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Winload.efi missing when booting from USB.

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    Windows 8

    Winload.efi missing when booting from USB.


    I have a laptop with windows 8.1. And I would like to reinstall it.

    It an an UEFI laptop which only supports bootable UEFI media. Now I did not find it an issue creating an UEFI bootable USB. I created it using a freeware called Rufus but the problem is that each time I try to boot from the device I get this error:
    0xc0000225 - File \Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing
    I tried every single possibility. I was browsing the web and tried various solutions for 7 hours and still couldn't find out why it does not want to boot from the USB. I used various commands, methods, approaches... nothing works. I always get this error.

    The thing is operating system works without a problem, so I doubt the issue is in it. It boots fine, there are no issues, it runs smoothly. I have another edition of windows 8, fully licensed and I would like to install it. But thanks to this issue I am unable to create a device that actually boots.

    The laptop is a HP pavilion.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    You can order the Microsoft official HP/Compaq OEM Recovery disks from the HP/Compaq OEM manufacturer's website.
    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...09543&sw_lang=
    How Do I Order or Download System Recovery Software? - YouTube

    How to Make Recovery DVD
    Creating System Recovery Discs in Windows 8 for HP Computers - YouTube
    Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Support

    Using Recovery.
    Performing an HP System Recovery on an HP Notebook with Windows 8 - YouTube
    Performing an HP System Recovery on an HP Desktop PC with Windows 8 - YouTube
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums

    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


    I already did recovery using the inbuilt laptop function. Still can not boot from a UEFI media. I get the same error.

    I doubt I will be able to load



    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    You can order the Microsoft official HP/Compaq OEM Recovery disks from the HP/Compaq OEM manufacturer's website.
    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...09543&sw_lang=
    How Do I Order or Download System Recovery Software? - YouTube

    How to Make Recovery DVD
    Creating System Recovery Discs in Windows 8 for HP Computers - YouTube
    Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Support

    Using Recovery.
    Performing an HP System Recovery on an HP Notebook with Windows 8 - YouTube
    Performing an HP System Recovery on an HP Desktop PC with Windows 8 - YouTube
    I already did recovery using the inbuilt laptop function. Still the error persists and I am unable to boot from UEFI media.

    I assume CD won't even boot, and even if it will I doubt it will be any different recovery than the one I already did.

    Any more advices?
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    Windows 8


    Hello? Could anyone else help me?
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    Windows 10
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    Windows 8



    This is exactly what I did. Then when I select USB in the boot menu I get this error.

    xc0000225 - File \Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by Erik9631 View Post

    This is exactly what I did. Then when I select USB in the boot menu I get this error.




    xc0000225 - File \Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing
    You need to select UEFI USB *****
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  8. #8


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Erik9631 View Post

    This is exactly what I did. Then when I select USB in the boot menu I get this error.




    xc0000225 - File \Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing
    You need to select UEFI USB *****
    Yes I did select the USB. The very USB you told me to create. If it was not UEFI it would not show up in the first place. The error still persists. I have absolutely no idea what is causing it.
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    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I would ask what media did you start with to create the USB drive, and then what process with Rufus was used?

    The way I make mine, I start with an .iso or an install DVD. I use Diskpart to clean the drive, then create a primary partition, format it as Fat32. Then use the Diskpart commands of assign and active. After the USB drive has been prepared, I then copy the files over from the mounted .iso or DVD.

    There are tutorials on this forum for doing this and may have already been linked to.

    If you have created the USB drive is such a manner and it does not work, possibly the media is flawed. Of course we know only the 64 bit version of the media will work in UEFI.

    Below I am including the Diskpart listing when looking at the details of the drive itself and the partition. You might compare yours to this.

    C:\Windows\system32>diskpart
    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: Mine

    DISKPART> list dis

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 931 GB 1024 KB *
    Disk 1 Online 232 GB 0 B *
    Disk 2 Online 7441 MB 0 B

    DISKPART> sel dis 2

    Disk 2 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> det dis

    USB Flash Memory USB Device
    Disk ID: 00000000
    Type : USB
    Status : Online
    Path : 0
    Target : 0
    LUN ID : 0
    Location Path : UNAVAILABLE
    Current Read-only State : No
    Read-only : No
    Boot Disk : No
    Pagefile Disk : No
    Hibernation File Disk : No
    Crashdump Disk : No
    Clustered Disk : No
    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
    Volume 8 H WIN8_1 FAT32 Removable 7440 MB Healthy

    DISKPART> sel par 1

    Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> det par

    Partition 1
    Type : 0B
    Hidden: No
    Active: Yes
    Offset in Bytes: 1048576
    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
    * Volume 8 H WIN8_1 FAT32 Removable 7440 MB Healthy
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by Erik9631 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Erik9631 View Post


    This is exactly what I did. Then when I select USB in the boot menu I get this error.




    xc0000225 - File \Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing
    You need to select UEFI USB *****
    Yes I did select the USB. The very USB you told me to create. If it was not UEFI it would not show up in the first place. The error still persists. I have absolutely no idea what is causing it.
    Here is a Diagram of how to set up your UEFI:USB Install Media using RUFUS

    Click image for larger version
    This diagram is copied from Maxgeek forum
    On boot up you have to select the UEFI: USB *** you will see both UEFI: USB *** and USB ***
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