Fix system repair pending in Windows 7

If you face this problematic issue in Windows 7 where the operating system does not start in normal mode but starts in Safe mode instead and complains about pending repair operations, this article might help you. When you try to run SFC /scannow, it reports that a system repair is pending and does not proceed. Here is how to revert the pending system repair and continue normal startup mode.

To fix the issue and get rid of the "system repair pending" message, you need to do the following:

You need to use the Windows setup disk with the appropriate architecture - 32-bit or 64-bit depending on which Windows version you have installed. To create a bootable USB disk, see this article: How to create a bootable USB stick to install Windows in Windows 8 or Windows 7

  • If you have Windows 7 x86, use Windows 7 x86 setup disk.
  • If you have Windows 7 x64, use Windows 7 x64 setup disk.

If you are not able to boot from DVD media, that is, if your PC does not have an optical drive, then you can create a bootable flash drive.

  1. Boot from the Windows installation disk/USB stick with Windows setup.
  2. Wait for the "Windows Setup" screen:
  3. Click next to see the following screen:
  4. Click the link Repair your computer:
  5. Windows will scan for the installed operating system. Select your OS in the list and press next:

  6. In Recovery Options, click Command Prompt:
  7. At the command prompt, type the following command
    DISM /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions

    If the command above fails, you might need to replace the disk drive letter from C: to D:. You can run the Notepad app from the command prompt and from its File menu -> Open file dialog, find the appropriate disk letter where your Windows OS is installed:

Wait till the command finishes its work. Once it is done, restart your PC. Now your PC will start in normal mode. That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Fix system repair pending in Windows 7”

  1. I am using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit as primary operating system
    Sometimes I use Windows 10 Home 32 bit on my very old computer with graphics card upgraded

  2. Ran the DISM /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions command, the response was that it was successful, but the chkdsk boot loop is still happening.

  3. After days …
    after I tried out everything I found on the web
    I finally found out, that in my BIOS the value of my SSD changed from AHCI to IDE
    (SATA Mode Selection)
    Even if this might not be a technically correct description: maybe it might help someone.

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