By AOMEI / Last Updated July 16, 2019

The error

When powering up the computer, you may receive the error message about Windows failed to start 0xc000000e.

“Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.

2. Choose your language setting, and then click “Next”.

3. Click “Repair your computer”.

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

ENTER = Continue ESC = Exit”

The cause

“Windows failed to start 0xc000000e” is known to appear occur for one or more of the following reasons:

Reason one: The integrity of the file system is compromised

The file system may be corrupted or damaged during the use of the computer. “Windows failed to start 0xc000000e” will happens more frequently if the computer is turned off while writing data in the boot sector.

Reason two: BCD is missing

The occurrence of "windows failed to start" may be a BCD loss, corruption or configuration error. This could be due to disk write errors, boot sector viruses, power outages, or errors that occur when manually configuring BCD.

Windows has encountered an error Windows failed to start 0xc000000e - fixed

If you encountered “0xc000000e windows 10” and don’t know how to fix the error about Windows failed to start 0xc000000e? Take it easy! Here you can get the effective solution of this problem. You can make a bootable media in a working computer, and boot the computer that Windows failed to start from the bootable media. Thus you can repair it easily. Here recommended you a powerful partition manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant. It’s a professional third party partition assistant which provides users many useful functions such as Make Bootable Media, Rebuild MBR, Check Partition and so on. For example, you can use it to block bad sectors on hard drive easily. The specific steps of fix the error about Windows failed to start 0xc000000e are as follows:

Create Bootable Media

First of all, prepare a USB flash drive and a working computer. Then, plug the USB flash drive to the computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click “Make Bootable Media” in the left panel under “Wizards” column. And click “Next” to continue.

Make Bootable Media

Step 2. After that, click “USB Boot Device” to select the USB drive as the path to store ISO file, and click “Proceed”.

Choose USB Drive

Step 3. Click “Yes” in the pop-up window, and wait for the process completes.


Rebuild MBR

After that, insert the bootable USB you created before to the computer that Windows failed to start, and boot the computer from the bootable USB. it will get into AOMEI Partition Assistant automatically.

Step 1. Right click the system disk to choose “Rebuild MBR” in the pop-up window.

Rebuild System Disk MBR

Step 2. After that, set the type of MBR for the current OS. And click “OK”.

Choose MBR Type

Step 3. Finally, click “Apply” > “Proceed” to commit Rebuild MBR operation.


After the operation finished, unplug the bootable media and restart the computer.


“Rebuild MBR” only can solve problems like damage of the MBR code. It cannot solve the problem about the operating system cannot be booted due to the bootable file losing or system file losing.


Till now, you can easily fix the error about Windows failed to start 0xc000000e. AOMEI Partition Assistant can be a wonderful MBR repair tool. If you want to recover Lost Partition one day, upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, and you can solve this problem easily.