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FIX: File BCD Error 0xc0000098 in Windows 11

How to Fix the BCD Error Code 0xc0000098 in Windows 11

Error code 0xc0000098 occurs due to a corrupted Boot Configuration Data (BCD) file. Consequently, Windows 11 won’t boot up. This article contains several methods to help you fix this error.

BCD Error 0xc0000098

A corrupted (BCD) file means that Windows 11 is unable to load the operating system because the BCD file doesn’t contain any entry of it.

When the BCD is corrupted, Windows 11 won’t boot up and will show you the following error message:

Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.

The Boot Configuration Data file doesn’t contain valid information for an operating system.

 

File: \BCD
Error code: 0xc0000098

What Causes BCD Error Code 0xc0000098

  • A change in the hardware
  • A damaged hard drive
  • Bad RAM

Fortunately, you can fix the corrupted BCD file. To do this, you will need to use a Windows recovery drive in the form of a Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive or Windows 11 installation DVD disc.

Video Guide on How to Fix the BCD Error Code 0xc0000098

Table of Contents:

Method 1. Repair the Master Boot Record (MBR), Boot Sector, and Boot Configuration Data (BCD)

Insert a Windows 11 Bootable USB Drive or Windows 11 installation DVD into your PC.

Turn off your computer by holding down the power button for about 5 seconds. Then, press the power button again to turn it on. While in the post screen, press Del, Delete, F2 to F8, F10, or F12 (depending on the motherboard manufacturer) to enter the BIOS.

Once in the BIOS, navigate to Boot and set the bootable USB drive or CD-DVD ROM as the first boot device. Save the changes and exit the BIOS (typically by pressing F10).

Your PC will restart and boot into the Windows Installation Setup window.

Click Next

1. In the Windows Setup window, click Next.

Click Repair your computer

2. In the lower-left corner, click Repair your computer.

Click Troubleshoot

3. In the Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot.

Click Command Prompt

4. In the Advanced options screen, select Command Prompt.

Run bootrec /rebuildbcd command

5. In the Command Prompt window, type in C: and press the Enter key.

6. Then, type in dir and press Enter.

7. Then, type in the following commands and press Enter after typing in each one.

  • bootrec /scanos
  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • bootsect /nt60 sys
  • bootrec /fixboot
  • bootrec /rebuildbcd

8. Close the Command Prompt and click Continue.

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Method 2. Run Startup Repair

Click Next

1. In the Windows Setup window, click Next.

Click Repair your computer

2. In the lower-left corner, click Repair your computer.

Click Troubleshoot

3. In the Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot.

Click Startup Repair

4. In the Advanced options screen, select Startup Repair.

Select Windows 11

5. Select your operating system (Windows 11). The repair tool will begin diagnosing and repairing your PC.

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Method 3. Run the System File Checker (SFC) Utility

Click Next

1. In the Windows Setup window, click Next.

Click Repair your computer

2. In the lower-left corner, click Repair your computer.

Select Troubleshoot

3. In the Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot.

Click Command Prompt

4. In the Advanced options screen, select Command Prompt.

Run the SFC /Scannow utility

5. In the Command Prompt window, type in sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=C:\Windows\ and press the Enter key.

Note: Replace C:\ with the letter of the drive where Windows is installed on your PC.

6. Wait for the SFC utility to scan and repair corrupted system files.

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Method 4. Run a CHKDSK Scan

Click Next

1. In the Windows Setup window, click Next.

Click Repair your computer

2. In the lower-left corner, click Repair your computer.

Click Troubleshoot

3. In the Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot.

Click Command Prompt

4. In the Advanced options screen, select Command Prompt.

Run the CHKDSK C: /f /r /x command

5. In the Command Prompt window, type in chkdsk C: /f /r /x and press the Enter key.

Note: Replace C: with the letter of the drive where Windows is installed on your PC.

6. Close the Command Prompt and click Continue.

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Rimvydas Iliavicius

Rimvydas is a researcher with over four years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He attended Kaunas University of Technology and graduated with a Master's degree in Translation and Localization of Technical texts in 2017. His interests in computers and technology led him to become a versatile author in the IT industry. At PCrisk, he's responsible for writing in-depth how-to articles for Microsoft Windows. Contact Rimvydas Iliavicius.

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