Opening my Own Private I.T. Business Services.

Vulcans Logic Networks Enterprise is taking a break, we will not be taking on any new clients, and will be the focus on the build if infrastructure and finances.  We have reached a point where we will get venture capital to hire staff and bookkeepers.

We are putting together a business plan and additional paperwork need for this process.

I will be working privately as I.T. Professional and provide services from the systems (Windows, Unix, and Linux) and network engineer, DevOps (Still in training), Full Stack Web Developer (in training), developer (in training C++ and Java), Graphic and web design, and Computer and Laptop repairs  to pay my bills and work from home.

I will give a percentage of my earning to fund Vulcans Logic Networks Enterprises, Inc.

I will work under the name “Otaku Computer Guy” and will provide resources on the blog, podcast too.

I just can’t do this 9 to 5 thing anymore unless I being paid what I am worth, and I can make my hours and schedule. I need to pay my bills, I owe a house, insurance, I own a car, I still believe in Vulcans Logic Networks Enterprise but I feel I need more training and I need to have the financial backing to help build the company up.

I think I need additional practice in project management, managing myself and late at my current job I been as to manage others.

This big responsible there I learned to keep track of and how to follow-up to make sure people get there task done by a deadline.

I going to post a few articles about this, this really been a learning curve and it really important the older you get and when 10 + years of experience they want to natural manage people and projects.

This blog is about what I learning and any tips I can help my reads with.

 

 

 

 

 

Professional vs. Non-Professional

I and a Windows (Wintel) Systems Administrator by training and experience. I also have worked as a Network administrator and had a Completed  CCNA course work.

When joining my friend Vizo at Vulcans Logic Networks; Vizo introduce me to “Eli the Computer Guy”  I realized I wasn’t a real profession for the 13 years.

True professionals work on and develop their skills and push beyond the everyday routine, but just doing things to get the job done.  I had forgotten what about the passion I had for computers, science, engineering, and technology before I started working as a professional.

I built my first computer at 13 years old and always had a computer lab, once I completed my MCSA/CCNA security boot camp and get rid of my lab and started work for the last 13 years, doing things just to get it done developing bad habits.

The 2 years I come back to basics I am rebuilding hackers labs and built and new computer room and I working on a new notebook.

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I am learning Linux Administration and DevOps engineering and improving and advancing my skills Windows (Wintel) systems administration and network administration.

What is the difference between a professional and a non-professional?  I use to think it was knowledge, but no is it is love and passion for what it is that you do.

Anyone can develop the skills and knowledge but can do have the passion and love to do what you do.

That is the real difference.

Starting to work from home Full-time

For the last three months, I have been looking for a job doing phone interviews and on-site interviews. I even entertained returning to On-site role but the way I been treated. I am just tried how I being spoken too and questioned and if you’re going to judge me or my work.

Then I may want to hold out to the job I want and the money I want. I have been working for 15 years and I am always training and practicing to update my skills.

So, I going dedicated to the blog to my training notes, things I am working and advertising my services from my house.  I going to focus on Vulcans Logic Networks my company, and while building the company up to where can get money and get paid, I will try and pay my bills through my Blogging websites:

computer web & graphic design, PC repair in my home, I and going to get a remote position as a SysOps or DevOps.

This Blog I share training notes and for those looking for work, I also go over some interviews Questions that will trip you up because of how the person ask you.

If you want to help or support this blog or my other blog please send a donation to:

https://www.patreon.com/otakutimesus


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Microsoft System Center

Microsoft Systems Center is all in one system management tool.  Often called SCCOM or Systems Center Operation Manager (SCOM) or its Original name SMS (Sytems Management Server.  On December 19th of 2018 Microsoft release, a new stable release called 1810 (Microsoft System Center).

System Center 1807 Now Available!

There are many system management tools out there; some ones I have used are:

  1. SolarWinds
  2. ConnectWise
  3. IPCenter
  4. System Center 2007

In my last TechNet Seminar; The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007. This Management Pack helps administrators manage and administer Configuration Manager 2007 servers. Was going to be the last version of System Center and Microsoft was the development of Endpoint Protection server.

