Get the fix for “Status: 0xc000014C” boot error in Windows Vista, 7 or Windows 8.

Alternative Info error messages. Your PC will probably display “Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.” with File: as “\Boot\BCD”, but users reported others, such as:

  • File: \Windows\system32\config\system
    Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or is corrupt
  • Info: The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors
0xc000014C

0xc000014C

Sample 0xc000014C boot error

Below is a sample full text of this boot error message:

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

File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000014C

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

Here’s how it looks in Windows 8 with the same Info message:

Windows Recovery Environment

Your PC needs to be repaired

The Boot configuration data for your PC is missing or contains errors.

File: \Boot\BCD

Error code: 0x000014c

You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer.

Fix it with Easy Recovery Essentials in Windows Vista, 7 or 8

Easy Recovery Essentials can fix this error automatically using its built-in Automated Repair option. It works with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.

  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 Automated Repair option and click Continue
    Easy Recovery Essentials Repairs 0xc000014C

    Choose “Automated Repair” in Easy Recovery Essentials

  5. Choose your Windows installation drive’s letter (usually C:\) and click on Automated Repair
  6. Easy Recovery Essentials will now begin to fix the error automatically
    Easy Recovery Essentials repairs boot errors

    Easy Recovery Essentials Starts the Process

  7. Once the process is complete, click on Restart
  8. Done. The “0xc000014C” error is now fixed in Windows:
    Windows Vista, 7 and 8 Boot Screens

    Windows Vista / 7 or 8 Booting Successfully

You can download Easy Recovery Essentials from here.

Fix 0xc000014C in Windows Vista

You can fix this error without an installation disc.

If you’re not able to access Command Prompt, you can download our Windows recovery and repair disk, Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows Vista and access its built-in Command Prompt.

Fix #1: Boot to “Last known good configuration”

Here are the steps:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Press F8 repeatedly
  3. The Startup Options screen will appear
  4. Select Last known good configuration

Fix #2: Run sfc /scannow

You can run the sfc (System File Checker) command without your installation CD by booting into Safe Mode (with Command Prompt)

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Press F8 repeatedly
  3. The Startup Options screen will appear
  4. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  5. When Command Prompt appears, type the following command:
    sfc /scannow

Fix 0xc000014C in Windows 7

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: Run the sfc command

  1. Restart your PC and boot from the CD
  2. Select Language, Time and Keyboard method you want
  3. Click on Repair your computer
  4. Select your operating system at the “System Recovery Options” screen, but remember your hard disk drive’s letter (e.g. F:, G: etc.). In our example this is going to be D:
  5. Select Command Prompt
  6. Type the below command, where d: is your hard disk’s letter:
    sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows
  7. When scanning is complete, type exit to quit:
    exit
  8. Restart your computer

Fix 0xc000014C in Windows 8

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: Run the chkdsk command

  1. Insert your Windows 8 install disc
  2. Restart your PC
  3. Press any key when the message appears to boot
  4. Press R to open the Recovery Console, at Microsoft Setup Menu
  5. Enter your Administrator password
  6. Enter the following command when Command Prompt screen appears, where C: is your hard disk drive’s letter:
    chkdsk C: /F

If Command Prompt will show errors after running the above command, run it until it shows no errors. You can then type exit in Command Prompt to exit after the process is complete.

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Applicable Systems

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

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