How to Fix 0xc0000225 Error

Below the “Status” code line, you’ll probably have “An unexpected error has occurred” as the “Info”. However, it’s possible that the Info line to be “Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.”

The 0xc0000225 boot error

Sample 0xc0000225 error message

This is the full text of the error that appears at startup in Windows:

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

Status: 0xc0000225

Info: An unexpected error has occured

Guaranteed Fix: Use Easy Recovery Essentials

Easy Recovery Essentials is guaranteed to fix the “0xc0000225” error automatically using its built-in Automated Repair option. EasyRE is currently available for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and can be downloaded and created on any PC.

  1. Download Easy Recovery Essentials. Make sure to note your Windows version (XP, Vista, 7 or 8) before you download EasyRE. This guide can help you identify what version of Windows you have installed.
  2. Burn the image. Follow these instructions on how to burn the bootable ISO image very carefully, as making a bootable CD can be tricky! Alternatively, these instructions explain how to create a bootable EasyRE recovery USB stick/drive.
  3. Boot up your PC from the Easy Recovery Essentials CD or USB you created.
  4. Once EasyRE is running, choose the “Automated Repair” option and click Continue.
    EasyRE Home

    Choose “Automated Repair” in Easy Recovery Essentials

  5. After EasyRE scans your computer’s drives, identify and select the drive letter for your Windows installation from the list, and then click on the Automated Repair button to begin.EasyRE displays a list of found Windows operating systems
  6. Easy Recovery Essentials will start analyzing the selected drive for problems. EasyRE will test for and attempt to automatically correct errors with the disk, partition, bootsector, filesystem, bootloader, and registry. No intervention is required, as EasyRE’s repair is fully automated:
    EasyRE: Automated Repair

    Easy Recovery Essentials searches for errors and makes corrections to the selected Windows installation.

  7. Once the process is complete, EasyRE will report its findings. Click on the Restart button to reboot your PC and test the changes.
  8. The “0xc0000225” error should now be fixed as your PC begins to load:
    EasyRE: Automated Repair

    Windows, booting up successfully.

You can download Easy Recovery Essentials from here.

Other fixes for Status: 0xc0000225

Windows Setup CD/DVD Required!
Some of the solutions below require the use of the Microsoft Windows setup CD or DVD. If your PC did not come with a Windows installation disc or if you no longer have your Windows setup media, you can use Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows instead. EasyRE will automatically find and fix many problems, and can also be used to solve this problem with the directions below.

Fix #1: Rebuild the BCD

You can rebuild the BCD by following these steps to access the bootrec.exe tool:

  1. Insert your install disc
  2. Click on Repair your computer after you go through the language and time settings
  3. Select your Windows installation drive, which is usually C:\, and click Next
  4. Choose Command Prompt when the System Recovery Options box appears
  5. Write the following command and press Enter afterwards:
    bootrec /rebuildbcd

Fix #2: Manually configuring the active partition

It’s very common to have this error displayed as a cause of having the wrong partition set as active.

Referring to the description of how the PC boots, the BIOS tries to start the boot loader up from the active partition and the bootloader searches for its configuration data from the active partition as well.

If the active partition is corrupted or incorrectly set, many errors including 0xc0000225 can happen.

Use diskpart from the command line to set the correct partition.

  1. Execute the following commands to see a list of all partitions on your disk:
    list part
  2. Once you’ve determined which of the displayed partition needs to be active (not sure? Easy Recovery Essentials can automatically detect problems with your active partition and automatically reconfigure the correct partition for you, no command line needed), carry out the steps below to make the changes:
  3. select partition x
  4. Press Enter after each command
  5. Reboot for the changes to take place

Fix #3: Restore the MBR

This fix demands more commands you need to type than the Fix #1 above. You’re going to use the bootsect.exe file from the CD and not bootrec.exe. Follow these steps:

  1. Insert your Windows install CD
  2. Select Repair your computer after you go through the initial screen
  3. Select your Windows installation drive (usually C:\)
  4. Click Next
  5. Choose Command Prompt at System Recovery Options window screen
  6. Determine which drive letter your Windows installation disk is on. Run the following commands in the exact same order and hit Enter after each:
    select disk 0
    list volume
  7. After entering list volume your Command Prompt will show a list of available drives.Search for the item that has “CD-ROM” in the “Type” column and check what letter it has assigned in the “LTR” column. In our example (and from now on) our CD drive letter is E:
  8. Close the diskpart process by running exit and hit Enter:
  9. Type the CD drive’s letter, F: (simply F:), in the Command Prompt line, like this:
  10. Type cd boot and then type dir to show the list of files and directories in the boot directory of the F: drive. You will now see abootsect.exe file listed. Here are the commands in order:
    cd boot
  11. Now type the following command and hit Enter:
    bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
  12. After seeing the success message, Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes., type exit to quit the Command Prompt:
  13. Press Enter
  14. Restart your computer

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