Error message when you start Windows: "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information" (Error code 0xc0000034)

Error message when you start Windows: "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information" (Error code 0xc0000034)


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Table of Contents:

  1. Windows Vista
  2. Windows 7
  3. Windows 8

Error message when you start Windows Vista: "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information"

When you try to start Windows Vista, you see the following error:
File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc0000034
Info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information

Information and a Solution to this issue is available in the Microsoft Knowledge Base

Error message when you start Windows 7: "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information"

When you try to start Windows 7, you see the following error:
File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc0000034
Info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information

Information and a Solution to this issue is available in the Microsoft Knowledge Base


Error message when you start Windows 8: "The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information"

When you try to start Windows 8, you see the following error "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information"
The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information

There are a couple of methods with several steps that can be attempted to recover this issue. Both require you to have Windows 8 installation media or a System repair disc.

First Method: Booting to Windows Recovery with Windows 8 installation media

  1. When you boot your computer using Windows 8 DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen appears with "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD". quickly press any key.
  2. Once loaded, Set the correct time and Keyboard type.
  3. Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner.
  4. Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen.
  5. Click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen
  6. Then, Click Automatic Repair from the Advanced Options screen
  7. Choose the operating system by clicking on its button
  8. Windows 8 will look for problems on the hard drive and verify that all required files are intact

Second Method: If the automatic repair tried above, doesn’t help to repair the startup files, you may try to repair them using commands entered at the Command Prompt under Advanced Options.

  1. When you boot your computer using Windows 8 DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen appears with "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD". quickly press any key.
  2. Once loaded, Set the correct time and Keyboard type.
  3. Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner.
  4. Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen.
  5. Click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen
  6. Click on command Prompt.
  7. Type in the following commands and hit enter after each line of command:
  8. Bootrec /fixmbr
    Bootrec /fixboot
    Bootrec /scanos
    Bootrec /rebuildbcd

After you have attempted these methods, boot the system normally to see if the issue is fixed. If the problem persists, you may have to re-install your Operating system. Please contact Dell technical Support for further assistance.




Article ID: SLN287103

Last Date Modified: 01/21/2019 05:39 AM


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