The Windows error code 0XC00000F is a very annoying problem that prevents us from starting Windows normally and even during an installation. If you want to know what the causes are, why this error happens and how to solve it, we advise you not to lose sight of this guide.
Windows error code 0XC00000F – Causes
The first thing we should know is that this error originates in BOOTMGR, a Windows boot manager. This program is in charge of starting Windows using an independent database (Boot Configuration Data). This database is of vital importance for Windows to start normally. In case it is corrupt or Windows cannot find it, we will get the Windows error code 0XC00000F.
The main causes can be grouped into the following:
The database presents corrupt files, either because of a half installation or incomplete update.
The hard disk is broken or damaged.
The files in the database have been deleted.
How to fix Windows error code 0XC00000F
Before we start we must check that this error is not caused by a damaged peripheral that is the cause of this error. How do we do this? By unplugging all the peripherals we can (hard drive, printer, mouse, USB, keyboard, everything you have of this style).
Once you have removed all the peripherals, turn on the computer and check if the problem persists. In case it persists we will have to choose to repair BOOTMGR.
1# Repair BOOTMGR
Important: You need a Windows installation DVD or CD to follow this solution. You can use an ISO image on USB.
The first step is to insert the Windows DVD/CD or USB with the Windows image with the computer on.
After the previous step, turn the computer off and on again.
When you see the message “Press any key to boot from DVD” on the screen, press any key on the keyboard.
Choose the language, time, etc. and press “Next”.
You will see a window with the message “Repair the computer” at the bottom left, click on this option.
Choose the drive where the Windows image is located and press “Next”.
You will see a series of options, choose “Startup Repair” and press “Restart”.
In case the “Startup Repair” does not take effect you can choose the two following options “System Restore” or “System Image Recovery”.
If we have completely ruled out that the problem resides on the hard drive these last options exposed will repair the Windows error code 0XC00000F of our computer, laptop, notebook, notebook, etc.
1# Rebuild BCD and MBR
This can be a disappointment, but most of the time, a defective hard drive is the main cause. On the other hand, if someone tampered with MBR (Master Boot Record) or BCD (Boot Configuration Data), there is a possibility that their respective configurations are damaged or have disappeared completely.
To repair them, you’ll need the boot disk drive, either DVD or USB, with the Windows 10 installation. If you can’t create it on the problem computer, you can create it on any other computer, regardless of the system. Just download the Media Creation Tool and set up a USB stick or burn your settings to a DVD.
Finally, once you have obtained the installation drive, follow the instructions below to repair the master boot record:
Insert the Windows 10 startup device (USB stick or DVD) and restart your computer.
Set the startup device with the Windows 10 installation as the master boot device . Change the boot order by entering the boot menu or BIOS setup.
Press any key to boot .
The process of loading the installation file should begin.
Select the preferred language, time/format, and keyboard entry. Press the “Next” button.
In the next dialog box, select “Repair your computer” in the lower left corner.
Open Troubleshooting from the selection menu.
Choose Advanced Options.
Open Command Prompt. If prompted, select your account and enter the password.
On the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each one:
- bootrec /FixMbr
- bootrec /FixBoot
- bootrec /ScanOs
- bootrec /RebuildBcd
Exit, remove the installation unit and try to boot up the system normally.
On the other hand, if you still can’t fix the problem, be sure to follow the steps below.
The Windows eror code 0XC00000F status error without disk can be repaired by downloading an ISO image to a USB. This will allow you to fix the Windows error code 0XC00000F Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 error without a CD via the USB.
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