How to Fix Error 0xc0000225 on Windows 10

One of the most common causes of the 0xc0000225 error is when the Boot Configuration Data BCD file has become missing or corrupt. That could happen because of disk write errors, power outages, boot sector viruses, or errors made while configuring the BCD manually.

You have probably encountered this error on your windows 10 because while a critical update was going on, you had shutdown the PC or something similar had happened. This has resulted in the computer not booting to desktop but coming up with the 0xc0000225 error as below.


Your PC/Device needs to be repaired

The application or operating system could not be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

File: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe

Error code: 0xc0000225

You’ll need to use recovery tools.


Method 1: How to Repair Your Computer

  1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
  2. Choose your language settings, and then click Next
  3. Click Repair your computer.

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Method 2: How to Install Windows 10

Try to install Windows 10 using the media creation tool provided by Microsoft, the steps outlined in the link below to do this:

After installing Windows 10, perform an Automatic Repair.

The steps below will enable you perform the Automatic repair:

  1. When your computer starts, wait for the manufacturer logo to check the option for boot menu, it will usually be F12.
  2. The boot menu key might differ with each manufacturer. If you are unable to find the boot menu key, you may refer the user manual.
  3. Restart the computer, when the manufacturer’s logo is displayed, keep pressing the Boot menu option key to enter the boot menu and change the boot option to CD\DVD ROM.
  4. After you boot your computer using Windows 8 DVD, a black screen appears with gray text Press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Press any key.
  5. Select the correct time and Keyboard type.
  6. Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner
  7. Click on Troubleshooting, advanced option and then click Automatic repair.

Method 3: How to Rebuild BCD

From method 2, another option is to attempt to rebuild Boot Configuration Data file from Command Prompt.

Use the same procedure as in Method 2, but this time, instead of Troubleshoot, select Command Prompt.

In the Advanced Options screen, click Command Prompt.

  1. Type BOOTREC /FIXMBR, and then press ENTER.
  2. Type BOOTREC /FIXBOOT, and then press ENTER.
  3. Type BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD, and then press ENTER.

Reboot the system and check if the issue persists, the error should not come up again.

Note: You should also consider checking the hard drive and if your PC is still warranty, have manufacturer ship in a replacement.

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