How to Fix Bootrec /Fixboot Access Denied in Windows 10

Jul. 27, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

“Windows 10 cannot boot (stuck on the rotating circles), after uninstalling Ubuntu by deleting the partition. I attempted to use bootrec to fix it, but bootrec /fixboot gave me an access denied.” –Quoted from Microsoft Community

Recently, some users reported bootrec /fixboot access denied issue when they ran the "bootrec /fixboot" command in Command Prompt in order to write a new boot sector in Windows 10. The error message was shown as below:

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If you are annoyed by the “bootrec /fixboot access is denied” error message, just calm down and take a deep breath. You are lucky because you will be told how to fix bootrec /fixboot access denied issue in Windows 10 here. Read on to give the methods below a shot.

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Method 1. Fix Bootrec /Fixboot Access Denied Issue with a Windows 10 Installation Media

A Windows 10 installation media is essential to this method. If you don’t have a Windows 10 installation media, you need to follow the steps below to create one on a normally running computer at first.

Step 1. Prepare a USB drive with at least 8GB disk space.

Step 2. Click here to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.

Step 3. Insert the USB drive into a normally running computer, run Media Creation Tool on it and accept the Microsoft software license terms.

Step 4. Choose Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click on Next.

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Step 5. Choose Use the recommended options for this PC and click on Next.

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Step 6. Choose USB flash drive and click on Next.

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Step 7. Choose your drive from the list and click on Next.

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The tool will start to create a Windows 10 installation media to your USB drive. When the process is finished, a message which reads "Your USB flash drive is ready" will pop up. Click Finish to exit and pull the USB drive out. The Windows 10 installation media is created.

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Now do as follows to fix bootrec /fixboot access denied issue.

Step 1. Insert the USB drive that contains the Windows 10 installation media into your computer and reboot it.

Step 2. Boot your computer from USB.

Step 3. At the startup, click on "Repair your computer".

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Step 4. Choose Troubleshoot and then click on Advanced options.

Step 5. Click on Command Prompt.

Step 6. Type the following commands into Command Prompt and hit Enter to run them one by one:

  • Diskpart

  • sel disk 0

  • list vol

  • sel vol

  • assign letter=:

  • exit

  • cd /d :\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\

  • bootrec /FixBoot

  • ren BCD BCD.old

  • bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s : All

  • After you finished this process, try to run the "bootrec /fixboot" command in Command Prompt again to see if “access is denied” is gone. If no, keep on reading to try the next method.

    Method 2. Fix “Bootrec /Fixboot Access Is Denied” by Running CHKDSK Command

    If you failed to troubleshoot the bootrec /fixboot access denied issue after you try the method 1, don’t give up. Here is also method 2 for your reference. Take these steps to have a try:

    Step 1. Insert the USB drive that contains the Windows 10 installation media into your computer and reboot it.

    Step 2. Boot your computer from USB.

    Step 3. At the startup, click on "Repair your computer".

    Step 4. Choose Troubleshoot and then click on Advanced options.

    Step 5. Click on Command Prompt. Type “chkdsk c: /r” into it and hit Enter.

    You may also like to check out:

  • How to Use CHKDSK Command to Check Disk Error in Windows

  • How to Fix CHKDSK /F/R Not Working after Windows 10 Creators Update

  • If you know other workable solutions to fix bootrec /fixboot access denied issue in Windows 10, don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment section below.

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