Error code 0xc00000e9 in Windows PC
“Have been getting this error for the last week and the system has been getting
gradually more unreliable, with system hang ups and i was get this error message
saying that a USB device has been causing this problem. I removed all USB devices
plugged in and half the time it would boot properly, but tonight it won’t boot into
windows, constantly displaying this error: 0xc00000e9. Any help welcomed.”
For computer users, Windows error 0xc00000e9 is one of the most common errors. It
leads to a blue screen when you try to boot your operating system and doesn’t allow
it to initiate.
How the error 0xc00000e9 comes?
Before proceeding to how to fix Windows error 0xc00000e9 in Windows 10/8/7, take some
time to figure out why this error occurs. Below are some common causes we
Viruses or malware corrupts the Registry files or data responsible for
successfully booting operating system;
Connect or disconnect a removable storage device improperly;
The driver is outdated or incompatible;
The hard drive is malfunctioning, or there is no contact between the hard
drive and the system;
Constantly install, uninstall and reinstall kinds of programs leads to system
The integrity of the system files is corrupted.
5 Methods to fix 0xc00000e9 error on Windows 10/8/7
Now that you’ve learned what causes the error, you can now begin the actual
troubleshooting process. There are more than one solutions. You can try them one by
one until the error disappear.
Method 1. Disconnect all peripherals/external devices
As we said before, one of the most common reasons for why
the windows error occurs is
the hard drive is malfunctioning or incompatible, so we suggest you power off your
computer, disconnect all the peripherals/external devices like USB drive, wireless
mouse, external hard disk, keyboard, etc, then restart your computer.
If the error stops to pop up, you can insert your peripherals/external devices back
one by one. Then you will be able to find out which device causes the issue. After
identifying the malfunction device, you can either replace it with a good one, or
update its driver to the latest manufacturer-recommended version.
Method 2. Check hard drive issue
If the disk has some errors or bad sectors, the
0xc00000e9 will appear in Windows 10/8/7. So it is highly recommended that you
should test the disk for error.
Step 1. Turn on your PC, insert the Windows installation DVD and then reboot your
Step 2. Select the language and region, and then click Repair your computer.
Step 3. In a Windows 10 (or Windows 8.1, Windows 8) installation media, select
“Troubleshoot” > “Command Prompt”. In a Windows 7 installation media, in System
“Recovery Options”, select the first item and Windows 7 as the operating system,
click “Next” > “Command Prompt”.
Step 4. In Command Prompt, type “chkdsk /f /r”, and press “Enter”.
Step 5. Press Y on your keyboard.
Method 3. Check System Files
In the Command Prompt window that you open in the last method, you can also input
“sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows” to check the
integrity of Windows file systems.
Method 4. Repair/Rebuild Windows BCD files
In some cases, the bootloader configuration (BCD) repair helps. To do this, you need
to run the following commands in command Prompt window and restart the computer:
Method 5. 0xc00000e9 fix without disk
As you see, most methods require Windows installation CD. What if you don’t have one
in hand? In such case, you can turn to a third-party software: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. With
it, you can create a bootable USB flash drive, boot your computer from it and then
check bad sectors and rebuild MBR under Windows PE environment.
> Create a bootable USB flash drive: connect an empty
USB to a working Windows computer, free download AOMEI Partition Assistant, install and run it on the Windows computer. Click “Make
Bootable Media” under Wizard column in the left side and follow the Wizard to finish
> Boot the computer suffering Windows error 0x00000e9 from the
bootable USB drive: enter BIOS to change boot order to make your computer
boot from the bootable USB drive, once login you’ll see AOMEI Partition Assistant
Check bad sectors on partition:
Step 1. In the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant, choose the system
partition and go for “Advanced” > “Check Partition”.
Step 2. Choose the first way to both check and fix errors by running Chkdsk.exe, and
click “OK” to wait until the checking process finished.
Step 1. Select and right-click the system disk and choose “Rebuild MBR”.
Step 2. Set the type of MBR for Window 10 in the pop-up window. (Choose a proper MBR
type according to your operating system.)
Step 3. Click “Apply” on the toolbar to commit Rebuild MBR operation.
Till now, you can fix the Windows error 0xc00000e9 without Windows CD via AOMEI
Partition Assistant. What’s more, this freeware can help solve other Windows boot
problems easily like startup repair windows 7 loop and “Error loading operating system”.
functions are available including moving Windows drive between MBR and GPT disk,
converting boot disk between MBR and GPT disk styles and recovering lost partitions if you upgrade to Professional edition.