How to Fix the 0xc000014c Error on Windows

2021-04-07
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Summary: The 0xc000014c error sends a signal that a part of the Registry in your PC is corrupted. In the case that one or more file structures containing registry data become corrupted and there is an error at the first booting sector, the error 0xc000014c is highly likely to pop up. The error code also indicates that important booting information is either corrupted or missing in the area of the HDD. In this article, we will help you deal with the error code, and in the case of data loss issues caused by this problem, explain how to use Bitwar Data Recovery to bring your lost files back.

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What Causes the 0xc000014c Error?

0xc000014c

Several problems can cause the 0xc000014c error on your computer. They can be as follows:

  • corrupted BCD (Boot Configuration Data)
  • system file corruption
  • Newly Installed Hardware
  • Bad Sectors

How to Fix the 0xc000014c Error

Method 1: Use a System Restore Point

You could start the fixing process by doing a system restore that makes your computer revert to a previous point. In general, your system has previously created a restore point when the system was running properly. If you have a restore point in place, this method can allow you to restore the PC to a working state.

Based on your Windows version, the steps you need to take to access the System Restore menu will vary. But no matter whether you’re on Windows 7 or Windows 10, the prime prerequisite is the installation media that allows you to access the System Recovery Options.

Note: Some laptops have a shortcut set aside for users to access the System Recovery Options. If you were using one of those laptops, you could access the menu by repeatedly pressing F10 or F11 at the system startup. This way allows users to access the Repair menu without the help of the Windows installation media.

If your system doesn’t tell you to press a key to boot from the installation media, you’ll need to use the on-screen instructions to enter the boot setup. Besides, you can enter your BIOS settings and make a change to the boot order so that the installation media is first. The exact steps for users to make changes to the boot priority in BIOS will vary, depending on the manufacturer of your computer.

After you have successfully booted from the installation media, use the following steps according to your Windows version:

For Windows 7 Users

Step 1: Once you see the Install Windows screen, click on Next, then click on Repair your computer.

Step 2: Make sure that your operating system is selected and select Next.

Step 3: Wait for the Startup Repair to perform a scan on your OS. Click on the Restore button if the computer asks you to do so.

Note: You can force your system to enter the Startup Repair screen by force shutting your computer at startup 3 times (when it is displaying the Windows logo screen). After 3 consecutive startup interruptions, the computer should automatically enter the Startup Repair screen.

Step 4: The repair tool might well try additional repair strategies at this point. Even if it takes time, do not rush to restart or shut down your computer during this phase.

Step 5: System Restore should pop up, if you see the System Recovery Options window, select System Restore.

Step 6: In the System Restore window, check the box next to the Show more restore points option and then select a restore point when your system was functioning perfectly. Click on Next and then Finish.

Step 7: Finally, click on Yes and wait for the repair tool to make your computer revert to a previous version.

For Windows 10 Users

Step 1: Right after you see the Windows Setup screen, click on Next, and then click on Repair your computer.

Step 2: Go to Troubleshoot, click on System Restore, and then select your operating system.

Note: You can force the computer to enter this screen by force shutting your computer at startup 3 times (when it is displaying the Windows logo screen). After you have finished 3 consecutive startup interruptions, the system should automatically enter the repair menu.

Step 3: After the System Restore window has popped up, click on Next. Then, select a restore point when your system was functioning without error and click on Next once again.

Use a System Restore Point

Step 4: Click on Finish, confirm that you want to use the restore point and wait for your device to revert to the selected point.

Method 2: Rebuild the BCD Files

There are many mishaps that may cause your Boot Configuration Data to misbehave. However, in most cases, we would like to recommend that you try to repair the BCD file with a series of Command Prompt commands.

After you have successfully managed to boot from the installation media, use the following steps according to the Windows version:

For Windows 7 Users

Step 1: After you see the Install Windows screen, click on Next and then click on Repair your computer.

Step 2: Make sure that your operating system is selected and then click on Next.

