[SOLVED] Stuck in Automatic Repair Loop

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Hello! As the title suggests, I'm stuck in an automatic repair boot loop. I have two computers which are in different locations. For simplicity, I will call one of the hard drives hard drive a and the other hard drive b. Hard drive A had been functioning fine in my computer, but I brought it with me to boot onto at my computer in the other location. Hard drive B was installed in this computer and was functioning fine until there was a power outage, at which point the computer turned off and I didn't get to see if there were any problems until last night. When I got to this computer and tried to launch onto hard drive B, I was stuck in an automatic repair loop. This hard drive had no data on it that I cared about, so it didn't worry me. I then attempted to launch onto hard drive a, but I was also stuck in an automatic repair loop. This concerned me, as I have data on there that I care about and it was functioning on my other computer only a few hours prior. I wiped hard drive b and reinstalled windows on it so I could have a computer to use while I work on fixing the other windows installation. In the end, I would like to move back onto hard drive A and have the windows installation repaired, but I cannot find a solution. I will provide a list of everything I have tried:
Clearing CMOS
Turning off secure boot
SFC /scannow
Attempting to reset windows and keep files (says it cannot reset)
chkdsk
bootrec (a few of the bootrec commands say access denied, which I cannot fix)
Starting PC in safe mode (unable to start in safe mode)
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth (gives an error)
Now, when I try to launch that drive, it gives an error code 0xc000007b. I thought I would make a post on here before I attempt installing third-party software to repair the windows installation. I would appreciate any assistance or recommendations any of you could give.
 

crazyal

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Can't normally boot into another computers windows installation, the system components are just too different.

Boot up into recovery again and select command prompt, type notepad then got to file>open>computer and select your disk with the broken windows installation and navigate to users, from there you can access your files and transfer them over to another/external storage device. Sometimes you might have to take ownership of the folders to gain access.

Also sometimes booting off a seperate windows installation media disc/USB drive will allow you to complete repairs where the built in repair partition will not.
 

crazyal

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Can't normally boot into another computers windows installation, the system components are just too different.

Boot up into recovery again and select command prompt, type notepad then got to file>open>computer and select your disk with the broken windows installation and navigate to users, from there you can access your files and transfer them over to another/external storage device. Sometimes you might have to take ownership of the folders to gain access.

Also sometimes booting off a seperate windows installation media disc/USB drive will allow you to complete repairs where the built in repair partition will not.
 

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