Winload.efi Missing or Contains Error After Clone
You might encountered the Winload.efi missing or contains errors after clone like that:
How to fix winload.efi missing after clone error
I recently buy a new Windows 10 laptop comes with a 256GB SSD drive, and I want to upgrade it to a 1TB SSD. Therefore, I clone the original SSD to the new one, and put the new 1TB SSD in my laptop, the laptop refuse to boot and get a blue screen of death (BSOD) error:
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.
The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.
Error Code: 0xc0000225
I tried several ways to fix it, but failed. So how can I repair this Windows boot error Winload.efi 0xc0000225 easily?"
The Winload.exe file is the Windows operating system boot loader (an Extensible Firmware Interface(EFI) file) to boot system correctly. In UEFI systems, it’s called winload.efi, and located at \Windows\System32\winload.efi or \Windows\System32\boot\winload.efi.
Sometimes, you might encounter other error codes associated with Winload.efi file, like error code 0xc000000e after clone Windows 10, winload.efi error code 0xc000000f, winload.efi 0xc0000428, etc. This article will help you to resolve these winload.efi missing problems with detailed steps.
The Causes to Winload.efi Missing after Clone
The Winload.efi missing error is usually occurred after clone, after sysprep, after image or even after Windows update. There are some factors should be responsible for the Winload.efi file is missing after clone:
1. The incorrect registry key. The source disk and target disk owns different ID for volumes and drive letter, so you have to change the registry key after cloning.
2. Improper UEFI settings. The UEFI and Legacy mode requires different boot files and algorithms. So, make sure you set up correct settings for your destination disk.
3. The corrupted BCD files. Sometimes, cloning will damage the BCD store files, and then you will get this Winload.efi 0xc0000225 error message or other Winload.efi missing problems. Just repair BCD files first.
Therefore, how to repair the application or operating system couldn't be loaded because of missing winload.efi? Don’t worry about it! We will provide the solutions to fix it quickly in Windows 7/8/10/11.
4 Ways to Fix Winload.efi Missing Errors
According to the causes, we offer the following quick solutions for you, just check it.
Solution 1: Disable Secure Boot
The Secure Boot will stop your system from accessing the winload.efi file if you have a UEFI based computer. So boot into BIOS or UEFI via F2, F8, F12, ESC or DEL key (varies depending on your PC manufacturer), and find the Secure Boot option in BIOS or UEFI, and then Disabled it.
If the above steps are not working for you, try the next way.
Solution 2: Use DiskPart to Repair
1. Boot into the Windows installation media, then go to Repair your computer -> Advanced Options -> Troubleshoot -> Command Prompt.
2. Input these commands to fix winload.efi missing error in Windows 7/8/10/11:
select volume=n (where the n is refer to volume number of system reserved partition with "System" labeled)
assign letter=m (m is the proper drive letter that not in use)
bcdboot c:\Windows /s m: /f uefi (Replace the letter "c" with the letter of your system partition with the "Boot" Label)
Now restart your computer to check if the winload.efi missing after clone is solved, if nothing helps try solution 3.
Solution 3: Check and Repair Windows System Files
1. Open Command Prompt with Windows installation media, then run the following command:
Or input the following commands to fix winload.exe missing after clone error:
bcdedit /enum | find "osdevice" (to find the Windows installed partition drive letter.)
sfc /Scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=C:\ /OFFWINDIR=C:\Windows (replace the C: with the Windows installed partition drive letter.)
Solution 4: Fix Corrupted BCD files
If the above ways are not working, try this way. First of all, you have to prepare a Windows 7/8/10/11 installation media, then boot into recovery Environment and rebuild BCD store. If you have a Windows installation disc, refer to this text.
1. Boot into Windows Recovery Environment from the installation media.
2. Choose Repair your computer -> Advanced Options -> Troubleshoot -> Command Prompt.
3. Then type the following commands to execute one by one to fix Master Boot Record (MBR), Boot Sector, and BCD store:
4. Restart your computer to check if you are success.
Of course, if you don’t have a Windows installation disc, you could create one by yourself. The powerful third party media creation tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard will do you a big favor. Before repairing winload.efi missing or contains error after clone, please download AOMEI Backupper Standard to create WinPE bootable media. Besides, you could prepare a USB flash drive at least 16GB and connect it to your computer.
1. Open this freeware after installing, choose Tools -> Create Bootable Media on the main window.
2. Choose Bootable Disc Type for your media, Linux – Create bootable disc based on Linux kernel or Windows PE – Create bootable disc based on Windows PE. And press Next to go on.
3. Choose the USB Boot Device. Hit Next to create Windows 7/8/10/11 bootable media.
After creating bootable media (just a few minutes), boot your computer from this media, then AOMEI Backupper will run automatically, then go to Tools -> Windows Shell Command.
Then repair Winlaod.efi missing after clone error easily according to the above commands to fix BCD. Then check if your computer is bootable. Besides, you might encounter File:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD Error, Windows 10 BCD file missing, Seagate DiscWizard not cloning problem, Transcend SSD Scope not working for system clone, etc, this freeware will work out for you.
Note: You could create recovery environment to add AOMEI Backupper to Windows boot options, just act like the Windows bootable media.
Best Free Way to Avoid Missing Winload.efi After Clone
If you encounter problems continuously after/while cloning, you could use AOMEI Backupper to clone hard disk. It’s a powerful hard drive cloning software for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11.
- With the Disk Clone feature, you can clone all kinds of disks easily, such as clone HDD to SSD or larger HDD, clone NVMe to NVMe.
- If you clone a system disk to another place, the system will remain bootable after cloning.
- It supports multiple languages like English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Dutch, Turkish, etc.
Use the disk cloning steps listed below to bypass the error winload.efi missing after clone or 0xc000000e after clone Windows 10, etc. To get the best performance from the cloned SSD, it's suggested to clone boot drive to NVMe.
1. Choose Clone -> Disk Clone on the main console.
2. Choose Windows system disk as source drive to clone, and hit Next.
3. Select a larger HDD or SSD as destination, and hit Next.
4. Preview the operations, and press Start Clone to avoid the Winload.efi missing after clone problem in Windows 11/10/8/7.
To deal with unallocated space in the destination disk after cloning smaller drive to larger drive, you could also turn to the Windows built-in tool - Disk Management. It enables you to extend existing partitions or create a new partition using the unallocated space.
After cloning, change the first boot device as the destination disk (the cloned drive) in BIOS if required, and then boot your computer to the cloned disk.
Of course, you are allowed to backup entire hard disk to an image file, and then restore the image file to your destination disk, the same result as cloned disk and will not meet the Winload.efi missing after clone issue in Windows 11/10/8/7.
It’s easy to solve Windows\system32\winload.efi missing after clone or Winload.efi contains error problem according to the above solutions. Besides, winload.efi missing in Windows Server 2012 (R2), 2016, 2019, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to get fixed.
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