I've got a triple booted system from my great-aunt to repair: It has:

  1. Win7 x86 Pro
  2. Win10 x64 Home
  3. Win7 x64 Ult

Each is on 3 different partitions on an SSD disk, in that order. This used to work, but not now, as I accidentally deleted the Win10 partition and despite my best efforts to undelete it... no joy.

  • When I boot to Win10, it gives BCD not found error 0xc0000225, while the other two boot up without problems. What makes this a little different is that the boot menu was that of Windows 7 before install, not the blue fancy graphic one we see in Win8 and Win10; almost like Win10 wasn't "boss". What speaks against this is whenever booted to Win10, it resided on C:, relegating Win7 x32 to B:, whereas when booted to Win7 x86 or x64, it resided on C:, relegating Win10 to D: and Win7 x64 to E:.

I've tried the following with no result, Win10 didn't boot up, and the other two booted up normally
(system restore isn't possible, there were no SR points made).

  1. Windows Automatic Repair
  2. Rebuild the BCD (at the Command Prompt I ran):

    bootrec /scanos
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /rebuildbcd
  3. I set the Win10 to active Partition with Diskpart using these commands:

    list disk
    select disk 0
    list partition
    select partition 1

This resulted in the system not booting at all anymore, going straight to
BCD failed to start error 0xc00000f

edit: 4. I forgot to say, I used a gui BCD editor (which I can't mention the name of for religious reasons), but it didn't help.

I've used a Win10 ISO USB to reboot the laptop (Lenovo Z50-70) to get into the Repair Mode, and I'm in the unfortunate position that my great-uncle, whose machine it was, isn't around to ask him questions about this machine.

Question: What else can I try to repair this?

I don't consider format+reinstall and similar solutions a repair, I'm sorry about that.

  • Why not just clean install Windows 10, as there's no reason to have a triple boot setup with different versions of Windows, nor is there any reason for the normal user to have a dual boot of two different Windows versions. It should also be kept in mind Windows 7's EoL [End of Life] is almost here, with only those businesses on an LTS [Long Term Servicing] branch receiving updates once EoL is reached.
    – JW0914
    Nov 3, 2019 at 14:20
  • This is the way my great-aunt wants it, for various very private reasons. She's set in her ways, and I'm not gonna argue with her wishes. Nov 3, 2019 at 14:46
  • btw, thanks for your time and efforts. Sadly, solutions of the nature "just get a new car" are not really gonna fly. Yes, that's easier. But dealbreakers. Nov 3, 2019 at 14:54
  • You're going to need to manually edit the BCD file with bcdedit then, and it's not easy for someone who's never done so before, with the risk you will render both Win 7 OS's unbootable. The easiest, and most efficient [ie. time], is to clean install Windows 10 after backing up all the partitions (see this answer to do so via DISM). It's going to likely take a few hours of research on your part, with trial and error to correctly edit the BCD file, whereas a clean install, restoring backed up data and software install is ~2.5hrs at most.
    – JW0914
    Nov 3, 2019 at 14:59
  • If you're determined to fix the BCD file (there may be 3 in total, depending on the partition structure), this is the man page for bcdedit
    – JW0914
    Nov 3, 2019 at 15:02

1 Answer 1


I've found the error, which was as if often is, rather simple to correct... on hindsight. Using the previously mentioned gui BCD editor, (which can't be named for site religious reasons), I saw upon closer inspection that the Windows 10 bootup, didn't point to any partition. So, duh, of course it gave a "not found" error.

Since I couldn't detect an edit option for the different entries, the quick-&-dirty solution was to add a fourth entry, make it point to my "D"-station and delete the faulty one.

No complicated bcd editing was required.

I apologize for not saving screenshots.

EDIT: Upon closer inspection, one can use the fourth option called "Advanced Settings" in the previously mentioned gui BCD editor to indeed, edit the entries. Quite simply too. Oops.

  • Let me express thanks to those who helped in answering and especially those who, through actions, admitted they were wrong. Thanks, all! Nov 11, 2019 at 2:36

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