QA #26 Error \Windows\system32\winload.exe status 0xc0000428

Error Windowssystem32winload.exe status 0xc0000428


Error \Windows\system32\winload.exe status 0xc0000428

In previous QA #24 and QA #25 I posted how to solve two issues regarding Windows Server 2008 R2 boot:

I solved both problems but there was third one: Windows Server stopped booting on black screen with error:


status 0xc0000428 

Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file 

How to solve third issue with booting on the same server?


I troubleshooted that issue in two steps. First of all that error doesn’t mean that Windows Server can’t be booted successfully.

Workaround to start OS:

  1. Restart server ang keep pressing F8 during boot to go into Advaned Boot Options menu,
  2. Select Disable driver signature enforcement option.
Error \Windows\system32\winload.exe status 0xc0000428
ADvanced Boot Options and Disable Driver Signature

It works only during actual boot so after restart you will noticed the same error. But it will let you to start OS properly and login to work on issue in comfortable way.

The final solution is:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator,
  2. Execute command: sfc /scannow.
Error \Windows\system32\winload.exe status 0xc0000428
sfc /scannow will help you in that case

After next restart Windows should normally boot.

See also

QA #24 How troubleshoot “BOOTMGR is missing” error – LINK

QA #25 Windows Server 2008 R2 booting always into Recovery Console – LINK