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Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix: 0xc0000225 STOP error Windows 10 | 8.1

“After reading this post you will be able to fix an error code 0xc0000225 with a message “An unexpected error has occurred”, “a file is missing” , with a description “Your PC needs to be repaired”. This guide applies to Windows 10, 8.1 using diskpart, WInRE

Cause: Corrupt or missing BCD. Your windows operating system has been installed in UEFI mode. UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), is a newer technology when compared to the older BIOS setup that uses MBR (Master Boot Record), this problem is known to occur frequently with UEFI, but might also occur with non-uefi or MBR based computers.

NOTE: Make sure to go into your system setup (BIOS/CMOS) and set the UEFI mode to UEFI only. If it’s set on both or compatible, make sure it is now set to UEFI only. (applies to new installation).

Fix: 0xc0000225 STOP error Windows 10 | 8.1

Method 1: Startup Repair

You will need your Windows installation DVD / USB drive or Windows Recovery Media (If you have not created a recovery media, click here, to use this article to create one)

  • Insert your installation DVD/USB or recovery media & boot from it
  • After the booting sequence completes, select your language and keyboard layout
  • Click on Next

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  • Now, Click on Repair your computer, (located in left bottom corner of your screen)

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  • Click on Troubleshoot
  • Now, Click on Advanced options
  • Click on Startup Repair
  • Your PC will restart and Windows will try Startup Repair.

If this doesn’t fix the error, try to Rebuild your BCD – Refer this post –> How to Rebuild BCD Windows

Method 2: Using Diskpart for MBR

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  • Now, Click on Command prompt

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  • Now,
  • Type Diskpart
  • Press Enter
  • Type List Disk
  • Press Enter
  • Type Select Disk 0
  • Press Enter
  • Type List Volume
  • Press Enter

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  • Type the drive letter of your cd/dvd/usb drive in my case, its d:
  • Now, type bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
  • Press Enter
  • you will receive a success message.
  • Type exit
  • Press Enter
  • Restart your Computer

Method 3: For UEFI

  • Follow all the steps in method 2 (till you open command prompt)
  • Now, type diskpart
  • Press Enter
  • Type List volume
  • Press Enter
  • Check the list to see which volume has label as ESP

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  • In my case it is volume 4
  • Type Select volume 4
  • Press Enter
  • Now type,
  • assign letter=x
  • Press Enter

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  • Type exit
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Type bcdboot C:\windows /s x:/f UEFI
  • You will get a success message
  • Type Exit
  • Restart your computer

This should solve your issue, if not, let me know and I will be happy to help you further

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Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 8.1

How to Rebuild BCD Windows 10 |8.1

This is a step by step tutorial or a beginner’s guide to How to rebuild BCD (Boot Configuration DATA) and rebuild MBR (Master Boot Record) in Windows 10 & Windows 8 | 8.1.

Rebuilding BCD | Boot configuration data | MBR

To check & rebuild the Windows BCD:

  • If you are able to access lock screen on Windows, Press & keep holding the shift key & click on Restart to open Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
  • If not,
  • Insert the original Windows DVD/USB and boot from it
  • You can also use Windows Recovery Media
  • Select your Language & keyboard options
  • Click Next
  • Click on Repair your computer

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  • Click Troubleshoot
  • Click on Advanced Options
  • Click on Command Prompt

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  • Now,
  • Type bootrec /fixmbr
  • Press Enter
  • Then,
  • Type bootrec /fixboot
  • Press Enter
  • Then,
  • Type bootrec /rebuildbcd
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Type Exit

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  • Restart your computer
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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix : Error 0x80080008 in Windows 8 update

After reading this post you will be able to fix an error code 0x80080008 while installing Windows update on Windows 8 | 8.1 computer system. Now, this error can occur due to some corruption in Windows Update files or system image. we have previously discussed a method to solve such an error by using the DISM tool. Below are the method to solve this issue:

Method 1 : Use DISM / CheckSUR tool to repair Windows image

Method 2 : Repair | Re-register the DLL files associated with Windows update

  • Press Windows logo key + X ( power menu )
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  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin.)
  • Type net stop wuauserv
  • This will stop the Windows Update service.
  • Now, type
  • regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll (press enter)
  • Wu
  • A success message will appear on your screen
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Hope this helps, if not, please use the comments section to notify me & I will try to help further.

