How To Fix Bootrec /fixboot Access is Denied During Fix Boot Configuration (2 Fixes )


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In this video, I will be showing you two possible ways to fix the problem of “Access is Denied” when you try to run the bootrec /fixboot command in Windows. This command is normally used to fix a number of startup problems like “Windows Failed to Start A Recent Hardware or Software Change Might Be The Cause”, blue screen of death that says “Your PC Ran Into a Problem and Needs to Restart”, black screen on startup, missing boot device, et cetera. The bootrec command rebuilds the Boot Configuration Data file, that’s the BCD, in cases where the file is missing, corrupted, or isn’t properly configured.

1. The first method is to recreate the EFI directory structure and reconfigure the boot files using BCDBoot command.
2. The second fix is to configure your USB with the 1703 build in order to run your bootrec commands without errors. (This process will not downgrade your Windows from 1803 to 1703, it only provides you the command line terminal from the 1703 build from where you can run the bootrec commands without error).


Windows 10 Build 1703 (32/64 bits) :
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  2. Are you kidding me??? After all the useless "hacking", the second (super quick and easy) fix worked! It just booted normally and finished the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.


  3. I got 'Access Denied' after entering "bootrec /fixboot" BUT the command @4:07 "bcdboot c:windows /l en-us /s V: /f all" DID FIX the windows 10 'boot configuration data file missing' problem that was preventing my pc from booting. thanks.

  4. Hi
    I do have the same problem with windows 10 1909.
    I downloaded the 1703 from the link you provided and it downloaded as a ESD file. I can not open it? What should I do with it. I think I need ISO format file.

  5. PSA: I had several problems following these instructions so I wanted to offer my advice for everyone else before they waste hours of their time or wipe their computers. TRY METHOD 2 FIRST, method 1 did not work for me, I still got access denied. If you can't set your active partition or don't know what to do with the ESD files, read on.
    When you format your flash drive and try to make it an Active Partition, the option might be greyed out. Use diskpart to do this instead. Open diskpart, select that disk, and type "active" and hit enter. This does the same thing
    So when you're downloading the Windows 10 1703 files it will download a zip file, along with 2 .esd files. Unzip the zip file and rename the .esd's to "install.esd". Put the formerly named "install-003.esd" in /x64/sources and put the formerly "install-002.esd" in /x86/sources. Now follow the instructions in the video.
    Hope someone finds these tips useful.

  6. Option 1 didn't work. Followed the links and downloaded the file you recommended to blank usb, extracted, plugged it into the pc & started up computer …however, the computer is not taking the boot from the usb so the computer just keeps going to blue screen problems. The usb boot you gave isn't working for me.

  7. You lost me at "Select volume with your System Reserved Partition". NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION! My options list did not say "System Reserved"…so how am I supposed to identify that volume ?

  8. Bootrec /fixboot Access is Denied During Fix Boot Configuration FIX.

    type "bootsect/nt60 sys" hit enter then type the "bootrec /fixboot"

  9. Im stuck on the “automatic repair loop” screen and whenever i turn my PC on it goes to a page that says F1 to resume so I basically could not go anywhere else. I tried changing boot option to DVD drive and turning it back ON but it keeps coming back to F1 then goes to the “repair” loop screen again. I couldn’t go to the blue screen that has options

  10. when I get to the part of entering… md efimicrosoftboot
    the message says: A subdirectory or file efimicrosoftboot already exists

  11. none of these fixes worked for me. I installed "paragon disk manager basic FREE" and made a rescue USB Stick with that app. After booting from USB I used the "Boot Corrector" to set Windows as the proper OS to boot from. Now everything works fine. Took me almost 2hours to find out. PS: same here with "Access denied" and all other issues like in the comments below. tried all the solutions below. nothing helped until paragon.

  12. SUCCESS!!! I had to download the 1703 install per your second half of the instructions. IT WORKED!! I am back into my system and the relief of being able to once again boot my system is amazing. Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

  13. Every time I try the fixboot command in any way, it says "the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error" 😣😢

  14. Hello, thank you for the working windows repair tool. this allowed the fixboot to be performed as your video intended to repair. It took me a little bit as your instructions on the usb were a little vague. When unzipping the windows file you need to copy the files from inside the windows folder directly to the usb root directory or the usb will do nothing. Second when performing the command bcdboot c:windows /l en-us /s V: /f all I was presented with an error unable to copy files. (at this point i went back to diskpart and selected the v: drive and performed a command to assign it back to C: and then typed in c: to change to that drive and tried to perform the same command – the V: , but was still met with copy error.) what fixed my boot from here was exiting out of command and going to startup repair and performing an auto repair at this time the computer rebooted directly to my windows… You are much appreciated to have gotten me this far, I sincerely thank you as I had been awake for about 36 hours trying to get my windows back.

  15. I tried everything, I reinstalled windows and it keeps restarting. I just built my pc last week. And Im so sad right now. Idk if I should I buy a new part or what.

  16. Microsoft seems to be very strict with language-versions: will your build 1703 work for other languages? And is it for MBR or GPT (UEFI)? 32-bit or 64-bit?


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