Get the fix to the 0xc000000e boot error in Windows 7 or 8 operating systems.

Below is a guide on how to solve this boot error that affects versions 7 and 8 of Windows. Keep in mind that you’ll need your Windows installation disc to access command line tools.

The boot error 0xc000000e

0xc000000e Boot Error

Alternative error messages. Another common way to troubleshoot this error is to search for “Missing or corrupt winload.exe“.
This error happens when Windows’ BOOTMGR tries to load the Boot\BCD registry (master boot record), but it’s either corrupted or has a bad configuration. At this step the boot loading process simply stops and the status code appears.

If you don’t have a Windows install CD, you can download Easy Recovery Essentials, our repair & recovery disk, that can fix this 0xc000000e error automatically using its Automated Repair option.

Sample 0xc000000e error

See how the error message looks like when you boot your computer below. The error message itself may look a bit different if you’re running Windows 7 or Windows 8, but the “Status:” message is going to be “0xc000000e” regardless of your OS version.

Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

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

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible

Fix 0xc000000e

Windows Setup CD/DVD Required!
Some of the solutions below require the use of the Microsoft Windows setup CD or DVD. If your PC did not come with a Windows installation disc or if you no longer have your Windows setup media, you can use Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows instead. EasyRE will automatically find and fix many problems, and can also be used to solve this problem with the directions below.

Fix #1: Make sure nothing is plugged in

Before jumping into the command line or Startup Repair, it’s best to give another restart with the lowest amount of devices plugged into your computer. This will make sure that nothing you recently added to your computer isn’t causing this issue.

Unplug any recent USB discs, CDs, DVDs etc. This includes a memory card reader too.

Fix #2: Use Windows’ built-in Automatic Repair

Here are the steps to access the Automatic Repair from an install disc:

  1. Boot from Windows install disc
  2. Click Next in the setup page after you select your language, time and keyboard input
  3. Click Repair your computer and select Troubleshoot
  4. Click on Advanced options
  5. Select Automatic Repair and select your operating system.

Fix #3: Use Easy Recovery Essentials for a guaranteed fix

Easy Recovery Essentials (Windows recovery and repair disc) can fix this error automatically.

  1. Download Easy Recovery Essentials. Choose your version (XP, Vista, 7 or 8) before you go to download
  2. Burn the image. Follow these instructions on how to burn the bootable ISO image very carefully, as making a bootable CD can be tricky!
  3. Boot into Easy Recovery Essentials
  4. Choose the Automated Repair option and click on the Continue button
    Easy Recovery Essentials Repairs 0xc000000e

    Choose “Automated Repair” in Easy Recovery Essentials

  5. Choose the drive where you installed your Windows version copy (usually C:\) and click on the Automated Repair button
  6. Easy Recovery Essentials will now fix this error using the Automated Repair program
    Easy Recovery Essentials repairs boot errors

    Easy Recovery Essentials Starts the Process

  7. When the process is completed, click on the Restart button
  8. Done, the 0xc000000e error is now fixed in Windows 7 or 8:
    Windows 7 and 8 Boot Screens

    Windows 7 and Windows 8 Booting Correctly

You can download Easy Recovery Essentials from here.

Fix #4: Rebuild the BCD

Since the boot error is caused by a corrupted or bad configured master boot sector, rebuilding the BCD (master boot sector) may be a solution. Here are the steps to rebuild it:

  1. Boot from your install disc
  2. Click on Repair your computer after you go through language, time etc.
  3. Select your Windows installation drive, which is usually C:\, and click Next
  4. Choose Command Prompt when the System Recovery Options box appears
  5. Write the following command and press Enter afterwards:
    bootrec /rebuildbcd

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Applicable Systems

This Windows-related knowledgebase article applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (all editions)