How To Fix Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e

If you are getting the Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e on every boot don’t worry as I will show you how you can easily resolve this issue.

You will see either a black screen of death (Shown below) which shows

  • “Windows Boot Manager”
  • File : \Windows\system32\winload.exe
  • Status : 0xc00000e
  • Info : The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e

or a blue screen of death (Shown below) which shows.

  • Your PC needs to be repaired
  • A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed
  • Error code : 0xc00000e

0xc00000e blue screen of death

What Causes Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e

The error code 0xc00000e will show when your system can not see the windows 10 boot configuration partition, listed below are the main reasons for this

Cause 1 : Corrupt Boot Files

This is the main cause of the 0xc00000e boot error. When certain windows 10 boot files become corrupt it will stop your machine from booting and will show the 0xc00000e boot error.  The corruption usually happens when your machine is not shut down correctly.


Cause 2 : BCD Missing or Misconfigured

Another common cause is that the BCD “Boot Configuration Data” is either missing or has been misconfigured.  It is possible something or someone has damaged the BCD.  When the BCD is damaged we usually see the error (Required Device is Inaccessible) on the BSOD


Cause 3 : Hardware Issue

Its possible that a hardware issue is causing this error.  If your hard-drive has some bad sectors it is possible that some windows 10 boot files are located on this sector.


What is \Windows\system32\winload.exe ?

The file winload.exe is a Windows 10 operating system file that is used via the windows boot manager to boot your machine to the desktop.  If this file is missing or damaged your machine will not boot to windows and will show an error like the ones above.


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Fixing Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e

To fix the Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e we will need to create a windows 10 recovery media where we will run a few repair tasks.  The steps we will take are

  1. Create a Windows 10 Recovery Media
  2. Run Windows 10 Startup Repair
  3. Rebuild The BCD via Command Prompt
  4. Check Hard Disk For File Corruption
  5. Reset Windows 10 Boot Files to default
  6. Perform a system restore
  7. Reset the BIOS

Create a Windows 10 Recovery Media

To fix this issue we need to create a windows 10 recovery USB or DVD which we will use to run certain recovery programs.  To create this recovery USB or DVD follow these steps.

  1. Download the microsoft recovery tool from the link below.Windows 10 32 bit Click Here
    Windows 10 64 Bit Click Here
  2. Once the file has downloaded double click on the file, On the first window click on “Create installation media for another PC” and click next
  3. Select the required language, edition and architecture then click next
    recovery disk language
  4. Select USB flash drive or ISO File (In this guide we are going to make a usb recovery disc. Then click next
    0xc00000e usb recovery disc
  5. Enter a USB drive in to your machine (Please note we require to wipe this drive so backup any required data)
  6. Select the drive your USB is connected to and click next
  7. The tool will now download the required files and prepare your USB drive.  This process can take between 10 minutes and an hour depending on your internet connection.
    recovery disk downloading
  8. When the tool has finished close the application and remove the USB drive from your system.

Solution 1 : Startup Repair

The first solution we are going to try to resolve the Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e is to run a windows 10 startup repair.

To run the startup repair follow these steps

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive

    You might need to go in to your BIOS and change the boot order putting the USB device as 1st boot device

  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click on startup repair
  7. The windows 10 startup repair will now automatically start and will resolve any issues it finds, Expect this process to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
  8. When the repair has finished reboot your machine.

Hopefully your computer will boot to your desktop and will not show the Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e.  If your machine is still crashing to the 0xc00000e blue screen of death try the next solution.


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Solution 2 : Rebuild BCD

For this solution we are going to rebuild the BCD “Boot Configuration Data” To rebuild the BCD follow these steps

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive

    You might need to go in to your BIOS and change the boot order putting the USB device as 1st boot device

  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
  6. On the advanced options screen click on Command Prompt
    0xc00000e boot bcd
  7. In the command prompt window enter the command

    bootrec /rebuildbcd

    You will be prompted “Add installation to the boot list?” enter Y and hit enter
    bootrec command

  8. You should see “The operation completed successfully” if all went well.
  9. Reboot your machine

Hopefully you will now boot to your desktop, If not go on to the next solution


Solution 3 : Fix Corrupted Files

If one of the operating systems are corrupted this can cause the Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e.  To fix corrupt files do the following.

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive

    You might need to go in to your BIOS and change the boot order putting the USB device as 1st boot device

  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
  6. On the advanced options screen click on Command Prompt
    0xc00000e boot bcd
  7. In the command prompt window enter the following command and hit enter

    CHKDSK C: /r /f

    0xc00000e9 chkdsk

  8. The chkdsk application will scan your machine and will automatically fix any file corruption it finds.
  9. When the chkdsk has finished reboot your machine

Solution 4 : Reset Boot Files to Default

Using two commands we can reset the windows 10 boot files to default settings.

  1. Using the windows 10 recovery media go to the advanced options screen
  2. Click on Command Prompt
  3. Type in the following commands and hit enter

    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    sfc /scannow

  4. When the commands have finished running reboot your machine
    restore windows 10 boot files

Solution 5 : System Restore

You might be lucky and have a system restore you can revert to before the Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e

  1. Using the windows 10 recovery media go to the advanced options screen
  2. Click on system restore
  3. If there is a restore point available follow the prompts to restore your windows 10 system to that point

Solution 6 : Reset BIOS

It is possible a BIOS setting is causing this issue.  Go in to your systems BIOS and reset the BIOS back to default settings.  If you have a BIOS CMOS battery remove it from your system for 2 minutes then put it back and try to boot to windows.


Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e FAQ

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e.

Question : I have not made any changes to my computer how comes its now crashing at boot and showing the Error Code 0xc00000e?
Answer : Sometimes this error appears because of corrupt files which usually occur when your machine has not shutdown properly.

Question : Does this error code affect other systems apart from windows 10?
Answer : Yes it affects all versions of windows

Question : I am getting an error that shows “surface error code 0xc00000e” will this guide help me with this error?
Answer : Yes it will, this article will help with all errors where 0xc00000e shows.

Question : I have tried all the fixes on this page but I am still having an issue, What can I do?
Answer : You can post in a comment below what you have done and I can advise further.  You could also check out these sites, Link1 Link2

Conclusion To Fixing Windows 10 Boot Error Code 0xc00000e

Hopefully one of the above solutions has worked for you and you are now able to boot to a windows 10 desktop and you do not see the boot error 0xc00000e.

Now you have a working windows 10 system there are a few things we should do to try to prevent the error coming back again, they are

Update Device Drivers – Update all of your device drivers once a month.

Run Windows Updates – Check for windows updates and install them once a month.  It is always best practice to have the latest updates installed.

Run a CHKDSK – Running a CHKDSK once a month will insure your system is healthy and does not have any corrupt files

Backup Your System – Run a windows backup of your system once a month, then if we need to recover we will have a back to restore to.

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