Five Ways to Fix "Path Not Found C:Boot" Error in Windows

Cici updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Windows software is such a conversant usage for most of our digital business or personal activities, and it's expected that you come off with various errors when using Windows. While it's important we know a thing or two about possible errors in Windows and how to troubleshoot them, the errors you sometimes face might surpass your knowledge and usually catch you unaware.

A good example is Windows's "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error. If you're facing this error type, there are a variety of ways to fix this error. We will examine a scenario that describes the occurrence of this error and provide you with five proven ways to troubleshoot this error with simplicity.

Overview of "Path Not Found C:\Boot"

The absence of a Windows system on your device may occur when you try to rebuild and fix BCD. Running the bootrec.exe command for repair can resolve this issue, but if the command for the file attribute is not done appropriately, you may get the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error.

Doing something wrong while rebuilding BCD in Windows is the standard reason you get the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" issue. Although other significant reasons could warrant you encountering this error, we will focus on how you can troubleshoot the error whenever it occurs.

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Continue reading to discover five proven ways to fix the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error.

How to Fix "Path Not Found C:\Boot" Error

If you have read this, there's no reason to delay further. The "Path Not Found c:\Boot" can be fixed through the following:

  1. Fix 1: Change the Boot Order
  2. Fix 2: Rebuild MBR
  3. Fix 3: Use Windows Installation Media
  4. Fix 4: Run Surface Test
  5. Fix 5: Reinstall Windows

Without further ado, let's take a closer look at each fix and provide detailed steps to perform them.

Fix 1: Change the Boot Order

Setting or adjusting the boot order of your computer implies choosing the default or suitable drive your system should identify Windows (files) when booting. If your computer has the wrong boot order, it can result in the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error. That's why you need to check the boot order of your PC and if it's wrong, reset it by following these steps:

Step 1: Reboot your computer and enter the BIOS mode by pressing the specific key stipulated by your computer's manufacturer. Since the method to access BIOS varies with different Windows operating systems, you must type the correct key for your computer.

Change the boot order sequence in BIOS

Step 2: Set the right boot order with your keys and press F10 to display the prompt in the image below.

Boot order setting in BIOS Windows 10

Step 3: Press the Enter key to complete and save the changes.

Note: For Windows 8/10, you can press F10 to continue. However, for other Windows, you will need to press other keys.

Fix 2: Rebuild MBR

Sometimes you may mistakenly corrupt your Windows' MBR (Master Boot Record), which may result in the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error or cause a total system failure. You can correct the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error by rebuilding the MBR. Following that, it stores the information on your disk partition. This process is much more desirable and conveniently saves time than reinstalling Windows.

To effectively rebuild MBR, use EaseUS Partition Master. With the EaseUS Partition Master, you can quickly rebuild, repair, fix, and recover MBR to access your computer whenever there's a booing issue.

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The following steps outline how to rebuild MBR using the EaseUS Partition Master.

Step 1. Create a WinPE bootable disk

  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Bootable Media" on the toolbar. Select "Create bootable media".
  • Click "Next" to finish the process.
create a bootable disk

Step 2. Boot EaseUS Partition Master Bootable USB

  • Connect the bootable USB or CD/DVD to your PC. 
  • Press F2 or Del when you restart the computer to enter the BIOS screen. Set and boot your computer from "Removable Devices" or "CD-ROM Drive". And then EaseUS Partition Master will run automatically.

Step 3. Rebuild MBR

  • Click "Toolkit" and choose "Rebuild MBR".

rebuild MBR

  • Select the disk and the type of MBR. Then, click "Rebuild".
rebuild MBR
  • After that, you can see "MBR has been successfully rebuilt on Disk X".
rebuild MBR

Fix 3: Use Windows Installation Media

The "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error can also be fixed using the Windows Installation media. This is an advanced method that needs to be carefully carried out. We recommend you master how to use the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool and follow the steps provided below to fix the error:

Step 1: Boot your PC from the Windows Installation Media and choose Repair Mode from the Install Now window.

repair your computer

Step 2: Select Troubleshoot and then click on the Command Prompt option.

command prompt

Step 3: Carefully enter the following commands while pressing the Enter key after each command:

select disk 0
list partition
choose partition N(N is the partition number where the Windows installed)
bcdboot C:\windows

Correcting path not found error via Diskpart in Command Prompt

These steps successfully rectify the "Path Not Found C:\ Boot" error on your PC.

Fix 4: Run Surface Test

If you still don't know the major cause of the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error, you can conduct a surface test to discover a bad hard disk and try to fix it. EaseUS Partition Master is designed with the Disk Surface Test feature and can help you quickly and effectively identify bad sectors in your hard drive. Once the bad sectors are detected, it marks them red, so your system ignores them during future use. 

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Download the EaseUS Partition Master on your device and follow the steps below to run the surface test:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to check, and then click "Surface Test".

Step 2. The operation will be immediately performed and all bad sectors will be marked as red.

Besides, EaseUS Partition Master is a comprehensive tool that can repair corrupted file systems and bad sectors

Fix 5: Reinstall Windows

If you have tried the four fixes listed above and are still faced with the issue, the last tryout is reinstalling Windows. Reinstalling Windows will reboot your computer, thus, getting rid of the error. However, this method will completely erase everything saved on your hard drive. Hence, you should have a system backup or create a disk image to protect all files and data on your hard drive.

In our previous guide, we discussed how you could reinstall Windows. Click on the link below to see the specific steps.

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Try out the methods listed in this guide to fix the "Path Not Found C:\Boot" error. We recommend you try them one after the other until you resolve the issue. However, for a quick and efficient solution, download the EaseUS Partition Master and follow the steps provided in this guide.

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It is a powerful tool related to disk partition and it can rebuild MBR and run disk surface test to check the corrupted file system. If you have any partition errors, you can resort to this tool.

FAQs about "Path Not Found C:\Boot" Error

For further possible inquiries about the "Path Not Found C:\ Boot" error, then check out the below FAQs:

1. How do I fix the "Path Not Found C:\ Boot" Error?

To fix this error, there are a variety of solutions you can try out, and these include reinstalling Windows, changing the boot order, rebuilding MBR, and so on.

2. What is C :\ Windows boot?

It is the Boot Controller/Manager configuration directory.

3. How to repair MBR Windows 10?

You can repair the MBR in your Windows 10 using a third-party tool such as the EaseUS Partition Master and follow the prompt provided.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and click "Bootable Media" on the toolbar. Select "Create bootable media."

Step 2. Connect the bootable USB to PC and press F2 to BIOS.

Step 3. Click "Toolkit" and choose "Rebuild MBR."

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working at EaseUS for over ten years, starting as a technical writer and moving on to being a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over ten years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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