How to Fix Windows 10 Error Code 0xc000000f?

Updated on December 2nd, 2021

Rohit Arora

Summary: The error code 0xc000000f may occur due to a variety of reasons. In this blog, you’ll learn about this error in detail and the possible causes behind this error. You’ll also get to know about some effective methods to fix this error. In case you suffered data loss due to this error, you can use a reliable data recovery software to get back your essential files.

How to Fix Windows 10 Error Code 0xc000000f?

You may encounter the error code 0xc000000f on your system with a blue or black screen. It generally occurs after upgrading Windows OS or installing new device drivers, programs, etc. The error may show up on your screen with different messages, including:

  • Your PC needs to be repaired 0xc000000f Windows 10
  • Windows failed to start 0xc000000f fix without installation disc
  • Error code 0xc000000f: A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed
BCD error code 0xc00000f

You may have problem booting your system normally and lose access to its data due to this error. But, fret not! You can easily fix this system error using the methods shared in this blog. But before that, let’s find out the common causes behind this error.

What Causes Error Code 0xc000000f?

There could be multiple reasons which may cause Windows error code 0xc000000f, such as:

  • Damaged Boot Configuration Data (BCD)
  • Corrupted system files
  • Faulty device drivers
  • Corrupted hard drive
  • Malware infection

How to Fix Error Code 0xc000000f?

Now that you’re aware of the reasons, try out the methods to fix the Windows 10 error code 0xc000000f. The methods include:

  1. Remove Peripheral hardware
  2. Perform Startup Repair
  3. Use Bootrec.exe in the Windows RE
  4. Rebuild BCD
  5. Run CHKDSK command
  6. Reset your PC
  7. Reinstall Windows 10 with Installation Media

Method 1: Remove Peripheral Hardware

Sometimes, faulty peripheral devices may cause problems for your system. You may try removing the connected mouse, USB, printer, CD, webcams, and other external devices from your system and reboot it to check if the problem is sorted. If you’ve any video game controller connected to your system, remove it by unplugging the cables and removing any dongles as well used to connect the controllers.

Note: To perform the following methods, it’s recommended to use a USB installation media created with the Windows media creation tool. It will help you boot into your PC and troubleshoot the error without any interruptions.

Method 2: Perform Startup Repair

If removing the peripheral devices doesn’t help, you may try performing Startup Repair. Use Windows Recovery Environment (RE) to fix the system startup error code 0xc000000f. To perform Startup Repair, follow the given steps:

  • Start your system using the USB installation media.
  • The moment you see the Windows logo on the screen, reboot your PC again.
  • It will interrupt the system’s boot sequence. Repeat the procedure three times and you’d reach the Windows Setup screen.
  • Click Repair your computer.
  • Then click Advanced options on the Automatic Repair screen.
Advance Option in Automatic Repair
  • Next, choose ‘Troubleshoot’ from available options and then click Advanced options again.
Choose Advance Option
  • Now, click Startup Repair from the given options.
click Startup Repair
  • Choose your account and enter the password to perform Startup Repair.
Enter Password to Startup Repair
  • Now, press Continue and follow the instructions given on the screen to complete the process.
  • Reboot your system and check if the error is fixed.

Method 3: Use Bootrec.exe in the Windows RE

If performing Startup Repair doesn’t resolve the problem, use the Bootrec.exe tool in the recovery environment. This tool helps fix damaged MBR, a corrupted Boot Sector, and invalid BCD (Boot Configuration Data) store that may cause Windows error code 0xc000000f. Follow the steps given below:

  • Boot your PC with installation media and press a key when prompted.
  • Click Repair your computer and then go to Advanced options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
choose command prompt
  • Now, type bootrec.exe and hit Enter.
Type bootrac command
  • Let the process end. Finally, close the Command Prompt window and reboot your system.

Method 4: Rebuild BCD

If running Bootrec.exe utility doesn’t help fix the error code 0xc000000f, you can try rebuilding the BCD using the Command Prompt. Follow the given steps:

  • Boot your system using bootable installation media and open the Command Prompt window in the Automatic Repair environment with the above mentioned steps.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands and hit Enter.

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildbcd

  • Wait until the process is completed. Then, close the window and reboot your system to check if the problem is resolved.

Method 5: Run CHKDSK Command

A faulty or corrupted hard drive may cause the error code 0xc000000f. You can run the CHKDSK command to fix corruption with the media drive. Follow these steps:

  • Boot your system with installation media and open Command Prompt (as discussed above).
  • In the Command Prompt window, type chkdsk f: /f command and press Enter.
Run chkdsk command
  • The process may take a while. Once completed, close the window and restart the PC.

Note: Running the CHKDSK utility fixes the hard drive errors and prevents Windows from reading and storing data from bad sectors. It would make you lose access to the data stored in bad sectors. Don’t worry! You can use a powerful data recovery software to restore data lost after running the CHKDSK command.

Method 6: Reset your PC

You can also try resetting your PC to get rid of the error. This method will help you remove all the problematic apps, programs, device drivers, etc. that may have caused this error. This method also enables you to choose between keeping and deleting your files while resetting your system.

To reset your pc, follow the below steps:

  • Restart your system with installation media and click Repair your computer.
  • Next, click Advanced options > Troubleshoot > Reset your PC.
Reset Your PC
  • On the next prompt, you’ll be prompted with two options – Keep my files and Remove everything.
  • You can choose to keep your files. However, it’s recommended to ‘Remove everything’ to make this process work efficiently.
Remove Everything
  • Next, click ‘Just remove your files’ and then click Next.
Just Remove Your files
  • A warning message will appear about removing everything from your system. Click Next.
  • Now, click Reset when prompted and click Continue to proceed.
Click on Reset

Method 7: Reinstall Windows 10

If the above methods don’t help you troubleshoot the error, you’re left with only one option, i.e., Windows reinstallation. Again, you’ll need the USB installer. It is to be noted that performing a clean install will clean the entire drive partition on which the OS is installed. Hence, we’d recommend you first recover your data and then proceed with the reinstallation process.

To Wrap Up

The Error Code 0xc000000f could appear with a black or blue screen. It can be tricky to deal with this error. But with the right solutions, discussed above, you’d be able to fix it easily. Additionally, this error makes you lose access to your system. You can use an easy-to-use yet powerful data recovery software, such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional to recover data from a non-booting or crashed Windows system.


A. How to convert a USB drive into an installation media?

You need a new USB media (of at least 8 GB) and a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10 system. After that, you need to download the Windows media creation tool and run it to convert USB into the installation media. Read More.

B. What does FIXMBR mean?

FIXMBR is a command that replaces the details and small executable, reading the partition table to find out where OS is placed.

C. Do I lose all of my system data due to error code 0xc000000f?

The error 0xc000000f generally occurs after system restart, which means that you won’t be able to boot your system, making the system and its data inaccessible to you.

D. Can I recover my data from the system affected by a boot-up error?

Yes. You can retrieve your data from a non-bootable, crashed, or BSOD-affected Windows system with the help of a powerful data recovery software, such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional. It is a DIY software that comes with ‘Create Media Recovery’ feature that allows you to create a bootable installation media and use it to restore your data from an unbootable system.

About The Author


Mansi Verma is a Technology Writer at Stellar®. She writes about data recovery, photo recovery and repair for windows and DIY tech. With over 5 years of experience in writing, she holds a demonstrated history of writing about different technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Robotics. 

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