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: Windows Starting Error 0xc000000f

10 Sep 2017   #1
Neil B

Windows 7 pro 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows Starting Error 0xc000000f

Hello, I am brand new to your forums and would like to say Hi to everyone. I need some help if possible. I update my computer with windows updates when I get notifications... I had a notification to update my Windows 7 Pro to 'Service Pack 1' and did so. The problem I have now is that every time I start my system I get this error message:
"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 language setting and click next
3. Click reapair your computer
File:\EFI\microsoft\boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
An error occured while attempting to read the Boot Configuration data"


I insert my windows 7 Pro disc and reboot but it says the files it is looking for are not on the disc (is it because i updated to Service Pack 1 ? and my disc is not 'service pack 1') and goes back to the error message.

I press the enter button on my keyboard and it seems to bypass the error message and boots up to my desktop ok.

The biggest problem is that I clone my C: drive to have a full backup of that drive for safety but I don't want to clone the drive with the error in it.

Now I'm a bit stuck as to what to do next. I love Window 7 and have some important programs which only run on win7....and don't like Window 10 so I don't really want to upgrade
Any help would be greatly appreciated as now I am reluctant to shut down my computer.
Cheers
Neil B


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
10 Sep 2017   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi Neil B, welcome to the Forum.

This MS website might help you. Where is says press F8 you might need to use another key, as some use a different key & some need the Del key repeatedly pressed instead.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ignin1.0Method
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2017   #3
Neil B

Windows 7 pro 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you Ranger4, will this option work even though my windows 7 pro disc does not have SP1 on it?
Cheers
Neil B
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

10 Sep 2017   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

It should as a installation disc is not needed. You will be accessing the BIOS & finding the Last Known Good Configuration to Start Windows. Hopefully there will be one there & it will work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2017   #5
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Hello Neil B. If the options presented by Ranger4 don't fix your issue. You can do a Repair Install You will not lose any data or installed programs with this operation. You will lose Service Pack 1 and will need to reinstall it. Windows 7 SP1 Download Select the 1.9 GB download.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2017   #6
Neil B

Windows 7 pro 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks again Ranger but I have tried restoring using Last Known Good Configuration but that did not work..
Thank You Lance1, I may have to try the 'repair install' ...it is so scary as a couple of custom written programs install files are no longer available for some work programs.... Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr :/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Is the computer the one on your system specs?
Did you change parameters on BIOS?
What kind of license you have for win 7 (OEM or retail)?

Repair install need to be run under Windows. As you can't boot, you can't use it.

This link is valid for 24 hours. Is official from M$. Download it now. https://software-download.microsoft....3c9a9543562bc5

Boot from your Win 7 installation disk, go to repair and launch a CMD window
Type:
chkdsk c: /f

IF it doesn't find any disk bad blocks or bad clusters
Type
sfc /scannow
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #8
Neil B

Windows 7 pro 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks Megahertz07 I really appreciate all the advice from your members. Am DL the service pack1 and will try your suggestion. One thing the C: drive is a 980GB SSD with a GPT format not MBR ... do the same instructions apply?

The computer is the one with the specs.. I have changed no parameters in bios and my license is OEM

I can boot by ignoring the error message and just pressing 'Enter'
Cheers
Neil B
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Is the computer the one on your system specs? (Asus Z97-K) or it is a laptop?
The type of disk won't affect the check.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #10
Neil B

Windows 7 pro 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi again Megahertz07.. yes the computer in question is the same as the specs one, not a laptop. (its the one I am using now to post.
As I said before I can boot the windows system but each time I boot or reboot the error message shows. I just hit 'enter' on the keyboard and it boots fine. The real issue is getting it fixed so there is no error message so I can confidently clone the entire SSD in case of a hardware breakdown etc... so I can have a fully cloned drive with my system for backup security e.g. have a disc drive stored with my full systems programs and files.
Cheers
Neil B
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows Starting Error 0xc000000f




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Problem with Windows 7 boot, error 0xc000000f
I'm running Windows 7 on my desktop PC, dualbooting with Fedora 24. Recently, I've had a few blackouts, and my PC was running when one of said blackouts occurred. Now, starting back up, Windows gave me the choice between running recovery mode and starting normally, because of power surges,...
General Discussion
Windows 7: Boot Manager Error 0xc000000f please help
so I have seen other threads with Boot Manager: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: 1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer. 2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next". 3.Click "Repair...
Installation & Setup
Windows Boot manager error 0xc000000f
Ok here is the deal most of you have probably seen this before but i think whats happening to me is different I Factory reset my dads pc and as far as i know everything went correctly its a Acer Aspire 5517. my problem is when i start it it shows the acer logo and then goes straight to this ...
Backup and Restore
Windows failed to start. (Error 0xc000000f)
Hi there, I'm posting this thread after getting tired reading all the post everywhere with no specific solution for the problem I've been already facing since last night with all the hopes to get it all done right here guys.. help me plz.!! well I'm using a Dell Inspiron laptop running...
Installation & Setup
Windows boot error 0xc000000f every ~ 1-in-4 to 6 startups with SSD
*SYSTEM SPECS INCLUDED UNDER MY SYSTEM SPECS* A few months ago I bought a Corsair Force III 60GB SSD and I use it for my OS and non-game programs (in exception of Crysis Warhead which didn't let me choose the install path). The drive is all very fast and all that (despite me using it in a SATA...
Hardware & Devices


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 16:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+