Error Code 0xc00000e: What It Is and How to Fix It

What to do when you get this Windows error

Error code 0xc00000e is a Windows error caused by either corruption of your file structure or, more rarely, a physical disconnection of a component in your computer. It's a common error code in all forms of Windows from Windows Vista onwards, although how it's presented and what language is used to describe the error is slightly different.

How Does Error Code 0xc00000e Appear?

Without exception, error code 0xc00000e will appear when you try to boot your device. It will take one of two forms:

  • A black screen with “Windows Boot Manager” across the top in a grey banner. It will state “The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.” This is usually seen on Windows Vista.
  • A blue screen with the headline “Your PC Needs To Be Repaired” with the text “A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.”

What Causes Error Code 0xc00000e?

The exact language of the error on some devices can serve as a source of confusion, leading people to believe it's a printer or other accessory that's causing the problem.

In fact, the error is usually caused by a problem in the Boot Configuration Database, or BCD. Think of the BCD as a sort of “to-do list” that your computer has to follow in order to fully start and to have Windows available for you to use. These files can be corrupted or misconfigured. Without a correct list, and all the items mentioned in that list, the computer stalls. This is why you'll likely keep seeing the error no matter how often you restart your computer.

The most effective tool for preventing this error is to fully and properly shut down your computer every time you're done with it. To prevent against power outages and other issues, use a battery backup for desktops and shut down laptops while on battery power. Online and physical backups of all personal and necessary folders are also highly recommended.

How to Fix Error Code 0xc00000e

  1. Turn off your computer and check to ensure there are no loose parts or connections, if you've recently performed repairs on it. While unlikely, it's worth ruling out this cause first.

  2. Use your installation media or recovery tool to run repairs. You may need to change the boot order on your PC in order to run the recovery tool from a USB device. Once your computer boots from the stick, fill out the prompts and on the screen that says “Install Now,” look in the lower left-hand corner and select Repair My Computer. From here, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Repair, and wait for the process to run.

  3. Use the System Restore. In the Advanced Options menu, System Restore will allow you to “turn back” your machine to a previous set of settings. You may lose some data in doing so, and will need to re-download and reinstall any programs or updates you'd previously put on your machine.

  4. Use the command prompt to run BCD repairs. From the Advanced Options menu, select Command Prompt, enter the code bootrec/rebuildbcd, then choose Y when prompted.

  5. Run the checkdisk command to repair files. From the Command Prompt, enter CHKDSK C: /r /f and press Enter. This will repair corrupted files on your computer.

  6. Restore the boot files to default. From the Command Prompt, enter DISM /Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth sfc/scannow and run the commands.

  7. Perform a fresh install of your operating system. Boot your recovery tool or installation media and choose Install Now. This will completely wipe your PC and remove all data, so only perform this operation if you have no other options.

Errors Similar to Error Code 0xc00000e

Errors you may also encounter with similar solutions include 0xc0000467, described as “The file is temporarily unavailable;” 0xc000000f, described as “file not found;” and 0xc0000001, presented as “The requested operation was unsuccessful.”