How To: Fix Windows Stop Error “STOP 0×0000007B: INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE”
When you start your computer, you may receive one of the following error messages:
STOP 0×0000007B : INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
Causes of Windows Stop Error 0×0000007B
There are numerous reasons which can lead to stop 0×0000007B. Here are some common issues:
- Corruption in the Master Boot Record (MBR)
- An MBR virus
- Device Driver problems (corrupt drivers, missing drivers, etc.)
- Hardware issues (incompatible or damaged hardware)
Troubleshooting Windows Stop Error 0×0000007B
In order to effectively troubleshoot this Bug Check (or for that matter any Bug Check, or blue screen error) the parameters passed to the Bug Check are very important. Always make sure you have all the details of the stop code. When noting down this information, make doubly sure that you are noting down the parameters without any errors.
In stop 0×7b, the parameter of importance is the second parameter. Here is a list of common status codes:
STOP 0xc000000e – This status code translates to STATUS_NO_SUCH_DEVICE. This Windows stop error usually occurs when the information regarding the size of the volume no longer matches the information in the registry. This information is kept in the disk signature of the MBR. Running FIXMBR would resolve the issue in most cases.
STOP 0xc0000010 – This status code translates to STATUS_INVALID_DEVICE_REQUEST. This error usually occurs when booting to a dynamic disc that has been configured with a software mirror. When the system starts up, the primary boot disk reports an unrecoverable error, and the boot process halts. To recover from this condition, use a boot floppy to boot into the secondary drive
STOP 0xc0000032 – This status code translates to STATUS_DISK_CORRUPT_ERROR. This means that the file system structure is corrupt and unusable. This error usually occurs on an NTFS volume that has an invalid or damaged record in the $UsnJrnl or $LogFile. Running CHKDSK on the corrupt volume should resolve this error.
STOP 0xc0000034 – This status code translates to STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND. This is the most common status code and is usually caused by a missing or corrupt driver.
STOP 0×0000007B Error in Windows XP:
If you can boot into Windows XP, use an effective third party antivirus program to scan for and remove any viruses. If you cannot boot into Windows XP, or if you have already scanned for and removed all viruses, boot into the Windows XP recovery console. Once in the recovery console, run the command “fixboot” and then “fixmbr”. Finally, run “chkdsk /R /F” and let check-disk complete. This will hopefully allow you to boot back into Windows XP without receiving the stop error. You should run a complete virus scan again to confirm the virus was removed.
If the above steps do not work, you may have to reformat your drive and reinstall Windows XP. Obviously, any data on the drive will be lost, so a complete format and reinstall should be your last ditch effort.