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Status: 0xc000000e - Virtual Machine Windows 2008 Server is not Booting at Startup
By Pranay Jha | Jun 15, 2016 | In Tips | Update: Jun 24, 2016 | Total Views [ 1206 ]
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Windows 2008 R2 Operating System doesn't boot and show below error.

File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt


Windows Boot Manager

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 language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance

File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

Cause:

This issue occurs because of below reasons.

  • Boot files missing.
  • Corrupt boot manager.
  • Corrupt boot configuration data.
  • Metadata corruption in MBR or boot sector.
  • Recent changes in Hardware which didn't recognized by Operating system.
  • OS disk volume becomes read-only and fails to boot.

 

Solution:-

To Fix this issue, we can use Startup Repair Process by following below steps.

 

Repair Registry Related Issues:-

Boot Virtual Server from Windows Server 2008 or R2 Disk.

On the screen of Setup choose Next

In the lower left of the screen choose "Repair your Computer"

On the System Recovery Options screen choose your installation of Windows and then click next

Click "Command prompt"

  Type cd X:\sources\recovery

  Type X:\sources\recovery> startrep.exe

 

Repair File based Corruption Issues:-

Boot Virtual Server from Windows Server 2008 or R2 Disk.

On the screen of Setup choose Next

Choose "Repair your computer"

On the System Recovery Options screen choose your installation of Windows and then click Next

Click "Command prompt"

Type in the following command:

  SFC.EXE /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

When complete type in exit to see if Windows starts up now.

 

Disk Read Only Issue:-

If above steps doesn't fix the issue and it's showing same error, there may by issue that disk volume became read only hence it's unable to boot. Follow below steps to repair this.

Boot Virtual Server from Windows Server 2008 or R2 Disk.

On the screen of Setup choose Next

Choose "Repair your computer"

Click "Command Prompt"

Run below commands to clear the wrong state of of volume.

  diskpart

  list volume

  select volume #

  bootrec.exe /fixboot 

  bootrec.exe /fixmbr

  bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd


Run below command to check attributes of volume:

   diskpart

   list volume

   select volume #

   attribute volume

Output should be like below:-

DISKPART> attribute volume
Read-only              : No
Hidden                 : No
No Default Drive Letter: No
Shadow Copy            : No

If attributes are showing yes, execute below commands.


  att vol clear readonly

  att vol clear hidden

  att vol clear nodefaultdriveletter

  att vol clear shadowcopy

  assign letter=c:

  exit


Reboot the Server and check if issue has been fixed.


You may also try editing the bcd entries to boot from C:; Type below commands:

  bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:

  bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:

  bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c :

 

If still not working, then again try running below command to repair OS files after fixing read only issue.

  cd X:\sources\recovery

  X:\sources\recovery> startrep.exe

 

If sfc /scannow is showing below error, then make sure system drive is marked as letter C: while running above commands.

Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service.


These steps will fix boot issue in Virtual Machine. No need to restore and create a new VM for this. Enjoy Reading :)


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My name is Pranay Jha, working in IBM as Technical Solution Architect for Virtualization platform. I have been working in IT for near around 10 years. Passionate to get involved as an Independent blogger for my blog http://vmwareinsight.com. I am VMware vExpert 2016/2017, VCAP5-DCD/DCA, VCP5-DCV, VCA-Cloud, VCE-CIA, MCSE, MCITP, MCSA(Messaging). For any query or suggestion, please connect me at pranay1988jha@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting here.

 
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