If you’re on Windows 10, and you see the Error code: 0xc0000225 when you’re about to start your PC, you’re not alone. Many Windows 10 users are reporting this problem as well. But no worries, this is not at all a hard problem to fix.
Why would I see error code: 0xc0000225 on my computer?
First off, error code: 0xc0000225 means Windows cannot find the System Files used for booting, aka, BCD (Boot Configuration Data). In other words, if your system files are corrupted, disk file system has bad configuration, or if you have faulty hardware, the 0xc0000225 error would occur.
How do I fix the error code 0xc0000225 problem?
With all the possible causes laid out, the solutions should be easy to locate. Here we recommend you to try the following 4 methods. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down until you find the one works for you.
IMPORTANT: You need to use installation media, such as a USB flash drive, or a disc, to proceed some of the following methods. If you don’t have one, here is how you can make one by yourself easily.
One of the first things, and the most handy thing, you can do is to run the automatic repair whenever you see problems like this when booting up.
1) Power off your computer, and insert your installation media, be it a USB flash drive, or a DVD. Then restart your computer.
2) If you’re using a USB flash drive, press the appropriate functional key to boot from it. If you’re using a CD or DVD disc, you should be able to see “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD“. Follow the instruction, and boot.
If you need, here are more tips to boot from installation media.
3) Choose your language preference, and move on.
4) Click Repair your computer.
5) Click Troubleshoot.
6) Click Advanced options.
7) Click Automatic Repair.
8) Wait for the process to kick in.
9) Restart your computer when the repair process finishes. See if the error code 0xc0000225 is gone.
As mentioned, one of the reasons for the error code: 0xc0000225 is corrupted system files and/or disk files. Luckily, this is not at all hard to solve. Here is what you can do:
1) Repeat the above steps in Method 1 to boot into the Advanced option page (step 1 to step 6). Click Command Prompt.
2) In the command window, type in the following commands and press the Enter key on your keyboard after each command:
chkdsk c: /f /r
The letter C here stands for the drive where you place your Windows installation files. Most of you might place it in C drive, some might place it in D, E, or some other drives. Change the letter accordingly.
It’s also mentioned that faulty BCD, i.e. Boot Configuration Data, could also be the cause. Luckily, you can easily get it fixed by rebuilding a new one. Here is how:
1) Repeat step 1 to step 6 as instructed in Method 1. Click Command Prompt.
2) In the command prompt window, type in the following commands. Press the Enter key on your keyboard after each command:
3) When the commands finish running, restart your computer and see if the error code: 0xc0000225 happens again.
1) Repeat step 1 to step 6 in Method 1. Click Command Prompt.
2) In the command prompt window, type in the following command. Press the Enter key on your keyboard after each command.
3) Identify the disk you want to reformat, usually the C drive. Select it and then reformat it by typing the commands below:
select disk (your disk number)
4) Then type in the following commands:
select partition (your disk number)
Press Enter after each of the command. These commands will help you activate the partition on the disk.
5) Check if the error code: 0xc0000225 is gone now.
As mentioned, hardware failure is one of the causes of this problem. But we do not suggest you do the checking by yourself. You should contact your PC or laptop manufacturer about the error, and have them get the hardware devices in your PC checked.