Windows Startup Error: VMware Status 0xc000014c – Missing Boot Data

VMware boot error

Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based, or virtual, representation of something, such as virtual applications, servers, storage and networks. It is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility for all size businesses. VMware bases its virtualization technologies on its bare-metal hypervisor ESX/ESXi in x86 architecture. Before we proceed into resolving this issue, let me explain some key terms. See these guides on some related contents: How to fix VirtualBox Displaying only 32 bits Option, and how to enable Hyper-V on a VMware Workstation.

Windows Startup Error: VMware 0xc000014c

With VMware server virtualization, a hypervisor is installed on the physical server to allow for multiple virtual machines (VMs) to run on the same physical server. This is typically referred to as a Type 1 virtualization. It does not need to load any form of Operating System and therefore referred to as a bare-metal hypervisor! See the following guide on how to create and add a new virtual disk to a Windows virtual machine in VMware and how to remove recent connections from the vSphere Client.

Since we are using VMware Workstation, it makes sense to discuss what a Type 2 hypervisor is. This is referred to as a host-based hypervisor as well and runs on an existing operating system. Some examples are VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware player and Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Note: The significant difference between a Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors is that Type 1 runs on bare metal and Type 2 runs on top of an OS as described above. In our case, we are running a Tier 2 hypervisor. For an exhaustive list of contents relating to virtualization, see this link.

You may be prompted with the following errors below "VMware Status code 0xc000014c, the boot configuration data for your PC is missing or contains errors" Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause

The reason for this “Windows Startup Error: VMware 0xc000014c” was that Windows failed to load because the file systems, registry files were missing or corrupt, etc. The Windows 10 image download was not completed, and this led to its corruption. As you can see from the error message below, “The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors”.

Windows boot data missing

To resolve the Windows Startup Error: VMware 0xc000014c issue, redownload Windows 10 or copy a working Windows 10 image and start the installation again.

0xc000014c error

Resolving the Issue by Removing Failed VM

Furthermore, You should delete the failed Windows 10 installation VM and also remove it from your file system to address the “Windows Startup Error: VMware 0xc000014c.

– However, Create a new VM Insert your Windows installation disc and continue with the new installation.

For how to install windows 10, see how to perform a Fresh Start installation of Windows 10, how to reset and reinstall Windows 10 from the cloud and how to recover your Windows 10 when you cannot boot to Windows and how to reset and reinstall Windows 10 locally. For an exhaustive list of Windows 10 articles. Please visit this link.

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