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Windows 7: F8 "Repair your computer" stops working with 0xc000000e


15 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
F8 "Repair your computer" stops working with 0xc000000e

hi all

I am new to this forums and here is my question.

I tried to verify whether the F8 restore factory function is working in my dell inspiron 1545. I got this error -

Windows failed to start. A Recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your langugae settings, and then click next
3. Click "repair your computer."
Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.


there is only one operation system - windows 7 home premium installed. it boots correctly.



I found a thread at - Windows 7, "Repair your computer" F8 boot option not working (SOLVED) | Knowledge Base. it utilizes bcdedit to fix the problems.


for my case, the output of bcdedit /enum all shows unknown device as well. but I also noticed my output has 2 different guids.


i have no idea which one indicates which partition at all.





i will post my bcdedit output later today. hopefully, it will help troubleshooting.


thanks in advance,




Frank

there is the output of bcdedit.


Code:
 
Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device unknown
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {13d11a3c-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051}
displayorder {current}
{0731e9bc-95c1-11e0-b998-0025645b65e9}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 3
customactions 0x100003d000001
0x54000001
custom:54000001 {0731e9bc-95c1-11e0-b998-0025645b65e9}
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {0731e9bc-95c1-11e0-b998-0025645b65e9}
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {0731e9bd-95c1-11e0-b998-0025645b65e9}
description Windows Restore
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {0731e9be-95c1-11e0-b998-0025645b65e9}
description Windows Restore
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {13d11a3e-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {13d11a3c-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051}
nx OptIn
bootstatuspolicy IgnoreShutdownFailures
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {13d11a3e-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051}
Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier {13d11a3c-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description Windows Resume Application
locale en-US
inherit {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice partition=C:
filepath \hiberfil.sys
debugoptionenabled No
Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier {memdiag}
device unknown
path \boot\memtest.exe
description Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
badmemoryaccess Yes
EMS Settings
------------
identifier {emssettings}
bootems Yes
Debugger Settings
-----------------
identifier {dbgsettings}
debugtype Serial
debugport 1
baudrate 115200
RAM Defects
-----------
identifier {badmemory}
Global Settings
---------------
identifier {globalsettings}
inherit {dbgsettings}
{emssettings}
{badmemory}
Boot Loader Settings
--------------------
identifier {bootloadersettings}
inherit {globalsettings}
{hypervisorsettings}
Hypervisor Settings
-------------------
identifier {hypervisorsettings}
hypervisordebugtype Serial
hypervisordebugport 1
hypervisorbaudrate 115200
Resume Loader Settings
----------------------
identifier {resumeloadersettings}
inherit {globalsettings}
Device options
--------------
identifier {13d11a3f-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051}
device ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\13d11a3f-b853-11de-82fc-002564641051\Winre.wim,{e6752485-d2da-11de-8cd2-cdc3b318e7d5}
description Ramdisk Options
ramdisksdidevice unknown
ramdisksdipath \Recovery\WindowsRE\boot.sdi
Setup Ramdisk Options
---------------------
identifier {ramdiskoptions}
description Restore Windows to factory settings Press F3
ramdisksdidevice unknown
ramdisksdipath \pcra\boot.sdi


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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15 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

All boot repair commands are automated in Windows 7 Startup Repair.
You sometimes have to run it more than once to sort all of the issues as it runs multiple test and fixes.

You said that you attempted to run Dell Factory Recovery from its F8 hotlink, but the error you report is one which is received when one tries to boot into a HD which will not boot.

Did you choose the Repair My COmputer link on the F8 Advanced Boot Options?
Did you then see the Factory Recovery Option as shown in this tutorial? Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings

We need to know exactly what happened: What you did and when you got the errors, not just saying you booted into F8 and got this error. Please retrace and report every step.

It's possible what is needed is this if clicking Factory Recovery errors out: Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

hi gregrocker

thanks for the reply first of all.

that is what i did.

