your pc did not start correctly

Sometimes you may notice windows 11 PC won’t start the way it should after booting, it performs startup repair and displays “Automatic Repair, Your PC did not start correctly.” A number of users report when turn on or restart the PC windows 11  Automatic repair starts and results Your pc did not start correctly. There are multiple reasons for this problem, Broken or corrupt system files to Problematic Windows updates, Incompatible hard drives or bad sectors on hard disks are common. Again you may experience Windows 11 PC didn’t start correctly if the Boot manager file is corrupted due to a power outage or any other reason. If restarting your computer didn’t help then apply the solutions below to get past the error, PC Did Not Start Correctly Error on windows 11.

PC Did Not Start Correctly windows 11

Multiple reasons can cause Your PC did not start correctly error, a recent hardware upgrade, incompatible device driver, file system corruption and more.

  • First, disconnect external devices and additional USB drives attached and reboot your PC to check if the issue is resolved.
  • If the startup repair tool didn’t fix the problem, you can access advanced options and then start windows 11 safe mode.
  • Also, you need to Repair the Boot Configuration Data and master boot record to fix the problem.
  • You can open the command prompt and then run SFC and DISM commands to check if system files corruption prevents windows 11 PC start normally.

Let’s first restart your computer, which not only refreshes the operating system but also restarts all processes and clears temporary glitches that might prevent the PC start normally.

Run the Startup repair tool

Still getting “automatic repair your pc did not start correctly” Click on the Advanced option.

Your PC Did Not Start Correctly
Your PC Did Not Start Correctly

Now navigate Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Repair.

Start-up repair this will scan and fix any problems that may have prevented your PC from loading correctly

Advanced options Windows 11

Log into your user account and let the process complete, this will fix problems with files that are required to boot the operating system and help you recover Windows from a serious error.

Restart and see if you’re now able to boot into Windows. If the answer is yes, open the command prompt as administrator and run system file checker, CHKDSK and DISM restore health commands to repair windows 11 files. If still windows won’t start normally we need to start windows 11 safe mode.

Start windows 11 safe mode

Windows safe mode enables to access an altered version of Windows and corrects any problems preventing windows 11 start normally. In safe mode system loads only a minimal set of drivers and services to allow the isolation of problems causing system instability. Here are different ways to boot in safe mode windows 11.

PC did not start correctly

  • When you get your PC did not start correctly error, Click on Advanced options,
  • Next, click on Troubleshoot then Advanced options followed by startup settings and click on restart

safe mode

  • Now press F4 to start windows safe mode and F5 to start windows safe mode with networking.

Windows 11 Safe mode

  • When your PC start in safe mode apply the next solutions to fix PC did not start correctly error on windows 11.

Repair Windows system files

corrupted or missing system files are one of the common reasons why your pc did not start correctly. You can run DISM, and SFC scans to fix any issues with the system files on your PC.

Note – If windows 11 fails to start on safe mode then access advanced options and click on the command prompt then perform the following commands.

command prompt on advanced options

  • If you are in safe mode, press the Windows key + S type cmd, right-click on the command prompt select run as administrator.
  • First, run DISM restore health command DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • Next, run the system file checker command sfc /scannow
  • The above command scans your PC for missing or corrupt system files, and add or replaces them with a stable copy.

In addition run chkdsk C: /f /r command to scan the disk drive for errors and repair them.

Once the scanning completes 100% reboot your PC and check if windows 11 starts normally.

Repair Boot configuration Data

The Boot Configuration Data contains files used by Windows to boot your PC, And if due to any reason windows fails to access those files while you turn on your PC, It may fail to start windows normally and display ‘Your PC did not start correctly’ error.

Similar to this, the Master boot record (MBR) is an essential part that helps your PC locate the operating system on your hard drive. And the issue with the Master Boot Record (MRB) on your PC may also result computer not start correctly.

Again open the command prompt as administrator and perform the following commands to repair the MBR and Boot Configuration Data on Windows 11.

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildbcd

Once done reboot your PC and check if this help fixes the problem.

Update windows 11

Microsoft regularly updates the windows 11 operating system with the latest security enhancements and bug fixes. Installing the latest windows updates also replace system files that may cause problem start windows 11.

  • Start windows 11 in safe mode with networking.
  • Open the settings app using the windows key + I
  • Click on Windows update then hit the check for updates button,
  • If windows updates are pending there allow them to download and install on your computer,
  • In addition click on Advanced options then optional updates, if any driver updates or optional windows updates are available download and install them as well.
  • Now you need to reboot your computer to apply the changes.

Perform system restore

The system restore feature is very useful to recover such startup errors, but it’s applicable only if you have previously enabled the system protection features. System restores create snap of current windows settings before critical operations take place. So if anything goes wrong with windows 11 you can perform a system restore to revert back to a working state.

  • If your PC starts in safe mode, run the command rstrui.exe to open the system restore wizard, Otherwise, you can perform a system restore from Advanced options as well.

Advanced options

  • Next, Choose a restore point before the error’s appearance and hit Next.

Open system restore window

  • Review the restore point one more time and hit Finish to perform a system restore.

System restore confirm

In addition, if the problem started after a recent windows update we recommend uninstall the windows update and check if this helps.

Start windows 11 in safe mode and uninstall third-party antivirus or recently installed programs and reboot your PC. This help if third-party software conflict or security software prevents windows start normally.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.