Windows 10: Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting

Discus and support Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; There are several issues, here first, I see two bootloader files when I hit F11 to get to the boot menu. It's the same SSD. [img] When I hit the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by dictum, Apr 25, 2020.

  1. dictum Win User

    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting


    There are several issues, here first, I see two bootloader files when I hit F11 to get to the boot menu. It's the same SSD.


    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]


    When I hit the first one, I get the spinning wheel and then instead of loading the OS, it exits the process and reboots.


    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]


    The bottom option shows me two incorrect BCD boot options neither of which points to a real disk:


    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]


    if I chose either one, I get:


    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]



    I tried Windows "Repair boot problem" disk option to no avail.
    I tried Macrium Reflect to create a recovery flash also to no avail.

    I booted the machine off another Win10 instance that's installed on another SSD and I can see the filesystem on the non-bootable disk. This is what the layout of the disks looks like. Basically I can go into the filesystem, just can't boot it.
    Disk 2 is the one that's not working. Disk3 is the current OS that's booted.


    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]


    Can I fix the winload.efi on the non-bootable disk? Just copy it from the working disk?
    I noticed that the 'working' disk file is 1716KB while the non-working disk file is 1717KB. A slight difference but I am not sure how to view the file, it's a binary file.

    Fundamentally I need to remove all the BCD multiboot references from the non-bootable machine, I think these false entries prevent it from booting, but I don't know if there is a deeper reason.

    :)
     
    dictum, Apr 25, 2020
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  2. dictum Win User

    Which tool to recover the EFI partition? Booted into Rescue Disk

    That's not what they suggest here:

    FIX: Steps to Fix Winload.EFI Error - Appuals.com

    Winload.EFI Error, is pretty much self explanatory by it’s name is an error that prevents windows from loading. This is usually caused by corrupt boot records or incorrect boot configuration. Depending on your Operating System, the error message may vary but the keyword winload.efi will be same. On a Windows 8/8.1/10 system, the error usually pops-up in the following form.
     
    dictum, Apr 25, 2020
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  3. Corrupted file RAR

    If the archive has been created using WinRAR, why don't you try WinRAR itself? It has a built-in repair feature for repairing corrupted archive (ZIP as well as RAR). Follow the steps given below:
    • Open WinRAR application in your system.
    • Now click on File tab > Open or simply press Ctrl+O.
    • A small window "Find Archive" will pop up. Locate the corrupt RAR archive from your system directory and select it.
    • Now click Open button.
    • Click Tools tab > Repair archive or simply press Alt+R.
    • Again a small window "Repairing File name.rar" will pop up.
    • Now click Browse to select a location to save the repaired archive.
    • Check the box "Treat the corrupt archive as RAR" and click OK.
    • WinRAR will start repairing of corrupt RAR archive. Once it gets completed click Close.
    I hope the above steps will help you repair the corrupted RAR archive.

    Thanks.
     
    Lincoln Dunne, Apr 25, 2020
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  4. Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting

    0xc000000e Win 10 Won't/Doesn't Boot (EFI BCD winload.exe winload.efi)


    Well that was frustrating. I'm trying to make the title of this post something easy to find via a search engine and this forum's design truncates the title line.

    There is lots of advice out there on how to fix Error Code 0xc000000e. But none of it worked for me. And I found something that did. And I'm trying to pass that "Fix" along so others can try it.

    There are multiple reasons why windows might crash; windows locks up and you have to cold boot (Unplug/Hold Power Button own), power failures, etc.

    What I fond I that through some unknown mechanism you can end p with a corrupt partition being created at the front of your boot disk.

    +++++++++++++++ THE FIX +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    There is a free piece of softwareyou can use to quickly check to see if this is your problem -TestDisk.exe
    TestDisk Download - CGSecurity

    Be sure to read their instructionshere
    TestDisk Step By Step - CGSecurity


    My problem looked like this




    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]


    NOTE: There are two (2) Partition#1's. Both occupy the same sectors 2048 thru 264191.

    What I found was the first onelisted was corrupt. (Do the QUICK SEARCH and then look at the files/folders ineach.The corrupt one will say it is defective)

    I used TestDisk to mark the corruptone DELETED

    Then wrote the results



    [I also had to use another piece ofsoftware called VisualBCD
    Download Visual BCD


    (also available via MajorGeeks,softpedia and cnet)

    I use this to fi the BCD that I likely messed up in my prior efforts to fix my boot problem.


    But the what was causing my 0xc00000e issue was the weirdadded partition and TestDisk fixed that.]



    I happen to have a Disk ManagementScreenshot before the problems. Here is a before and after. It looksuntidy but it works 100%

    Corrupt winload.efi file prevents booting [​IMG]

    NOTE - THIS IS A DUAL BOOTARRANGEMENT. Normally you'd have an EFI Partition also. (In my case the EFIPartition is on the Windows 7 Disk)
     
    TomIssaquah, Apr 25, 2020
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