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Fixing “File: \Boot\Bcd...” Error Message

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Annoyed, frustrated, and confused because you are unable to overcome a Windows boot error message? You are probably one of those computer users who encounter such error messages regularly. There can be various reasons for the occurrence of a boot error message, including boot loader corruption, file system damage, installing incompatible device driver, virus infection, and operating system malfunction.

The outcome of the error message becomes more fatal when you have some critical data – which you are not able to access – saved in your hard drive. These circumstances force you to access the required data from an updated backup. However, in case the backup file is inaccessible or corrupted, then you can only access your hard drive data using a powerful windows data recovery software.

The detailed analysis of the above scenario can be explained with the help of the below error message that appears when you were in the middle of reading an e-mail. The system froze after the below error message:

“File: \Boot\Bcd

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.”

The error message then appeared every time you tried to boot Windows Vista based system. The message did not allow the system to boot, resulting in inaccessibility of the files saved in the hard drive.


The root cause for the occurrence of the above error message is virus infected e-mail. The virus damages the boot\bcd file. Another cause of the error message is missing of Windows boot manager from the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) store.


To isolate the above error message and to access data, you need to follow the below steps:

  • Perform 'Startup Repair' in the 'System Recovery Options'.
  • Type the below commands in the 'System Recovery Options':

1.bootrec.exe /fixboot

2.bootrec.exe /fixmbr

If the error message persists, then you will need to re-install the Windows Vista operating system. To recover the data after formatting, you can use a Windows Data Recovery application. Such Windows Data Recovery tools can be downloaded from the Internet.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a software with maximum recovery capability. The Windows Data Recovery Software recovers data from hard drives based upon  FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT , NTFS and NTFS5. It supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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