The error code 0XC0000185 is a common startup issue that indicates that the computer has run into a serious problem and needs to be repaired. This error can also lead to the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) and can often occur with Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 operating system. Even Windows 10 has reported to face this error.

If you are getting the error code 0xc0000185 then it indicates that the computer cannot access the required Windows operating system files in the hard disk drive to start. It also indicates that the computer system cannot communicate with the hard disk and there is a problem with the files.

Common Reasons for theError Code 0XC0000185

Common reasons why you may be getting this error code are:

  • Loose connection of the cable connecting your system and the hard drive
  • Missing or damaged boot files
  • Error in the disk drive
  • Damaged disk drive

DIY Solutions to Fix Error Code 0XC0000185 In Windows

Solution 1: Check Wire Connection

  1. Shut down the computer and then unscrew the computer CPU
  2. Check the hard disk to ensure that the cable connection is properly in place
  3. Check if the hard disk and system is not damaged or loose.
  4. Check if the error is resolved.

Solution 2:Automatic Repair

The method will work if you have the Windows operating system recovery media

  1. Insert the recovery media in the right port
  2. Boot from the recovery media
  3. Click ‘Next’ on the resultant Windows setup screen
  4. Choose to repair the computer at the bottom of the screen
  5. Select, ‘Troubleshoot’ from the list of ‘Advanced Startup’ options
  6. Click on ‘Automatic Repair’
  7. Once the process is over, check if the error has resolved.

Solution 3: Check Hard Disk For Errors

  1. Press Win + X key
  2. Click ‘Command Prompt’
  3. Type, chkdsk/R in the resultant dialog and hit Enter
  4. Once the scan completes, restart the computer and check if the problem is fixed.

Solution 4: Restore your system

Sometimes a quick system restore can fix this issue. By doing a system restore the computer reverts to an earlier date. Here is how to go about it.

  1. Insert the Windows operating system installation media into the correct drive
  2. Press F12 once the computer has restarted.
  3. Select the installation media as the boot disk
  4. Select, ‘Next’ on the resultant Windows Setup window
  5. Select ‘Next’ to choose ‘Repair the computer’
  6. Select ‘Troubleshoot’ before you select ‘Advanced Options’ on the resultant screen.
  7. Select ‘Restore’ and pay close attention to the on screen instructions that need to be followed
  8. Check if the error is now resolved.
  9. Reinstall the programs that may have got deleted.

Solution 5: Windows Reinstallation

If none of the other methods has helped, then it is best to reinstall Windows. However, before you do this, take a back up of all your programs and files and avoid losing any important material. With new Windows installed, the error will be automatically resolved.