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    Default Windows 7 Ultimate - 0xc000000f - Can only boot into Windows via USB

    Hi. I've read and followed the many excellent threads here regarding this error message, so I hope I'm not duplicating one that addresses my exact situation.

    On a Lenova Ideapad S10-2 netbook, I am getting the "Windows Boot Manager" black screen:

    "Windows failed to start...

    File: \Boot\BCD

    Status: 0xc000000f

    Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."

    I created a bootable Recovery USB

    (per http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBC...s+Recovery+USB)

    and have executed all of the steps detailed at

    http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBC...r+from+the+DVD

    including Option Three's creation of a new and clean bootloader built from scratch.

    Upon restart of the machine, I still get the message above.

    I *can*, however, always start the computer with the Bootable USB inserted, F12 into the Boot Manager Menu, select the USB Drive, and proceed just fine into my working installation of Windows 7 Ultimate.

    However . . . I'm curious why I still need the bootable USB.

    I would be most grateful for any suggestions for further steps.

    (Btw - I can't System Restore to a date that precedes having the issue. I purchased the computer second hand without installation discs. I've run chkdsk and malwarebytes and avg without issue.)

    Thank you.

    - C
    Last edited by rcc; April 14th, 2012 at 10:24 PM. Reason: clarified error message

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    rcc, I'm sending you an email with a link to a beta version that may solve your issue.
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    Thank you. I didn't have "receive emails from other members" enabled - sorry if I missed your email. It's now enabled
    Last edited by rcc; April 14th, 2012 at 10:33 PM. Reason: confirmed setting

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    i'm having the same issue. Whats the fix?

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    What exactly is your problem? You can boot into Windows via USB?
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    the same thing he said, i can ONLY boot into windows via the usb stick. I think the fix doesn't apply to the windows install, just adds the windows boot to the bcd on the thumbdrive.

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    To be sure I was clear . . .

    Starting up my machine produces the "Windows Boot Manager" black screen with error 0xc000000f.

    However: if I have the USB (containing the Win7 Recovery ISO) inserted at startup, I can F12 into the Boot Manager, select

    "3. USB HDD : SanDisk"

    and Windows will then start just fine.

    Addendum:

    Quote Originally Posted by acme64 View Post
    I think the fix doesn't apply to the windows install, just adds the windows boot to the bcd on the thumbdrive.
    Sounds plausible to me.
    Last edited by rcc; April 17th, 2012 at 09:35 PM. Reason: Automagically-merged double-post.

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    @rcc did the ISO I emailed you solve your problem?
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    Computer Guru - sorry, but I did not receive an email. Would you mind re-sending? Thank you!

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    I'm sending it as a PM.
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