FIX: Bootrec /Fixboot access is denied

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  • Bootrec /Fixboot is a feature that allows you to fix serious issues in Windows that can sometimes result in Bluescreens of Death.
  • Before starting anything, you should create a backup of your data just in case. If you are looking for a tool that will make that process much easier, check out this detailed guide.
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Bootrec /Fixboot is a feature that allows you to fix serious issues in Windows that can sometimes result in Bluescreens of Death.

However, this feature can have its own set of issues, such as one where you are not allowed to access it.bootrec error

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If you are getting an error message stating that Bootrec /Fixboot access is denied, then all you need to do is carry on reading this step-by-step article we have written just for you.

Note: Before attempting any of the steps mentioned below, you should create a backup of your data just in case.

If you are looking for a tool that will make that process much more easier, check out this detailed guide.

How do I fix the Bootrec /Fixboot access issue?

1. Bootrec /Fixboot access is denied on GPT Drive

Note: These steps only work on GPT drives.

1.1 Create a bootable USB drive using the Windows Media Creation Tool

  • Download the Windows Media Creation Tool
  • Insert a USB Flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space on your PC
  • Run the Windows Media Creation Tool
  • Select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PCCreate installation media
  • Click Next
  • Select Use the recommended options for this PC
  • Select USB flash drive
  • Click Next
  • Select your flash drive
  • Click Next
  • Follow the on-screen instruction until the process is complete

1.2 Use the USB drive to format the system partition

  1. Reboot the PC and use the USB drive to boot from it
  2. Launch the PC, and when the Windows screen appears, select Repair your computer
  3. Select Troubleshoot
  4. Choose Advanced Options
  5. Select Command Promptcommand prompt
  6. Select diskpart and press Enter
  7. Type in list disk, and press Enter
  8. Find the boot disk, and then type in select disk 0
    • This varies whether or not your boot disk is labeled disk 0
  9. Type  list volume and press Enter
  10. Pay attention to the volume number of the EFI partition
  11. Type select volume N and press Enter
    • This depends on your volume number
  12. Type assign letter=N: and press Enter
    • N can be replaced with any drive letter your prefer
    • Remember the letter you’ve chosen for later steps
  13. Type Exit and press Enter
    • This will make you leave diskpart
  14. Type N:
    • This depends on the drive letter you chose
  15. Type format N: /FS:FAT32 and press Enter
  16. Type bcdboot C:windows /s N: /f UEFI and press Enter

2. Run CHKDSK

  1. Reboot the PC and use the USB drive to boot from it
  2. Launch the PC, and when the Windows screen appears, select Repair your computer
  3. Select Troubleshoot
  4. Choose Advanced Options
  5. Select Command Prompt
  6. Type  chkdsk c: /r  and press Enter
    • This applies only if your Windows is installed on the C drive
  7. Allow the process to reboot

3. Reinstall Windows

If none of the steps listed above work, then your ultimate solution is to simply reinstall Windows from scratch.

By following these steps, you will be able to solve any issues you may have with Bootrec /Fixboot, including the one where it says that it is missing.

If you know any other ways of fixing the missing Bootrec /Fixboot issue, leave us a message in the comment section below.

FAQ: Read more about booting problems

  • What is Bootrec FixBoot?

Bootrec is a tool provided by Microsoft in Windows Recovery Environment. If you can’t access Bootrec, here’s a guide on how to fix that.

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  • What to do if no boot device available?

Start by running the automatic repair and the troubleshooter. If the problem is still there, read our comprehensive guide on how to fix this issue.

  • What happens when the MBR is corrupted?

The MBR, or the Master Boot Record, is a vital piece of code found on all hard drive partitions. An MBR error on your main hard drive will usually prevent you from booting Windows. Here’s how you can fix the MBR without an installation disk.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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