Troubleshooting: Recovery Blue Screen Error 0x0000185 in Windows PC

Error code 0xc0000185 almost always occurs when you boot your Windows computer, usually after rebooting your system. It almost always appears as a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) with the text “Your PC boot configuration data is missing or contains some errors” followed by an error code.

It is also possible that the message reads as follows: “Your computer needs to be repaired. The boot configuration file does not contain some required information”. In most cases, this error can be easily fixed.

Causes of blue screen recovery error 0x0000185

Damaged BCD data: Another potential culprit that can cause this problem is corrupted BCD data that prevents the boot process from completing. In this case, the problem can be solved by opening a command-line window from the Troubleshooting menu and running a series of commands to restore the BCD data.

Damaged system files: Damaged operating system files can also cause this error code during the boot sequence. In this case, you may be able to fix the problem by performing a restore installation or a clean installation.

Recent operating system change: It turns out that a recent update or driver installation can also interfere with the boot process. Since finding the culprit, in this case, is difficult, the best solution is to use a system recovery utility to restore your computer to a state where the circumstances that caused the error code did not exist.

How to resolve the error 0x0000185?

Rebuilding the boot configuration data

  1. Insert the Windows 10 installation disk and reboot the operating system.
  2. When the machine boots, you will be prompted to press any key to boot from CD or DVD.
  3. Select the desired time and type again as in the first method.
  4. Select the Restore Computer button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. In the Select an option window, select Troubleshooting.
  6. Now select Advanced Options from the Troubleshooting menu.
  7. Select Command Prompt to launch the tool.
  8. Type the following command and press Enter:
    BOOTREC /FIXMBR
  9. Now type the following command and press Enter to run the command:
    BOOTREC /FIXBOOT
  10. Also, enter the following command and press Enter again:
    BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD
  11. Once the process is complete, remove the Windows 10 installation media from the CD or DVD-ROM.
  12. Reboot your computer and check again if you still get the same error message.

Start the disk cleanup process

  1. Head over to ‘Start’, type ‘Disk Cleanup’, and launch the tool.
  2. Select the disk you want to clean and the tool will show you the space you can free up.
  3. Click OK and wait for the process to complete.

Launch the BSOD Troubleshooter

Another quick way to fix Windows 10 error code 0xc0000185 is to run the built-in BSOD troubleshooter.

To do this, follow the pattern, then select and run the BSOD Troubleshooter:

  • Settings -> Update and Security -> Troubleshooting -> Find and fix other problems.

Perform a system restore

  1. Insert the Windows 10 installation media back into the device.
  2. Restart your operating system.
  3. When the machine starts, you will be prompted to press any key to boot from the installation media, and then press any key on your keyboard.
  4. In the window that appears, select the correct time and keyboard type again.
  5. Go to Computer Repair and select Troubleshooting.
  6. In the Troubleshooting window, select Advanced Settings.
  7. Click the System Restore button.
  8. After performing a system restore, restart your operating system normally and check if error code 0xc0000185 is still displayed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Error code 0x0000185 (A required device is not connected or cannot be accessed) appears during the Windows 10 boot screen and stops the boot sequence. This is a critical error because it prevents affected users from using their computers.

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. Repair the BCD.
  3. Repair the BCD with the rescue media.
  4. Perform a system restore.
  5. Format the partition and reinstall Windows.

  1. Try a specific way to fix the blue screen error code.
  2. Check the latest changes made to your computer.
  3. Check for Windows updates and drivers.
  4. Perform a system restore.
  5. Check for malicious programs.
  6. Test your hardware.
  7. Run an SFC scan.

If you have system restore points that were created before the blue screen of death appeared, you can fix the problem by performing a system restore. If you cannot access your Windows and its desktop, Windows will automatically start what is called recovery mode after several system restarts.