Unable to boot; status 0xc0000098

#1
Machine: Dell Inspiron 14R 5437
Pre-installed OS: Windows 8
Dual boot: Linux Mint Xfce 17
EasyBCD version: 2.2
Error: file \bcd status 0xc0000098

How it happened:
- Machine restored to factory setting.
- Grub corrupted. Machine direct boot to Windows loader. Need to boot UEFI to boot into Mint.
- EasyBCD installed; BCD reseted but forgot to add new entry.
- Error as above.
- Linux partition missing. Have to reinstall Linux or else my laptop become unusable.

Workaround:
- Rebuilding BCD fail from Gandalf's Win8PE. The requested system device cannot be found.
- Reinstall BCD from Gandalf's Win8PE, reset, restore backup, add new, they all fail.
- I don't have recovery disk or disc either for Dell or Windows 8.

Badly need to boot back to Windows 8 ASAP for some task. Thank you.

P.s: From my search, no else got similar problem. I'm dumb maybe? Sigh...
 
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#2
I Got Same Problem!
Computer Dell Inspiron 20 Model 3043
OS:Windows 10
Dual-Boot:Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3
Cause:Happens When Secure Boot Is Disabled
Easy BCD Version:2.3
Error:0xc0000098

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Computer Dell Inspiron 20 Model 3043
OS:Windows 10
Dual-Boot:Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3
Cause:All Entries is Gone
Easy BCD Version:2.3
Error:0xc0000098[/QUOTE]
 
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mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#3
What's happening to both of you is that you are switching your PCs between EFI and legacy/MBR modes, breaking your dual-boot configurations.

Making the switch requires you reconfigure your core bootloader for the OS. EasyRE can do that automatically for Windows, but I don't know a way short of using Linux Live CD and manually reconfiguring GRUB2 for Linux.