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On boot, my 3-4 months old Windows 10 EDU / NUC7 PC showed a "blue screen": "Windows 10 Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC"

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I shut down the system and instantly rebooted. This time the PC started normal and showed the lock screen after 5+ seconds (my system is pretty fast, thanks to an EVO 960 SSD. But I do not use over provisioning or anything else special).

I inspected the mentioned log file in "C:/windows/system32/logfiles/srt/srttrail.txt" and found this error message:

Root cause found:
Boot critical file d:\windows\system32\drivers\ntfs.sys is corrupt. Repair action: File repair Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490 Time
taken = 2313 ms

The strange thing is, there is no Windows installation on the D drive. So, no wonder it couldn't find the NTFS driver there.

The system seems back to normal. But what should I do now? Do I need to worry or was this just another strange Windows 10 hickup?

  • Looks like the drive mounted as the wrong letter. Did you have some other drive plugged in - USB or otherwise? Have you made any changes to the BIOS settings? – Appleoddity Oct 12 '17 at 4:20
  • Let me think; I have detached an external USB DVD drive on one of the last boots (but not the last one). And I noticed Samsung Magician showed up for no apparent reason on my last good login. Other than that, no changes whatsoever. – wp78de Oct 12 '17 at 5:05
  • Three months later now, this has never happened again. So, just a hickup. – wp78de Dec 18 '17 at 7:22

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