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Windows 7: MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

14 Aug 2009   #329
iseeuu

 
 
MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

How to Restore the Windows 7 MBR (Master Boot Record)

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25 Jul 2013   #330
rbyarasu

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

The help given is excellent

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19 Aug 2013   #331
lorrykirk

windows 7 pro x64
 
 
Worked perfect on a laptop!

The MBR was corrupted and using usb wasn't an option on an asus laptop. Could not even us a boot disk to bypass except an original windows7 disc. Luckily I found this site through Yahoo Search and followed the instructions. Perfect!! back in business and wiping the virus out totally now, thank you so much!!!
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21 Aug 2013   #332
Ashanmaril

Windows 8.1 Pro Developer Preview
 
 
Thank you soooo much!

I had Windows 8.1 Pro Developer Preview running alongside Ubuntu, and after not having used Ubuntu in quite a while I decided to delete its partition. Apparently that partition had what I needed to boot into Windows 8 on it and I was freaking out trying to figure out what to do!

This tutorial managed to fix my issue! Thank you so much!
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25 Aug 2013   #333
hmms

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Thanks

It really helped a lot. I had accidentally fomratted my boot partition. I hav used a slightly different approach. I have documented the steps here .....Restoring the Windows Boot Partition….. | Murli's Blog
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29 Aug 2013   #334
abbhound

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I was tasked with a project in which this forum helped guide me so I'm going to post my results. I was given a acer laptop whose partition arrangement was "GPT" vs "MBR" and our encryption software did not support it. Since it is an OEM install with recovery partitions etc... which weren't needed, I nuked the acer junk and coverted the drive to MBR with paragon drive backup server v10. The conversion was a success and the OS partition was intact, however it would not boot. I went through the steps here to correct the MBR and rebuild the BCD. The computer would come to the same hardware device not found stop error and give the option to press enter or esc. I pressed enter and the OS booted "Windows 7 Pro x64." After much head scratching, I looked at the windows partition in disk management and it was shown as a logical volume and not active or primary. A EIF partition of 300mb was also shown. Both partitions contained boot info, crash dump etc. I located a free program which let me manipulate the partitions called MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition. I put the drive in a SATA dock on my shop computer nuked the EFI partition and expanded it to the whole drive. I then marked it primary and active. I put it back in the laptop and the stop error went away, however, the bootloader was missing. I booted to the recovery console and fixed the MBR. It booted up without error and encrypted without data loss. It appeared that the OEM boot partition was the active partition with hooks to the OS and OEM recovery partitions and was the active primary partition, so when I nuked it, the OS wasn't found because it wasn't on an active primary partition. Long story short, make the partition active and primary and repair the MBR with whatever tools you need to, startup repair will do it for you if you don't want the command line stuff. I hope this helps.
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11 Sep 2013   #335
bhanuece405

windows 7 64bit
 
 
unable to find 'windows 7' in recovery options

I am unable to find windows 7 in recovery options
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25 Feb 2014   #336
reichlgt

WI
 
 

Excellent tutorial. This one saved me big time. I was getting MissingOsLoader in Startup Repair and bootrec.exe /fixboot gave me The parameter is incorrect. Thanks much.
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26 Feb 2014   #337
zaheernew

windows 7 -32
 
 
Sucess

thanks mate
windows 7 works fine 100%
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27 Apr 2014   #338
weetoots

windows home premium 7 - 64bit
 
 

Newbie here. Hey, I have been reading this forum about fixing the MBR. I made a sys. repair disk from my windows 7 -64bit and it does not contain "bootcect.exe" in the Boot dir. The only file is bootfix.bin. It didn't do anything. What is wrong with sys. repair disk?

Your instructions are clear and easy to follow. Where can I find this bootcect.exe?

Thanks
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27 Apr 2014   #339
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Weetoots, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might give it a try with an installation USB/DVD instead to see how it goes.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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