Have you ever come across the “total identified Windows installations 0” error in CMD? What does it mean and how to fix it? Don’t worry. This article will tell you all the information about the error total identified Windows installations 0 Windows 10/8/7.

When your PC ran into problem and was unable to boot into Windows, you might try various solutions to fix it. And one is to rebuild BCD with a few commands. You may input the following commands to rebuild BCD in CMD with a bootable USB drive.

  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • bootrec /fixboot
  • bootrec /scanos
  • bootrec /rebuildbcd

However, some users get into trouble during the process. When they type the command bootrec /scanos or bootrec /rebuildbcd and hit Enter key, the “total identified Windows installations 0” error message emerges unexpectedly. What happened? You might be confused.

If you have no idea about how to fix this issue, you may read this article.

What does the Windows 10 total identified Windows installations 0 message mean? Actually this error message is to tell you that bootrec couldn’t find any additional installations of Windows on your computer to add to the BCD. How to fix it? Don’t worry. You will just need to run a few more commands to repair the BCD.

Solution 1. Repair BCD

If you receive the “Total identified Windows installations: 0” message instead of “Total identified Windows installations: 1” message, you need to run a few more commands to fix this issue and continue to rebuild BCD.

Step 1. Create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive with Windows Media Creation Tool. If you have one, just ignore this step.

Step 2. Change BIOS boot order to boot from the USB flash drive.

Step 3. On the Windows setup page, choose your language preference, and then click Next to continue.

Step 4. Go to Repair your computer -> Advanced Options -> Troubleshoot -> Command Prompt.

open Command Prompt

Step 5. Input the following command and hit Enter. After inputting this command, you may encounter the total identified Windows installations: 0 error. Just follow the step-by-step guide to continue.

bootrec /rebuildbcd

Step 6. Type the following commands and hit Enter after each one

  • bcdedit /export c:bcdbackup (This step is to created a backup of the previous BCD store.)
  • attrib c:bootbcd -h -r -s (This step is to remove the hidden, read-only, and system attributes from the file BCD.)
  • ren c:bootbcd bcd.old (This is to rename the BCD store)
  • bootrec /rebuildbcd

Then following contents will appear:

Successfully scanned Windows installations.

Total identified Windows installations: 1

[1] C:Windows

Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:

Press Y to add the installation to boot list and hit Enter. Then you will see the “The operation completed successfully” message, which indicates that the BCD rebuild is finished completely.

Step 7. The error has been removed now. Then you can restart your computer and check to see if you are able to boot normally. Windows should start as expected.

If this method does not work, you may try the next solution to fix error total identified Windows installations 0 Windows 7/8/10.

Solution 2. Perform System Restore

The Windows built-in feature System Restore enables you to restore your computer to an early state by using the system restore points created in previous days. So System Restore is a quick fix for you to repair system issues. If you encounter bootrec rebuildbcd total identified Windows installations 0 issue, just try System Restore to restore your PC.

Tip: System Restore can only be used to recover Windows system files, programs, and registry settings installed on your system. It does not affect your personal files and cannot help you to restore your personal files like e-mail, documents, and so on.

Here is the tutorial.

Step 1. Boot from the bootable USB flash drive you made before.

Step 2. Go to Repair your computer -> Advanced Options -> Troubleshoot get into the Advanced options page.

Step 3. On this page, click System Restore and follow the prompts to revert system to a normal state with system restore points.

system restore

System Restore can help you remove the error total identified Windows installations 0 and fix Windows startup issue in one step, which is very convenient and effective.

However, if you do not have created a system restore point before, you are unable to perform a system restore. And if other fixes cannot help you, you may need to reinstall Windows 10.

Solution 3. Reinstall Windows 10

If the above fixes cannot help you or you’ve tried many fixes on the Internet but just don’t work, you can reinstall Windows 10 to resolve this issue.

Step 1. Create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive with Windows Media Creation Tool. If you have one, just ignore this step.

Step 2. Change BIOS boot order to boot from the USB drive.

Step 3. On the Windows setup page, choose your language preference, and then click Next to continue.

Step 4. Click Install Now.

Step 5. Enter the license key. You can also click I don’t have a product key to skip it, but you will be required to enter the license key later.

Step 6. Choose the operating system you want to install and click Next.

Step 7. Read and accept the license terms and click Next.

Step 8. Here choose one method to reinstall your operating system.

