[Fixed] “Total Identified Windows Installations 0” On Windows OS

Windows users often report that they are facing the error message ‘Total Identified Windows Installations 0’ in the Command Prompt window. Most of the time, this error is caused by the disk write errors, boot sector viruses, or power outages problems.  

Furthermore, this error also may arise if the system is turned off while writing essential data to the boot sector. It may damage the system files of the computer and trigger this error. 

If you also stuck with the same error, you can go through the below section to get rid of it. 

Easy Hacks to Fix Total Identified Windows Installations 0 on Windows 10

There are a few ways to solve this error. Here, we are going to describe the most recommendable ones. Before applying them, you have to prepare the Windows Installation media DVD or USB that you can use to troubleshoot any problem. 

How to Prepare a Windows Installation Media? 

If you are using an older version of Windows OS, then you can use the original DVD comes with the computer. But, for Windows 10 OS, you can create the installation media easily. Here are the steps you need  to perform: total identified windows installations 0

Step 1:

In the beginning, visit the official website of Microsoft. Search for the Media Creation Tool.
Download that on your computer. 

Next, click twice on the ‘MediaCreationTool.exe’ file to open the setup Wizard. Afterward, click on the Accept button to continue the process. 

Step 2:

Now, choose the ‘Create installation media (ISO file, DVD, USB flash drive) for another computer option. 

Afterward, select the language, edition, and architecture of the bootable drive depending on the configuration of the system. But, you can clear the ‘Use the recommended options for this PC’ setting for the system. 

Step 3:

Thereafter, tap on the Next button. Then, you will be asked to select between a DVD or USB. Choose the appropriate one depending on the device you want to use. 

Afterward, click on the Next button and then choose the drive from the list that shows the storage devices that are connected to the system. 

Step 4:

Click on the Next button once again. Now, the Media Creation Tool will start to download the necessary files to create the Installation media. 

Now, you can perform the below hacks to fix the ‘Total Identified Windows Installations 0’ error: 

Fix 1: Recover the Registries

You can solve this error by recovering the registries. You need to still be aware of the fact that this error can occur in several circumstances. 

If one of the components of the system like the drive where the OS is stored has gone damaged, the only thing you can perform is to replace it. 

But, if the error is related to the corrupted registry entries, you can solve it by following the steps mentioned below: 

Step 1:

First of all, insert the recovery drive that you created and turn the system On. Afterward, choose the keyboard layout that you want to use. 

Next, click on the Troubleshoot button and then tap on the ‘Advanced Options’ from the next screen. Now, select the ‘Command Prompt’ option to proceed. 

Step 2:

Go to the location ‘C:\Windows\System32\config’ by using the commands stated below: 

1st: cd windows

2nd: cd system32

3rd: cd config

Press the Enter key from the keyboard after each command. 

Step 3:

Now, run the commands given below to replace the SYSTEM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, DEFAULT, and SAM folders: 

1st: del c:\windows\system32\config\sam

2nd: del c:\windows\system32\config\security

3rd: del c:\windows\system32\config\software

4th: del c:\windows\system32\config\default

5th: del c:\windows\system32\config\system

6th: copy c:\windows\tmp\software c:\windows\system32\config\software

7th: copy c:\windows\tmp\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

8th: copy c:\windows\tmp\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam

9th: copy c:\windows\tmp\security c:\windows\system32\config\security

10th: copy c:\windows\tmp\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

After running the above commands, you can exit from the Command Prompt window and restart the system to apply the changes. Now, try to boot without the recovery DVD.

If you see that the error is still not resolved, then perform the next solution stated below.

Fix 2: Boot Recovery

Windows OS comes with an in-built tool called Boot Recovery. You can access it easily by using the Command Prompt. It can help you to boot the system easily as well as can help you to solve several issues that may have occurred while booting.

If you are unable to open the Command Prompt window, perform the same steps from the above to open the Command Prompt from the Recovery Drive. Afterward, perform the below steps: 

Step 1:

First, type the command “bootrec /rebuildbcd” in the command line. Press the Enter key to run this command.

Since Windows OS is already installed on the computer, you have to remove it. Before that, you create a backup of the previous BCD store. 

To do this, run the command ‘bcdedit /export c:\bcdbackup’. After that, run the command ‘attrib c:\boot\bcd -h -r -s’ to remove the attribute that restricted the actions you could undertake with it. 

Step 2: 

Next, rename it and then rebuild it by running the command ‘ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old’. Now, use the command ‘bootrec /rebuildbcd’ once again.  

Press the Y key from the keyboard. Now, you will see that the message ‘The operation completed successfully’ is showing on the screen. This message indicates that you have successfully rebuild the BCD. 

Lastly, restart the system to save the changes and then check if now you are able to boot normally. 

After trying all the above hacks, if you are still getting the same error, then you can reinstall the Windows OS to get rid of this issue. 

Hopefully, after executing the above ways in their respective order, you will be able to solve this problem. If you want to read more about similar topics, you can follow our website regularly. 

Maria Colombo
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