Access denied with bootrec /fixboot


I got a new SSD for my windows 10 home desktop computer recently. I used macrium to clone the HDD -> SSD and changed bios to boot from SSD.
But when I tried cleaning the HDD I somehow corrupted something in the windows boot process (no idea how it happened, I never even touched my SSD).

When I start windows I get error code 0xc000000e (A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed), so I have to go into recovery mode.

Most people online fix this by using bootrec, or worst case scenario bootsect. Nothing works for me.

A lengthy list of things I've tried with notes can be found here:

Best Answer

FIXED! Thank god!

The problem was that I was booting the recovery usb normally (just selecting the usb). It is super-duper-EXTRA important that you select boot to the usb UEFI option! Once I did that stuff started working again. To get my SSD back up and running I did the following:

  1. boot to UEFI recovery usb
  2. launch cmd
  3. bootrec /ScanOs (you should find an instance)
  4. bootrec /FixMbr
  5. bootrec /FixBoot (if you get error, do bootsect /nt60 SYS and try again)
  6. bootrec /RebuildBcd

Thanks to @Jan-Philip Gehrcke for the tip! (see Problem recreating BCD on Windows 7 64bit - The requested system device cannot be found)