12 comments on “Windows 8 will not boot – error 0xc000000e missing windowssystem32winload.exe

  1. When you install windows 8 with dual boot and have 2 operating systems installed on separate drives, you need to uncheck (disable) ‘Turn on fast startup’ in the power options.
    If you leave it turned on when you power off/on the machine it will not do a cold and that can cause all sort of problems after you do a shutdown of windows 8.

    IE: If you have windows 7 on one disk and windows 8 on a second disk you will see that everything works fine after a restart or if you do a shutdown from windows 7, but when you do a shutdown from windows 8 you will get the error that you reported and other type of errors like 0xc000000e when you power back up.
    Turning off ‘Fast startup’ in the power options should solve your problem.
    This option is turned on by default so you need to go to control panel, power options, choose what the power button do, change setting currently unavailable, uncheck ‘Turn on fast startup’ in the shutdown setting at the bottom of the page.

  2. I’m having the same problem. Upgraded from 7, keeping programs. I was having problems with windows update, so I did a clean install of 8. Still have the boot issue. Next computer is likely to be a Mac.

  3. I have found that I have the exact same problem on a Lenovo Thinkpad T530. I went from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro (with an upgrade license due to an error by CDW) and it was working fine.

    Shortly, I ended up in a automatic repair loop which seems common on Google searches. Soon, after trying bootrec /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuild BCD and trying to refresh, and reset the PC… Nothing worked.

    I can’t even restore the Windows 8 because it can’t find a system image. I’m basically hosed and will probably end up calling Lenovo since this thing is only a few days old.

  4. I have been having the same problem. Initially I was running windows 7 installed on an ssd. Then I tried to change the default install directory to my larger non-SSD drive. However, later my computer started having this same problem. When I installed Windows 8 on the SSD, this time I decided to keep everything normal except for my default documents folders, which I again moved over to my other drive. Somehow, the same error 0xc000000e kept arriving on reboot which frustrated me greatly. If you ever find out what went wrong please tell me, I could really use the help!

  5. so, i had to just:
    1) unplug all the HDDs (except win8)
    2) reboot in windows 8
    3) power off
    4) plug HDDs

  6. I have Windows 8 that was installed clean, not an upgrade. Now after a year or more I get this message. There was no new hardware installed, no new software. It just ended in the middle of the day in the middle of writing in MSWord.

    Anyone have a suggestion on this? I can’t find the disks.

  7. I had the same issue yesterday with my machine.

    1. SSD – Win8
    2. HDD – Win7

    Seems the bootrecord is on the HDD not in SSD. I didn’t try the ‘Fast startup’ option yet, but i’ll certainly give it a try.

    I get it fixed by turning off the PC and unplug the SSD briefly turned the system on and off and plugged the SSD in again.

    It Seems the problem is in the bootrecord on my HDD.
    I hope the ‘Fast startup’ setting will get this fixed.

  8. guys I need help on how to fix the error ” 0xc000000f” winload.exe missing or corrupt.My laptop is a toshiba 64 bit which I upgraded from win7 to 8. I tried refreshing but the machine does not respond even after inserting a disk with an operating system (win8 64bit)but rather maintains the blue screen with the above error. upon pressing F8 key it simply flushes and nothing happens after that.

  9. I have same problem win 8.1 winload.exe error xc000000e Toshiba 17″ laptop L875D. This is why we all HATE Microsoft. Bring back IBM PS2 that never crashed. I tried every thing the fast boot unchecked does not work. I get presented with option to hit F9 to boot from disk 2 (which must be some Microsoft hidden vlume). If I hit F9 it boots to 8.1 OK. But I can never boot (say linux) from the USB. USb it set to boot ahead og the HDD in my Bios.
    I have fast boot turned off both in the Bios and in Control Panel power options. We can Never get an answer from Microsoft as to WHAT is causing this error. They seem only to know trial and error testing. Unlike IBM smart guys. Frustrated and giving up, going to reformat HDD with linux only.

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