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Windows 7: 0xc000000e on OS Startup

19 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
0xc000000e on OS Startup

Hi, guys,

This is my last try on solving this problem. I've turned the internet upside down looking for a solution and nothing seemed to work. I'm now struggling to not throw my PC against a wall.
The devilish issue is this 0xc00000e thing when I try to start my PC. I got this after it accidentally turned off.
I tried using Windows repair tool and got nothing. I've messed up with the command prompt all the way I could and my knowledge allowed and got nothing. I checked all my hardware connectors and got nothing. This is driving me crazy.
So I would be immensely grateful if someone could help me.
I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64.
Let me know if you need some information I haven't provided.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Run chkdsk then System File Checker (SFC) from the Recovery Console
  • Boot your Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD[/*]
  • When you see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", press Enter[/*]
  • At the "Install Windows" screen, click on Repair your computer at lower left[/*]
  • At the System Recovery Options screen, make note of the drive letter assigned to your boot drive (normally C:) and click Next[/*]
  • At the Chose a Recovery Tool window, click on Command Prompt. You will be sitting at X:\Sources directory[/*]
  • Run chkdsk or SFC[/*]
  • If you did not note the drive letter of your boot disk, you can enter bcdedit and look at the osdevice line to see what it is.[/*]
  • For chkdsk, type chkdsk c: /r and press Enter (use the letter from above if not C:).[/*]
  • For sfc, type sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows and press Enter (use the letter from above)[/*]
Let either run to completion undisturbed.

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct 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. Just be careful during the install not to accidentally install some of the bundled junk that comes with it. Always take The Custom Install option.

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

The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

If you are just using the Recovery Console you do not need a key.

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
20 Apr 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP


Everything possible that can be done is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Heys, guys. Thanks for replying, but I found my way through it. I had tried chkdsk and a lot of other stuff. In the end (and here goes a tip for all those who might find themselves facing this problem), I used a Ubuntu Live Disc. This way I could access my hard drive and transfer all my files to an external one. After that, I simply formatted my disk and re-installed Windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP


That would be step 6 in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start. Did you even see it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

gregrocker - I solved it before you sent me this. It just took me a while to come here and tell you.
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