1. this laptop was purchased as a refurbished one. that is why i want to recover entire system back to factory originals.

2. when the system first booted, there was 2 options - a) windows 7 b) recovery factory (something likes that. I can't remember exactly).
so, i gave the recovery a try and then System Recovery Options did not show at all. instead, it could not go anywhere. errors showed as i attached.

3. i booted system to windows 7. in disk management, i saw 4 partitions. the first one is factory oem. second one is a 256mb bland primary partition. there is no data no drive letter assigned. the third one is RECOVERY partition. the last one is OS partition.

4. so i dropped the second blank partition and merge the space back into RECOVERY partition.

5. after rebooting system and trying to recovery system once more, the error still shows exact like before.

the that is pretty much ALL i did so far.

i think i may have to try Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link.

i will let you know later today.

thanks

Frank
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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16 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Why would you merge a 256mb "blank" partition into the Recovery partition? Did you browse into it after unhiding Hidden and System files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View? It could have been your System boot partition!

Can you boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD to see a picture of your partitioning, post back a camera snap of the full drive map showing all listing columns? Take note of which partition is marked Active. If none, rightclick on Windows 7 partition to Modify>SEt to Active, Click OK. Then click on Windows 7 HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply. This may start your Windows 7 if you deleted the boot partition.

If this fails you'll need to run Startup Repair from the DVD Repair console or Windows 7 Repair CD: System Repair Disc - Create

Report back with the results and camera snap attached using paper clip in reply box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

also, i have a question about the recovery partition. according to my research, the recovery partition should not have any drive letter assigned. otherwise, it will not work.

but after reading the post Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link. they do manipulate on a recovery partition with a drive letter assigned.

who is right?

Frank
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

If you want to restore the Recovery partition then follow the instructions in Dell's link, including use of any drive letter as specfied.

But first: If you want to get Windows 7 started please follow the steps I just gave you to determine if you deleted your System Boot partition, then Rebuild MBR or Startup Repair.

I have a limited amount of time to work with you today.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

the blank 256mb partition is purely blank. there is no data, no letter assigned. it shouldn't be the boot partition. since windows 7 still boot successfully.

my guess was that person who previously owned this laptop wanted to make a free partition for something else. i tried to use a winpe and a partition tool to hidden it. but recovery still complained device not recognized.

the currently active partition is the recovery partition. i guess it is supposed to be the win 7 partition. but it IS the recovery partition. also, my other identical laptop, which is working good both Windows 7 and recovery function, has the same settings.

i think i will give this - System Repair Disc - Create a try first. since the error indicated to use a system repari disc to fix the issue.

thanks


Frank
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

The Recovery partition is Active because it also holds the System boot files so that Dell Recovery in Windows 7 can operate from F8 menu rather than needing the hotkey (which marks Recov partition Active) as in older Dells.

I was under the mistaken impression Windows 7 will not boot so it isn't necessary to Repair that or move the Active partition to Windows 7 unless you are unable to get Recovery Partition to boot or make disks and decide to delete it and recover its space.

It is a good idea to have the Repair CD on hand however in case Windows 7 fails to boot.'

Try the fix to return Dell Recovery to it's F8 link: Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link

If this fails then you can seek additional help from Dell tech support (Chat sometimes remains free after a year's time). If you decide to recover the disk space we can advise you if you'll post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi gregrocker

in this post Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link, people tried to use the tool SetAutoFailover.cmd. this tool requires to give a driver letter of recovery partition, which is hidden in my case.

so, should i give the recovery partition a drive letter and run the command? i did tried to assign a drive letter to the recovery partition and it disappeared after a reboot.

thanks,

F
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, try again.

Looks like it will be needed if there's chance this will work.

Did you make the Recovery Disks earlier?

Can you perchance make them now, as this interfaces differently from Windows 7? http://support.dell.com/support/topi...282&l=en&s=gen

Likewise, will Recovery Partition boot from Dell Datasafe link in Windows 7?
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