Windows 10 Error 0xc000000f: Troubleshooting an Unexpected Issue

Error 0xc000000f is a common Windows error that indicates an issue with the boot configuration data (BCD) store. This error usually occurs when your computer is unable to locate the operating system files required to start up.

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Windows 10 – photo: Pixabay

Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve the error:

  1. Use Windows Startup Repair: Boot your computer using a Windows 10 installation media (USB or DVD). Select your language preferences and click “Repair your computer” instead of installing Windows. From the options, choose “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced options” > “Startup Repair.” This will attempt to automatically fix any issues with the boot configuration.
  2. Rebuild BCD using Command Prompt: If Startup Repair didn’t resolve the issue, you can try manually rebuilding the BCD. Follow the same steps as above to access the Command Prompt. In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each one:
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /scanos
    bootrec /rebuildbcd
  3. Check disk errors: Sometimes, disk errors can cause boot issues. You can use the Command Prompt again and type the following command:
    chkdsk C: /f /r

    This will scan and repair disk errors on your Windows partition (assuming C: is your system drive). Restart your computer after the process completes.

  4. Use System Restore: If you have previously created a system restore point, you can use it to revert your computer to a previous working state. Boot your computer with the Windows installation media, go to “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced options” > “System Restore,” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Reinstall Windows: If none of the above methods work, you may need to consider reinstalling Windows. Make sure to back up your important files before proceeding with the reinstallation process.

If you’re still unable to resolve the error, it may be helpful to consult with a computer technician or seek support from Microsoft or the manufacturer of your computer.

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