0xc000000e Boot Error

[b]Windows failed to start. A Recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your langugae settings, and then click next
3. Click "repair your computer."

Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.[/b]
I got this error after some random point in time on my computer. At the time I had two instances of windows on my computer and after this point it took me a week or two to find my windows install dvd but once I did none of the repair tools seemed to work and it would always end up with this error. I then decided to give up and just install windows 7 on the hdd I didn't have an instance of windows on since I have 3 hdd. This worked well for 4 days until this morning when the same error message popped up on me. I hadn't even gotten around to reinstalling all the same programs as my other instance of windows. Also in the meantime while using the newest instance of windows the computer never recognized that there were 2 other instances of windows but now today while going about fixing the newest instance of windows it did decide to recognize that there is at least one other form of windows on the computer. While rebooting trying every type of repair tool I was able to boot into the older form of windows but none of my programs worked and I wasn't able to connect to the internet and eventually on a random reboot in which I didn't press any buttons I am again on my newest version of windows. I really have no clue what is going on and this is quite frustrating at the moment since I don't know what is wrong. I thought it might be one of my hdd but unless it is all 3 of them then I really don't think it is them. Also when running the restart repair (I think that's what it was called) it said it could find no problems but there was one root error. I am not sure what that means but maybe that might help. If there is any additional info that would help to find the solution to this problem please let me know. Thanks ahead of time for any assistance.
*EDIT* I have no idea how to get the words to not go only on one line...*/EDIT*

Hello Andrew,

1.    Since when are you facing this issue?

2.    Any recent changes made to the computer?

Method 1:

Unplug all the external devices and try booting and check.

Method 2:

Check if you are able to boot in safe mode or not:


If yes,I suggest you to put the computer inclean boot state and check.

To help troubleshoot error messages and other issues, you can start Windows Vista by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This kind of startup is known as a "clean boot." A clean boot helps eliminate software conflicts.

Refer the link below for more details:

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista:



After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps in the above article to reset the computer to start as usual.

If not,try perfomring astartup repair and check:


Method 3:

If not, I suggest you toRebuild the BCD store manually by using the Bcdedit.exe tool.

Refer step 3 to do the same in the below article:


For your reference:



Savan – Microsoft Support.


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Last updated April 3, 2021 Views 547,830 Applies to: