Monday, March 29, 2010

SQL Server Machine Fails to Boot

If you have a SQL Machine that fails to boot with the following message:


“The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible”


You are facing the 0xc000000f error code, also you cannot boot into the system even at subsequent attempts of restarting the system. To solve this error follow these steps:


  • Insert Windows 2008 or Windows 2008 R2 installation disc into the computer and boot the system

  • Choose to boot from DVD

  • You need to then select the time, language and currency and the desired input method

  • On the Windows Installation Screen choose Repair Windows Installations

  • Click 'Next' and select 'Repair your computer' option

  • The 'System Recovery Options' dialog box appears, at which you need to select the Windows installation you need to repair, if you have more than one installation you must choose the correct one. Click 'Next'.

  • Choose to open the Command Prompt.

  • Run 'Bootrec.exe' with the option

    bootrec /RebuildBcd


    There are other possible problems, you can check this article for more details about the bootrec command



    Ing. Eduardo Castro Martínez, PhD – Microsoft SQL Server MVP

    Costa Rica

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