Windows Failed to Start – Installing from USB

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Published on: February 10, 2016

I just recently helped a friend of mine troubleshoot an issue while trying to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 into a clean HD. She was using a USB ISO of Win7 Pro that was created using Microsoft’s CD/DVD Install Tool. Mind you, she used this not too long ago successfully. However, for this install, it kept giving her the following error:

Windows Boot Manager

Windows Failed to Start..

File:  \Boot\BCD

Status:  0xc0000098

Aside from re-doing another USB Install Image, you can try the following:

  1. On a working computer browse the content of the USB drive
  2. Go to \Boot
  3. You should see some files including a file named BCD.
  4. Look at the date see if it was modified. Look at the File size. It should be around 256KB.
  5. If the date is modified and the size is different, then that is your issue.
  6. Good news is, if it was modified there should have been a backup made of it in the same folder. Look for a file name that has “Backup” on it
  7. Rename the current BCD like BCD.old or delete it completely.
  8. Rename the backup file to BCD. Make sure you do not put any file extension.
  9. Now try to boot with it. Should now boot up properly to enable you to do your install.


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