If you choose to perform a clean install (install Windows only), you need to backup important files in advance, as this option will wipe your hard drive and make a fresh start.

  • [Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications]: This will keep all your files, settings and applications saved in the system partition. However, it is only available when a supported version of Windows is already running on the computer.
  • [Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)]: This will remove all your personal files, settings and applications and give you a clean install of Windows 10. You can make changes to partitions and drives. It is recommend to backup your files before you continue.

Step 7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the system installation. The installation process will start and your PC will reboot. When it’s finished, you just need to log in with your account.

Recover Data from PC with Total Identified Windows Installations 0 Error

If you come across any data loss, you may use MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Ultimate to help you make data recovery. MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Ultimate is a piece of professional hard drive recovery software. It can help you recover many types of file including documents, photos, audio, music, videos, emails, archives and so on.

If you want to recover data from the PC with total identified Windows installations 0 error directly, you can just follow the steps below.

Now I will show you the detailed steps to recover data from the unbootable computer.

Step 1. Get MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Ultimate by click the following button. Install it on a normal PC that can boot into Windows and launch it to get the main interface.

Step 2. Click the Bootable Media on the main interface and follow the prompts to create a bootable USB drive. If your PC can boot into Windows, you can use the software on your PC to perform data recovery directly.

Step 3. Boot from the USB drive and you will see the MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition.

Step 4. On the interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition, you can click Data Recovery button on the top toolbar to launch it.

choose data recovery

Tip: you can also right-click a partition and choose Data Recovery to scan the partition directly.

Step 5. On the Data Recovery interface, choose a partition and click Scan button on the lower right corner.

select a partition to scan

There are five parts listed on the interface, namely Recovery Result, Logical Drive, Lost Partition, Unallocated Space, Hard Disk.

  • Recovery Result will recover the last scanning result and you can load .rss file manually to get result recovery you’ve scanned.
  • Logical Drive will list all existing partitions on your PC.
  • Hard Disk will show you all disks connected on your PC including SSD, HDD, USB flash drives, SD cards as so on.
  • Lost Partition or Unallocated Space part will only appear when there is lost partitions or unallocated spaces on your PC hard drive.

Step 6. You see, the software is scanning your drive right now. When it is finished, you can check out the recovery result. During the process, you can pause or stop the scanning any time you want. Just click the Pause or Stop button near the progress bar.

the data recovery scanning process

Step 7. When it is finished, you can check the items you want to recover and click Save button.

click Save

These features on the top tool bar can help you find needed files quickly.

  • Show Lost Files: Click this button to check out lost files only.
  • Find: Click this button to find a file by its file name exactly with its Match Case and Match Word option.
  • Filter: Click this button to find needed files by filename/extension, file size, file creation or modification date
  • Preview: Click this button to preview a file before recovery. The supported preview file types reach to 70 in 14 categories.

Step 8. Choose a directory to save the needed files immediately. It is recommended to save the recovered files on another drive. Otherwise, the lost/deleted data could be overwritten.

select a directory to save files

If you find any data loss on your PC, you can utilize MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Ultimate to recover the data immediately. And keep in mind that do not save new files to the hard drive that encounter data loss, or the lost data will be overwritten.

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Bottom Line

This article has shown you how to remove the error total identified Windows installations 0 when you rebuild BCD in CMD. The above three methods are proven to be effective. If you come across the error total identified Windows installations: 0 when running bootrec /scanos OR bootrec /rebuildbcd, you might as well try the fixes shown in this article.

If you have any question about how to fix the error total identified Windows installations 0 Windows 7/8/10 or recover data from the computer, you may post your comment in the following comment zone. And we will reply as soon as possible. If you need any help when using MiniTool software, you can contact us via [email protected].


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Худший вид ошибок Windows – это тот, который нелегко решить из-за того, что вы еще не загрузились на свой компьютер. Когда вы уже загрузились в свою операционную систему Windows и можете использовать различные средства устранения неполадок и инструменты, решить проблему неизмеримо проще.

Именно поэтому эту ошибку так сложно исправить. Он появляется при запуске и ничего не работает. Что бы вы ни пытались, появляется сообщение «Всего идентифицированных установок Windows: 0», оставляя вас беспомощным. Следуйте инструкциям в статье ниже, чтобы попытаться решить проблему.

