People have reported cases where they suddenly try to start their computer and while booting their operating system, a blue screen saying that the boot configuration data is missing and the error code 0xc0000185 shows up when they are using Windows 10. Other operating systems have not reported these kinds of errors.
The Blue Screen Of Death error says ‘The boot configuration data for your personal computer is missing vital information’ which also identifies as the error code 0xc0000185 associated with it. This message is pretty straightforward saying that the problem with this system is that the data related to the boot configuration has been damaged, corrupted or lost some valuable information.
Meaning, your computer will not boot till the files, which are related to the boot configuration and store information are restored from the damage.
There is close to nil chance that you will experience this error on other versions as there have been no such cases for other versions yet. Therefore, this error you are facing is mostly because of Windows 10 and most of the devices vulnerable to this error are the Windows 10 desktops and laptops.
This error is the same as the other ‘Blue Screen Of Death boot configuration data errors’, and it happens due to a similar reason, the bootmgr (Windows boot manager) entries, which are missing in the boot configuration data codes (store) that are, the BCD.
Another reason for ‘The boot configuration data for your personal computer is missing vital information’ blue screen might be caused because the boot\BCD (Boot configuration file) file has experienced corruption. This 0xc0000185 error is considered one of the fatal errors which the Windows system faces because it does not allow the Windows system to boot leading to all the things inside it including the data which therefore becomes unusable or not accessible.
The above error does not mean that your computing system has been permanently damaged or inaccessible, this error can actually be fixed.
The fix is pretty straightforward. You have to install a bootable Windows media disc or drive, whatever you have and just perform a system recovery. The error will be gone once you are done with recovering the system.
There are cases where the error ‘The boot configuration data for your personal computer is missing vital information’ will go away easily if you try and restart the PC (force) by powering it off totally or using the restart button (try both).
Hence, if you are able to boot the computer and login to your user profile, you should try and install automated software like reimage and scan the whole PC with it because this software consists of the appropriate boot files as well and just might be able to fix the issue from the root.
But if your error 0xc0000185 is still not going away and is stuck in the booting process, we are pretty sure there is only one method which will work that is to use a Windows 10 installation media file using the disc or a drive whichever you prefer. If you don’t have one, get one (you can also create it yourself) and if you have one, follow the steps listed below:
How to Fix Error Code 0xc0000185
- Insert the Windows 10 installation media and restart the computer
- Press any key to start using the installation media
- Enter the inputs namely Time, Language, Keyboard/Input, Currency
- Press Next
- Now make sure you click the option to Repair the Computer and not to install fresh Windows 10 operating system.
- Click the button labelled ‘Troubleshoot’
- Click on the Advanced Option and then the ‘Automatic/Startup Repair’ option
- Once the Operating System has been successfully detected by the system, Select the appropriate option
- Once the repairs have been done, remove the Windows 10 installation media which you inserted and try to start the computer again.
In case the above method does not work (rarely):
- Boot your PC and keep on pressing F8 while booting.
- Select the Repair Your Computer option
- Select the CMD (command prompt) option and enter:
- bootrec /fixMBR
- bootrec /fixBoot
- bootrec /rebuildBCD
- bootrec /fixMBR
Once you are done, your Windows errors will be fixed.
The above methods are a sure shot method to kill those nasty Windows booting errors. Make sure that you follow each and every way to kill your errors. We hope that this comprehensive guide works out for you. Good luck!