Error code 0xc0000225: Windows Recovery Screen Solution

Any version of Windows operating system has a clear and smooth booting path. It therefore turns out that any interference or obstacle at the beginning or along the path seriously affects how the OS behaves. Such behavior, in most cases, is a failure to boot. Luckily, this is presented to you in the form of error code with an accompanying message that indicates to you where the problem lies. One such boot issue is error code 0xc0000225.

This is one of Windows OS booting errors. The error in most cases causes the dreaded blue screen of death (BSoD) with the accompanying message indicating “Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.” You may also receive a message indicating “An unexpected error has occurred, Your PC needs to be repaired Error code: 0xc000022.

The most likely moment you may encounter error 0xc0000225 is after upgrading your computer’s operating system, which can be from Windows 7 to 8 or 10. Your upgrade can be very smooth without any issues or errors. You can indeed use your computer with the upgraded OS for several days only for your computer to fail to start on another day.

It has been noted that error 0xc0000225 is very common with Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) hard disks that have GUID Partition Table (GPT) scheme than those with the traditional Basic Input Output System (BIOS) that have Master Boot Record (MBR) scheme.

Note that UEFI hard discs provide for fast pre-boot times than MBR hard disks. The error occurs when the OS confuses the two schemes. That confusion usually happens when booting configuration data (BCD) is missing or is corrupt.

There are some small problems you may notice just before the error occurs. They include the slow performance of your computer, regular freezes, regular program lock-ups and problems when starting or shutting down your computer.

 

How to Fix Boot Error Code 0xc0000225 


 

how to fix error code 0xc0000225 on Windows

 

There are several methods of resolving the error. Although a method’s procedure may apply directly to a specific Windows OS, it should give you an idea on how to resolve the error on any other Windows OS.

 

Method 1 – Run Startup Repair Tool to fix error 0xc0000225

The startup repair tool can be very effective in resolving error 0xc0000225. The tool scans your computer’s system and attempts to repair any damaged files to correct any anomalies in the BCD. The tool comes in handy in a case where the computer is unable to boot from installation media.

  • Insert your Computer’s OS installation media in the appropriate drive or port.
  • Shut down your computer before restarting it again.
  • Press any key before the appearance of Windows logo.
  • Select your preferred language and keyboard options before clicking on “Repair my Computer”.
  • Allow the tool to scan your computer before selecting your installation from the list the tool presents.
  • Select “Startup Repair” from the recovery options.

The tool will automatically begin to scan your computer system for any issues and will try to fix the same. You may need to restart your computer to see whether or not the error is resolved and your computer is booting in the normal way.

 

Method 2 – Troubleshooting using Command Prompt

This method is similar to the above method but with a slight difference.

  • Insert your computer’s OS installation media in the appropriate drive.
  • Restart your computer and press any key before the appearance of Windows logo.
  • Select your preferred language and other options.
  • Click “Repair my computer” on the resultant screen.
  • Select “Troubleshooter” option > “Advanced Options” > “Command Prompt”.
  • Type “diskpart” and hit Enter to load the utility.
  • Select the volume labeled ESP and hit Enter.
  • Assign any letter to the volume (Z) and hit Enter.
  • Press “Exit” to go back to command prompt.
  • Type “ bcdC:\windows/s Z:/f UEFI “and hit Enter to open UEFI environment boot files.
  • Close the command prompt before restarting your computer.

The error code 0xc0000225 should be resolved. Note that this method only applies if your computer’s hard disk is of UEFI.

 

Method 3 – Rebuild BCD Manually

This method can be very effective in resolving the error 0xc0000225 considering that the error relates to BCD.

  • Insert your computer’s OS installation media.
  • Restart your computer and press any key before the appearance of Windows logo.
  • Select your preferred language and other options.
  • Click on “Repair my Computer”.
  • Select the installation location, which is normally “C”.
  • Click “Next” before choosing “Command Prompt” on the recovery options screen.
  • Type “bootrec/rebuildbcd” and hit Enter.
  • Press “Yes” when the command asks to add Windows Installation.

Now, Restart your computer to see whether or not the Boot error 0xc0000225 is resolved, and your computer can boot without any issues.

 

Method 4 – Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection (ELAM)

Error 0xc0000225 can also be caused by installed anti-virus/malware program that prevents its launch. Disabling it can easily resolve the error.

  • Insert your computer’s OS installation media in the appropriate drive.
  • Restart your computer and press any key before the appearance of Windows logo.
  • Select your preferred language and other options.
  • Click “Repair my computer” on the resultant screen.
  • Select “Troubleshooter” option > “Advanced Options”.
  • Navigate to “Startup Settings”.
  • Click on “Disable early launch anti-malware protection”.

Close the tab before restating your computer to see whether or not the error is resolved, and your computer can boot normally.

 

Method 5 – Delete Empty Partition to fix 0xc0000225 error

Having an empty partition on your computer’s hard disk can cause confusion to the OS, leading to the error.

  1. Click “Start”.
  2. Go to “Control Panel”.
  3. Go to “Manage your Computer Settings”.
  4. Search for and find the empty partition (EFI).
  5. Delete it before closing the tab.

Restart your computer to see whether or not this procedure helps to get rid of error code 0xc0000225 and your computer can boot normally.

 

Method 6 – Hard Disk Replacement

Replacing your computer’s hard disk may be your only option of overcoming error 0xc0000225 in case all of the above methods fail. Note that you need to replace the hard disk with a compatible one. You also need to format it before performing the installation.

Most errors associated with any Windows operating system usually relate to damaged or corrupt registry files. Scanning your computer with antivirus/malware program usually, helps in preventing such errors. It is also very important that you only download programs/applications from reputed sites in addition to installing both system and program updates.

3 Comments
  1. Reply Logan August 16, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Hi I got a 0000225 error, tried everything off this list, and every method failed. I decided to check the internals of my laptop, and found that my main SSD was completely disconnected from its port. Maybe something to add to this forum is check your hardware.

  2. Reply Romial September 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    how can i do the above methods using a Dell venue 8 pro?

  3. Reply Error code 0xc0000225 August 22, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I agreed with you above information. But i want to mentioned some points related to this error. It is generally occurs when Windows cannot find the System Files used for booting, which indicates boot configuration data BCD is corrupted. so if you are facing Error 0xc0000225 in your pc then first check above configuration that i mentioned in my comment may be it will help you to resolve it.

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