Подготовка:

Чтобы выполнить любое из действий по устранению неполадок, описанных в этой статье, вам необходимо подготовить установочный DVD-диск Windows или USB-накопитель, который вы будете использовать для устранения всех неполадок. Для более старых версий Windows (старше Windows 10) вам потребуется использовать оригинальный диск, который вы получили с операционной системой. Однако для Windows 10 это легко создать.

  1. Загрузите Media Creation Tool с официального сайта Microsoft. Дважды щелкните загруженный файл с именем MediaCreationTool.exe, чтобы запустить мастер. Коснитесь Принять.
  2. Выберите «Создать установочный носитель (USB-накопитель, DVD или файл ISO) для другого ПК» на начальном экране.

  1. Язык, архитектура и выпуск загрузочного диска будут выбраны в зависимости от конфигурации вашего компьютера, но вы должны снять флажок Использовать рекомендуемые параметры для этого ПК, чтобы выбрать правильные настройки для сломанного ПК (вероятно, вы создаете этот на другом ПК).
  2. Нажмите «Далее» и выберите вариант USB-накопителя или DVD, когда будет предложено выбрать между USB или DVD, в зависимости от того, какое устройство вы хотите использовать.

  1. Щелкните Далее и выберите диск из списка, в котором отображаются устройства хранения, подключенные к вашему компьютеру.
  2. Нажмите Далее, и Media Creation Tool продолжит загрузку файлов, необходимых для установки, и создаст установочный носитель.

Решение 1. Восстановление реестра

Восстановление реестра – один из единственно рациональных шагов, которые вы можете предпринять для решения проблемы. Вы все равно должны знать, что проблема может быть вызвана различными обстоятельствами. Если один из ваших компонентов, например, диск, на котором расположена ваша операционная система, поврежден, вы ничего не можете сделать, кроме как заменить его.

Однако, если проблема действительно связана с поврежденными записями реестра, вы можете исправить ее, выполнив следующие действия:

  1. Вставьте диск восстановления, которым вы владеете или который вы создали для своей операционной системы, и запустите компьютер. Следующие шаги различаются в зависимости от операционной системы, поэтому выполняйте их соответственно:

WINDOWS XP, VISTA, 7: Окна установки Windows должны открыться с предложением ввести язык вместе с настройками времени и даты. Введите их и после продолжения выберите «Восстановить компьютер» в нижней части экрана. При появлении запроса «Использовать инструменты восстановления» или «Восстановить компьютер» установите первый переключатель и нажмите кнопку «Далее». Выберите «Командная строка», когда появится экран «Выбрать средство восстановления».

ОКНА 8, 8.1, 10: Вы увидите экран «Выберите раскладку клавиатуры», поэтому выберите ту, которую хотите использовать. Появится экран выбора варианта, поэтому нажмите Устранение неполадок >> Дополнительные параметры >> Командная строка.

  1. Перейдите в следующую папку в командной строке «C: Windows System32 config», используя команду, показанную ниже. Обязательно нажимайте Enter после каждого.

cd windows
cd system32
cd config

Выполните следующие команды, чтобы заменить папки DEFAULT, SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE и SYSTEM:

del c: windows system32 config sam del c: windows system32 config security del c: windows system32 config software del c: windows system32 config default del c: windows system32 config system copy c: windows tmp software c: windows system32 config software copy c: windows tmp system c: windows system32 config system copy c: windows tmp sam c: windows system32 config sam copy c: windows tmp security c: windows system32 config security copy c: windows tmp default c: windows system32 config default

  1. Проверьте, решена ли проблема после перезагрузки компьютера и попытки загрузки без DVD восстановления.

Решение 2. Восстановление загрузки

Существует полезная встроенная функция под названием Boot Recovery, к которой можно легко получить доступ через командную строку. Как следует из названия, этот инструмент может помочь вам легко загрузиться на ваш компьютер и помочь вам исправить различные проблемы, которые могли возникнуть в процессе загрузки.

  1. Если вы не можете получить доступ к командной строке в противном случае, выполните тот же набор шагов, что и выше, чтобы получить доступ к командной строке с диска восстановления.
  2. Введите следующую команду и убедитесь, что вы нажали Enter после правильного ввода:

bootrec / rebuildbcd

  1. Вы должны увидеть сообщение:

Сканирование всех дисков для установки Windows.
Подождите, это может занять некоторое время…
Установки Windows успешно просканированы.
Всего идентифицированных установок Windows: 0
Операция завершилась успешно.

