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Windows 7 Won't Boot? Here's How To Fix Your Master Boot Record

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.

Requirements

  • Windows 7 installation disc
  • A Windows installation with a damaged MBR, or Master Boot Record

Step 1 Insert the Installation Disc & Boot It

  1. Put the installation medium into the disc tray.
  2. Reboot the computer.
  3. While booting, strike F12 to get into your boot menu.
  4. Select CD/DVD/BD.
  5. Press any key to boot from the disc.

Step 2 Run the Tool

Text in bold is a command prompt command:

  1. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
  2. Click Repair your computer.
  3. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  4. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.Windows 7 Won't Boot? Here's How To Fix Your Master Boot Record
  5. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press [enter].
  6. Fix the boot record.
        /FixMbr
  7. Repair the boot sectors of the hard drive disk.
        /FixBoot
    Windows 7 Won't Boot? Here's How To Fix Your Master Boot Record
  8. Restart your computer and watch it boot normally again.

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7 Comments

Ive had this happen one too many times while distro hopping..... If only I had my system repair disks on me all the time like I do now

:( haha, how unfortunate.

lol just need this again it always helps

I remember this happening to me mid-2011. It sucked. I had Windows x64 dual booted with Ubuntu. I then wanted to remove Ubuntu from the computer because it was annoying how it would automatically start up at boot. I wanted Windows 7 to be the default boot. But when I finished uninstalling Ubuntu and I restarted my computer - it went all black. I couldn't figure out why the computer wouldn't start up. I went onto another computer, Googled the topic and found out the Boot Manager had to be restored. Bam! With those few little letters put into the Command Prompt - Windows 7 was all up again. Great article. Thanks.

To use Windows Login Recovery to reset password windows 7, a blank or erasable CD/DVD is required. Surely, you can also use a USB flash drive to crack Windows 7 password if your selected software supports it. With the USB, you could get Windows password recovery by following the steps below:
1. Download and install Windows Login Recovery in any available computer.
2. Run the application and insert a USB flash drive in computer.
3. Click Local Account and USB, and click Burn to burn a password reset USB drive.
4. Click Ok when the 7 password reset USB drive is created.
http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com/windows-7-password-recovery.html

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