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Windows 7: MBR repair needed

12 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
MBR repair needed

I recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7.
After installing Windows 7 Home Premium on the former XP drive,
my system fails to complete the boot sequence.

I found that if I leave the installation disk in the drive,
it does boot up properly.

When I had Drive problems with XP,
I could always boot the installation disk into repair mode
and do the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands and that cured most ills.

I have not been able to find a way of doing an equivalent operation for Windows 7.

Can anyone out there help me?

Thank you for your kind attention :-)

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12 Jun 2012   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Hello julianbury
How have you installed windows 7 over XP ?

Have you done as as Clean Install Windows 7 states ?

Apparently, you are to run Startup Repair , for three separate times, with restarts after every single run.

Better assistance can be given if you can provide us a fell screen snipshot of your disk management window.
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12 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
repairing the Windows 7 MBR

I used XP repair mode to clean the boot sector.

I used the XP installation disk to delete the partition and created it again - empty.

I thought that would be the cleanest I could make the disk.

Now that Windows 7 has been installed, the XP repair mode is unable to do anything because the original password to do the FIXBOOT was obliterated by Windows 7.

That is really ironically annoying!
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12 Jun 2012   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by julianbury View Post
I found that if I leave the installation disk in the drive,
it does boot up properly.
Boot as you said. When started, click on the start button, and type "disk managenent" (without quotations) in the search bar, click the resulting link, maximize the resulting window.

Take a snipshot of the window either using paint ( Screenshot with Paint ) or using snipping tool (How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums)

Upload the snipshot here : Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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12 Jun 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by julianbury View Post
I used XP repair mode to clean the boot sector.

I used the XP installation disk to delete the partition and created it again - empty.

I thought that would be the cleanest I could make the disk.

Now that Windows 7 has been installed, the XP repair mode is unable to do anything because the original password to do the FIXBOOT was obliterated by Windows 7.

That is really ironically annoying!
You are in the Windows 7 era now and don't want to use XP tools any longer. It should be sufficient to delete all partitions and Create new or just click Next to let installer do it. If there are installation issues pointing to Boot Sector corruption all that's needed is Diskpart Clean Command .

There's a reason why Windows 7 hasn't written its boot files to its partition or 100mb System Reserved if it was created, which we can possibly detect by seeing the Disk Mgmt Screenshot,.

Use Snipping Tool iN Start menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply box. If you cannot boot, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to take a camera snap of the map and listings.

The 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or Windows 7 partition should be marked System Active. If not Mark Partition Active to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. If this fails wipe the HD to start over.
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14 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

If you need to just repair the "mbr" then it can be done with Acronis TrueImage Boot Disk. I have done it once or twice when changing from W 7 cum Ubuntu Dual Boot Machine to only W 7 booting.

I haven't ever used Macrium Reflect Boot Disk but from the praises that I have come across for this software, I am sure it should be having that capability too.
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14 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
MBR repair

I found another way to restore the MBR.

I installed UBUNTU 12.

Then I reinstalled Windows 7.

It worked.

Windows 7 now boots normally.

Thank you, everybody for all your advice

(-_-)
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14 Jun 2012   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Lol, then it is GRUB

Or you are using MBR to boot both the os up ?
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15 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

No, Grub does not appear.

Good, innit?

Bye, y'all, and thanks for all the fish!

(-_-)
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