  1. Поскольку у вас, очевидно, установлена ​​Windows, вам нужно будет «удалить» и заново собрать ее из списка, используя следующие команды:

bcdedit / export c: bcdbackup attrib c: boot bcd -h -r -s

  1. Первая команда создала резервную копию предыдущего хранилища BCD, а вторая удалила определенные атрибуты, которые ограничивали действия, которые вы могли предпринять с ним. Теперь вы можете удалить или переименовать его и восстановить заново с помощью этой команды:

ren c: boot bcd bcd.old

  1. Теперь вы можете повторить ту же команду, которую мы пробовали в начале, когда мы получили сообщение об установке 0 Windows:

bootrec / rebuildbcd

  1. Появится следующее сообщение:

Подождите, это может занять некоторое время…

Установки Windows успешно просканированы.
Всего идентифицированных установок Windows: 1
[1] D: Windows
Добавить установку в список загрузки? да/ Нет/Все:

  1. Нажмите Y, и вы должны увидеть сообщение «Операция успешно завершена», означающее, что восстановление BCD завершено. Перезагрузите компьютер и проверьте, можете ли вы нормально загрузиться.

Every time a new operating system is released, problems always arise with its performance. These problems can range from minor annoyances to major hindrances that can cause the system to crash.

While these issues may not be immediately noticeable, they can eventually lead to decreased performance and even system instability. When your computer displays the “Total Identified Windows Installations 0” error, it can be a scary sight.

This error means your computer cannot identify how many Windows installations are on your computer. 

It is always a frustrating experience when you encounter an error and do not know the root cause of it. For users who encountered the “This Total Identified Windows Installations 0” error, they would certainly sympathize with your plight.

This article will aim to provide some insights into the possible causes of this error and some methods to troubleshoot it. 

  • No active Windows installations on your computer.
  • Enough memory to complete the installation.
  • Corrupt files or registry entries prevent the installation from completing

If you are experiencing this type of problem, it’s important to troubleshoot the issue and identify the root cause. This can be done by checking your system’s memory, scanning for corrupt files, and repairing any registry issues. If these measures don’t resolve the problem, you might need to follow my given methods in this article to fix this issue.

Why The “Total Identified Windows Installations 0 Error” Occur?

When you install a new version of Windows on your computer, you may see an error that says the “Total identified Windows installations 0 error occurs.” This error can be frustrating because it means that the installation process wasn’t successful.

There are several reasons why this total identified Windows installations 0 error occurs in computers. An outdated device driver is the most common cause of this error. Other causes include hardware issues, corrupted system files, or software conflicts. To resolve this error, you must identify the root cause and take corrective action.

One way to troubleshoot this error is to run a system scan for outdated drivers. If outdated drivers are found, you can update them using the latest driver versions from the manufacturer’s website. You can also use a Driver Updater Tool like Driver Talent to update all your outdated drivers automatically within minutes.

If the root cause is not driver-related, you can try basic troubleshooting steps like restarting your computer, checking for corrupt system files, or scanning for malware.

Method 1: Perform a System Restore

If you ever see the message “Total Identified Windows Installations 0” after running the System Restore tool, don’t panic. This means that no restore points were created before the problem occurred. You can still fix the problem by performing a System Restore.

System Restore restore points to help you undo changes to your computer if something goes wrong. If your computer is working correctly, creating a restore point at least once a month is a good idea.

To perform a system restore to fix this issue, you need to follow these steps:

  • First, you have to open Settings. To open the Windows Settings, press the Windows+I from your keyboard.
  • After opening the Window Settings, click on System.
  • After opening the System menu, scroll down to the “About” option at the bottom.
  • After clicking on the About section, you will have an option called “System protection.” You have to click on it.
  • Clicking on “System protection” will open a small window in front of which you have to click on the “Create” option.
  • When you click the “Create” option, you must click on a restore date and time. Your system will be restored, and this issue will be resolved. If this method does not solve your computer’s problem, then you have to follow more methods given below.

Method 2: Repair the Registry Entries 

Windows is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. Millions of people use it daily to power their laptops, desktops, and servers. However, there may be times when Windows experiences problems with its installations. Windows errors can be frustrating and time-consuming to diagnose and fix. 

One of the most common Windows errors is “The installation could not continue because of a problem with the registry.” Registry errors can often be fixed by repairing registry entries.

