How To Fix Windows error code 0xc0000001

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Encountering the Windows error code 0xc0000001, indicating a missing or corrupted winload.exe file, can prevent your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer from starting up properly, which no one wants.

So I have put together a guide on how to fix Windows failed to start 0xc0000001 or Windows boot manager 0xc0000001 you get the idea.

Remember to always keep your system and data backed up to avoid potential data loss before doing the below troubleshooting methods.

What Is Windows Error 0xc0000001

The Windows error code 0xc0000001 typically indicates an issue with the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) on your system stopping Windows 10 or Windows 11 from booting.

The BCD is a database that contains boot configuration parameters and is essential for the proper startup of the Windows operating system.

How To Fix Problem Status 0xc0000001

Go through each of the methods below until one resolves the issue you are having on your computer.

Use Windows Automatic Repair

Start by utilizing the Automatic Repair feature in Windows to attempt to fix the error automatically.

Insert your Windows installation media (USB or DVD), boot from it, and select your language preferences.

Now click on “Repair your computer” and choose “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced options” > “Startup Repair.”

Follow the on-screen instructions to let Windows attempt repairs.

Rebuild BCD (Boot Configuration Data)

If Automatic Repair doesn’t resolve the issue, you can manually rebuild the BCD.

In the same “Advanced options” menu, select “Command Prompt.”

Now type the following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each line:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /scanos
bootrec /rebuildbcd

When prompted to add the installation to the boot list, type “Y” and press Enter. Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Check your hard drive for errors

A corrupted or failing hard drive can cause boot problems.

In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter once you have typed it out:

chkdsk C: /f /r
Replace “C” with the appropriate drive letter if your Windows installation is on a different drive. Allow the disk check to complete and restart your computer.

Restore from a System Restore point

If you have previously created a System Restore point, you can restore your computer to a previous state where the error was not present.

Use the “Advanced options” menu and select “System Restore.”

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose a restore point and restore your system.

Perform a clean installation of Windows

If all else fails, you may need to perform a clean installation of Windows.

Back up your important files, pictures, videos, etc, and follow the steps to reinstall Windows using your installation media.

Final Thoughts

So as you can see there are a few ways we can stop code 0xc0000001 and get Windows working again. I hope one of the above methods has helped get you back on your computer and you did not have to reinstall Windows.

If you are still having problems which you should not if you have done a reinstall of Windows, you could try and contact Microsoft support.

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