Solved: Startup Repair Infinite Loop in Windows

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Windows 10 is the most versatile operating system released by Microsoft in the last decade.  Did it make things better for MS after the debacle of Windows 8, which prompted the operating system giants to re-evaluate their strategy?

Your Windows 10 getting stuck in endless reboot loops due to a software update, hardware change, or the classic Windows update is not an uncommon phenomenon. For more startup errors, check this article.

Blue screens of death, the random crashing of computers are some of the most common errors that are a hint of a bigger problem that may cause significant disruption of your day-to-day work on the computer.

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Reasons for the Error

There are a plethora of reasons for infinite loop in the startup of your computer, but we have listed the most common ones that occur frequently.

  • Hardware failure may be the reason behind the endless boot loop. The problem could be faulty external devices(such as an external hard drive), an internal hard disk, RAM, Graphics Card, or the processor itself. Or, a problem with the BIOS as well.
  • Windows Upgrade failed and therefore broke the normally functioning operating system.
  • Stop Error or Blue Screen of Death may also cause an infinite reboot loop in Windows.


Solution #1: Disable Automatic Restart

After you have successfully entered the safe mode, follow the steps to disable the automatic restart feature that might have been enabled by accident.

1. Open Run box from the Start Menu or by pressing Windows Key + R on the keyboard.

2. Type sysdm.cpl into the box and press ENTER. It will open the System Properties window.

3. Find the Advanced tab and then find the Start-up and Recovery section of the tab.

4. Click on settings and the window of Start-up and Recovery will open up.

5.Go to the System Failure section and uncheck the Automatically Restart box.

While there, check the box that reads Write an event to the system log. Leave it as it is if it’s checked already.

Now restart your computer to see if the infinite reboot loop has been fixed or not. If the error persists, then proceed to the next solution.


Solutions #2: Safe Mode from Advanced Options in Boot

As the name suggests, Safe Mode is our safest and easiest bet to repair the infinite startup loop.

To access Safe mode option in a single operating system mode, follow three ways:

  1. Press the SHIFT key and click on the Restart button.
  2. Head to the Start Up search bar and type of advanced startup. Click on the result that reads Change Advanced Startup Settings. The Recovery wizard will open up on the screen.

Click on the Restart Now button to restart and boot straight into the recovery options.

Dual-boot users are in luck as it is a tad bit easier to access the Advanced Recovery Options.

  1. When the dual-boot screen appears, click on the change defaults or choose other options.

It will take you to Advanced options > Windows Startup Settings.

  1. As the Startup settings open up, there will be a list of options. Select the Safe Mode by pressing 4 on your keyboard.

After following every method possible when you finally reach Safe Mode.

  1. Head to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View installed updates to uninstall recent Windows updates that may have been the reason behind the infinite loop.
  2. Moreover, uninstall any program or driver that might have been installed recently.


An alternative method to Stop and Delete Windows Updates

  1. While in the Advanced Option of recovery menu or logged into Windows 10 via Safe Mode, open the Command Prompt. Type the following commands, one line at a time.
net stop wuauserv


net stop bits


  1. Head to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder. Empty the entire folder by deleting all the files and folders present there.

Now restart the computer and the infinite loop error should be fixed.


Solution #3: Remove Bad Registries

Registries in Windows save low-level settings as required by different apps, and software oftentimes become corrupted, broken due to a variety of reasons.

  1. Open the Run dialogue window by pressing Windows key + R
  2. Type “regedit” and press ENTER.

Registry Editor will open up. Be sure to make a backup of the registries before moving forward

  1. Navigate to the following path in the registries.


  1. Look through each of the profile IDS that read S-1-15-18 and so on.

Delete ProfileImagePath from each of them and exit the editor.

After that, reboot your computer, and hopefully, the error should be fixed.


Solution #4: Windows 10 Boot Loop Automatic Repair

Windows 10’ boot loop repairs only after there have been a bunch of boot failures consistently.

  1. Power up your PC and then shut it down as soon as you see the circular loading screen of Windows 10.
  2. Repeat the N number of times until Preparing Automatic Repair appears on the screen. That’s your clue for the automatic repair wizard starting up.

It will take a few moments to diagnose the PC and then the Automatic Repair window will appear on the screen.

  1. Click on the Advanced Options. It will take you to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options.
  2. Select the Command Prompt and type the following commands one by one.
●                      c:  (Note:  that your the drive letter may be different depending on the partition in which Windows is installed)

●                      dir

●                      cd \windows\system32\config

●                      MD backup

●                      copy *.* backup

●                      CD regback

●                      dir

●                      copy *.* ..

●                      A

●                      Exit


  1. When the commands have been entered, you will arrive at Choose an option. Click to continue to exit and reboot the computer to find out the status of the loop error.

These methods can be tried on earlier versions of Windows as well. While checking for hardware fault, do the A/B testing to ascertain the root of the problem.

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