The error: Your PC needs to be repaired in Windows 10
“After updating my computer with a newer version of Windows 10, I have this message when it turns on: ‘Recovery. Your PC/Device needs to be repaired. The Boot Configuration Data file doesn’t contain valid information for an operating system. File: \Boot\BCD. Error code: 0x0000098. You’ll need to use recovery tools. If you don’t have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.’ I do have an installation CD that comes when I bought the PC. But what should I do exactly?”
The “Your PC needs to be repaired” error usually happens after an update or hardware/software changing. Except for said error code in the example, you may also encounter one of these error codes: 0xc000000f, 0xc0000034, 0xc0000225, 0xc000014C, etc. in Windows 10.
What about your personal files? Don’t be panic. All your personal files are intact and safe for now. There are some problems with the BCD file, so Windows does not know how to boot. Anything that relates to BCD file may be the reason for this. Well, what the BCD files are?
Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is a firmware-independent database for boot-time configuration data according to Wikipedia. It is used as new Windows Boot Manager. It locates /boot/BCD on the active partition in BIOS boot mode, while locates /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BCD on the EFI system partition in UEFI boot mode. Well. What should you do to fix the error after a brief understanding?
How to fix Windows 10 blue screen “Your PC needs to be repaired” error
There are several ways helping you fix the trouble, depending on what tools you’ve got. The most helpful tool would be Windows 10 installation CD/DVD or USB. System repair disc and Windows 10 recovery disk are also useful. Let’s get to know the solutions one by one.
Fix Windows 10 boot error with Installation CD
Shut down your PC first, insert the installation disc or repair disk and boot from it (you may need to change boot order in BIOS). Select the language and region and click Next. At the Install now page, click “Repair your computer” in the lower left corner.
A. Using Startup Repair
1. Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options.
2. Click Startup repair and then choose the operating system Windows 10.
3. It will start to repair your computer. Wait for it completes and restart your PC as instructed after to see if it can boot up successfully.
B. Using Command Prompt
If method A does not work in your situation, you can try this one.
1. In the Advanced options page, select Command Prompt.
2. In the prompt type: sfc /scannow to see if there is anything wrong with system files.
If you get “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them” return message, it means the problem is solved and you can try to restart your computer.
If you get “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations” return message, it means nothing goes wrong with Windows 10 system files.
3. If it is not the problem of system files, you can type following commands to rebuild BCD for Windows 10. Press Enter after each input.
The final option would be clean install if the system is more important than stored data. Just back to Install now page and click it to continue.
However, some users may not have Windows installation disc or repair disc around. In that case, you may want to take the following measures.
How to fix your PC needs to be repaired in Windows 10 without CD?
The other way is to solve problems in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). To enter the WinRE, you need to perform hard shut down for twice.
To perform a Hard Shut Down: Start your PC, as the Windows about to load, press and hold Power button for 5-10 seconds. Do it twice, and on the third time, Windows will enter into Recovery Environment automatically.
A. Run above commands in Command Prompt
Go Troubleshoot > Advanced Options to access Command Prompt. You can enter the exact commands (sfc & bootrec) listed before in this command prompt. It has the same effects but with different approaches.
B. Refresh or reset your Windows 10
If you get the error after a Windows update, it could be helpful by using this method. In the command prompt, type “systemreset –cleanpc” without quotes and press Enter.
In recovery mode, you can also go Troubleshoot > Reset this PC to fix. Please note that this will make Windows 10 back to previous configurations, so some of your data may loss.
Prepare valid backup to better protect your Windows 10
After so many annoying attempts of fixing “Your PC needs to be repaired in Windows 10 file BCD”, you may feel exhausted. Actually, there is a simple way to get you out of similar troubles quickly. In Advanced options page, there are two parts will be available only if you did preparations before, like creating system restore points or system backup image.
To create system image in an easy way, AOMEI Backupper Standard, free backup software will be strongly recommended. Its powerful features also ensure all your backup images available the minute you need them. To be specific, incremental and differential backup modes help save disk space; the Schedule feature helps you perform set-and-forget tasks; the Check Image feature helps check the integrity of your backups.
What’s more, it supports Create Bootable Media, which is for the situation when system fails to boot in particular. It is totally free and with no adware. Why don’t you have a try?
Create system image for Windows 10 on a regular basis
1. Free download, install and run AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Backup and then System Backup.
2. Edit the task name if you want to. Click the pane next to “Step2” to select the destination path.
You are allowed to backup Windows 10 to local disk, external hard drive, NAS, network locations, Cloud drive, USB flash drive, etc. Just make sure AOMEI Backupper could access to them.
3. Click Schedule to select backup mode and task execute time.
4. Click Start Backup to decide backing up now or the next schedule time.
You could restore the system image by clicking Restore in the main console if necessary. Or, you can boot up your Windows 10 with the created bootable media and perform the restoring. AOMEI Backupper is pre-installed on the bootable media.
Above steps are also preventions for “Your PC needs to be repaired” in Windows 8.
When you encounter the error “Your PC/Device needs to be repaired” in Windows 10, don’t worry, your data is still safe. You can solve the problem with the help of Windows Installation disc or Windows Recovery Environment. After the problem fixed, it is recommended to create system backup image for Windows 10 using the free backup software.
Besides, AOMEI Backupper Standard is also free disk cloning software. It can help you clone HDD to smaller SSD for upgrading. Go for it and have a try now.