When trying to boot windows, the Windows Error Code 0xc000000e error means you’re dealing with corrupted boot configuration data. The Boot Configuration Data is a global store for all boot-related options and settings on new Windows PCs.
This error occurs when you try to boot your device, and a black screen shows you how to repair your computer using an installation disk or a recovery drive. Unfortunately, the only way you can solve this problem is to have this recovery drive, so you should get your hands on one before you start. If you don’t have it, it’s quite easy to create one from any other PC or laptop using Rufus or Windows Media Creation tool.
You will also need to boot into your BIOS to change the boot order and boot your PC instead of your hard drive from the recovery drive. Use the following steps to do this:
- Enter the BIOS or UEFI settings before booting Windows by pressing the designated key of your motherboard manufacturer. Depending on the manufacturer, this key is usually Esc, Delete, F2, F8, F10, F12 or Backspace. You can search online, followed by your computer model, how to enter BIOS.
- Use the instructions found in the BIOS to change the boot order and set the CD-ROM or USB port as the first device, depending on whether your recovery drive is a CD or a flash drive.
- Save your settings and exit.
Method 1: Rebuild the Boot Configuration Data
You’ll have to boot your computer from the recovery drive to do this. If you have configured your BIOS with the above steps, you can do so by pressing any key when the prompt is displayed. Use the following steps to rebuild the BCD when the computer is booted from the recovery drive:
- In the Windows Setup dialog box, set everything to the appropriate values, select your language and click
- Click on Repair your computer in the bottom left corner and select Troubleshoot from the Select an option screen.
- In the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced Options, and click on Command Prompt.
- When the command prompt opens, type the following commands, after each of them press Enter on the keyboard:
- Reboot your computer, and it should boot up just fine, without facing the issue again.
Method 2: Repair your OS with the recovery drive
This method also repairs your operating system with the recovery drive command prompt and you should be able to boot into Windows without having to face the problem again. Boot from the recovery drive and follow the following instructions.
- Use steps 1 through 3 from the previous method to get to the Command Prompt of the recovery drive.
- Once inside the command prompt, type the following commands, followed by an Enter to execute them on your keyboard. The StartRep.exe utility corrects the values of the boot environment and should correct the BCD error. Note that if this step fails, you may need to repeat it several times.
- If the previous Windows repair step did not help, type bcdedit in the command prompt to see the Windows Boot Manager values.
- Note the Device values. Type the following commands if they are unknown, followed by an Enter to execute them. Note that if necessary, you should replace C: with the partition in which your operating system is installed.
- Close it, remove the recovery drive and reboot your system when the command prompt is done. It shouldn’t have booting problems now.
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The only disadvantage of these solutions is that they require recovery, patience and strong nerves. If you follow them as described, however, you should fix your error and continue to use your device as before.