Your PC needs to be repaired with error code: 0xc000000f
When I start my Windows 10 computer, the Recovery screen appears. It says "Your PC needs to be repaired". Also, it shows the error code 0xc000000f. It informs that I will need to use the recovery tools on the installation media, but I don't have one. Please guide me on what to do now. Thanks!
Why "Error ecode:0xc000000f" occurs?
The "Your PC needs to be repaired 0xc000000f" error is directly related to your computer's Windows boot manager. When this happens, your Windows operating system won't able to read the booting configuration data and will inform you to repair your computer. And there are three major reasons behind this error code, which are:
► Boot Configuration Data is missing or damaged
The first and foremost reason is BCD is missing or corrupted, which can also be concluded from the statement on the error code screen. Boot sector virus, power outage, disk write errors and mistakes made while configuring BCD manually can result in BCD missing and corruption.
► The system file is damaged
If your computer is turn off suddenly due to power failure while it is in the middle of upgrading Windows or writing important information to the boot sector, as a result, the system file could be corrupted and trigger this boot BCD 0xc00000f issue.
► The Data cable is faulty
If you have used the same data cable for years, it might get deteriorated over time. Then the faulty cable can cause read and write errors to affect the operating system loading process.
How to fix "0xc000000f" error with Windows installation DVD
To fix the error code "0xc000000f", there is no one single solution. Here we gather several methods for your reference. Which one works depends on the specific cause of the error on your computer. So try them one by one until the problem gets resolved.
Before proceeding, you can first remove any recent USB drives, CDs, DVDs from your computer to check if the problem can be fixed. If fixed, it might be caused by damaged hardware. To identify which hardware is damaged, you can plug all hardware back into your computer one by one. If the error still persists with the no peripheral hardware attached, read further.
▌Solution 1. Launch Startup Repair
On Windows 11/10/8/7 computer, you can initiate Startup Repair via Windows installation DVD to scan the system for damaged or missing system files and replace the corrupted or missing BCD file.
Step 1. Completely power down your computer, insert the Windows installation DVD into your PC's CD-ROM drive, and power up your PC again.
Step 2. At the screen "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", Press any key to boot your computer from the DVD.
Step 3. Select a language and keyboard layout, the click "Repair your computer" in the bottom-left hand corner.
Step 4. Select the operating system and click "Next".
Step 5. Choose "Startup Repair" from the list of recovery options.
Finally, the Startup Repair will begin scanning your installation for known issues and will attempt to repair found problems. If the Startup Repair does not work, check the next solution, please.
▌Solution 2. Rebuild the BCD through Command Prompt
If the issue "Your PC needs to be repaired 0xc000000f" is caused by missing or corrupted BCD, you can directly rebuild it via Command Prompt.
Also, boot your computer from Windows installation DVD. In the "System Recovery Options" screen, click "Command Prompt". Then input the command: "bootrec /rebuildbcd" and press Enter.
If the program finds a Windows installation and asks "Add installation to the boot list?", press "Y" on your keyboard.
▌Solution 3. Check your boot drive with CHKDSK utility
If your boot drive comes with disk errors, you can run Windows native CHKDSK tool to scan the drive and fix the errors. That is quite simple. You just need to execute command "chkdsk c: /f /x /r" in the elevated Command Prompt window.
Note: C: is the drive letter of the drive where Windows operating system is installed.
How to fix 0xc00000f without Windows installation disc
The above-listed technical methods can only be applied when the original Windows installation disc is available. But how to fix 0xc00000f Windows 7 no disc? You can use the freeware: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to create a bootable USB drive in Windows 11/10/8/7. Then you can use the bootable drive to enter WinPE environment to repair "boot BCD 0xc00000f" problem by rebuilding MBR or checking and fixing errors on the system drive. Here are the steps:
PS.: But if you want to update Windows 10 to Windows 11, you need to convert system disk from MBR to GPT first.
Step 1. Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, install it on a working Windows computer. You also need to connect an empty USB drive to this computer and make sure it is detected.
Step 2. Run the software, click "Make Bootable Media" on the left panel, and follow the prompts to finish creating a bootable USB stick.
Step 3. Insert the bootable USB drive (it contains the pre-installed AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard) into the computer with ”Your PC needs to be repaired 0xc000000f” issue. Enter BIOS to change the boot order to make the computer boot from the USB drive.
When you log in, you will be in the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Now you can rebuild MBR to check if the boot issue can be fixed.
Step 4. Right-click the system disk and choose "Rebuild MBR".
Step 5. Choose a proper MBR type for your current operating system and click "OK".
Step 6. Click "Apply" and "Proceed" to commit the pending operation.
In addition, you can also check the system drive for errors and fix them via this software.
Step 1. Right-click the system partition and select "Advanced" > "Check Partition".
Step 2. In the window, choose the first way to both check and fix errors on this partition, and click "OK".
Step 3. Then wait for the process to be completed.
Hopefully, you have resolved the issue "Your PC needs to be repaired 0xc000000f" with help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. If you are distracted by similar problems on Windows Server, try AOEMI Partition Assistant Server Edition.