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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix : Error 0x800F0906 in Windows 8

This post deals with the Windows Component error in Windows 8, where on running the DISM tool to scan health of the Windows image, you get an error 0x800f0906 in Windows 8. Below are the steps you can use to fix this error using Command prompt.

  • Open Windows power menu ( Windows logo key + X)
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  • Open / Click on Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Now type,
  • net stop wuauserv (press Enter)
  • cd %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution (press Enter)
  • ren Download temp (press Enter)
  • net start wuauserv (press Enter)
  • net stop bits (press Enter)
  • net start bits (press Enter)
  • net stop cryptsvc (press Enter)
  • cd %systemroot% \system32 (press Enter)
  • ren catroot2 temp2 (press Enter)
  • net start cryptsvc (press Enter)

This should solve your problem, if not, please use the comment section to tell me & I will try to help further.

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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Using DISM to repair Windows Image : Windows 8

After reading this post you will be able to reset the & check the Windows system image for corruption or damaged files. This in turn helps you fix various small issues associated with your Windows Computer, specifically the components that use the Windows image access. Below are the steps to use a built-in Windows tool to scan & repair the Component store in Windows 8.

  • Press Windows logo key + X ( to open the power menu )
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  • After the Command prompt opens,
  • Type SFC /SCANNOW
  • Let the process complete.
  • Restart your computer
  • Again, open the elevated command prompt as indicated above
  • Now,
  • Type dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
  • Now,
  • type dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth
  • Now,
  • type dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

 

This Should solve the issue related to the Windows Component Store corruption. Please feel free to use the comments section to provide feedback or suggestions.

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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix: Diagnostics Policy Service not running in Windows 8 | 8.1

This post helps you solve an issue with your windows 8 | 8.1 PC, where, The diagnostics policy service is not running. There could be a few causes of this problem. Some of them include a device driver issue that’s stopping the service due to a conflict. A malware or other issues relating to a system service corruption.

Here are a few steps that can help you fix this issue:

Method 1

  • Press Windows logo key + X (to open the power command menu )
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  • Now, Click on Device Manager
  • Here, locate Network Adapters, Right Click your network adapter
  • Click on Update Driver software
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  • Alternatively, you can download and install the updated version of your network adapter’s driver software from your motherboard / computer manufacturer’s support website
  • Restart your computer & check if the problem is solved.

 

Method 2 : Starting the Diagnostics policy service

  • Press Windows logo key + R
  • Type services.msc
  • Locate the service Diagnostic Policy Service
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  • Right Click the service
  • Click on Properties
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  • Now, here, make sure that the service is started,
  • if not, start it
  • & set the startup type to Automatic
  • Apply , OK
  • Check if the problem is solved.

 

Method 3: Using the Windows Network Diagnostic

  • Right Click the network icon on taskbar
  • Click on Troubleshoot Problems
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  • After the process completes,
  • Click on Try these repairs as an administrator
  • Check  if this solves your problem.

Method 4 : Command line

  • Press Windows logo key + X ( power menu )
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin )
  • Now, type
  • net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Again type,
  • net localgroup Administrators /add localservice
  • Press Enter
  • You will get a message saying “ Command completed successfully”
  • Exit the command prompt & check if this solves your problem

 

Hope this helps, You can drop in a line in the comments section below, if you have any suggestions or feedback.

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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix : Windows 8.1 error 0X800F081F

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows 8.1 based PC, where you get an error 0x800F081F. This error can occur due to corrupted Windows update files or certain hardware failures or device driver issues. Follow the methods below to solve this issue:

Method 1 : Update Device Drivers

  • Go to Windows Update,
  • Go to the start screen
  • Type Windows Update
  • Select from Optional Updates section
  • Check all the Hardware device driver updates available
  • Alternatively,
  • you can visit your Motherboard / Computer Manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest drivers.

