Fix Blue Screen 0xc000000e on Windows 8/10

If you get this blue screen error:

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code: 0xc000000e

Blue Screen Error code: 0xc000000e

Or this error message:

The application or operating system couldnงt be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.
File:\Windows\system32\winload.exe
Error code: 0xc000000e

Blue Screen Error code: 0xc000000e

This could happen if Windows boot file is damaged or corrupted by various reasons, for example, unexpected system shutdown, virus, hardware failure, etc. You can try to fix this issue by follow this guide.

In this article, I will show how to fix blue screen 0xc000000e with Startup Repair and bootrec.exe command.
Note: You need Windows installation media (either DVD or USB) or recovery drive in order to use these methods.

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Step-by-step

  1. Insert Windows installation media or recovery drive and start your computer.
  2. Press any key to boot from it.
    Press any key to boot from DVD

    If it doesn’t boot from the media, you can enter boot menu option to select it or modify boot order in BIOS to boot from the media first.
    Boot Menu

  3. On this screen, click Next.
    Windows Setup
  4. Click Repair your computer.
    Select Repair your computer
  5. Select Troubleshoot.
    Select Troubleshoot
  6. Select Advanced options.
    Select Advanced options
  7. Select Startup Repair.
    Select Startup Repair
  8. Select target OS. In this example, it is Windows 8.1.
    Select target OS
  9. It will try to fix any startup problem automatically.
    Diagnosing and fixing startup problems
  10. If it doesn’t work, you can try to fix it with bootrec command. On this window, select Advanced options.
    Select Advanced options
  11. Select Troubleshoot, Advanced options, and select Command Prompt.
    Select Command Prompt
  12. Type these commands to fix master boot record and boot sector.
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /scanos

    Fix master boot record and boot sectort

  13. And type these commands to rebuild the BCD.
    bcdedit /export c:\BCD_Backup
    c:
    cd boot
    attrib bcd –s –h –r
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    bootrec /rebuildbcd

    Rebuild BCD

  14. If it found Windows system, type y and press Enter to add it to boot menu.
    Add Windows to boot list
  15. Next, exit command prompt.
    Exit command prompt
  16. And restart the system by select Continue.
    Note: You can now remove the Windows installation media.
    Restart system
  17. (This step is optional) If it can fix the problem, I recommend to run these commands to check your disk and scan and restore corruptions in Windows system files.
    chkdsk c: /r

    Note: Check disk will run when you reboot the system.
    chkdsk c: /r

    sfc /scannow

    Note: You need to open command prompt as administrator in order to run this command.
    sfc /scannow

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