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Windows 8 -Boot Error -> File: \BCD Error code: 0xc0000034

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    Windows 8 -Boot Error -> File: \BCD Error code: 0xc0000034

    Windows 8, "File: \BCD Error Code: 0xc0000034"

    Good Day Everyone,

    Trying to resolve this error:

    I have a Window 8 recovery USB and a Windows 8.1 recovery USB both from another laptop...

    Mine are 32 bit machines, if the laptop i am working on is 64 bit will it boot on my USB recovery that is from a 32 bit machine? My buddy doesn't know if this troubled laptop is 32 or 64 bit

    When I use the recovery usb and try a refresh or a comlete format it comes back telling me the drive is locked and stops in its tracks.

    Also from a the dos command window (from the recover usb advanced option section) i have tried the following with NO success...

    Bootrec /fixmbr - successful but didn't help
    Bootrec Fixboot - successful but didn't help
    Bootrec - RebuildBCD - Goes off searching, comes back with 1> C:windows, I type Y to add it but it comes back with an error "The requested system device can not be found"

    I also tried BCDboot c:\windows\ /s c: /l en-us - said it was successful but still didnt fix the boot problem.

    So i am not sure if I am running into a 32 bit vs 64 bit issue or if i need to find a way to unlock my drive so the refresh will work?? Or...?????

    Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated!!

    This is on an Acer Aspire V3-551

    Darren Vaillant

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    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!

    If you have the wrong "bittage" then it'll tell you it can't work on that PC
    So the PC must be a 32 bit since you can run it's tools and make it work the bootrec commands

    Sounds to me like it's either a BCD problem, or a hard drive problem.
    But the RebuildBCD command didn't work for you.
    Try running bootable hard drive diagnostics. Here's a link to some: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure (try the Seagate Seatools if you don't know the HDD on the system)

    Have you tried BCDEdit.exe, Bootcfg.exe, or bcdboot.exe?
    Link about bcdboot.exe in relation to the locked drive problem: Fix - The drive where Windows is installed is locked

