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Windows 7: File: \boot/bcd error

27 Feb 2013   #1

Window 7 Home Premium x64
File: \boot/bcd error

I'm trying to re-install windows 7 on a laptop and I keep getting this error when I try to boot from the install disk: FILE: \BOOT/BCD
ERROR: 0xc000000f
The computer will boot from the HDD just fine, and the install disk is fine. Does anyone have a fix for this?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

How do you know the install disk is fine? Does it work on a different computer?

You can download a legal copy of Win 7 and create a bootable flash drive to install from and give that a try, or burn a DVD to install from.

You can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here: 2.1 Microsoft Windows 7 Official .iso Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID KEY TO INSTALL THIS .ISO. The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
  1. Download and run Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3
  2. Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  3. Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  4. Select your USB flash drive
  5. Click Create

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2013   #3

Window 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks Ztrunker, I did try the disk on a different computer and it worked, I do like the idea of making a bootable flash drive, I'll give that a go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Feb 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP


Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt.You are creating the partition here for the purpose of marking it Active which overcomes certain install failures.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2013   #5

Window 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks you guys, you both were a big help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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