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Windows 7: I am trying to access the bootsect.exe in order to remove grub


01 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Premium Home edition x64
 
 
I am trying to access the bootsect.exe in order to remove grub

I am running an ASUS U-47 laptop and am trying to access the system recovery options. However, when I try and access them, which I have done from both the recovery partition as well as a system repair disc, I am only directed to the restore to jfactory preset wizard, which offers me three options; restore windows to entire HD, just this partition, or 2 partitions. I am trying to access the bootsect.exe in order to remove grub, and as far as I can see, the only way to do that is through the command prompt in the system recovery environment. Any help i can get would be greatly appreciated.

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01 Feb 2013   #2

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To Remove Linux, take look at this post:
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Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7
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01 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Premium Home edition x64
 
 

those are both great, but the problem is that I can't access the System recovery options, which both of those tutorials call for. When I try to access the System recovery options by either using the "repair" option in advanced boot options or by using a system repair disc, all that happens is that I am redirected to the ASUS factory reset menu.
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01 Feb 2013   #4
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Your Recovery partition may have been marked Active forcing it to run at boot. Follow these steps to recover Windows 7 from GRUB:

Burn the Windows 7 DVD for your licensed version from Step 5 of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start, boot it to access System Recovery Options Command Line to Mark Windows 7 or it's 100mb System Reserved Partition (preferred if you have it) Active.

Then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts and it's boot partition holds the System Active flags.

If this fails when System Reserved partition is marked Active, move the Active flag to Windows 7 partition itself and then try the 3 repairs again.

Be aware that sometimes GRUB can corrupt Windows 7 beyond repair when on the same HD. If problems persist I would delete it completely and then for any future Linux Dual Boots use separate HD's booted only via BIOS, or Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums.

If all else fails it may be necessary to wipe the boot sector of interfering code using Diskpart Clean Command before Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are same for retail.
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01 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Premium Home edition x64
 
 

I did make a windows repair disc, what i'm trying to say is that i CANNOT access the windows system recovery options. where as when everyone else boots their system repair disc, they have the option to get to system recovery tools, my system instead brings up the asus recovery partition, which only allow me to reset my system to factory settings, which does nothing to grub.
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02 Feb 2013   #6
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Is it booting into the disk normally as shown in System Repair Disk tutorial? At what point does it divert to running Recovery?

It sounds like it's not even booting into the disk but instead booting into Recovery partition. 90% of time failure to boot the disk is due to user failure. How to Boot A Computer from CD or DVD - YouTube

Download free Partition Wizard bootable CD, burn to CD using Windows Image Burner. Boot CD to see if Recovery is marked Active. If so then rightclick on 100mb SysReserved (if you have it) or C partition to Modify>Set to Active, click OK, then Apply, try to boot again.

If that fails boot into DVD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to repair or rewrite the System boot files to the Active partition.
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02 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Premium Home edition x64
 
 

i'll try booting into partition wizard to try that, but yeah, what i'm saying is that it isn't booting into the disc at all, even though i'm choosing to boot into the dvd drive from the bios. instead it is booting directly into the recovery partition.
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02 Feb 2013   #8
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Are you being prompted to "Press any key to boot CD?" If so this could be a bad CD. Will it boot in another PC?

This is why I first suggested burning the Windows 7 DVD to try it for repairs, and to have it to if necessary get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

The BIOS boot menu key on some Asus's is F8, but it must be triggered quickly or it will try to boot the HD, or if the Active flag has switched possibly the Recovery partition.
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02 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7 Premium Home edition x64
 
 

Windows boots just fine, i have to go through Grub to do it but it's running fine. And I know how to get to the boot menu. Perhaps i'll just do that clean reinstall
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02 Feb 2013   #10
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I'd wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command, accessing DISKPART At PC Startup.

Then follow the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get a perfect install you can preserve with a backup image.
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