Microsoft Endpoint Protection Server 2007 was the best if ask me, Antivirus and malware protection and it had a small footprint on a system.  The best feature is the Endpoint Protection download virus and malware signatures and definition from more than one vendors than one signature and definition servers.

Then Symantec Endpoint Protection had a large footprint on PC and a server, Older and some new PC would slow down, have performance issues and/or not enough hard-drive space. It also only got the virus and malware signatures and definition only Symantec.

Symantec Endpoint intrusion prevention and firewalls into the mix, which added to the pull on system resources and if not configured correctly from the beginning get in the way of production.  Some times deployment of a client package would bottleneck smaller internet gateways, cause internet outages. I often had re-push the package.

So, I dropped learning how to use System Center 2007 and studying it, now was used in 2007. It is now 2019 and I am getting a request for it. In 2019 more and more companies are using it as a signal resource management tool. If you Windows Systems Administrator (Wintel Systems Administrator) you need to know it.

In 2012; Microsoft launched System Center Configuration Manager 2012, released in 2012, was the product that made System Center 2012 made SCCM a widely use management tools.

So let look at Systems Center 2012 R2 :

  • Configuration Manager allows IT professionals to deploy operating systems, software apps and install updates. It can also maintain hardware and software inventories, and remotely administer computers.
  • Virtual Machine Manager enables users to create and manage virtual machines. It can interface with Microsoft Azure’s Hyper-V virtual machine hypervisor system. For admins who want to interface with existing VMware hypervisors, an add-on called System Center 2012 R2 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere is available at no additional cost.
  • Endpoint Protection is system security and antimalware client that allows administrators to monitor client workstations. It sends an email alert whenever it detects that malware has been installed.
  • Service Manager is System Center’s integrated IT service management platform, allowing IT professionals to track incidents, resolve problems and more. It interfaces with Operations Manager and Configuration Manager.
  • Operations Manager deploys a monitoring agent to each endpoint, and it is the main monitoring software included in the System Center pack. Add-ons allow monitoring for a wide range of services, such as Apache, Tomcat, VMware and SQL servers.
  • Data Protection Manager is a backup and disaster recovery product that’s compatible with multiple types of servers.

Personally, I have always tried to push Systems Center as an all in one tool, the system works with Cisco’s CDP protocol and SNMP protocol allowing to monitor both systems servers and a large majority of network devices.

You can monitor both Linux, Unix and MacOS systems, and most mobile devices.

System Center 2016 and Beyond.

First Systems is gear to working with Office 365 and Virtualization (optimized for Azure but can work with VMware ESX and AWS).

It has the following features:

  • Configuration Manager provides software deployment, distribution, update management, and configuration monitoring throughout an IT infrastructure. Configuration Manager automates many tasks associated with software deployment and maintenance while enforcing the organization’s software configuration policies and standards.
  • Data Protection Manager (DPM) enables disk-based data protection and recovery for file and application servers in an Active Directory domain. DPM backs up client systems, server file systems, Exchange databases, SharePoint data, and SQL databases on a continuous basis, allowing an organization to recover a single lost or corrupted file or restore an entire system.
  • Endpoint Protection is used with Configuration Manager to provide a single infrastructure for client management and security, including malware detection. It gives administrators a central location for creating and applying all client-related policies.
  • Operations Manager monitors the health of IT services across datacenter and cloud infrastructures. Operations Manager can provide IT departments with reports at defined intervals as well as alerts when immediate attention is necessary. Operations Manager can be used to monitor the performance of both server and client applications. Management packs — the sets of instructions that Operations Manager uses to monitor specific applications — are available for most current Microsoft server applications and operating systems, as well as many from third parties.
  • Orchestrator is a workflow management tool for automating the creation, monitoring, and deployment of IT resources. Orchestrator integrates with Microsoft and non-Microsoft products, allowing administrators to connect different systems without any knowledge of scripting or programming languages.
  • Service Manager facilitates implementing and automating IT service management (ITSM) best practices across an organization. Service Manager can provide IT departments with processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset life cycle management.
  • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a server application for administration and management of Microsoft and VMware virtual machine guests and virtual machine hosts. It provides network administrators real-time views of resource allocation and allows rapid reconfiguration.

