Jan
20
2017

Fix: 0xc0000225 STOP error Windows 10 | 8.1

“After reading this post you will be able to fix an error code 0xc0000225 with a message “An unexpected error has occurred”, “a file is missing” , with a description “Your PC needs to be repaired”. This guide applies to Windows 10, 8.1 using diskpart, WInRE

Cause: Corrupt or missing BCD. Your windows operating system has been installed in UEFI mode. UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), is a newer technology when compared to the older BIOS setup that uses MBR (Master Boot Record), this problem is known to occur frequently with UEFI, but might also occur with non-uefi or MBR based computers.

NOTE: Make sure to go into your system setup (BIOS/CMOS) and set the UEFI mode to UEFI only. If it’s set on both or compatible, make sure it is now set to UEFI only. (applies to new installation).

Fix: 0xc0000225 STOP error Windows 10 | 8.1

Method 1: Startup Repair

You will need your Windows installation DVD / USB drive or Windows Recovery Media (If you have not created a recovery media, click here, to use this article to create one)

  • Insert your installation DVD/USB or recovery media & boot from it
  • After the booting sequence completes, select your language and keyboard layout
  • Click on Next

repair

  • Now, Click on Repair your computer, (located in left bottom corner of your screen)

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  • Click on Troubleshoot
  • Now, Click on Advanced options
  • Click on Startup Repair
  • Your PC will restart and Windows will try Startup Repair.

If this doesn’t fix the error, try to Rebuild your BCD – Refer this post –> How to Rebuild BCD Windows

Method 2: Using Diskpart for MBR

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  • Now, Click on Command prompt

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  • Now,
  • Type Diskpart
  • Press Enter
  • Type List Disk
  • Press Enter
  • Type Select Disk 0
  • Press Enter
  • Type List Volume
  • Press Enter

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  • Type the drive letter of your cd/dvd/usb drive in my case, its d:
  • Now, type bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
  • Press Enter
  • you will receive a success message.
  • Type exit
  • Press Enter
  • Restart your Computer

Method 3: For UEFI

  • Follow all the steps in method 2 (till you open command prompt)
  • Now, type diskpart
  • Press Enter
  • Type List volume
  • Press Enter
  • Check the list to see which volume has label as ESP

uefi_esp_volume

  • In my case it is volume 4
  • Type Select volume 4
  • Press Enter
  • Now type,
  • assign letter=x
  • Press Enter

uefi_esp_volume

  • Type exit
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Type bcdboot C:\windows /s x:/f UEFI
  • You will get a success message
  • Type Exit
  • Restart your computer

This should solve your issue, if not, let me know and I will be happy to help you further

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About the Author:

Shantanu is a Windows Enthusiast, a troubleshooter & a writer. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Expert - IT Pro from 2007. You can check out his other work @ www.shantanukaushik.com

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