 

Method 2 : System Update & Readiness tool

  • CheckSUR tool, can be used to check & replace the damaged & missing files in Windows Update
  • Press Windows logo key + X to open the power menu
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  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Now,
  • Type dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
  • When the process completes,
  • type
  • dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • After the operation completes, Restart your computer
  • Run Windows update to check if the problem has been solved.
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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix : Sleep mode not working after upgrading to Windows 8.1

After reading this post you will be able to fix an issue with your Windows PC, where, on upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, you are unable to put your computer to a sleep power state. Windows 8.1 has been a major update for Windows 8 and has brought a lot of features to the initial Windows 8 release. But, some times, due to Reset Power settings

  • Press the Windows logo key + X

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  • Click on Command Prompt ( Admin )
  • Now,
  • Type restore all your power schemes to the default Windows State.
  • Restart your PC
  • Now,
  • Go to Power Options (Type Power options on the start screen & Click on the search result )
  • Make sure the Balanced Power plan is activated

If this does not Turn on Hybrid Sleep & Selective suspend

  • Go to Power Options ( Control Panel )
  • Click on Change Plan Settings ( Of your Current Power Plan )
  • Now,
  • Click on Change advanced power settings
  • Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable
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  • Now,
  • Make sure Allow Hybrid Sleep is set to ON
  • Also, make sure USB Selective Suspend is also set to ON
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Check if your Problem is solved. If you still Upgrading to Windows 8.1, make sure that you update your:

  • USB Drivers
  • Display Drivers
  • Chipset Drivers
  • SATA / AHCI drivers
  • To do so, Either run Windows update
  • or
  • Go to your Computer / Motherboard / Display ( Graphics ) Manufacturer’s support website & download / Install the proper drivers
  • Now, for the settings :
  • Go to the Device Manager ( Windows Logo key + X – > Device Manager )
  • Expand Network Adapters
  • Right Click the network adapter listed there ( If there are more than one, repeat this step for all of them )
  • Go to Properties
  • Go to Power Management
  • Uncheck the Checkbox that says “ Allow this device to wake the computer “
  • and
  • Make sure that the checkbox “ Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” is checked.

 

If this does not solve the problem, follow Method 4

Method 4 : Leave HomeGroup

  • If you are using a Home Group for sharing, try leaving it
  • Go to HomeGroup in Control Panel
  • Click on Leave Homegroup
  • Restart your PC

Method 5 : Testing what it could be

The Basic steps of troubleshooting anything, is to cross of any possible culprits, one by one.

  • Disable Network before putting your computer to sleep
  • Go to Network & Sharing Center ( Control Panel )
  • Click on Change Adapter Settings
  • One by one, Right Click  all the listed adapters and click on Disable
  • Now,
  • Check if your computer goes to sleep.
  • If it does, you have narrowed your trouble down to a network adapter.
  • Enable the adapters one by one to pin point the exact adapter that is causing trouble
  • To Enable the adapters:
  • Right click – > Enable
  • If you pin point the network adapter that is causing trouble, try updating it’s device drivers

 

 

  • Remove non-essential ( add-on ) devices for the time being
  • You might have some USB Devices like printer / scanner / USB storage etc. plugged in to your system.
  • It is possible that one of the devices is causing your computer to not go into sleep mode.
  • To check :
  • Unplug the devices one by one & after each device is removed, try putting your computer to sleep

Hope this helps you. For any queries, please use the comments box

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Misc Windows 8

Review : Systools Hard Drive Data Recovery for Windows

Data & Information are synonymous terms. In today’s world data is the most important factor for any individual or business. We carry out all essential data in Pen drivers, external hard drives etc. All this information flow requires a lot of read & write operations. The devices carrying the data do have a life expectancy period. Even, otherwise any data storage device could fail without any prior notice. But, the main question is that when your Data fails, do you have sufficient resources to recover it ? Does the software you are using supports the kind of device & file system your storage device has ? Recently, Systools contacted me to test one of their products SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery Software for Windows .

Review : SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery for Windows

My test environment consisted of :

  • One 16gb USB Pen drive ( FAT 32 File system )
  • One 500 GB External Hard Disk Drive ( NTFS File system )
  • The data on my Pen Drive had 12 GB of JPEG images
  • My 500 GB external Hard Disk drive had Four Partitions.
  • The First Partition was completely formatted
  • The data on the Second Partition was deleted

Key Features of SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery  are :

  • Complete Hard Drive Data Recovery
  • System Partition Recovery
  • Formatted Partition Recovery
  • RAW Partition Recovery
  • Corrupt MBR, MFT or FAT recovery
  • Recover from Internal / External Storage
  • Recover from CD / DVD / Pen Drive ( flash drives ), Data Cards etc.
  • Maintains the Folder Structure
  • Recover photos, video, music, documents & other multimedia files
  • Supports all Windows Version ( Windows 8 32 bit & 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit & 64 bit, Vista, XP, 2000 & below )

Recovering Data has never been so easy, The takes almost 30 seconds from downloading the software to Installing it & starting the recovery process.