The new features are VMM and Orchestrator. VMM manages Microsoft Hypervisor and VMware ESX server virtual machines. Help with asset management and workflow, you don’t have to integrate SharePoint and run scripts to create a report of assets in your inventory anymore Orchestrator is a great new feature.  In my past, it was always my job to figure out the end of life of the hardware and make plans to replace it, track warranties, etc.

Who should use Systems Center?

  • Small business who don’t have Data Protection (Backup Software) and Antivirus/Malware Protection.
  • Medium to Large business who don’t have Data Protection (Backup Software) and Antivirus/Malware Protection.

If you don’t have licenses for any of these products but need these products to get it in a one-shot deal.

Most place I have worked these use multiple solutions to manage the environment and have to manage multiple licenses and products that don’t always integrate well and maybe scripting is needed to deal with integration issues.

  • Companies who want a single solution and who want to manage multiple products.

Companies big or small should revisit Sytems Center.

Charles Lucas
The Otaku Computer Guy!


History:

System Center Configuration Manager has evolved since Microsoft originally released it as “Systems Management Server” in 1994. Significant releases include:

  • Systems Management Server 1.0, released in 1994 along with Windows NT Server 3.5. This initial release targeted the management of MS-DOS, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, Macintosh and OS/2 desktops on Windows NT Server, NetWare, LAN Manager, and Pathworks networks.
  • Systems Management Server 1.1, released in 1995 to help customers migrate to Windows 95.
  • Systems Management Server 1.2, released in 1996 with new remote-control, SNMP, inventory, and network monitoring capabilities.[4]
  • Systems Management Server 2.0, released in 1999 to help with Y2K remediation efforts.[5]
  • Systems Management Server 2003, released in 2003 with improved stability, reliability, and software-distribution capabilities.[6]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007, released in 2007 with support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.[7]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012, released in 2012 with significant changes to application deployment capabilities.[8]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1511, released in November 2015 to support Windows 10 and new Windows servicing options.[9]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1602, released March 11, 2016. New features include conditional access for PCs, Office 365 Update Management, greater management of mobile devices and of Windows 10.[10]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1606, released July 22, 2016. New features include support for managing new Windows 10 features like Windows Information Protection and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, improved integration with the Windows Store for Business supporting online and offline-licensed apps, and more.[11]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1610, released in November 2016 [12]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1702, released March 2017 [13]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1706, released July 2017 [14]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1710, released November 2017 [15]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1802, released March 2018 [16]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1806, released July 2018 [17]
  • System Center Configuration Manager 1810, released December 2018 [18]

Coming Soon!

I will be doing articles on Windows 2019 and Systems Center 2019; in the future. My new lab environment and production environment will be done in a few months and I be able to show demos.


References:

SEO

Recently, I was connected by small business and asked why SEO was not included as part of web design fee?

One reason, I work alone and I don’t have a staff, to dedicate each 1 to 4 hour a week SEO ( Search Engine Optimization, it takes a lot of work to to get it right.

SEO and Social Media Marketing are a separate cost. SEO required hours of work of research and some coding writing, and then cross-linking sites, etc.

What is SEO?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.

What goes into SEO?

To understand what SEO really means, let’s break that sentence down and look at the parts:

  • Quality of traffic. You can attract all the visitors in the world, but if they’re coming to your site because Google tells them you’re a resource for Apple computers when really you’re a farmer selling apples, that is not quality traffic. Instead, you want to attract visitors who are genuinely interested in the products that you offer.
  • The quantity of traffic. Once you have the right people clicking through from those search engine results pages (SERPs), more traffic is better.
  • Organic results. Ads make up a significant portion of many SERPs. Organic traffic is any traffic that you don’t have to pay for.

How SEO works

You might think of a search engine as a website you visit to type (or speak) a question into a box and Google, Yahoo!, Bing, or whatever search engine you’re using magically replies with a long list of links to webpages that could potentially answer your question.

