Windows 8 Winload.efi Error Code 0xc0000225

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I need help on my Windows 8 machine. When I booted this morning, the error below appears:

Pressing the F8 key will return with the error message, "The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors. File: Windowssystem32winload.efi Error code: 0xc0000225". This happens after I created an image on my old HDD and now, I was unable to boot on my new HDD. Please help! Thanks.

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Windows 8 Winload.efi Error Code 0xc0000225


The error is due to the EUFI boot that uses a GPT partition. You need your Windows 8 installation or recovery disk. Follow the steps below to resolve the issue:

1. Press a key before booting. This will be the F12 key.

2. Select The correct Recovery options.


3. Type the following commands:


List Volume

Select Volume=2 (change the "2" with a number that shows the ESP value.

Assign letter=Z


Bcdboot C:windows /s Z: /f UEFI (change the C: with the drive letler of your OS)

4. Restart your computer.

Alternatively, if you are booting from UEFI, boot in the Command Prompt of your Installation or Recovery Disk and enter the following command:

1. Enter Diskpart.

2. Type List Disk. Search for the proper Hard Disk Drive number that you are having issue with.

3. Type Select Disk 0.

4. Type List Volume. Search for the Volume Number that is hidden FAT32. Say number 2 is the volume number.

5. Type Select Volume 2.

6. Type Assign Letter=u:

7. Type Exit.

8. Type u:efimicrosoftboot.

Before starting, backup your current file. Type BCD BCD.old to do this.For step no. 9, you need to enter the following commands:

  • F:WindowsSystem32bcdedit /store BCD /set [bootmgr] device partition=u:

The operation completed successfully.

  • F:WindowsSystem32bcdedit /store BCD /set [default] device partition=c:

The operation completed successfully.

  • F:WindowsSystem32bcdedit /store BCD /set [default] osdevice partition=c:

The operation completed successfully.

10. Restart your computer to boot up with UEFI.


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