Please can someone tell me how to recover this situation. Have multiboot system - WIN7 HOme Premium 64 bit - Vista home Premium 32 bit and XP. All booted beatifully. But MBR is now corrupt and I can only get into Vista. Bearing in mind I am not very knowledgeable in this area - how can I recover a good MBR?
Dont understand what you mean re boot record locked? Have you tried the Add/Remove entries option in Easy BCD?
Another option is when the boot menu appears, highlight the Windows 7 entry and press F8. The first option is Repair my computer, select this and choose Startup Repair. This can also be done by booting with a Win 7 or Vista DVD.
Sorry for delay - have been away. I have tried repairing my computer using WIN7 disc and also Repair from within Vista - both to no avail.
I no longer get any option to boot from a program - my computer automatically goes into Vista. Have totally lost contact with WIN7 and XP. Saw on MS WIN7 forum that I could boot from WIN7 disc and install until the boot option came up - then stop install and go to %Windows_temp and delete all startup options and that I needed bootrec.ece/fixmbr and bootrec.exe/fixboot. No further information though.
I dont know which files are start up files to be deleted and as for the bootrec files I have no idea where to find them or what to do with them. MS forums are not at all explicit. Does any of this make sense to you??