Windows 10: Cannot repair boot manager, error 0x000000f

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       12 Feb 2017 #1

    Cannot repair boot manager, error 0x000000f

    Hello everyone! Firstly sorry for the forthcoming wall of description, just needing some assistance.

    I have currently come to what seems like an impossible issue with trying to fix my Windows 10 desktop. It originally was using Windows 8, upgraded to Windows 10 and has been fine since the 10 upgrade first came out. I decided to create a dual boot with Linux on my spare HDD, all worked fine and GRUB loader was installed which overrides the current master boot record.

    Today, I decided to do a bit of spring cleaning, and decided to entirely wipe the HDD with Linux, create a Windows 10 Repair USB using Microsoft's official media centre application (i think its called that) and fix the master boot record that way. It all goes completely wrong now!

    I manage to boot up the USB no problem. Firstly run the auto repair tool, nope no luck and fails to find an issue. Secondly, I decide to run the CMD part of the repair, and do the usual:

    1. bootrec /fixmbr
    2. bootrec /fixboot
    3. bootrec /rebuildbcd
    4. bootrec /scanos

    However again no luck. 'bootrec /fixboot' and 'bootrec /rebuildbcd' throw 'Element not found' errors. What's more weirder is 'bootrec /rebuildbcd' and 'bootrec /scanos' both find the Windows distributions but they fail to add, and also they note that the drive label is 'F:' but I swear my Windows distribution has always been on 'C:'? I ran a CHKDSK and it seems to be running, but always complains it needs to unmount my volume beforehand?

    Restarting the computer will now lead to a 0x000000f error or sometimes showing the old GRUB boot.

    Thirdly, I did some more thorough research on Google, and tried using DISKPART to set my partition (which I remember windows being on), as ACTIVE. Nope, no luck, same errors again! I load up DISKPART to recheck the partitions but the 'ACTIVE' keeps reverting to nothing!

    Finally, I use GParted the partitioning tool to get an overall view of my disk partitions and attributes. The correct partition is labelled as 'boot'. I disable and re-enable to hopefully, kick it into gear. But noooo! Windows 10 repair fails again to find the elements

    I am confused and really have no idea what todo now. If a full re-installation is needed then luckily I can make backups, but i'd rather not have to spend a day just getting my Windows OS installed.

    Does anyone here have any recommendations they could provide me on how to repair the boot manager without having to clean install? Thank you! :)
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  2.    12 Feb 2017 #2

    Welcome to the forum. First of fis it a mbr disk or a gpt disk using uefi? a sceenshot of the parition may help. Worse case you should be able to boot windvd and install over the o/s and keep data software etc
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       13 Feb 2017 #3

    Hello! I think its and MBR disk, because my motherboard is set to UEFI+Legacy. Turning it off doesn't show my hard drive as a boot option, only the recovery USB disk, but enabling Legacy will. So it must be an MBR?

    I will upload a screenshot later of my partitions after work. From what I can remember, there was around 4.

    0 - System Reserved (boot)
    1 - used partition
    2 - used partition (diag)
    3 - free space / unreserved?

    Something like that, hope that helps!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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