That’s true. But have you ever stopped to consider what’s behind those magical lists of links?

Here’s how it works: Google (or any search engine you’re using) has a crawler that goes out and gathers information about all the content they can find on the Internet. The crawlers bring all those 1s and 0s back to the search engine to build an index. That index is then fed through an algorithm that tries to match all that data with your query.

That’s all the SE (search engine) of SEO.

The O part of SEO—optimization—is where the people who write all that content and put it on their sites are guessing that content and those sites up so search engines will be able to understand what they’re seeing, and the users who arrive via search will like what they see.

Optimization can take many forms. It’s everything from making sure the title tags and meta descriptions are both informative and the right length to pointing internal links at pages you’re proud of.

Learning SEO

This section of our site is here to help you learn anything you want about SEO. If you’re completely new to the topic, start at the very beginning and read the Beginner’s Guide to SEO. If you need advice on a specific topic, dig in wherever suits you.

Here’s a general overview:

Building an SEO-friendly site

Once you’re ready to start walking that SEO walk, it’s time to apply those SEO techniques to a site, whether it’s brand new or an old one you’re improving.

These pages will help you get started with everything from selecting an SEO-friendly domain name to best practices for internal links.

Content and related markup

A site isn’t really a site until you have content. But SEO for content has enough specific variables that we’ve given it its own section. Start here if you’re curious about keyword research, how to write SEO-friendly copy, and the kind of markup that helps search engines understand just what your content is really about.

On-site topics

You’ve already learned a lot about on-site topics by delving into content and related markup. Now it’s time to get technical with information about robots.txt.

Link-related topics

Dig deep into everything you ever needed to know about links from anchor text to redirection. Read this series of pages to understand how and when to use no follow and whether guest blogging is actually dead. If you’re more into the link building side of things (working to improve the rankings on your site by earning links), go straight to the Beginner’s Guide to Link Building.

Other optimization

Congratulations! You’ve mastered the ins and outs of daily SEO and are now ready for some advanced topics. Make sure all that traffic has the easiest time possible converting with conversion rate optimization (CRO), then go micro level with local SEO or take that site global with international SEO.

The evolution of SEO

Search engine algorithms change frequently and SEO tactics evolve in response to those changes. So if someone is offering you SEO advice that doesn’t feel quite right, check in with the specific topic page.

For a more technical look at SEO, check out this short video from Rand Fishkin.

Go forth and SEO

Work Cited & References:

  1. What is SEO?

Backup and Restore the Registry – Guide for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Before you begin any work on windows registry you should always back it up first,  Here is a list how. enjoy.

Charles O. Lucas – Otaku Computer Guy!


Backup and restore the registry in Windows XP

To back up the registry on a Windows XP computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type regedit in the search box and click OK to open the Registry Editor
  4. On the left pane, click Computer to select it
  5. From File, in the menu, click Export
  6. In the Export Registry File window, type a filename for this backup
  7. Then choose All under the Export range section and select a location on your system where you want to save the backup registry file, then click Save.

    Add a meaningful name for the backup file to distinguish different backup files, if you have multiples ones.

    You can save the file to Desktop.

The registry backup files are saved with this extension: .reg

To restore the registry in Windows XP, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at Run and click OK
  2. Go to the File menu and click Import
  3. At the Import Registry File window, browse to locate the backup file (on the Desktop, if you saved it there)
  4. Select the file and click Open
  5. Once the import process is complete, restart your computer and log in back on your Windows XP computer

Windows XP regedit screen

Backup and restore the registry in Windows Vista

To backup the Registry in Windows Vista, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type regedit in the search box
  3. Click the regedit item from the search results list
  4. Click Continue, if you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) warning message
  5. Select Computer from the left side. Make sure it’s selected.
  6. Go to File and then click Export
  7. At the Export Registry File, type a filename for the backup file and then choose All under the Export range section
  8. Select a location where you want to save the backup file
  9. Click Save

Backup files of the Registry are saved with this extension: .reg

To restore a previously created .reg file on a Windows Vista, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at the search box and click on the regedit item when it appears in the search results list
  2. At File, click Import
  3. At the Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup .reg file that needs to be restored
  4. Click Open
  5. When the process is complete, restart your Windows Vista system

