Fixed: “Repairing disk errors” on Windows 10

By April Cai in Technical Tips Tags: Windows 10

Many users choose Windows 10 as their PC’s operating system. But Windows 10 also bring some error. Stuck on start screen with “Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete.” is one of them.

If you boot your Windows 10 facing such issue, sometimes you wait and wait but it just turns out that nothing changed.  No worry any more. It can be solved with correct method. Go with the fix below to get rid of it. 

The quick and effective fix is performing startup repair.

Note: This fix needs a Windows 10 installation media to perform, if you have none, create one following this guide– How to Burn Windows 10 ISO to USB.

1)  Plug your Windows 10 installation media into your computer with the stuck screen. Then shut down your computer and boot it via your Windows 10 installation media.

How to:
When the manufacturer’s logo pops up, keep pressing the Boot menu option key(it’s usually F12)  to enter the boot menu and use ↑ or ↓ key to choose boot via your USB.

2) When a black screen with “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD” message pops up, press any key you like.

3) Select correct time and keyboard type. Then click Next to go on.

4) Click Repair your computer.

5) Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced option > Startup repair.

6) Check to see if you can boot into Windows 10 normally.

  • True

    You all need to replace your hard drives and reinstall windows. No disc or software can repair a broken hd.

  • Marcel Romeijn

    i tried it and it keeps saying the same “Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete”
    I dont know what to do!!!

  • katie clarke

    First it went to scan and repair disk then it was blank hour 3 hours work my laptop then i saw repair error it took half and hour then it was fix i was so happy

  • katie clarke

    It really help me i am fine now with my windows 10 it never took me along while anyway

  • Aisha Fauzia

    I tried all the steps, it ran smoothly. But then when I clicked “Startup Repair”, it went back to the previous “Repairing Disk Errors.This might take over an hour to complete” screen. Do you have any suggestion what should I do?

  • School Boyz

    When I access the boot menu USB does not appear.

    • School Boyz

      Never mind I found the solution. I pressed startup repair but it says it couldn’t repair the pc

      • Heather Marie Emm

        It also said it could not repair my pc too

  • Amelia

    Hi, I have followed the above procedures and thank you for that. Would it take awhile for the repair to be done?

    • April Cai

      Commonly, it would take 15-45 minutes. But it varies from different computers.

  • Stacy Whitney

    One of my computers contracted a virus. It will not allow me to even pull up safe mode. First my wifi option was taken, then my Ethernet option was taken so I now have no way to connect to the internet. Also everything I click on takes at least 5 minutes to come up. I created a Windows 10 iso USB drive. I have tried both the repair your computer and the Install now. With the install now, it stayed on 0%. With the Repair your computer, it stayed on “repairing disk errors. This could take more than an hour.”, without showing a percentage. this is driving me nuts.

  • Byebye

    Will my hard drive be deleted then

    • April Cai

      This solution just performs startup repair and does no harm to your hard drive, no worry to take it a try.

      • Amelia Brewer

        Hi, thanks for the suggestion. I’ve performed the start up repair exactly as per your instruction, but now all applications and data are disappeared. How can I get them back please.

        • April Cai

          Hi, Amelia
          Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain system problems that might prevent Windows from starting.
          It would not delete your applications.
          In your case, please try to restart your computer to check if they’re back then.

  • deedee

    Will my C drive get formatted by doing this?

    • April Cai

      No worry for that. It just performs startup repair and does no harm to your disk C. So if you come across such error, be sure to try it.
      But, here we recommend you back up your files regularly as a good habit.

      • Amelia

        Hi there,

        Should the repair be taking awhile to be done?