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P2V of Windows Server 2008 - Cannot boot, winload.exe is missing or corrupt, Status: 0xc0000225

18/08/2010 13:00

After doing a conversion of a Windows Server 2008 and powering on the new virtual machine, a black screen as shown below is displayed complaining that \windows\system32\winload.exe is missing or corrupt with a Status of 0xc0000225:

To resolve this issue:

  • Attach your Windows Server 2008 installation CD ISO to the virtual machine
  • Boot off the ISO into windows setup
  • Enter Language settings and Next
  • Click on the repair option - this will give you a commandline window
  • At the command line, enter the following:
    • c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
    • c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:
    • c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c:
  • Reboot the virtual machine and windows should load


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