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Boot BCD error in Windows® 7

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What is the source of boot BCD error in Windows 7 system? What are the typical symptoms and tips to restore the problem?

Windows 7 boot BCD is a new boot loader and configuration system. The new boot loader refers to system volumeBootBCD for its boot entries. BCD stands for boot configuration data which is a firmware independent data base. BCD store contains boot configuration parameters and controls how the Operating System is started in Microsoft Windows 7. You can use the Bcdedit.exe command line tool to affect the Windows code which runs in the pre Operating System environment by adding, deleting and editing in the BCD store. Bcdedit.exe is located in the Windows 7 system 32 directory of the Windows 7 Operating System. The BCD store can be modified or repaired using several tools such as system properties in control panel, system properties, advanced.exe msconfig, and Windows recovery environment startup repair. There might be chances of getting errors in Windows 7 boot BCD.

The following are the causes of boot/ BCD error in Windows 7 system, symptoms and tips to fix this error:

  • BCD file missing
  • BootBCD file corruption
  • Tips to fix BCD error

BCD file missing

When you start your Windows 7 Operating System, you might receive some error message as “Windows boot configuration data file is missing”. This error is caused due to the absence of Windows boot manager in the boot configuration data store or if the BootBCD file on the active partition is damaged or missing. In order to resolve the issue, you need to repair the BCD store by using the start up repair option. You need to open Windows recovery environment to start the repair option to repair the BCD store.

BootBCD file corruption

This problem occurs due to some damaged BCD files. This will lead to unbootable problems in Windows 7 computer. If the file is corrupted, the Operating System will not get the resources to start up. At this time you will not be able to log in into your system and access your hard drive partitions which leads to critical partition loss. This problem occurs every time you try to boot your system.

Tips to fix BCD error

There are many methods to repair BCD error in the computer. You can rebuild BCD store by using Bootrec.exe tool. In order to do this, you have to go to system recovery options and click on the command prompt. Then type Bootrec in the dialog box and then press enter. Then this tool will automatically rebuild the BCD store of Windows 7 computer.

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