system files and then repairs them accordingly. So let’s put this tool to the test and check the results.

  1. Go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Command Prompt.
  2. Then type the following three commands [one at a time] and press Enter
    chkdsk /r c
    chkdsk /r d
  3. After that, run the following Fixboot command-
    fixboot c:
  4. Check if it fixes Windows 11 PC stuck on the Preparing for Self Repair screen.

FIX 5: repair the Windows registry

This problem could also be attributed to corrupt Windows registry files. We then repair the log files and test the results

  1. Go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Command Prompt.
  2. Then type the following command and hit Enter.
  3. You will be asked which files you want to overwrite, select All.
    C:WindowsSystem32configrregback* C:WindowsSystem32config
  4. Finally, restart your PC and check if it fixes Windows 11 stuck in the self-repair preparation screen.

FIX 6: Disable the Automatic Repair Tool

In rare cases, the operating system may actually work fine, but the automatic repair tool may have been damaged and thus hampering the normal startup of the PC. So let’s go through the steps below and check if that’s really the case or not.

  1. Go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Command Prompt.
  2. Then type the following command and hit Enter.
    bcdedit
  3. Now make sure that the identifier value is {default} or {current} and that recoveryenabled is Yes.
  4. If that’s okay, run the following command to disable the automatic repair tool
    bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled no
  5. If that doesn’t work, run the following command
    bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled no
  6. Now restart your PC and check if it fixes Windows 11 stuck in the automatic repair preparation screen.

FIX 7: reset your PC

If none of the above mentioned methods have worked, the last course of action should be to restore your PC to its factory default state. This will erase all of your data, so make sure you’re ready for this compromise [as of now, you might not be able to even take a backup]. If it goes well well, then let’s get started.

  1. From the Windows Recovery Environment screen, click Troubleshoot> Reset this PC.
  2. Now proceed with the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  3. On the first try, you can select “Keep my files” and then perform the reset.
  4. However, if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to select Remove all and then try the reset process again.

That’s all. These were the seven different methods to fix Windows 11 PC stuck in self-repair preparation screen. If you have any questions about the steps mentioned above, let us know in the comments. We will get back to you as soon as possible with a solution.

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