Windows 7 Won't Boot? Here's How To Fix Your Master Boot Record
With a lot of Null Byters playing around with Linux because of its excessive use in the hacking world, some of you are bound to run into some trouble with the installation at some point or another. If you make a mistake, or you're intimidated by the wonky-looking installation screen, you may want to just stick with Windows. However, you may notice it can be hard to go back once you've crossed a certain point in the installation. Your Windows installation may be broken or unbootable.
If you're one of the people who did try to use a dual-boot, you've probably found that the Windows startup repair tool isn't going to help you. There's always the super GRUB disc, but that's just more GNU/Linux! How can we get out of this?
With the same-old utilities found on your Windows startup disc.
- Windows 7 installation disc
- A Windows installation with a damaged MBR, or Master Boot Record
Step 1 Insert the Installation Disc & Boot It
- Put the installation medium into the disc tray.
- Reboot the computer.
- While booting, strike F12 to get into your boot menu.
- Select CD/DVD/BD.
- Press any key to boot from the disc.
Step 2 Run the Tool
Text in bold is a command prompt command:
- Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
- Click Repair your computer.
- Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
- In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
- Type Bootrec.exe, and then press [enter].
- Fix the boot record.
- Repair the boot sectors of the hard drive disk.
- Restart your computer and watch it boot normally again.
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