Windows Vista regedit screen

Backup and restore the registry in Windows 7

To backup the Registry on a Windows 7 system, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type regedit in the search box
  3. Click the regedit item appearing in the list
  4. Click Continue, if you’re prompted by User Account Control
  5. Select Computer from the left side. Make sure it’s selected.
  6. Go to File and then Export
  7. At the Export Registry File, type a name for the backup file
  8. Choose All under the Export range section
  9. Select a location where you want to save the backup file
  10. Click Save

The backup files are saved with this extension: .reg

=To restore a previously created backup file of the Registry in Windows 7, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at the search box and click on the regedit item when it appears in the search results list
  2. At File, click Import
  3. At the Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup .reg file to be restored from your Desktop or from where you saved it
  4. Click Open
  5. Once completed, restart the computer to login back on your Windows 7 computer

Windows 7 regedit screen

Backup and restore the registry in Windows 8 or 8.1

To create a backup of the current Registry in a Windows 8 or 8.1 system, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Search or press the Windows and C key to open the Charm Bar
  2. Type regedit in the search box
  3. Click regedit from the search results list
  4. Click Yes, if you’re prompted by User Account Control
  5. Select Computer from the left side. Make sure it’s selected before you proceed to the next step.
  6. Go to File and then click on Export
  7. At the Export Registry File, type a name for the backup file
  8. Choose All under the Export range section
  9. Select a location where you want to save the backup file
  10. Click Save

Note: Any backup files of the Registry are saved with this extension: .reg

To restore the registry using a previously created .reg file on a Windows 8 or 8.10 system, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at the search box and click on the regedit item when it appears in the search results list.To open the Search Bar, press the Windows and C keys.
  2. At File, click the Import option
  3. At the Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup file you want to restore
  4. Click Open
  5. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and log back in on your Windows 8/8.1 computer

Windows 8 regedit screen

Backup and restore the registry in Windows 10

To create a backup of the current Registry in a Windows 10 system, follow these steps:

  1. Type regedit in the search box
  2. Click regedit from the search results list
  3. Click Yes, if you’re prompted by User Account Control
  4. Select Computer from the left side. Make sure it’s selected before you proceed to the next step.
  5. Go to File and then click on Export
  6. At the Export Registry File, type a name for the backup file
  7. Choose All under the Export range section
  8. Select a location where you want to save the backup file
  9. Click Save

Note: Any backup files of the Registry are saved with this extension: .reg

To restore the registry using a previously created .reg file on a Windows 8 or 8.10 system, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at the search box and click on the regedit item when it appears in the search results list.
  2. At File, click the Import option
  3. At the Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup file you want to restore
  4. Click Open
  5. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and log back in on your Windows 10 computer

Windows 10 regedit screen

More Information

Linked Entries

Support Links

Applicable Systems

This Windows-related knowledgebase article applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 (all editions)
  • Windows 10 (all editions)

Reference: https://neosmart.net/wiki/backup-restore-registry/

 

Basics of Fixing and Windows 8 or 10 PC

I just opened a computer repair business from my home and I just got my first and I been working in IT for 15 years.  Here a some of my notes on repairing Windows 8 and 10 PC.

Generally, this for a corrupted OS. I post a later article on Malware and Virus removal.
The most import thing is below.

Important!!! Hardware needed!

Do not use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, I a regular keyboard and mouse for repair, because Bluetooth keyboard and mouse may work under the BIOS but lose connection when the BIOS gives control to the OS and if OS doesn’t boot or load properly you may not be able to boot the Windows OS in safe mode or recovery mode.

I found must problem can be solved in Window 8 and 10 once you access recovery mode, but during an Automatic Repair loop, when the PC just keeps going into repair and Bluetooth Keyboard can’t communicate with the OS.

So attach a good out USB wired keyboard to the PC for recovery.  Follow the steps below:

Getting into Recovery/Safe Mode:

  1. Press the Power Button three times and the system to boot into recovery/safe mode.

 

How can you get F8 work again? 

