Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225

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  1. Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Pro
       #1

    Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225


    hi folks,

    I'm hoping there's still a few Windows 7 users out there that know a lot more than I do...

    Last night my PC decided not to boot up - I received the 0xc0000225 error code and tried a repair with the installation disk. Not sure if it made any changes or not, but the repair did not work. The first time I tried, my OS was located, but now the repair no longer finds any Windows 7 installation.

    I have several drives installed and it appears the MBR may be located on the D drive - I have no idea if its always been there or not. When I look in the BIOS, I notice that the Windows Boot Manager shows the C drive in P4 (not sure if that's Position 4? its an ASUS motherboard), but in the Boot List, the C drive is in P3. Seems a bit odd to me, but I don't know how to work with the Boot Manager to repair it - if that is in fact a problem.

    I've since disconnected all of the drives except the C drive and now the Installation Disk says its not compatible with my system. I reconnected the D drive and still get the same incompatibility message.

    I have no idea what to do from here. Most everything I've found on the internet suggests to use the Installation Disk to repair the MBR or Boot Loader or Boot Manager - I'm pretty confused as to what is what by now. I do have a backup image created with EaseUS - I've not tried a recovery with it yet because its almost 2 years old (although that's not as bad as it sounds) and I'm wondering if its a Boot Loader problem, maybe I'll still have the same problem after doing a recovery?

    I know I've not given many details about my system, but I don't really know what might be relevant. The system is Windows 7 Pro x64 installed on an SSD. All of my data is stored on a combination of 4 other drives, so I don't have much concern about losing anything important. If I can avoid a fresh install, I'd be happy as it could take weeks before I'd have everything customized to my liking and all the programs re-installed.

    Any help or ideas would be much appreciated.

    Cheers
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  2. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #2

    it appears the MBR may be located on the D drive
    The mbr is at the start of the disk. It is not on a partition.

    You can borrow my boot media so you can see what you are doing and post screenshots.

    17514x64v30.iso

    extract the above iso file to create bootable usb stick using Usb7ice.zip
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  3. Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the quick reply SIW2,

    I booted up with the media you provided and was met with the attached screen. I haven't rebooted yet.

    - - - Updated - - -

    quick update -

    I went ahead and rebooted and this time it booted into the desktop with a few utilities. Not sure where to go from here. I see EasyBcd is one of programs - should I try looking at that one?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-screenshot-1.jpg  
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  4. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #4

    You could take some screenshots of disk management, save it to the usb stick and post it up here.

    Also run diskgenius and take a picture of it for everybody to have a look at.

    there is a camera icon on the taskbar. Also running chkdsk is a good idea at this stage.
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  5. Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    So I ran chkdsk and I've also attached a couple of screenshots from Disk Management and EasyBcd. I don't see diskgenius anywhere though.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-chkdsk.jpg   Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-disk-management-1.jpg   Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-disk-management-2.jpg   Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-easybcd.jpg  
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  6. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #6

    1. X: is the ramdrive the boot media is currently using. It is not on your hard disk.

    run chkdsk against the hard disk partitions

    e.g.

    chkdsk c: /f
    chkdsk d: /f
    chkdsk e: /f

    the /f switch tells it to try and fix any problems.

    2. the boot media usually autoassigns letter Y to the usb stick. It doesn't seem to have done that, so you can browse to the usb stick, rt click on Uprogs.ini and select "pecmd load" from the context menu.

    The boot media is meant to be run from usb stick, not from cd/dvd.

    then you will find diskgenius under the start menu \disktools\
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  7. Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    thanks again SIW2...

    I ran chkdsk /f on all three internal discs and attached the results.

    To clarify,
    Drive c: is a HDD with data only (Drive D when booted into Windows)
    Drive d: is a SSD with the Windows 7 OS (Drive C when booted into Windows)
    Drive e: is a second SSD that I cloned from the C drive while running a EaseUS boot disc - I did this after the boot problem first arose.

    I also attempted to run DiskGenius, but it failed to start.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-chkdsk-c.jpg   Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-chkdsk-d.jpg   Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-chkdsk-e.jpg   Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-diskgenius.jpg  
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  8. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #8

    It means the drive letter the .lnk was pointing at has changed since you ran Uprogs.ini

    Are you running it from dvd or from usb stick?

    You could just run diskgenius.exe directly. It is in the folder Uprograms\Diskgenius
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  9. Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I'm running the boot media from a USB stick.

    I can't find diskgenius.exe anywhere on the X drive. There is no folder called Uprograms - I did a search for diskgenius.exe as well.

    I also rebooted the machine and had to try 7 or 8 attempts before it finally rebooted into the USB stick. During the process I received 0xc0000185 and 0xc00000e9 errors as well as "MBR Error 1 Press any key to boot from floppy..."

    For what its worth, I've attached a foto of my Boot Menu - is it a problem that the Windows Boot Manager shows the Sandisk (C drive) as P4, but further in the list it is shown as P3?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-boot-menu.jpg  
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  10. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #10

    I can't find diskgenius.exe anywhere on the X drive.
    The X: is in random access memory. Diskgenius is not supposd to be there. It is on the usb stick

    Your usb stick will have a different letter.

    You can see it in your earlier screenshot

    KIngston G:

    Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-disk-management-1.jpg

    There is something odd about what you are doing. When the boot media loads from the usb stick, it should automatically assign letter Y to the usb stick. And then it creates shortcuts on the desktop which point at the programs in Y:\ Uprograms

    This is what is on the usb stick:

    Unable to boot - error code 0xc0000225-17514usb-contents.jpg

    - - - Updated - - -

    is it a problem that the Windows Boot Manager shows the Sandisk (C drive) as P4, but further in the list it is shown as P3?
    To boot from the usb in EFI mode Select: Windows Boot Manager P4 Sandisk

    To boot from the usb in Bios mode Select: P3 Sandisk

    Your disk management screenshot shows an EFI system partition on Disk1. And there are no Active partitions shown ( except the removable usb stick).

    therefore it appears your installation is EFI and most likely using the gpt partition style.
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