FIX: Boot configuration data is missing in Windows 10/11

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Troubleshooting Expert
Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and... read more
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The error message Recovery: boot configuration data missing is caused by missing system files in your device’s operating system. So either you deleted them accidentally or you caught a virus that deleted critical system information.

This tutorial will explain why exactly you got the blue screen on your PC  that led to the mentioned error message. We’ll also tell you what steps you need to follow in order to fix this issue in the shortest time possible.

What can I do if the boot configuration data file is missing?

1. Recover missing files with dedicated software

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2. Use installation CD/DVD

  1. Place the DVD/CD on the device.
  2. Reboot your PC.
  3. Press any key to boot from the CD or DVD when the message prompts you to.
  4. Select the time and the type of keyboard you wish to use. Just follow the instructions on the screen to get to the next window.
  5. Now in the Blue window, go to Repair your computer on the lower left side of the screen.
  6. A Choose an option screen should follow.
  7. Click on Troubleshoot.
  8. Select Advanced options, then open Command Prompt.
  9. Type the following command and press Enter: Bootrec /fixmbrbootrec fixmbr command
  10. Similarly, write the commands below, and after each one press Enter:
    • Bootrec /fixboot
    • Bootrec /scanos
    • Bootrec /rebuildbcd

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3. Run Startup/Automatic Repair

  1. Insert the Windows installation disk (it has to be bootable).
  2. When you get the image below, press any key to continue.cmd press any key to continue screenshot
  3. Select the preferred language and press Enter.
  4. Click on Repair your computer on the bottom left of the Windows Setup window.
  5. From the options proposed, press Troubleshoot.recovery boot configuration data file error troubleshoot
  6. When the Advanced Options screen opens, choose Automatic Repair, wait for the process to be finished and restart your PC.recovery boot configuration data file missing automatic repair option

Now that you have done all the above steps you should have your PC up and running.

If you had any complications during this tutorial please write to us in the comments section on the bottom of the page and we will see what we can do to help you further with this issue.

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If the advices above haven't solved your issue, your PC may experience deeper Windows problems. We recommend downloading this PC Repair tool (rated Great on to easily address them. After installation, simply click the Start Scan button and then press on Repair All.

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