One such problem may be registry corruption. This can often lead to a wide variety of errors and malfunctions. Thankfully, there are ways to repair registry entries and return Windows to a working state.

With this method, you can fix this issue in some simple and easy steps. So follow these steps to fix this issue:

  • Press the Windows+R button to open the Run command.
  • Now in the Run command, you need to type “cmd” and press Enter to continue.
  • Run the command below to copy the necessary registry files from the boot.
xcopy c:\windows\system32\config\regback c:\windows\system32\config
  • This prompts another overwrite query if it has to all the folders (Default, Sam, Safety, Utility, and Program) or not with a “(Y/N/All) query.
  • Now type “A” for All and click “Enter“. It copies every one of the mandatory documents, and you only have to restart your device now to start as normal.

Method 3: Reinstall Windows On Your PC

If you see the error message “Total Identified Windows Installations 0” on your computer, you may need to reinstall Windows 11 to fix the problem. Various issues, including corrupted system files, registry errors, or malware infections, can cause this error.

Reinstalling Windows 11 can help to fix these issues and restore your computer to its previous state. Be sure to back up your important files before reinstallation, as they will be erased during the installation.

To reinstall Windows 11, you will need to follow these steps:

  • The function in the BIOS boot menu must be set to a CD, USB drive, or DVD for your computer to restart. Once you instigate this step, the page on the screen where you can select the language will appear. Click Next, and you will be taken to the setup screen.
  • Enter the activation key in the available window and select “Next.” Now choose your system from the list available and decide on “Next” to complete the installation procedure.
  • The “Total Identified Windows Installations 0” error on your computer will be easily fixed once the window installation process is complete.

How Do I Manually Rebuild My BCD?

Sometimes, your computer’s Boot Configuration Data (BCD) can become corrupted, preventing your computer from booting up normally. In this case, you may need to rebuild your BCD manually.

The boot configuration data (BCD) store is a registry hive that contains boot-related information, such as operating system load options and the location of the Windows Boot Manager. If the BCD becomes corrupted, you may need to rebuild it manually.

  1. To rebuild the BCD, you’ll need to use the Command Prompt to create a new BCD store.
  2. First, you’ll need to copy the contents of the existing BCD store to a temporary location.
  3. Next, you’ll use the bcdedit command to create a new BCD store.
  4. Finally, you’ll copy the contents of the temporary location back to the BCD store.
  5. If you’re having trouble rebuilding the BCD manually, use one of the automated repair tools available online.
  6. For instructions on rebuilding the BCD manually, see the Microsoft Technet article, “How to Rebuild the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Store.”

How Do I Fix The Missing BCD?

If you are missing the BCD on your Windows computer, don’t worry – it’s an easy fix. Follow these steps:

  • First, you will need to open up Command Prompt as administrator. To do this, search for “Command Prompt” in the Start menu, right-click on the result, and select “Run as administrator.”
  • Once Command Prompt is open, type the following command.
bootrec /fixmbr
  • This command will fix the MBR (Master Boot Record) on your computer.
  • Once it’s done, type the following command: 
bootrec /fixboot
  • This command will fix the boot sector on your computer.

How Do I Fix Broken Registry Items in Windows 10?

You should check the registry when using your computer, which starts acting up. This is because registry items can easily be broken, which can lead to problems with your computer.

Follow these steps:

  • The first thing you need to do is open up the Registry Editor. To do this, press Windows Key + R, type regedit, and hit Enter.
  • Once the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade
  • Once you have navigated to this key, right-click on it and select Delete.
  • Once you have deleted the key, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

What Are Broken Registry Items On My PC?

When your computer is running slowly, one of the first things you might suspect is a broken registry. The registry is a large database that stores settings and options for your PC. If it’s damaged or corrupted, your computer may not run as smoothly as it should.

Here are a few things to look for if you think your registry is broken: 

  • Programs that don’t open correctly 
  • Files that can’t be found 
  • Settings that can’t be changed 
  • A slow or unstable computer 

Your registry may be damaged if you’re experiencing any of these issues. Repairing a broken registry can be difficult, so leaving it to the professionals is best. PC repair shops can fix registry errors quickly and efficiently, restoring your computer to its former glory.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is System Restore And Why It’s Important For PC?

System Restore is a Windows feature that allows you to restore your computer’s settings to a previous time. This can be useful if your computer is having problems or if you want to undo changes that you’ve made to your computer. System Restore can also restore your computer to its factory settings. 