F8 boot menu feature is disabled on Windows 10 by default. The good news is you can get it to work again with the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Edit command. BCD Edit is a tool written to control how the operating system is started. You can use it to enable the F8 boot menu easily. Just follow these steps:

1) On your keyboard, press Windows logo key and R key at the same time to invoke the run command.

2) Type cmd then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open an administrator command prompt. (Don’t just press Enter or click OK as that won’t open the command prompt in an administrator mode.)

3) Copy the following command and paste it in the Command Prompt. Then on your keyboard, press the Enter key.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

4) Reboot your PC. Before the Windows logo appears, press F8 to access the Boot Options menu (see below screenshot). Then select Safe Mode.


 

Notes: If F8 is disabled by default if you want to use F8 you need to enable it. You can get F8 work again only when you’re able to access Windows. If you can’t start Windows normally, you need to use another effective way.

Thanks, Charles O. Lucas – the Otaku Computer Guy!


If the Windows including Windows 10 or Windows 8 fails to boot, it will launch its built-in tool –Automatic Repair to attempt to repair Windows. However, Automatic Repair has some limitations. Sometimes, like any other programs, Automatic Repair fails to work and you get an error message – Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

What should we do if we stuck in Windows Automatic Repair loop? How to solve this issue with ease?

Disclaimer: please always make a backup copy of your files before using any of the advice provided here. If not sure, seek qualified assistance before proceeding on your own!

Fortunately, Bootable installation media or Recovery Drive/System Repair Disc can help to fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error. Here are 7 quick fixes to help you get out of Windows Automatic Repair loop.

Step 1 

Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. It can help you troubleshoot problems on your PC. For example, if the problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, you’ll know default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue.

There are two versions of safe mode: Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Networking. They’re quite similar, but Safe Mode with Networking includes the network drivers and services you’ll need to access the Internet and other computers on your network.

Select from the following sections to find out how to start your PC in safe mode from either Setting, from the sign-in screen, or from a black or blank screen.

  1. Press Windows logo key  + I on your keyboard to open Settings. If that doesn’t work, select the Start button, then select Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security  > Recovery.
  3. Under Advanced startup, select Restart now.
  4. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
    Choose an option screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Troubleshoot screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Advanced options screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Startup Settings  screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
  5. After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you’ll need to use the Internet, select 5 or press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

From the sign-in screen

  1. Restart your device by pressing the Shift key while you select the Power button on the bottom right corner of the sign-in screen.
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
    Choose an option screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Troubleshoot screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Advanced options screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Startup Settings  screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
  3. After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in safe mode. Or if you’ll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

From a black or blank screen

Before you enter safe mode, you need to enter the Windows Recovery Environment (winRE). To do this, you will repeatedly turn your device off, then on:

  1. Hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  2. Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  3. On the first sign that Windows has started (for example, some devices show the manufacturer’s logo when restarting) hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  4. Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  5. When Windows restarts, hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  6. Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  7. Allow your device to fully restart. You will enter winRE.

Now that you are in winRE, you will follow these steps to take you to safe mode:

  1. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
    Choose an option screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Troubleshoot screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Advanced options screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
    Startup Settings  screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.
  2. After your device restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select option 5 from the list or press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

If you need more info on a black or blank screen error, see Troubleshoot black or blank screen errors.

Other Methods

Method 1: Use Check Disk Utility

Connect the Windows installation media or Recovery Drive/System Repair Disc to your PC, select your language preferences, and finally click Next button to continue.

  1. Click Repair your computer at the bottom.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot>Advanced Options>Command Prompt.
  3. Type chkdsk /f /r C:and then press Enter
  4. Type exitand press Enter.
  5. Restart your PC to see if the problem is fixed or not.

Method 2: Fix Boot and Rebuild BCD via Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt according to the steps in Method 1.
  2. Type exe /rebuildbcd and press Enter.
  3. Type exe /fixmbr and press Enter.
  4. Type exe /fixbootand press Enter.
  5. Type exit and press Enterafter completing each command successfully.
  6. Restart your PC. If you are still stuck in Windows Automatic Repair loop, try the next method.

