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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 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Windows 7 Installation Stop error 0x80FE0000 | 0x80FF0000

This post will help you Fix Windows 7 Installation Stop error / BSOD 0x80FE0000 | 0x80FF0000. Below are the steps to fix blue screen error 0x80FF0000 | 0x80FE0000 while installing Windows 7 | Vista with a message Could not set the offline locale information

You might get this blue screen error for some of the possible reasons listed below :

  • Corrupted Hard Disk Drive with possible bad sectors
  • Windows Installation Disk problem
  • BIOS setting problem
  • You tried Installing Windows in a Logical Drive instead of Primary partition

Before you continue reading this post, I suggest you read this article to know more about blue screen errors and possible steps to resolve them.

Below are a few different methods to fix this stop error:

Method 1 : Windows Installation Disk problem

  • If you are installing Windows Vista | 7 from a DVD, make sure that your DVD is not scratched or has any visible signs of damage
  • If you have an ISO file ( Disc Image ), you can use it to make a Installation USB drive to Install Windows
  • For How to make a USB installation drive Follow this link
  • After creating the USB Installation, try to install Windows again
  • If you still face an issue, go down to Method 2

Method 2 : Check your Hard Disk Drive ( hdd ) for errors

  • Boot from Windows 7 | Vista Installation DVD / USB
  • Press Shift + F10
  • or,
  • Click on Repair your computer
  • Click Next
  • Click on Command Prompt
  • Now, if this your hard disk has multiple partitions, go to the partition you are trying to install Windows in.

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  • now, type chkdsk x:/f    –    ( X being your drive letter, example : C: , D: )

Method 3 : Making Sure that you are not Installing Windows to a Logical Drive

  • Follow method 2 to open command prompt
  • In Command Prompt, type diskpart and press enter
  • Type List Disk (note down your disk number in case you have multiple hard disk drives installed in your PC )
  • Type Select Disk 0 (Replace 0 with the number of your drive. Example : Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 )
  • Type List Partition
  • This should list all the partitions on your hard disk drive
  • Just make sure that the partition you are trying to install Windows on is not a Logical Drive (It must be a primary partition )

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Method 4 : Cleaning Your partition | DATA Backup Must before continuing

Note : This method will clean all partitions on your hard disk. Before continuing, make sure you backup your data.

  • Follow Method 2 to open command prompt
  • Type Diskpart and press enter
  • Type List Disk (note down your disk number in case you have multiple hard disk drives installed in your PC )
  • Type Select Disk 0 (Replace 0 with the number of your drive. Example : Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 )
  • Type Clean ( This will delete all partitions on your drive )
  • Now, type create partition primary & press Enter
  • Type format fs=ntfs
  • Note: This is a full format and will take some time to complete depending on the size of your disk

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  • After the format is complete, try installing Windows again

Method 5 : Check BIOS settings

  • Boot into the BIOS ( press DEL, F2, F10 ) ( refer your system documentation for details )
  • Locate options saying SATA Mode & set it to AHCI
  • Remember, The option to change the SATA type might vary depending on your BIOS make and system model. You just have to set the drive to AHCI, if available.

 

If you still face an issue, please use the comment section to post your problem & I will try to help you

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Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista Windows XP

Align SSD / HDD partition for better performance in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista & XP

After reading this you will be able to align the your Solid State Drive (SSD) or a conventional Hard Disk Drive ( HDD ). Disk partitioning is rather a easy task these days where Windows automatically determines the best settings and partitions your Drive into volumes of your choice. Though the thing to check is that whether your drive is aligned or not. Alignment applies both to SSD & HDD, though SSD performance is somewhat more increased with a aligned drive partition. Check out this guide to first check whether your drive is properly aligned or not. If not, follow the simple steps to align your drive.

Steps to Check Drive alignment

  • Automated way
  • Download this tool ( Click Here )
  • Run the tool to check if your disk is properly aligned or not
  • Manual Way
  • Go to Start Menu
  • Type CMD
  • Right Click Command ( CMD ) displayed at the start menu search box
  • Click Run as Administrator
  • startmenu_cmd
  • Type diskpart
  • Type List Disk
  • Type Select Disk x  ( X being the number assigned to your drive ) example 0, 1 , 2.
  • Check out the offset of the first partition & make sure it is divisible by 4 or 4096 ( KB )
  • Follow the screenshot below
  • SSD_align
  • Guide to Align the Partition
  • Reinstalling with proper Aligned Disk ( NOTE: This Operation will delete all your data, so take a backup first )
  • Boot with the Windows Disk
  • At the Drive Selection Menu Press Shift + F10 to bring up Command prompt
  • Type Diskpart
  • Type List Disk
  • Type Select Disk x ( x being the number of your disk) ( Refer screenshot above)
  • Type Clean ( Only use this command if you want to clean all partitions ) ( if you have multiple partitions and want to just delete one partition use the process below )
  • Type List partition
  • Select Partition x ( X being your primary partition )
  • Delete partition
  • Repeat the step if you have that 100 MB partition Windows makes.
  • Now,
  • Select Disk X ( X being the disk number )
  • Create partition primary align=4096
  • Active
  • Select Disk x
  • Select partition 0
  • Format /fs:NTFS Quick

Note: You should perform a Secure Erase before following this guide to align & repartition if you are using a SSD. ( DO NOT FULL FORMAT THE SSD, EVER)