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Windows 7: Technical Expert help with Windows 7 Boot Records Please

23 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Technical Expert help with Windows 7 Boot Records Please

I have a HP Desktop PC running Windows 7 64 bit- C: Operating System D: Recovery Petition no amendments or extras added. Recently I had to use HP System Recovery to Reload Windows to Factory Settings due to a serious error. Everything went well and the system is error free, boots up no problems. However when I run McAfee I have noticed it now scans 3 Boot Records whereas before it only scanned 2. I am no technological queen and this concerned me a bit, should I be concerned when the system is working perfectly. IS McAfee reading all the old data on my Desktop? Can someone explain why I have 3 Boot Records in plain easy to follow English and also if this is acceptable. All answers appreciated and thank you for reading. PS In Msconfig I only have one C: Operating system showing in boot up. Apologies if this is in the wrong section, I am relatively new and will stand corrected.

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23 Oct 2012   #2

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It may help answer your question about the additional third boot record if you could post a screenshot of the expanded (maximized) view of disk management. The HP System Recovery may have added a new partition to the hard drive.

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Many long-times users of Windows 7 (people who have been testing and using it since Beta and before) feel that McAfee is not a good choice. It is a known contributor to crashes, BSODs, etc and has been nicknamed MuckAfee. Unless you have a compelling reason to keep it on your computer (like you just paid for a 3 year subscription with no money back option) it would probably be in your computer's best interests to use a different product.

NOTE: If you decide to uninstall McAfee you must uninstall it from Control Panel > Program and Features first and then use the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool. Failure to use the removal tool could leave behind file remnants that may interfere with getting a clean install of a replacement product.

How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)

Since your computer appears to be working just fine, I wouldn't be overly concerned about this situation. It probably wouldn't hurt to use the built-in Windows 7 utilities for general maintenance purposes. I'd run disk cleanup (including the removal of unnecessary system files in Step 5), defrag, and just for grins and giggles a system file checker scan. (Run the SFC from an elevated command prompt in option two. If problems are found, run the scan 3 times and reboot the computer after each scan.)

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Disk Defragmenter - Open and Use

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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23 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
Thanks for your response

I am afraid I am not celver enough to do a maximized screen shot but I can give you the following Information from the Maximised screen:

System: Healthy, System, Active, Primary Petition 100MB 70MB Free Space

OS (C:) Healthy, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Petition 914.95 Capacity 863.79GB Free

HP Recovery (D:) Healthy, Primary Petition Capacity 16.47GB Free Space 2.05GB

Thanks for your comments regarding McAfee, very interesting and makes one think twice. Thanks also for responding to my query.

I Hope this helps, I am starting to think I am just over cautious.
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23 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

From what you described about your Disk, it sounds OK. As was said above, it you have not paid for McAfee Anti-Virus, you could probably switch out and it might be better. If you paid for it, I wouldn't worry about it. If you PC is running OK, I wouldn't get too concerned about it.
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23 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

:) Thank you for your response, it is appreciated.
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23 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 64 bit

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23 Oct 2012   #7

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Did you have the 100MB partition before?

Now tou have 3 partitions and so 3 "volume boot records".

When pc boots it:
  • reads the first sector on physical disk. It's called the MBR or master boot record. It contains some code that executes. It searches for the active partition on that disk.
  • it loads the first sector of that partition. It's called the VBR or "Volume Boot Record". That piece of code is executed. If partition has been made with win7... it has instructions the find and execute file bootmgr in root of partition
  • this small program loads the boot menu. (\boot\bcd)
Master boot record - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Volume boot record - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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23 Oct 2012   #8
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Looks normal. Who knows what McAfee does. It's a dog anyhow. If you want to get rid of it, make sure you use the MCPR.exe:
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23 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
Thanks for your responses

In all honesty I have never looked at the disc managment before so I cannot honestly say if all 3 were there before. However, My daughter and husband got new HP Systems at the same time and we have just checked those and they have 4 boot records , the 3 I have and one called HP Tools?

As for McAfee, |I think I have the message loud and clear but I feel sure before it has only ever said it has checked two Boot Records but I could be wrong.

Should I really only have two then or, as some members say, is it fine as it is?
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23 Oct 2012   #10

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system: not realy needed. it's 100MB in size. It's for the bootmanager and bootmenu. From this bootmenu you can start vista,winxp,win7,linux and so on...if installed on pc. So you can format win7OS partition and reinstall win7.... menu is still intact and can still boot linux, vista, winxp etc. partition system is unencrypted and can have bitlocker code so you can encrypt win7os partition.

you don't have bitlocker I assume and will never use it (?) And you only have win7 ... so it is not very usefull.

HP_RECOVERY partition for "restore is for factory to settings".
HP_TOOLS partition is for special HP_TOOLS... most of the time: drivers, free trial software etc.

Leave it the way it is!! It's working fine
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