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[SOLVED] The Boot Configuration Data for Your PC Is Missing

Don't worry if you have to face the error - boot configuration data for your pc is missing. This article covers the best fixes for the error. Besides, EaseUS data recovery software makes it easy to recover lost data from Windows 11/10/8/7.

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The Boot Configuration Data for Your PC Is Missing

If you receive the error message The Boot Configuration Data for Your PC is missing, it means that your computer's boot information has been corrupted. This can happen for a variety of reasons, which mainly include:

  • Viruses attacks
  • Power Surges
  • Hardware boot failures
  • Missing or corrupt boot configuration data
  • Corrupted master boot record (MBR)

So, you see, there can be many reasons for such errors. Now, how to fix it? That's the main concern of the majority. Don't worry. This article covers the best fixes for the "The Boot Configuration Data for Your PC is missing" error.

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4 Ways to Fix Boot Configuration Data for Your PC Is Missing

There are several ways to solve this error. However, we share the four best ways to solve the "boot configuration data for your PC is missing" error. These fixes are explained step by step to help you out in the best possible way.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Rebuild BCD Now, to access the command prompt, you will have to boot the Windows with a bootable disk...Full steps
2. Run Windows Startup Repair Once the system turns on and the following text appears, "press any key now to boot from CD...Full steps
3. Bcdedit.exe Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it. Select your language preferences...Full steps
4. Set Windows Partition Active To activate a Windows partition, you must go to the command prompt. So, go to the start menu...Full steps

Fix 1. Rebuild BCD with Command Prompt

BCD, or Boot Configuration Data, is a file that stores information about the boot options on your computer. If this file becomes corrupted, it can cause problems when trying to boot your computer. Luckily, you can use the Command Prompt to rebuild the BCD and fix these problems. So, simply follow these steps to rebuild BCD with the command prompt.

Step 1. Now, to access the command prompt, you will have to boot the Windows with a bootable disk or USB. Insert that disk or USB into your system and press enter key to boot the system. From here, you have to select the language preference.

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Step 2. On the left corner of your computer screen, you will see an option to "Repair Your Computer". Click on it to proceed further.

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Step 3. Now click on "troubleshoot" and then choose the advanced options. Under this setting, you will get a variety of further options. Click on "Command Prompt".

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Step 4. Type the following command in the Command Prompt and press Enter.

  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • bootrec /fixboot

To repair any issues with your boot sector, you can use the fixmbr command.

Step 5. In the last step, type the following command and press Enter.

  • bootrec /scanos

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Fix 2. Run Windows Startup Repair

This error can occur for many reasons, which we discussed already. However, in the majority of cases, it’s the corrupted data files of your Windows operating system. So, one way to fix this error is to repair those corrupted Windows files by repairing the Windows OS itself.

Here you should note that repairing your Windows will also help prevent such errors from popping in again in the future.

Below mentioned are the steps that you need to follow to run Windows startup repair.

Step 1. To repair the Windows OS, you need a bootable disk or USB. Simply insert that into your PC or laptop and turn it on. Once the system turns on and the following text appears, "press any key now to boot from CD, DVD," just press enter or space (or any key) to continue.

Step 2. The Windows setup interface will pop up. So, to start with select your desired language preference.

Step 3. Now choose, "troubleshoot" to proceed further

Step 4. The interface will give you different options. Here, you have to choose the third option, which says "Automatic Repair".

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Step 5.  The windows will start the automatic repairing process. You have to wait until it's complete.

Fix 3. Rebuild BCD Store with Bcdedit.exe

The third method is to rebuild the BCD store with Bcdedit.exe. Basically, BCD is the (boot configuration data). Now, as we highlighted, corrupt or missing boot configuration data can be one primary reason why "The Boot Configuration Data for Your PC is missing," occurs.

So, the best way to correct corrupted boot configuration data is to rebuild it. Here is how you can rebuild the BCD store with Bcdedit.exe.

Step 1. Insert the Windows bootable drive and boot from it.

Step 2. Select your language preferences and click next.

Step 3. To open the command prompt, you can type the shortcut. Shift + F10 4

Step 4. Type the commands below.

  • bootrec.exe /Rebuildbcd
  • bootrec.exe /Fixmbr
  • bootrec.exe /Fixboot

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Above mentioned are the commands that you have to enter one by one and press enter.

Step 5. In some cases these commands may not work. If that happens with you as well, you can try using the following commands.

  • bcdedit /export C.\BCD_Backup
  • cd boot
  • attrib bcd -s -h -r
  • ren c.\boot\bcd bcd.old
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd

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Step 6. Once all the commands have been executed successfully, it is time to exit the command prompt. So, type exit and press enter to exit the command prompt. Then, restart your system, and you will be good to go.

Fix 4. Set Windows Partition Active

The Windows partition here can also be the culprit of this error. Therefore, if this error occurs because of the Windows partition, you have to activate that partition where the window is installed. Here is how you can do that.

Step 1. To activate a Windows partition, you must go to the command prompt. So, go to the start menu, type Command Prompt, and press enter.

Step 2.  Now you have to type the command list disk

Step 3.  After entering the "list disk" command, it will display all the partitions of your storage device; you have to enter the command list partitions.

Step 4.  When all the partitions are listed, it is time to choose the one where the Windows OS is installed. So, choose that particular partition and press enter.

Step 5. Now, you have to type enter, and the system will activate that particular partition.

Set Windows Partition Active

So, that is how you can activate any selected. Here, we selected the partition where the Windows OS was installed so that you could get rid of that BCD error.

Recover Data from BCD Missing Windows [Free]

If none of these methods works in your case, there is no need to get into stress. The" Boot configuration data file is missing Windows 10" is not that big of a deal for quality EaseUS free data recovery software.

This data recovery solution may help you recover lost or deleted files from your PC. It supports various file types, including photos, videos, documents, and more. Even for novices, it's simple to use.

The best part about this specific recovery tool is 100% safe. It won't lose or corrupt your data during the recovery process. It  is one excellent recovery tool as it recovers the original data without overwriting its file. So, you get the data that you lost or got corrupted the easy way.

Whether it's a "BCD missing Windows 10" error or any other one, EaseUS hard drive data recovery software has got your data covered. So, simply download it and recover any form of lost or corrupted data files without getting into too many technicalities.

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Step 1. Select a location and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose the partition where you lost data. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Filter and preview files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data or files

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place.

Recover lost data

Conclusion

So, the "Boot configuration data file is missing Windows 10" can be resolved in several ways. We mentioned four easy fixes for your ease. In this regard, one easy way to recover your data is to use a reliable data recovery tool such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It is a lot more than just a tool. You can recover all types of data without facing any issues. So, download it today to explore its features!

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