Step 3: The repair tool will perform additional scans at this stage. If a message pops up asking whether you want to use System Restore, click on No. After that, click On Command Prompt.

Step 4: Next, type in the following commands and then press Enter after each one.

Bootrec /FixMbr
Bootrec /FixBoot
Bootrec /ScanOS
Bootrec /RebuildBcd

Step 5: After the commands have been successfully executed, type in chkdsk /f /r and then press Enter. This tool is used to scan for any bad sectors on your hard drive and repair them automatically.

Note: Bear in mind that if the tool finds any bad sectors during this stage, for the purpose of repair, the computer might delete some data on the faulty HDD.

For Windows 10 Users

Step 1: After you see the Windows Setup screen, click on Next, and then click on Repair your computer.

Step 2: Select Troubleshoot and then click on Command Prompt.

Step 3: Next, type in the following commands into Command Prompt and then press Enter after each one.

Bootrec /FixMbr
Bootrec /FixBoot
Bootrec /ScanOS
Bootrec /RebuildBcd

Step 4: After the commands have been successfully executed, type in chkdsk /f /r and then press Enter. This tool is used to scan for any bad sectors on your hard drive and repair them automatically.

chkdsk

Note: Bear in mind that if the tool finds any bad sectors during this stage, for the purpose of repair, the computer might delete some data on the faulty HDD.

Method 3: Restore the Registry Files From the Regback Folder

If all the aforementioned methods fail to work, you can resort to this method. But bear in mind that you will need to disconnect your HDD and connect it to another computer.

All Windows versions store a copy of your principal registry files in a folder named RegBack. If the issue is indeed associated with a registry issue, backing up the folder to the regular directory will get rid of the 0xc000014c error. The steps you need to follow are the same in every Windows version. 

Step 1: Remove the hard drive connected to the PC troubled by the 0xc000014c error and connect it to a working computer as a secondary drive.

Note: Make sure that the working computer can be normally booted and is not having the 0xc000014c error.

Step 2: Boot the working computer, open the HDD that you’ve just connected and then navigate to /Windows / system32 / config / RegBack

Step 3: Copy the contents of the Regback folder and then backtrack to navigate to the config folder.

Step 4: Paste the contents you have just copied over the files in config. When the computer asked whether you want to override the files in config, Click on Yes to All.

Step 5: Power off the working PC, disconnect the HDD and reconnect it to the faulty computer with the 0xc000014c error. Allow it to boot from the HDD, and then check whether the issue is solved.

How to Recover lost files using Bitwar Data Recovery?

As we have mentioned before, besides an unexpected BSOD brought about by the 0xc000014c error, Another issue that may come close on its heels is data loss. The 0xc000014c error could cut short your current work, making the works you were working on go mysteriously. To help you deal with this problem, we would like to recommend our user-friendly and effective recovery tool, Bitwar Data Recovery. With the help of it, you can easily recover your lost data.

Step 1: Download Bitwar Data Recovery from our official website.

Step 2: After installing the software, open it, choose the drive where the lost files were stored, followed by clicking the Next button.

main interface

Step 3: Now, you can select a scan mode in this stage. We would like to recommend Quick Scan, which is capable of retrieving most of the lost files. If it fails to work, you could come back to this stage and then select Deep Scan.

scan mode

Step 4: Select the file types you want to recover and then press the Next button.

file types

Step 5: At the end, preview the files you want and then press the Recover.

preview

Note: Keep in mind that you shouldn’t put files to be recovered back to the origin drive.

Conclusion

0xc000014c error is one of those tricky Blue Screen of Death issues that users might well face when using a computer. In this article, we have introduced 3 commonly used methods to help users fix it. Like other BSOD errors we have discussed before, such as kernel data inpage error and 0x0000007f, this error may well lead to data loss issues. Hence, on top of those methods, we also explain to users how to use our effective and reliable recovery tool, Bitwar Data Recovery, to recover lost files.

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