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How To Fix The 0xC0000428 Error in Windows 8

Reader Question: “Hi Wally, Toshiba WIN Tablet WTA10 does not boot anymore and it only comes this message. 0xC0000428  (Translated)” – JD., Germany

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Windows 8 has been used by millions of people world wide since its release. Boot related errors are rare and, automated repair usually fixes these problems. However, in some instances you’ll need to fix things yourself. Don’t worry though, we should be able to get your computer up and running again after you follow these instructions.

Problem

Windows 8 is not booting. It shows this error:

System32\winload.efi Status 0xC0000428 error

or, this:

0xC0000428 - Cover - Error - Windows Wally

Solution

Here are some ways to fix the 0xC0000428 error.

Automatic Startup Repair

Automatic Startup Repair launches by itself if you long-press the Power Button on your computer to Power off (Hard Reset) your computer three times. However, there might be instances where it doesn’t start automatically. Thats when you can use a Windows 10 installation DVD or USB and launch Automatic Startup Repair manually.

Change The Default Operating System from Within Windows

As the title implies, this only works if Windows is starting normally or in Safe Mode. There are a few ways to do this, but we’ll try to share one that works with most versions of Windows.

Press the Windows Key and type system. Click System from the search results. After that, click the link that says Advanced system settings as shown below:

0xC0000428 - System - Advanced System Settings - Windows Wally

Under Advanced tab, click the Settings button as shown below:

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - System Properties - Windows Wally

Select the operating system that you want to run as default, and select other check boxes as necessary. Click OK to save settings.

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - System Properties - Startup and Recovery - Windows Wally

You can also use the RUN box (Windows Key+R) to run the msconfig command and change these settings from the Boot tab.

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - System Properties - System Configuration - Windows Wally

Change The Default Operating System Using A Windows Installation DVD or USB

Restart the computer and boot it with a Windows installation DVD or USB. You should see a screen like this:

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - Install - Screen 1 - Windows Wally

Click Next. And, on the next screen, click Repair your computer.

 

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - Install - Screen 2 - Repair your computer - Windows Wally

From there, you should be able to find Command Prompt under Advanced options. After that, please try running the Command Prompt and run this command:

BCDEdit /enum – Lists entries in the store.

BCDEdit /delete {identifier- from above command} /cleanup

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - BCDedit - Windows Wally

Try Using The BootRec Commands 

Use a Windows Installation DVD or USB disk to boot the computer.

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - Install - Screen 1 - Windows Wally

When the disk boots, click Next. And, on the next screen, click Repair your computer.

0xC0000428 - Windows 10 - Install - Screen 2 - Repair your computer - Windows Wally

From there, you should be able to find Command Prompt. Please run the Command Prompt under Advanced options. After that, please try running the Command Prompt and run these commands:

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildBCD

This does not work for UEFI/GPT. It only works for BIOS/MBR. S, generally this will work for old computers running Windows 7 that were upgraded to Windows 8.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry. Happy Computing! :)

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