  • Download & Install the software
  • Activate it
  • Click on Scan Disks

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  • Just Select the disk drive you wish to recover data from
  • Click on Recover Partition button

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  • Now, Select from Normal Data
  • Deleted Files & Folders Only
  • Formatted Partition
  • Click on Recover

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  • Instantly, the process starts.
  • I selected the Formatted Partition option
  • As this was a dummy partition of 350 MB, it took almost 10 minutes for this software to recover the partition

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  • After the recovery process is completed,
  • Click on Close

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  • Select all the files & folders you wish you recover
  • Click on save in the Navigation Bar
  • Select the location of your recovered Files & folders
  • Click on Save

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SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery is a great tool, When it comes to recovering your valuable data from almost any source in your Windows Computer. It works with all versions of Windows i.e. 32 & 64 bit and can search through NTFS & FAT files systems. The recovery process within this software is very easy & all necessary information is right in front of you. Its simple, yet a powerful tool for recovery.

5/ 5stars

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Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Review : Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 , 8.1

Tweaking or Customizing Windows is something that  a lot of us want to do. Changing some setting or doing something different with your Computer has it’s own kicks. But, Customizing Windows safely & getting the most out of it is no easy task. Any day to day user of Windows will have to endure a lot of time to achieve any customization they wish to do with Windows. But, what if there is an application, built specifically for your Windows 8 PC, that could let you do almost every possible tweak or customization safely & easily ? The Windows Club, one of the Authority Web portals on Windows has rolled out a new version of their famous Ultimate Windows Tweaker & this time it adds support for Windows 8 | 8.1 .Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 by The Windows Club is a freeware program that allow the Windows 8 / 8.1 users to easily & efficiently tweak Windows features to personalize the look and feel of your Windows.

To download UWT follow this link.

Review : Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8, 8.1

5/ 5stars

UWT 3.0 offers a lot of features, some of them are :

  • System information
  • User Account Control
  • Security Tweaks
  • UI Customization
  • Performance Tweaks
  • Internet Explorer Customization
  • Some Additional Customizations

To open the program, Right Click in and click on Run as Administrator ( Remember to read the Read me file in your downloaded package )

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On the main screen itself, System Information is displayed. What I liked the most about this start screen is that it offers the most used recovery options in Windows. In a single click, you can open the Advanced recovery menu ( Windows 8 / 8.1 ) & you can also use SFC /SCANNOW ( system file checker utility ) to check for any File related corruption.

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The Second option on the left hand options bar gets you to the Customization menu.

Within this option, you can :

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  • Customize the Taskbar
  • Customize File Explorer
  • Customize the Modern UI in Windows 8 | 8.1
  • Use Some additional Customization Options

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The Third Option is User Accounts. Here you can :

  • Change User Account Control Settings
  • Change all User Specific settings

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The fourth option lets you do Performance tweaks, Some of them are :

  • Reduce the time taken by Windows to force shutdown your system
  • Reduce the waiting time to kill the unresponsive applications & services
  • You can even check the option to Auto Kill non responsive programs
  • If you are using an SSD, the first option to choose here would be to Turn off Search indexer

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The Security Tweak bar is the next option. This is basically a Control Panel of all the security related tweaks that can be done on Windows. This is something all the IT professionals look for. Getting all of them in a single click is much appreciated:

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Some of the tweaks that i played here are :

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With Ultimate Window Tweaker 3.0 you can also Tweak your Internet Explorer, you can :

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  • Control the Overall IE options
  • You can change the look & feel of your IE
  • You can Disable Active Scripting
  • Use between GPU and Software Rendering
  • & a lot more

But, that’s not all. You can use the Additional Tweaks Section :

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Another Amazing feature of this tool is the ability to Restore Defaults. This option is available under every Tweak menu, if you think you did something wrong, just click on Restore Defaults & you will go back to the stock Windows Settings.

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Before Using the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 | 8.1, make sure to create a Restore Point

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