How to fix error 0xc000000e on Windows 10

Recovery Error code 0xc000000e, Your PC needs to be repaired, indicates a hardware failure or an incorrect drive configuration, and may be accompanied by different error messages like:

  1. A required device isn’t connected or cannot be accessed
  2. Required device is inaccessible
  3. The selected entry could not be loaded
  4. The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt
  5. The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

0xc000000e

0xC000000E, or STATUS_NO_SUCH_DEVICE, indicates a hardware failure or an incorrect drive configuration. Check your cables and check the drive with the diagnostic utility available from your drive manufacturer. If you are using older PATA (IDE) drives, this status code can indicate an incorrect master/subordinate drive configuration.

The different causes for these errors are either the winload.exe file is not accessible or is corrupt, or the boot location for the operating system cannot be located. So, in order to boot into and access our operating system, we need to undertake the following fixes.

Fix error 0xc000000e on Windows

Let us first list the general fixes for all the scenarios. See which one may apply in your case:

  1. Rebuild BCD.
  2. Use Automatic Repair Utility.
  3. Check Physical Device connections.
  4. Reset BIOS/UEFI Configuration.
  5. Mark your Disk as Online.

1] Rebuild Boot Configuration Data file

First of all, start by creating a Bootable Windows 10 Media.

After booting from it, click on Repair your computer on the first Windows 10 installation setup window. Select the operating system partition from the options you get and then click on Next.

Choose Command Prompt within the System Recovery Options box. Execute the following command:

bootrec /rebuildbcd

Once the command line is successful in finding out a Windows Installation, you need to hit to let it boot from the list. This will rebuild BCD.

2] Run Automatic Repair Utility

You can also try to run Automatic Repair. Check if this fixes any conflicts resulting in that error.

3] Check Physical Device Connections

You should first check if any other devices are connected to your computer. This is so because of the configuration of the BIOS or UEFI might be configurated in such a way that any external device attached has a higher boot priority than that of the hard disk. If this is so, the externally attached disk might be the drive your computer is trying to boot into.

Usually Pen Drivers, other USB Storage Devices, CDs, DVDs, etc. are included in this category of devices.

4] Reset BIOS/UEFI Configuration

You can also try to reset the BIOS configuration. This will lead to arranging the boot configuration as it is intended by the manufacturer. This will remove any blockage in the boot process.

5] Mark your Disk as Online

Create a Bootable Windows 10 Media. After booting from it, click on Repair your computer on the first Windows 10 installation setup window.

Select the operating system partition from the options you get and then click on Next.

Choose Command Prompt within the System Recovery Options box.

Now, type in-

diskpart

This will initiate the Diskpart utility inside of the Command Prompt.

Then type in either-

list disk

or

list volume

These commands will help you in either listing all the Disks connects or all the partitions on those disks formed.

From here, you will have to choose one command depending on the list command you entered.

Type in,

select disk #

or

select volume #

Hit Enter. This will select the Disk or Partition you want to select.

Finally, type in,

online disk #

or

online volume #

Then hit Enter. This will mark the selected disk as Online.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.