Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt

26 Dec 2011   #1
JSGhost

Windows 7
 
 
File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt

I'm trying to repair my cousin's laptop. It's lenovo X120e Windows 7. I think it's 32-bit version of windows. The laptop is a netbook so there is no cd/dvd drive so I'm loading the Windows 7 disks through flash drive or usb method to use the Windows 7 repair. I tried using the startup repair but it would not repair the problem.

First Problem:

Code:
File:  \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I tried using this solution How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows, but now I got this problem.


The problem that resulted from using the solution above.

Code:
File:  \Boot\BCD
 
Status: 0xc000000f
  
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
Now when I try to load the windows 7 disk using the usb method, no operating system or drives show in the repair section. It's blank. So I don't what to do next so any help is appreciated. Thanks.






My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #2
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Try going through the steps outlined in Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery to get (hopefully) uncorrupted versions of the files onto the system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #3
JSGhost

Windows 7
 
 

I followed what you suggested but I got stuck on STEP #14. I found out that the system is windows 7 64-bit. I don't have those folders/files...

Code:
RegBack (which is a folder)
DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
SOFTWARE
SYSTEM
I only have Journal, RegBack, systemprofile, and TxR.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #4
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JSGhost View Post
I followed what you suggested but I got stuck on STEP #14. I found out that the system is windows 7 64-bit. I don't have those folders/files...

Code:
RegBack (which is a folder)
DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
SOFTWARE
SYSTEM
I only have Journal, RegBack, systemprofile, and TxR.
It shouldn't matter which version you have. I have the same files/folders as in that config folder on my x64 system (see the image). If you do not have those files/folders, you won't be able to go through the steps to fix it that way. You may have to do a clean install to fix the problem after backing up the files to an external drive using the recovery options for Windows 7 to use the command prompt to get your important files copied over. Edit: If there is a recover partition, that is another option for resetting the computer back to factory settings.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #5
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Were you able to repair your system using the startup repair loop link? Let us know if you need any help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #6
JSGhost

Windows 7
 
 

Oh sorry. Forgot to reply back. The link helped, but I was unable to log into the system. I posted on lenovo's forum website for help and I just decided to reformat the system. I just used a windows 7 iso to reformat the drive and reinstall windows 7 professional x64. I just input the key with the laptop and just used the manufacturer's website for the drivers and software for the laptop. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #7
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

You're welcome. Glad you were able to finish troubleshooting and get your system back. Thanks for posting back your steps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2013   #8
waz18

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

If any one of them are 0 bytes, then you should stop what you're doing now and seek an alternative method of recovering your system, because Windows cannot function with a 0-byte size registry hive.

Step 13 II can you help me please
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2014   #9
gui78120

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits
 
 
Re: File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt

My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
winload.efi missing or corrupt error when trying to use startup repair
Hi, this is my first thread post. This morning my laptop worked fine and I was browsing around the net when my desktop decided that it was high time it froze. So I did a hard reset as I have done many times before on many different computers. Only when I rebooted, my system shut itself down...
BSOD Help and Support
\$windows.~bt\windows\system32\winload.exe corrupted or missing
I have begun getting an error message on boot that that the file \$windows.~bt\windows\system32\winload.exe corrupted or missing. I've done the following: 1) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc and ran Repair System. No system errors found. 2) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade)...
Installation & Setup
winload.exe file missin or corrupt, error 0xc000000f
I am using Vista and the computer just restarted for no reason. The problem though the computer will not start. I am at a black screen with the message that the file windows\system32\winload.exe is missing or corrupt. The error code is 0xc000000f. I don't know what to do. The computer is...
General Discussion
Winload.exe is missing or corrupt 0xc000000d
I am helping a friend out with her computer, she had one of those annoying viruses that say you have a bunch of things wrong and try to get you to buy stuff and a few others that I can't remember. I ran malaware bytes and got rid of them all. I thought that would be the end of it. She wanted...
Installation & Setup
0xc000000f missing or corrupt winload.exe
http://www.technoish.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/winload_exe_vista_missing_or_corrupt.jpg can anyone help me with this problem?? I've try to reformat my PC in the same OS which is Windows7 Ultimate 32bit, due to some viruses. I've booted the OS disk, it was normally booted but an accidental...
Performance & Maintenance
\system32\winload.exe Status: 0xc0000428 Error in boot
Hello forums: Last night I shut my computer down just fine and woke up today to have to deal with this error. I first had an issue with my RAM, but removing all but one, disconnecting PSU and working that method eventually got my computer back to shape. Except for this brick wall: I...
BSOD Help and Support

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:24.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App