How to Solve 0xc0000225 Boot Error on Windows?

“Hi, I use Windows 7 on my system. The computer was operating very well and out of the blue it turned off. It started to show startup repair option after restart. And automatic startup repair is also not helping to resolve the issue. I tried several times to boot the system but no result. Now, all I can see is error status: 0xc0000225 on the screen. I don’t have much technical knowledge. So I really need help. I have saved lot of my work files on the system and even I don’t have backup. Please help me”.

Cause for the error 0xc0000225:

The general most cause for the error 0xc0000225 is missing or corrupted Boot Configuration Data i.e. BCD. Hard disk Write error, power surge, boot sector malware/error, confliction of other programs with MS Office suite, corrupt/inappropriate installation of MS software etc may result in corrupt or missing Boot Configuration Data files. This in turn leads to 0xc0000225 error during Windows startup.

How to fix 0xc0000225 error?

Note: Applies to Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista

Fix 1. Via Startup Repair

  • Turn of system completely and place in Windows installation CD
  • Power it and hit any key instantly as you see Press any key to boot from CD or DVD message
  • Select your language and keyboard preference
  • Click on Repair your computer option
  • Opt for Startup Repair

You can see a confirmation message after successful restoration of BCD.

Fix 2. Rebuild Boot configuration Data

If above method fail to fix error 0xc0000225, repeat the steps until selection of Repair your computer option and follow below steps.

  • Opt Windows installation drive (C:\...) and hit next button
  • Enter into Command Prompt via System Recovery Option
  • Type bootrec /rebuildbcd and press Enter
  • Choose Y (Yes) when asked to add Windows installation

You will see the operation completed successfully text on screen

Fix 3. Via Diskpart

In case, rebuilding the BCD gives no result then follow same procedure as mentioned above. Type these commands and hit enter button each time, instead of bootrec /rebuildbcd

  • Diskpart
  • list volume
  • select volume X ( Where X is your active partition)
  • active

Now your system should display the message DiskPart marked the current partition as active.

Fix 4. Restore Master Boot Record

Fix the error by restoring MBR, if it appears even after setting active partition. Follow above stated steps till typing the code list volume.

  • Find CD-ROM under Type column
  • Note assigned value in LTR column
  • Leave Diskpart by typing exit
  • Type X: (where X is noted down CD ROM drive’s letter)
  • Type cd boot
  • Type dir
  • Type bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
  • Quit Command Prompt by typing exit and restart the system

Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes confirmation will be screened on the display.

Still, the error 0xc0000225 persists on startup window regardless of any fix then you need to reformat the system and perform Windows clean installation.

But, reformatting wipes your drive completely and entire data present on your system will be lost. So, backup all files located on 0xc0000225 error screening system by connecting its hard drive with any operating computer. If you cannot access the drive when it is connected to other system also then, get it done with the help of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool.

Yodot to recover data after error 0xc0000225:

Hard Drive Recovery tool provided by Yodot is a brilliant way to recover files from system that fails to boot due to the error 0xc0000225. The utility is fitted with advanced attributes to aid you in restoring lost or deleted files at any data loss instances with ease. Along with retrieving data from system that won’t boot, the program is effective in restoration of inaccessible, corrupted - hard drive, portable drive, media card, USB, Pen drive and more. The software is supportive to all Windows editions counting Windows 10. The handy interface and responsive tech assistance offered with the application makes your data recovery process graceful.

How to recover files after 0xc0000225 error?

  • Set up Yodot Hard Drive Recovery on working computer
  • Attach hard disk of error screening system with this one
  • Go for Partition Recovery on main panel of the tool
  • Select connected hard drive and mark all partitions
  • Click on Skip button
  • All files of erroneous system will be displayed in File Type View/Data View
  • Select your required ones and save them onto working system

Avoid 0xc0000225 error:

  • Frequently remove unwanted programs and files from your system
  • Verify files before you install them on computer
  • Run Antivirus scan regularly on your system