By Dylan / Last Updated May 20, 2020

Error code: 0xc000000e in Windows

Error code: 0xc000000e in Windows

I have installed a new SSD, but after I cloned OS to it, and I try to restart my computer, but the computer shows a blue screen and reported error code: 0xc000000e. And my computer is running with Windows 10. What can I do?”

- Question from Microsoft

What is error code 0xc000000e?

When you power on your computer, you may find blue screen problems like “Your PC needs to be repaired, error code: xc000000e”, “error code: 0xc000000f”, “Required device is inaccessible”. All these similar problems indicate that some important booting files or settings can’t be activated during booting process.

It is usually cause by hardware failure, corrupted MBR, incorrect boot settings, wrong active partition setting, and bad sector in system partition. And don’t worry, we can take the following fixes to repair your computer.

How to fix error code 0xc000000e without CD in Windows 10/8/7?

There are 3 methods offered to fix error code 0xc000000e in Window 10/8/7 without installation CD.

Method 1. Set BIOS default settings

BIOS is the program to get computer system started after you power on the computer. It has to be set correctly to ensure all booting files can be activated, otherwise, the computer would has some boot issues. And here you can reset BIOS to default settings to make them all correct.

Step 1. Start your computer and press functional key (F2, F4, or F5, the exact key depends on your computer) when you see the first screen to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Under the “Exit” tab, find the “Load Optional Defaults”.

Step 2. Just press the “F10” key to save and exit.

Default Bios Settings

Method 2. CHKDSK utility

CHKDSK utility is a program to scan through the whole hard drive and automately fix any error found. When your computer has Error Code 0xc000000e in Windows 10/8/7 issue, you can run the CHKDSK check to fix the problem.

Some people would get an installation CD to enter Command Prompt to run CHKDSK command. Actually, you can turn to the disk management tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, and it can help you to launch CHKDSK to fix the status 0xc000000e without CD.

    Preparations:

  • A USB drive. It will be formatted, so please back up the USB.

  • Another working computer installed AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Firstly, we need to create a bootable USB to boot your computer, then we can fix the 0xc000000e problem.

Step 1. Download and open AOMEI Partition Assistant in another working computer. Click “Make Bootable Media” and “Next”.

Make Bootable Media

Step 2. Choose the USB as boot device, and click “Proceed”.

Choose Usb Drive

Step 3. The program will warn you the USB will be formatted, ensure you have backed up the important data, and click “Yes”.

Formatting Warning

Step 4. Just wait a few minutes and click “Finish”.

Finish

Step 5. Now the USB is bootable repairing tool, insert it to the affected computer, and enter BIOS to boot from the USB.

1. power on the PC, and tap the BIOS key to enter BIOS setup. And the BIOS key is devided by the PC manufacturer, you can google it.

2. And use the arrow keys to choose "boot" tab, and choose "Change boot order".

3. Then move the USB to the first on the listed device, and save the setting and restart your PC.

Step 6. When you see the AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the C system partition, and select “Advanced” > “Check Partition”.

Check The C Partition

Step 7. Choose “Check partition and fix errors in the partition using chkdsk.exe”, and click “OK”.

Check Partition And Fix Errors

And wait for the program to finish.

Method 3. Rebuild MBR

MBR is a vital structure to boot Windows. Corrupted MBR can be the cause of status 0xc000000e. you can also fix it with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Like the steps in Method 2, you need to create a bootable USB to boot your computer from it, and we can fix the “error code 0xc000000e in Windows 10/8/7” issue.

Step 1. Boot computer from the bootable USB.

Step 2. When you see AOMEI Partition Assistant interface, and right-click the system disk and choose “Rebuild MBR”.

Rebuild System Disk Mbr

Step 3. Set the type of MBR for the current OS, and click “OK”.

Choose Mbr Type

Step 4. In the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed”.

Proceed

Additional solutions to error code 0xc000000e with Windows installation CD

If you have an installation CD, here we also provide some traditional methods to repair the error code 0xc000000e. Insert the installation CD and enter BIOS to set it as boot drive.

Startup repair

Windows has a built-in tool called Startup that can help you to repair to repair boot issues.

Step 1. Insert installation CD and boot from it, set language and other preferences and click “Next”.

Step 2. Click “Repair your computer” on the left bottom.

Step 3. Go “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced options” > “Startup Repair” to start repairing.

Recovery Options Troubleshoot

The program will scan your computer, and try to fix any problem it can find.

★ Command Prompt

If you are familiar with Command Prompt, there are 2 commands to fix this boot issue. After you boot computer from the installation CD, enter “Troubleshoots” > “Command Prompt”. And type the command in the Command Prompt:

chkdsk [drive letter]: /f /r /x

Chkdsk Check Error

or run these commands:

  • bootrec.exe /fixmbr

  • bootrec.exe /fixboot

  • bootrec.exe /scanos

  • bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

Fix Mbr

Conclusion

This is how to fix error code 0xc000000e in Windows 10/8/7, I hope these fixes can help you out. To avoid this similar blue screen problem from coming up again, you can create a bootable device and keep it.

And there is AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition that provide advanced functions like converting boot disk to MBR or GPT without data loss, extending system drive, and so on, which not only get your disk well-managed, but also solve some disk problems.