 

Method 3: Restore Windows Registry

  1. In Windows Boot Options menu, choose Troubleshoot >Advanced Options>Command Prompt.
  2. In Command Prompt, type the following command in command prompt and then hit Enter.

cd C:\windows\system32\logfiles\srt\ (change your drive letter accordingly)

  1. Type txtto open the file in notepad.
  2. Press CTRL + O.
  3. Select “All files” from file type and navigate to C:\windows\system32.
  4. Right click CMDand select Run as administrator.
  5. Typecd C:\windows\system32\config and press Enter.
  6. Backup those files by renaming Default, Software, SAM, System and Security files to .bak.
  7. Type the following command one by one & hit enter: rename DEFAULT DEFAULT.bakrename SAM SAM.bak

rename SECURITY SECURITY.bak

rename SOFTWARE SOFTWARE.bak

rename SYSTEM SYSTEM.bak

  1. Typecopyc:\windows\system32\config\RegBack c:\windows\system32\config and press Enter.
  2. Restart PC.

Method 4: Delete the Problematic File

  1. Access Command Prompt again and enter the following command:

cd C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\Srt

SrtTrail.txt

  1. Then, you could see “Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\tmel.sys is corrupt.”
  2. Now, type the following command to the problematic file.

cd c:\windowssystem32drivers

del vsock.sys

  1. Finally, restart PC. If these solutions can not help, please try the following troubleshooting steps to fix Windows Automatic Repair Fails to work.

Method 5: Disable Automatic Startup Repair

  1. In Command Prompt, type bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No and press Enter.
  2. Restart your PC, the Automatic Startup Repair should be disabled and you might be able to access Windows 10 again.
  3. If you need to again enable it, you can type bcdedit /set {default} recovery enabled Yes in CMD and press Enter.

 

Method 6: Check Device Partition and OsdevicePartition

Sometimes, if your device partition values aren’t correct, you will stuck in Windows Automatic Repair loop. Now, follow these steps to remove the Windows 10 Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error.

  1. In Command Prompt, type bcdedit and press enter.
  2. Find device partition and osdevice partition values and make sure their values are correct or set to correct partition. Because Windows comes preinstalled on C partition only, the default and correct value are C:.Enter the following commands and press Enter after each one if the value isn’t set to C:

bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:

bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:

  1. After that, reboot PC and fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC error.

Method 7: Perform Refresh or Reset Your PC

If Windows Automatic Repair loop issue still exists after trying the above six solutions, you can try the last method- performing a refresh or reset- to fix Windows Automatic Startup Repair boot issue.

  1. ChooseTroubleshooting when the Boot menu appears.
  2. Choose between fresh your PC or Reset your PC.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the process.

Note: no matter which you choose, your some data might be deleted during the refresh or reset process. It is recommended to backup your important files before taking this step. You can check this tutorial to know how to recover data when the PC won’t boot quickly and effectively.


Using Systems Restore:

System Restore

If you have enabled System Protection before and created a restore point, you can perform System Restore to fix Windows 10 /8 automatic repair loop.

Step 1 When you see Advanced Startup Options screen, click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.

Step 2 Select a restore point that created before the automatic repair loop. Windows will restore your computer to the original status.


These are personal notes I have collected from various websites and my own personal experiences in the field.  They focus on using the built-in tools Microsoft built into Windows 8 and 10.

You should not need to buy someones third-party applications to fix your PC, and Use should using both Windows System Restore and Windows Backup utilities.  I will write and separate article on using Windows System Restore and Windows Backup to protect your PC. if you a google account the Google cloud backup is another great backup tool to protect your data.

Charles O. Lucas – the Otaku Computer Guy!


References

  1. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12376/windows-10-start-your-pc-in-safe-mode
  2. https://www.technology.org/2017/11/14/7-ways-fix-stuck-in-windows-automatic-repair-loop/
  3. https://www.fonepaw.com/windows/windows-10-automatic-repair-loop.html
  4. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
  5. https://www.fonepaw.com/windows/windows-10-automatic-repair-loop.html

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