When you are running Windows, the last thing you want to experience is seeing a Blue Screen of Death or in short, a BSOD crash where your computer screen suddenly goes all blue and only this error message shows up “The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors“. This issue can occur while the system is booting up, ultimately not letting you boot up the system at all. Here we have discussed some very easy solutions that can fix the issue very quickly.
You have to fix the Master Boot Record on your system. In order to do so, you have to access the Windows Recovery Environment. We have shown the steps how to do that –
1. At the first step, shut down your device completely.
2. Once you are sure that the device is switched off completely, tap on the power button once to start it up. When you reach the manufacturer’s logo screen, press-hold the power button again to switch off the device completely.
3. Repeat these steps of force-boot-shutdown 2 more times.
4. At the third time, let the system boot normally. While the system boots up, you will see the Automatic Repair screen has opened up.
Fix 1 – Detach all external devices
Before you proceed to the main solutions, make sure no other external devices are attached to the main setup.
1. Make sure the system is shut down completely.
2. Then, very carefully remove the power cord from the source. Next, check the power cable for any external defects (like ruptures, tearing, etc.).
3. At the next step, detach all the external USB devices (like any Bluetooth adapters, external HDDs) one by one from the setup.
4. Make sure there is not a single piece of an external device is connected to the system. Then, just connect the power cable to the system and turn it ON.
5. Further, make sure there aren’t any CDs/DVDs running in the slot.
6. Finally plug in the power cord and start the device.
Now, check whether the system is booting up normally or showing the error message. If that is the case, follow the next fix to fix the MBR.
Fix 2 – Fix the Master Boot Record
A corrupted Master Boot Record (MBR) may cause this problem.
1. Once the Automatic Repair screen appears, tap on the “Advanced options“.
2. To troubleshoot the issue, tap on the “Troubleshoot“.
3. Then, click on “Advanced options” to access the advanced settings.
4. Here, just click on the “Command Prompt” to access the terminal.
5. Then, select your administrative account to log in. You may have to input your account password to further log in.
9. In the Command Prompt terminal, input this command there and hit Enter to fix the Master Boot Record of your system.
Now, just wait for the system to check and repair the boot record. Once you have done this, close the Command Prompt.
10. If you close the Command Prompt window, you will back to the starting page.
There, just tap “Continue” to proceed further to Windows.
Check whether this solves the issue.
Fix 3 – Reconstruct the Boot Configuration Data
Even after repairing the boot record, if the issue is still there, you have to reconstruct the boot configuration data (BCD).
1. Force boot your device to reach the Automatic Repair screen.
2. Once you reach there, tap “Advanced options“.
3. In the next step, again, tap on the “Troubleshoot” to proceed further.
4. Then, tap “Advanced options” to access the advanced settings.
5. After that, just tap “Command Prompt” to access the terminal.
6. Then, select your administrative account and log in.
7. Once you reach the terminal, just write this line and hit Enter.
Windows will now identify the Windows installation disk.
8. You may be asked to “Add installation to boot list?“, Tap “Y” and hit Enter.
[If the command doesn’t identify any Windows installation, you may not see this message at all. You can exit and proceed to the next step.]
Once it is done, close the terminal.
9. Just tap “Continue” once to carry on to Windows 11.
This time, you won’t be facing the “0xc00000f” issue again.
Fix 4 – Run a disk checking operation
You can check and repair the file system and file integrity.
1. Open the Automatic Repair window again.
2. Just click on “Advanced options” to proceed.
3. Just like before, just proceed this way –
Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt
4. In the Command Prompt opens up, type this line to start a disk checking operation.
chkdsk C: /f /r
When you see the “Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)” question has appeared in the CMD terminal, type “Y” and hit Enter to start the process.
Let it be complete.
5. Once it is complete, type “exit” and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt screen.
Now, boot in Windows and test whether this works out for you or not.
Fix 5 – Perform a System Refresh
A system refresh can reset the system without sacrificing any personal files and fix the issue altogether.
1. At first, launch your system in Recovery Mode.
2. When you reach the Automatic Repair screen, click “Advanced options“.
3. In Choose an option window, you will find the “Troubleshoot” option. Tap it.
4. In the Troubleshoot window, tap on “Reset this PC” to access it.
5. There are two options. These are ‘Keep my files’ and ‘Remove everything’.
6. Just, tap “Keep my files“.
This won’t affect your personal files, documents. But, all Settings and Store apps will be removed.
Your computer will restart a few times. Allow Windows a while as it refreshes the system and when your system restarts, your issue should be solved.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.