Solution to your PC needs to be repaired Error code: 0xc0000225

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Problem description:

Update: also works with windows 10

When I booted my Windows 8 laptop (see details below), it displayed the following message:

your computer needs to be repaired

If I press Enter or F8, the central part of the message changes to:

The application or operating system couldn’t be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

File: \Windows\system32\winload.efi

Error code: 0xc0000225

The problem occurred after i made an image of the old hard disk on a new one. And now this new hard drive would not boot. I found out this was because of the EUFI boot. this used a GPT partition. To fix this problem you are gonna need a windows 8 installation CD or recovery CD.

Step 1: Start from your installation or recovery CD.

To do this you will probably need to press a key before you boot, this will most likely be something like F12. for more information about booting from cd look here. (link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/start-windows-from-a-cd-or-dvd )

Step 2: Choose the correct recovery options. (gallery)

Step 3: Enter the correct commands.

  1. Diskpart
  2. List volume
  3. Select volume=2 (replace “2” with the number that is associated with the “ESP” label)
  4. assign letter=Z
  5. exit
  6. bcdboot C:\windows /s Z: /f UEFI (replace C: with the volume letter that is named “OS”)

To make it even simpler here are some screenshots:

Step 4: Restart your computer and be happy.

If everything worked out fine, you should now be able to restart your computer and enjoy your windows 8 machine.

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Well i am Pieter, a regular IT guy, working in Holland. Now and then I share some things on this Blog to make other peoples life a bit easier.