    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /?
    BCDEDIT - Boot Configuration Data Store Editor
    The Bcdedit.exe command-line tool modifies the boot configuration data store.
    The boot configuration data store contains boot configuration parameters and
    controls how the operating system is booted. These parameters were previously
    in the Boot.ini file (in BIOS-based operating systems) or in the nonvolatile
    RAM entries (in Extensible Firmware Interface-based operating systems). You can
    use Bcdedit.exe to add, delete, edit, and append entries in the boot
    configuration data store.
    For detailed command and option information, type bcdedit.exe /? <command>. For
    example, to display detailed information about the /createstore command, type:
         bcdedit.exe /? /createstore
    For an alphabetical list of topics in this help file, run "bcdedit /? TOPICS".
    Commands that operate on a store
    /createstore    Creates a new and empty boot configuration data store.
    /export         Exports the contents of the system store to a file. This file
                    can be used later to restore the state of the system store.
    /import         Restores the state of the system store using a backup file
                    created with the /export command.
    /sysstore       Sets the system store device (only affects EFI systems, does
                    not persist across reboots, and is only used in cases where
                    the system store device is ambiguous).
    Commands that operate on entries in a store
    /copy           Makes copies of entries in the store.
    /create         Creates new entries in the store.
    /delete         Deletes entries from the store.
    /mirror         Creates mirror of entries in the store.
    Run bcdedit /? ID for information about identifiers used by these commands.
    Commands that operate on entry options
    /deletevalue    Deletes entry options from the store.
    /set            Sets entry option values in the store.
    Run bcdedit /? TYPES for a list of datatypes used by these commands.
    Run bcdedit /? FORMATS for a list of valid data formats.
    Commands that control output
    /enum           Lists entries in the store.
    /v              Command-line option that displays entry identifiers in full,
                    rather than using names for well-known identifiers.
                    Use /v by itself as a command to display entry identifiers
                    in full for the ACTIVE type.
    Running "bcdedit" by itself is equivalent to running "bcdedit /enum ACTIVE".
    Commands that control the boot manager
    /bootsequence   Sets the one-time boot sequence for the boot manager.
    /default        Sets the default entry that the boot manager will use.
    /displayorder   Sets the order in which the boot manager displays the
                    multiboot menu.
    /timeout        Sets the boot manager time-out value.
    /toolsdisplayorder  Sets the order in which the boot manager displays
                        the tools menu.
    Commands that control Emergency Management Services for a boot application
    /bootems        Enables or disables Emergency Management Services
                    for a boot application.
    /ems            Enables or disables Emergency Management Services for an
                    operating system entry.
    /emssettings    Sets the global Emergency Management Services parameters.
    Command that control debugging
    /bootdebug      Enables or disables boot debugging for a boot application.
    /dbgsettings    Sets the global debugger parameters.
    /debug          Enables or disables kernel debugging for an operating system
    /hypervisorsettings  Sets the hypervisor parameters.
    C:\Windows\system32>bootcfg /?
    BOOTCFG /parameter [arguments]
        This command line tool can be used to configure, query, change or
        delete the boot entry settings in the BOOT.INI file.
    Parameter List:
        /Copy       Makes a copy of an existing boot entry.
        /Delete     Deletes an existing boot entry from the BOOT.INI file.
        /Query      Displays the current boot entries and their settings.
        /Raw        Allows the user to specify any switch to be added.
        /Timeout    Allows the user to change the Timeout value.
        /Default    Allows the user to change the Default boot entry.
        /EMS        Allows the user to configure the /redirect switch
                    for headless support.
        /Debug      Allows the user to specify the port and baudrate for
                    remote debugging.
        /Addsw      Allows the user to add predefined switches.
        /Rmsw       Allows the user to remove predefined switches.
        /Dbg1394    Allows the user to configure 1394 port for debugging.
        /?          Displays this help message.
        BOOTCFG /Copy /?
        BOOTCFG /Delete /?
        BOOTCFG /Query /?
        BOOTCFG /Raw /?
        BOOTCFG /Timeout /?
        BOOTCFG /EMS /?
        BOOTCFG /Debug /?
        BOOTCFG /Addsw /?
        BOOTCFG /Rmsw /?
        BOOTCFG /Dbg1394 /?
        BOOTCFG /Default /?
        BOOTCFG /?
    WARNING: BOOT.INI is used for boot options on Windows XP and earlier
             operating systems.  Use the BCDEDIT command line tool to modify
             Windows Vista boot options.
    C:\Windows\system32>bcdboot /?
    Bcdboot - Bcd boot file creation and repair tool.
    The bcdboot.exe command-line tool is used to copy critical boot files to the
    system partition and to create a new system BCD store.
    bcdboot <source> [/l <locale>] [/s <volume-letter> [/f <firmware>]] [/v]
                     [/m [{OS Loader ID}]] [/addlast]
      source     Specifies the location of the windows system root.
      /l         Specifies an optional locale parameter to use when
               initializing the BCD store. The default is US English.
      /s         Specifies an optional volume letter parameter to designate
                 the target system partition where boot environment files are
                 copied.  The default is the system partition identified by
                 the firmware.
      /v         Enables verbose mode.
      /m         If an OS loader GUID is provided, this option merges the
                 given loader object with the system template to produce a
                 bootable entry. Otherwise, only global objects are merged.
      /d         Specifies that the existing default windows boot entry
                 should be preserved.
      /f         Used with the /s command, specifies the firmware type of the
                 target system partition. Options for <firmware> are 'UEFI',
                 'BIOS', or 'ALL'.
      /addlast   Specifies that the windows boot manager firmware entry
                 should be added last. The default behavior is to add it
    Examples: bcdboot c:\windows /l en-us
              bcdboot c:\windows /s h:
              bcdboot c:\windows /s h: /f UEFI
              bcdboot c:\windows /m {d58d10c6-df53-11dc-878f-00064f4f4e08}
              bcdboot c:\windows /d /addlast
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