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Sometimes we may encounter a black screen or blue screen with error code 0xc0000225 when trying to boot the PC. Following will introduce the overall solutions for all possible reasons.

error code 0xc0000225

Why Error Code 0xc0000225 Happens?

If computer fails to find the BCD files then 0xc0000225 error screen will occur. It is because system files are damaged or missing and disk files are with wrong configuration.
error code 0xc0000225 in Windows 10
Besides, error code 0xc0000225 could also be caused by damaged data cable, hardware failure, malicious software, external devices, etc. But one of the most common causes of this error is that the BCD file is missing or damaged. It may happen due to disk write errors, power outage, boot sector viruses, or errors caused by BCD configured manually.
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How to Fix Error Code 0xc0000225 in Windows 10?

We need to fix Error Code 0xc0000225 once it appears. Next, solutions of fixing error code 0xc0000225 will be provided.

Solution 1: Check Hardware, Power Cord, External Device, Software

Firstly, check power cord and hardware. Remove them from the PC and try to connect again. It’s suggested to immediately replace them with new ones if they’re damaged. Besides, if there are two systems installed on the PC, error code 0xc0000225 will also happen once there’s something wrong with the disk of one of the systems.

check hardware, power cord
Then try to remove all uncessary external devices including CD, USB, printer, etc.
Remove additional devices
Finally, uninstall software that is malicious or updated recently in safe mode. Please refer to detailed steps on how to uninstall software in safe mode.
uninstall software in Windows 10

Solution 2: Use Startup Repair in Windows Recovery Environment

Startup repair can effectively fix many problems. When you perform it, system will be scanned and damaged files will be repaired.

startup repair
Step 1: Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool on another normal PC and create Windows 10 installation disc.

Step 2: Launch the Media Creation tool. Then select the second option “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC”.
create media Windows 10
Step 3: Select “USB flash drive”. Please ensure the capacity of your USB flash drive is 8GB at least .
Bootable media USB drive in Windows 10
Step 4: Windows 10 begins to download. Please wait patiently.
Step 5: Connect the USB to target PC. Change the boot order in BIOS setup and put “Removable Devices” as the first boot choice. Then boot the PC from USB flash drive.
change BIOS boot order
Step 6: Click “Repair your computer” in the bottom-left corner after you boot your PC from USB.
Repair your computer
Step 7: When you enter Windows recovery environment, select “Troubleshoot”> “Advanced options”> “Startup Repair”.

Note: Restart the PC after you finish the entire recovery process.

startup repair in Windows

Solution 3: Check the Disk and System Files

Step 1: Repeat Solution 2. Select “Command Prompt” when you go into “Advanced options”.

command prompt
Step 2: Once “Command prompt” pops up, type these commands in order: sfc /scannow, chkdsk c: /r. Please press “Enter” after you type each command.
“sfc /scannow” command is to check system files and fix them if they get damaged. “chkdsk c: /r” command is to scan and check the disk errors.
Check and fix system files Windows 10

Solution 4: Rebuild the BCD Manually

Step 1: Repeat Solution 2. Select “Command Prompt” when you go into “Advanced options”.

command prompt
Step 2: Once “Command prompt” pops up, type these commands in order: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot, bootrec / scanos, bootrec / rebuildbcd. Please press “Enter” after you type each command.
Repair or Rebuild BCD
Step 3: Once you type above commands, Windows will be automatically scanned and BCD will also be rebuilt.

Solution 5: Restore System or Reinstall Windows System

If the error code 0xc0000225 appears recently and above ways still cannot solve your problem, you can try to restore system.

Step 1: Repeat Solution 2. Select “System Restore” when you go into “Advanced options”. Then type the administrator account name and password then follow on-screen instructions.

Restore system in Windows 10
Step 2: If you don’t have an administrator account, please contact administrator or create a new one. However, you will need to reinstall system if this way cannot help you out as well.
To prevent data loss, it’s suggested to backup or transfer your files or data before restoring or reinstalling system. Renee PassNow can help you transfer your important files or data without running Windows system.
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