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Summary

If we encounter blue screen when booting Windows PC and receive error code 0xc0000098 without loading into Windows. When we encounter such situation, how to solve it? 4 solutions will be provided following.



0xc0000098

Catalog

Possible Reasons

Reason 1: Lack of System Boot File in BCD

Disk writes error, power outages, boot sector viruses and the errors caused by configuring the BCD manually could lead to corrupted or missing BCD.

Reason 2: System Clone Failure

If you clone disk with disk clone software which is deficient, related boot information could be process incorrectly. As a result, error happens when we boot the PC.

TipsIf you want to clone disk or create system backup, it is recommended to try professional data backup and disk clone software – Renee Becca which provides 5 different backup schemes to help you backup & restore your system, hard disk, partitions and files.
After analyzing the possible reasons, we are going to solve this error with solutions below.

Solutions

This error happens when we boot the PC, so we can not get access to Windows safe mode to solve this problem. And most parts of the solutions provided below need to be processed with the recovery environment in Windows installation media.
Solution 1: Process the Automatic Repair
Enabling the Automatic Repair is the easiest way to solve many errors.
Step 1: Turn on the computer and press the power button to shutdown the computer compulsively when we see a rolling circle.
stuck at the loading screen
Step 2: Repeat step 1 for 2-3 times until you get access to “Choose an option” interface. Please click “Troubleshoot”.
select troubleshoot in windows safe mode
Step 3: Select “Advanced options” then “Startup Repair”. Please process the automatic repair by following the steps on screen.
startup repair in Windows
After repair finish, please restart the computer to check whether the error has been solved. If not, please refer to solution 2.
Solution 2: Rebuilt BCD Manually
Startup error 0xc0000098 could be caused by the empty BCD file. Rebuild it could solve this problem.
Step 1: Connect the Windows installation media (DVD/USB) to the target PC. Please read the page about how to create a Windows installation media.
connect usb to laptop
Step 2: Change the boot order in BIOS setup. If you use a bootable USB drive, please put “Removable Devices” as the first boot choice.
change boot order
Step 3: After you boot from the bootable CD/DVD/USB, click “Repair your computer”.
Repair your computer
Step 4: Select “Troubleshoot”> “Advanced Options”> “Command Prompt”.
select command prompt in advanced option
Step 5: In the command prompt, type “bootrec /rebuildbcd”. Please press “Enter” to process the command.
bootrec rebuildbcd
If it can find Windows and ask to add it to boot list, please press “Y”. Then the operation will be processed automatically and the cursor will blink. If computer still can not boot normally, please try method 3.
Solution 3: Check the Disk with CHKDSK
If the integrity of files in hard disk driver boot sector gets damage, we can repair it with Windows built-in tools CHKDSK to scan the disk and fix the file system error.
Step 1: Connect the Windows installation media (DVD/USB) to the target PC. Please read the page abouthow to create a Windows installation media.
connect usb to laptop
Step 2: Change the boot order in BIOS setup. If you use a bootable USB drive, please put “Removable Devices” as the first boot choice.
change boot order
Step 3: After you boot from the bootable CD/DVD/USB, click “Repair your computer”.
Repair your computer
Step 4: Select “Troubleshoot”> “Advanced Options”> “Command Prompt”.
select command prompt in advanced option
Step 5: In the command prompt, type “chkdsk d: /f”. Then press “Enter” to process the command.

Please change “d” to related drive letter accordingly.

check disk
TipsHow to Find Related Drive Letter?
Here we take Windows 10 as an example.
Open Device management. Then right click “Computer” and you can find the drive letters for all partitions.
Solution 4: Factory Reset Windows System
Sometimes, we can reset the system with advance option when we encounter computer boot up failure. Here, we can active the Advanced option by making use of Windows auto detection function.

However, factory reset the system will delete all personal data and software. It is recommended to transfer all important inside the disk before we process the system reset. Please try data transfer funtion in Renee PassNow.

Tips Renee Passnow can help you transfer all files in your hard disk to another disk without running Windows.

Also, you can recover lost files from the corrupted system with Undeleter function. Besides, it can help you remove Windows login password without damaging data inside.

How to Transfer Data with Renee Passnow

Step 1: Download and install Renee Passnow on any other workable computer. 

The Windows computer you installed Renee Passnow need to be able to login and work normally (The Windows version of the computer you are using to create the new password reset disk does not matter.).
press to the download button

Step 2: Launch Renee Passnow. Create bootable media with USB/CD/DVD. 

create bootable media with Renee Passnow

Step 3: Boot the target computer with the created bootable media.

Please hold a Hot key to enter the BIOS menu.Please click here to find how to change the boot order of your computer brand. Please make the create bootable media to be the first in the boot order. (Can not find your brand? Please refer to your PC manual to find out the method.)
change boot order in BIOS menu

Step 4: After loading into the main interface of Renee Passnow, please select “Data Transfer” function.

data recovery function in Renee Passnow

Step 5: Select the original disk and target disk. And drag the target files to the target disk directly. 

run data transfer function in renee passnow

Please follow steps below to reset Windows:

Step 1: Turn on the computer and press the power button to shutdown the computer compulsively when we see a rolling circle.
stuck at the loading screen
Step 2: Repeat step 1 for 2-3 times until you get access to “Select an option” interface. Please click “Troubleshoot”.
select troubleshoot in windows safe mode
Step 3: Select “Reset this PC”.
reset PC
Step 4: Select “Keep my files” or “Remove everything”. (Only system disk.)
Remove everything in Windows 10
Step 5: After computer restart, please select target Users.
Step 6: Enter the user name and the password. Click “Continue”. If you do not set the password, please leave it empty.
enter password for the account
Step 7: Click “Reset”.
confirm to reset this PC
Step 8: Then computer will be factory reset. The process could take hours. Please wait patiently.