System Restore is important for PCs because it helps protect your computer from potential problems. It also allows you to undo changes you’ve made to your computer, which can be helpful if you’re having problems.

Additionally, System Restore can restore your computer to its factory settings, which can help fix problems or improve performance.

What Does System Restore Affect?

System Restore is a Windows 10 feature that allows you to restore your computer to a previous state. This can be useful if your computer is having problems or if you want to undo changes that you’ve made to your computer.

However, System Restore can also affect other programs on your computer. For example, restoring your computer to a previous state will remove any programs installed after that point.

Any changes to your settings since the last restore point will also be undone. System Restore is a powerful tool, but it’s important to be aware of the potential effects that it can have on your computer.

Final Thoughts

If you are experiencing the “Total identified Windows installations 0” error, there are several potential solutions that you can try to fix this issue. I will try to deliver the best methods to help you fix this problem in minutes.

Hopefully, one solution will help you resolve the issue and get your computer up and running again. If you like this article, please share it on social media platforms with your friends.

how to fix total identified windows installations 0 error

There are many Windows users who may have come across the Blue Screen of Death error message, and sometimes even after turning your computer off and trying to restart, you find yourself with the PC no longer working at all. Sometimes your PC will start to attempt an auto repair but will also fail giving an error message that states “Total identified Windows installations: 0“. Therefore, if you are getting a similar kind of error message on your Windows PC, here’s a guide for you that will help you out to solve this issue.

Fix: Total Identified Windows Installations: 0 Error (2023)

fix total identified windows installations 0 error

You can easily fix the “Total Identified Windows Installations: 0” error message on your Windows PC by either rebuilding BCD in Command Prompt with a bootable USB Flash Drive. Below you will find out the same method to get rid of the error you are getting on your computer.

How to Repair BCD

  • First, you need to make a Windows 10 bootable USB drive, so follow the steps given in this guide: How to Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB with Rufus, and How to Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
  • Then, connect the Windows 10 bootable USB Drive to your computer and restart your PC, and enter BIOS mode.
  • Change the boot order to USB Drive.
  • Restart PC and then you will come across the Windows setup screen.
  • Select Language and then click Next.
  • Select the following: Repair your computer > Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Command Prompt.
  • Type the command mentioned below and press Enter key:
    bootrec /rebuildbcd
  • You might again get the “total identified Windows installations: 0” message, so type the command given below one by one and press Enter key:
    bcdedit /export c:\bcdbackup
    attrib c:\boot\bcd -h -r -s
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    bootrec /rebuildbcd
  • After that press “Y” to add the Windows 10 installation to the boot list.
  • Next, press Enter key.
  • Finally, you will come across a message that will say “The operation completed successfully”, which means that the error is fixed now. Just restart your PC to boot normally without any error message.

That is all you need to know about how to fix “Total Identified Windows Installations: 0” error message on your Windows computer. While you are here, you might be also interested to know How to fix DISM Error 87 on Windows 10/11, and How to fix PFN List Corrupt BSOD Error on Windows.

If you’ve ever encountered the error message “Total identified Windows installations: 0” while trying to boot your Windows operating system, you know how frustrating it can be. This error usually appears when the boot configuration data (BCD) file is missing or corrupt. In this article, we will explore the causes of this issue and solutions to fix it.

Understanding the “Total Identified Windows Installations: 0” Error Message

The “Total identified Windows installations: 0” error message typically occurs when your computer is unable to find any valid Windows operating system installations during the boot process. This error message may appear on your screen when you turn on your computer, or when you attempt to boot your system using a bootable USB or CD/DVD.

Causes of the “Total Identified Windows Installations: 0” Error Message

The following are some common causes of the “Total identified Windows installations: 0” error message:

1. Corrupt or missing BCD file

The BCD file is a vital element in the Windows boot process. It holds data on the operating system, boot configuration, and system parameters. If the BCD file is damaged or deleted, your computer may not be able to start Windows.

2. Malware or virus infection

Computer problems caused by malware or virus infections can include corrupting critical system files, altering boot configurations, and impeding the booting process.

2. Faulty hard disk drive

A faulty hard disk drive can cause a range of issues, including errors with the boot process. If your hard disk drive is failing, you may experience the “Total identified Windows installations: 0” error message.

