Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"

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  1. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Hey @topgundcp, thanks for the detailed instructions. I had to assign S: to the System Reserved partition because R: is used by my CD/DVD-ROM drive. When I rebooted after everything was done, Windows gave me a "Windows failed to start" BSOD with the error code 0xc000000f.
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  2. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64

    When you run fix windows boot problems. Did you select the system reserved partition (letter S:) only ? and did you access the BIOS and set the BOOT PRIORITY and the BOOT ORDER to be the new SSD disk ?

    Normally, the boot disk should be connected to the first Sata port and shown as disk 0. I suggest that you disconnect all other disks. Only leave the new SSD connected. Re-run fix boot problems, you should get a screen same as shown in post #20.
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  3. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I made sure my HDD and old SDD were disconnected and booted into the Reflect rescue DVD. Only one drive was found to have a Windows installation on it. I made sure to only check "System Recovery" and had Reflect fix Windows boot problems.

    The one thing I hadn't noticed before: the last step, "Creating BCD store", resulted in a red X. This explains why booting into the new SSD creates a Windows boot error 0xc000000f applying to the file "\Boot\BCD".

    Can you help me with this Reflect problem or should I take this to the Macrium Reflect forum?
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  4. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64

    Let us try to fix boot disk manually.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure you only have the new SSD connected. Disconnect all other disks.
    Boot up Macrium Rescue disk
    On the bottom left, click on the command prompt icon.

    select disk 0
    list par ===> this will list 2 partitions where partition 1 = 579MB
    select par 1
    format quick fs=ntfs Label="System Reserved"
    assign letter=S
    select par 2
    assign letter=H

    next type:
    bcdboot H:\windows /s S: /f BIOS
    The result should create the new BCD successfully.
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  5. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    My version of bcdboot didn't support the /f switch. Since MS says that bcdboot will use BIOS by default on a BIOS system, I simply omitted the switch. Unfortunately:
    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-img_20191018_201149-cropped-.jpg
    I checked the bootmgr file in case you wanted some advance info:
    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-img_20191018_201812-shrunk-.jpg
    What's the next step? Thanks.
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  6. Posts : 17,252
    Windows 11 Pro

    I would say back up your Windows partition. Wipe the entire drive, do a clean install, then restore the old Windows over the top of the newly installed Windows partition.
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  7. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Damn, I'm so close.

    1. Using diskpart, I wiped the new SSD with its clean command.
    2. I powered down, disconnected all drives except the new SSD, and booted using the Windows 10 install media I created from a fresh Microsoft download.
    3. I installed Windows 10 on the new SSD. It created the small boot and larger OS partitions.
    4. I powered down, reconnected the drives, and rebooted.
    5. Using Reflect, I deleted the large OS partition on the new SSD, dragged the image backup of my old SSD's C: partition, and expanded it to maximum size. Reflect restored the image backup onto the new SSD.
    6. I powered down, disconnected the old SSD (leaving my D: data HDD connected), and rebooted.
    7. I got the Windows logo + spinner for a while, then a black screen. The monitor remained on. I waited a few minutes but still no successful boot.
    8. I tried disconnecting the HDD and booting with the Reflect rescue CD and "Fix Windows boot problems"; as before, it failed on the last step, "Creating BCD store".

    What can I do to debug the black-screen step?
    Last edited by Blaq; 23 Oct 2019 at 18:59.
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