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How to Fix Boot Error 0xc000000e on Windows 10

The 0xc000000e error when trying to boot up windows means that you’re dealing with corrupted Boot Configuration Data. The Boot Configuration Data is a global store for all options and settings related to boot on newer Windows PCs.

You will get this error when trying to boot your device, and you will be presented with a black screen that gives you instructions on how to repair your computer using an installation disk or a recovery drive. Unfortunately, having that recovery drive is the only way you will solve this issue, so you should get your hands on one before starting. If you don’t have it, it’s fairly easy to create one using Rufus or Windows Media Creation tool from any other PC or a Laptop.


You will also need to boot into your BIOS to change the boot order and make your PC boot from the recovery drive instead of your hard drive. To do that, use the following steps:

  1. Enter the BIOS or UEFI settings by pressing your motherboard manufacturer’s designated key before Windows boots. This key is usually Esc, Delete, F2, F8, F10, F12 or Backspace, depending on the manufacturer. You can do an online search on how to enter BIOS, followed by your computer model.
  2. Once inside, navigate to the Boot Use the instructions found within the BIOS to change your boot order, and set either the CD-ROM or the USB port to be the first device, depending on whether your recovery drive is a CD or a flash drive.
  3. Save your settings and exit.


Method 1: Rebuild the Boot Configuration Data

To do this, you will need to boot your computer from the recovery drive. If you’ve configured your BIOS with the steps above, you can do that by pressing any key once the prompt appears on your display. Once the computer is booted from the recovery drive, use the following steps to rebuild the BCD:

  1. In the Windows Setup dialog box, set everything to the appropriate values, select your language and click
  2. In the lower left corner, click on Repair your computer, and choose Troubleshoot from the Choose an option screen.
  3. In the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced Options, and click on Command Prompt.
  4. When the Command Prompt opens, type the following commands, pressing Enter on your keyboard after each one of them:

bootrec /scanos

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildbcd

  1. 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 will also repair your OS with the command prompt of the recovery drive, and you should be able to boot into Windows without facing the issue again. Boot from the recovery drive, and follow the instructions below.

  1. Use steps 1 through 3 from the previous method to get to the Command Prompt of the recovery drive.
  2. Once inside the Command Prompt, type the commands below, followed by an Enter on your keyboard to execute them. The StartRep.exe utility corrects boot environment values and should fix the BCD error. Note that you might need to repeat this step multiple times in case it fails.

cd x:\sources\recovery


  1. If the previous step of repairing Windows didn’t help, type bcdedit in the Command Prompt, to see the values for the Windows Boot Manager.
  2. Note the values for Device. If they are unknown, type the following commands, each followed by an Enter to execute them. Note that you should replace C: with the partition where your operating system is installed, if necessary.

bcedit /set {DEFAULT.EN_US} device partition=c:

bcedit /set {DEFAULT.EN_US} osdevice partition=c:

bcedit /set {BOOTMGR.EN_US} device partition=c:

  1. When the Command Prompt is done, close it, remove the recovery drive and reboot your system. It shouldn’t have any issues booting up now.

The only downside to these solutions is that they require a recovery drive, patience and strong nerves. However, if you follow them as they’re described, you should fix the error you’ve been getting, and continue using your device like before.

Expert Tip

How to Fix Boot Error 0xc000000e on Windows 10

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