3. Corrupt system files

In case system files get damaged, your computer might not be able to start Windows. Causes of damaged system files may include malware infections, hardware failures, or software conflicts.

Solutions to the “Total Identified Windows Installations: 0” Error Message

The following are some solutions that you can use to fix the “Total identified Windows installations: 0” error message:

Solution 1: Rebuild BCD using Command Prompt

Rebuild BCD using Command Prompt

You can rebuild the BCD file using Command Prompt to fix issues with the boot process. To rebuild the BCD file, follow these steps:

  1. Boot your computer from a Windows installation media.
  2. Select your language preferences, and then click Next.
  3. Click Repair your computer > Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Command Prompt.
  4. Type the following commands in the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter after each command:
bcdedit / export c:bcdbackup (Create a back up of your partition 'C')
attrib c:\boot\bcd –h –r –s (Remove the hidden, read-only files and system attribute from BCD)
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old (Rename the file BCD)
bootrec /rebuildbcd (Install the files from the installation disc)

Once these steps are completed, the following message will pop up on the screen/

successfully scanned windows installations.
total identified windows installations: 1
[1] c:\windows
add installation to boot list? Yes/No/All:

Type “Y” (Yes) and click on “Enter“. This will complete the operation and repair the BCD. After that restart your system.

Solution 2: Repair system files using System File Checker (SFC)

System File Checker
Credit: Microsoft

To use SFC, follow these steps:

  1. Boot your computer from a Windows installation media.
  2. Select your language preferences, and then click Next.
  3. Click Repair your computer > Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Command Prompt.
  4. Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter.
  5. Wait for the scan to complete.
  6. If SFC detects any issues, it will attempt to repair them automatically.

Solution 3: Check for any Hard disk drive for errors

CHKDSK

If your hard disk drive is failing, it can cause issues with the boot process. You can use the CHKDSK utility to check your hard disk drive for errors. To use CHKDSK, follow these steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt by following the same above process.
  2. Type “chkdsk C: /f /r /x” (replace “C” with the drive letter of your hard disk drive) and press Enter.
  3. Wait for CHKDSK to complete.

Solution 4: Perform System Restore

System Restore
Credit: Microsoft

If you want to use System Restore to a previous date when your system was working fine, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the bootable USB flash drive.
  2. Restart your computer and boot from the USB flash drive. This may require changing the boot order in your computer’s BIOS settings.
  3. Once you have booted from the USB flash drive, click on “Repair your computer“.
  4. Select “Troubleshoot“.
  5. Select “Advanced options“.
  6. Click on “System Restore“.
  7. Choose the restore point you want to use and click on “Next“.
  8. Confirm the restore point you want to use and click on “Finish“.
  9. Click on “Yes” to confirm that you want to perform the system restore.
  10. Wait for the system restore to complete.
  11. Restart your computer.

Solution 5: Repair Registry Entries

Repair Registry Entries
  1. Once again to open the common prompt, Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Command Prompt.
  2. To access the “C:\Windows\System32\config” folder via Command Prompt, input the command provided below and press Enter after each step.
cd windows
cd system32
cd config
  1. Run the following commands in order to replace the folders DEFAULT, SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, and SYSTEM:
del c:\windows\system32\config\sam
del c:\windows\system32\config\security
del c:\windows\system32\config\software
del c:\windows\system32\config\default
del c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\tmp\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\tmp\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\tmp\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\tmp\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\tmp\default c:\windows\system32\config\default
  1. Now type shutdown /r to restart.

Solution 6: Reinstall Windows 10

Reinstall Windows 10
Credit: Microsoft

While it’s a reliable solution, it’s important to note that wiping your system’s operating drive should be a last resort for resolving issues.

  1. Insert the Windows 10 bootable USB drive or a DVD.
  2. Press any key to continue.
  3. Choose the language. Click the Next button.
  4. Click Install on the installation wizard.
  5. Enter the license key if you have one or click I don’t have a product key to skip this step.
  6. Select the edition of “Windows 10”.
  7. Click on the check box “I accept the license terms”.
  8. Click the Next button.
  9. Select the “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” option to perform a clean install.
  10. Select the partition in the hard drive you want to install Windows 10 and click the Format button.
  11. Then Click the Next button to begin the installation process.

Conclusion

Encountering the “Total identified Windows installations: 0” error message can be frustrating, but it is a fixable issue. By following the solutions in this article, you can repair your computer and get back to using your Windows operating system.

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