How to Fix Windows Server 2016 if Stuck at Automatic Repair Loop

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Introduction

This guide demos how to fix Windows Server 2016 automatic repair loop. Automatic repair loop means that your server keeps loading automatic repair. Then reboots and goes into yet another automatic.

Windows Server 2016 automatic repair loop is likely caused by corrupt registry.

Steps to Fix Windows Server 2016 Automatic Repair Loop

If your server 2016 loops continuously in automatic repair, use the steps below to recover the server:

  1. Disable Automatic Startup Repair
  2. Restore Registry from Backup
  3. Enable Automatic Startup Repair
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Disable Automatic Startup Repair

Disable Automatic Startup Repair Windows Server 2016

Here are the steps:

  • Boot your server to Recovery.
This should be straightforward as your server is already booting to automatic repair anyway. But if you need to manually initiate automatic boot, follow the steps in this guide – Boot to Windows Server 2016 Recovery Mode Without Installation Media (DVD or USB).
  • When automatic repair displays Choose an option, click Troubleshoot.
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  • Then, at Advanced options screen, click Command Prompt.
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  • Select a user with admin privilege. Then type the password for the selected user and click Continue.
  • When Command Prompt opens, type the command below. Then press enter.
bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No

This command disables automatic repair.

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Restore Registry from Backup

Restore Registry from Backup - Windows Server 2017
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Once you have disabled automatic repair, the next step is to fix the actual reason for Windows Server 2016 automatic repair loop – restore registry from backup.

Before you can restore registry, you first need to determine the location of your windows installation. To do this, type this command. Then press enter.

Dir c:

This will list the files and folders in drive C:\.

If drive C:\ has a folder called Windows, your Windows server is installed in C:\.

On the other hand, if, it does not have a Windows folder, try Dir D:, Dir E:. Check the result of each command for a Windows folder.

Once you have confirmed the path your Operating System is installed, move to the next step – restore registry from backup.

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  • To restore registry from backup, type this command. Then press enter.
Copy C:\windows\system32\config\RegBack\* C:\windows\system32\config 

Replace C with the drive letter where your OS is installed. Note that it appears in two places in the command. They are both in bold.

When you press enter, you will receive a prompt to confirm that you wish to overwrite your current registry. Type All then press enter.

  • When the command completes, type the command below. Then press enter. You will be returned to Choose an option screen. Select Continue to boot Windows Server 2016 to normally.
Exit

If your server boots normally, it means that your Windows Server 2016 automatic repair loop issue have been fixed.

You need to re-enable automatic repair. See next step..

Enable Automatic Startup Repair

This is the final step. To re-enable automatic repair:

Before your server loads the login screen, it may take a while as it applies the changes you just made.
  • When the server boots to logon screen, login with your admin account.
For the same reason already mentioned, when you login, your profile will take a while to load.
  • Then open command prompt as administrator – search for it, right-click. Then select Run as administrator. Type the command below and press enter.
bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled Yes

After re-enabling automatic repair, to confirm that Windows Server 2016 automatic repair loop is fixed, restart your server.

Conclusion

The steps in this guide should fix Windows server 2016 automatic repair loop for you.

If you have a question or wish to leave a comment use the “Leave a Reply” form found at the end of this page. You could share how you fixed the repair loop issue.

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