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Windows 7: Unable to boot, error 0xc0000428

16 Mar 2013   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hello, I thought I'd drop in my two cents of something that unexpectedly and surprisingly worked for me regarding this error. In my case I was working on a client machine who was browsing the internet and suddenly got a shutdown notice, and then on reboot had what looked like a corrupted BCD. Long story short, after several attempts with the Windows Startup Repair, and a mind-violating number of go rounds with manual BCD editors, chkdsk, combofix (just for the heck of it), checking partition settings, completely reformatting the boot partition, more /fixboot and /fixmbr than anyone needs in a lifetime, and swapping in different copies of winload.exe and registry backup files, I too was left stuck with the 0xc0000428 error. I could pop in a Hirams disc and bypass the windows boot loader and boot to the OS just fine though.

Before I had started this whole process of BCD / winload.exe fixes I made a ghost duplicate of the drive to a second drive so at least I'd have my original starting point and I could safely go hog wild with repair attempts. On a whim as a last resort I popped the ghosted drive in the system, popped in the Windows disc and ran the Windows Startup Repair, and after a few runs to my surprise it repaired successfully and everything was right as rain again, the system would boot like normal.

Why this worked? I have no idea, perhaps something at a low level got chongered on the original drive some how, data in a region of the drive that it couldn't access, geometry setting off by a bit? Who knows. Maybe this will save someone else the madness I and so many other people have experienced

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18 Mar 2013   #32

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit

Here's a screenshot of my current Disk Management.

I don't think I have any bloatware sitting on my installation; I've been running a barebones version of Windows 7 Enterprise I get through my university. That tiny partition at the front is some vestige from the original installation of Windows XP that came with the computer, I think. But it could also be from me playing around with dual-booting a few years ago; I was running both Windows and Ubuntu. It's only 78 MB - do you really think it's causing any trouble?

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18 Mar 2013   #33


The point of my question was if you have factory preinstalled Win7 which is the worst install you can have.

I gave you the steps to get a perfect reinstall when you're ready.
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07 Oct 2013   #34

w7 ul

hi Kaktussoft,

Ive got the same problem winoad.exe and status 0XC0000428

i think you are the only one in this universe except balmer who can help me ? Please help... I am going bazurk
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27 Oct 2013   #35

windows 7x64

OMFG. Please someone help me with this. Im trying to fresh install win 8.1. All my previous attempt led me to completely deleting the previous OS (win 7) so Im stuck with this recovery error 0xc0000428. Ive memorized this error number. Thats how long ive been at this. Please help me T_T

[SOLVED] OMFGGGG I fixed it. Idk what worked. Im good with computers but Im not an adept. I just followed the run start up 3 times thing. Marked just one partition and voila. Idk if thats what specifically made it work. I know after I did that it worked. Thank you internet. I was on the brink of insanity. I love you. God bless you. May your children prosper. Okay im done ^_^
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