can I repair MBR from a system restore disk?

  PhiltheFragger 07:08 14 Jul 2004

A mate has an Advent machine running XP home.

A power cut has resulted in his system refusing to boot in to windows.

I reckon the MBR needs fixing.

Q1, Can I use his system Restore Disk to boot into recovery mode.

Q2. can I use another XP disk to repair


  johnnyrocker 08:47 14 Jul 2004

i would think another disk would be ok as long as you dont try re install system which may require re registration, unless i am totally wrong and someone wiser out there knows better.


  PhiltheFragger 15:46 15 Jul 2004

Now had a chance to look at the machine.
It is an ADVENT P4 system

It will boot into safemode
It won't boot into recovery mode using either the System restore disk or a seperate XP disk, in both cases, it starts to boot then copies files then hangs where it says "starting Windows".

Have tried a different hard drive, but it still wont fully boot from a CD.(I have tried the CD drive and the CDRW drive),

Have tried last good configuration, no good

Have run CHKDSK from safe mode, it comes up with nothing.

System restore wont work in safe mode.

Over to you guys

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