Boot Configuration Data file doesn't contain valid information for an operating system

I had the wonderful idea of upgrading my PC to Windows 10, I was impressed with the upgrade and I have absolutely no problems, the PC booted several times while upgrading which appears to be normal and at the end it finished with no error or warning messages.
I worked on the PC the rest of the afternoon and night checking all my apps were working fine and no problems, this morning I found the PC with this blue window :


Recovery
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired

"The Boot Configuration Data file doesn't contain valid information for an operating system".
File: \BCD
Status: 0xc0000098

You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don;t have any installation media (like a disk or USB device) contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.



This was an upgrade From Windows 8 to Windows 10 performed yesterday and therefore I do not have system disks.
It won't boot up and it says to contact the "PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer" ...
Well I'm the PC admin and my device manufacturer only has the Windows 8 so I can't do much.

How can I recover? Can I get a system disk or what can I do?

 
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Hello,

Please try the following fix and see if that helps you:

http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-the-boot-configuration-data-file-is-missing-some-required-information

https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-the-boot-configuration-data-file-doesnt-contain-valid-information-for-an-operating-system-windows-10

Hope these helps, Good luck :)

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Well in my case I'm getting "Status: 0xc0000098" the BCD it's there, but probably corrupted.

The PC goes to the “Recovery” screen and I am unable to do anything from here.

I do not have a system recovery drive. This was probably due to the upgrade to Windows 10 I did yesterday.

No Command Prompt option anywhere either.

I'm typing this from an old Windows 7 laptop I still have, can I do anything from this laptop like creating a usb or dvd recovery disk to fix my Win10 PC?

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Anybody?????

My PC is just sitting there. How can I create a recovery disk? if it is possible.

Or how can I get to the command prompt ? I do not even get that to do the steps detailed in the link you provided above.

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Hi Kapil,

The steps in link you provided were exactly the ones I needed to fix my problem.

Now, something that was not detailed in that link was how to get there.

so here are the steps I executed for those of you who can benefit from this ugly experience:

1. Since I didn't have a restore media or system disk to perform a recovery I downloaded Windows 10 from:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

This will only download a simple tool which you can use later to create a USB or DVD image with Windows 10 which you can use later to perform the recovery.

2. Started my PC with the USB/DVD, selected advanced recovery options and then opened an administrative Command Prompt.

3. All you need to do is enter following command :

    bcdboot c:\windows

Substitute C with your system root drive letter in the above mentioned command. This command allows to copy BCDboot file from existing Windows partition to motherboard partition and creates the BCD store in the same partition.

Now my PC is back.

Thanks Kapil

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I got another error saying 'Failure when attempting to copy boot files'

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Hey, Ali is your problem solved? facing the same problem here!!

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This hasn't solved the situation and no further advise was given

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