Corrupted MBR

  tamsin 17:08 27 Nov 2009

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?

  LinH 19:06 27 Nov 2009


Try a free app. called EasyBCD, I think I am right in saying that it will reconstruct your corrupt MBR as well as enable you to choose which is the boot partition.


  Miké 20:18 27 Nov 2009

Yes I can confirm that this will enable you to reconstruct the Windows bootloader click here

  tamsin 13:58 28 Nov 2009

Have tried Easy BCD but it appears my boot record is locked - Heeeeelp. Please.

  Zeppelyn 16:05 30 Nov 2009

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.

  tamsin 16:17 05 Dec 2009

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??

  Zeppelyn 21:54 05 Dec 2009

Easy BCD is the answer to your problem.

  sunnystaines 18:04 08 Dec 2009

Bootrec tool in a Command Prompt

  sunnystaines 18:06 08 Dec 2009

forgot the link

click here

  tamsin 23:29 09 Dec 2009

Thanks sunnystaines - will try this.
Easy BCD just is not rewriting the MBR and I am too scared to delete the Boot folder in case I lose all access.

  tamsin 10:53 11 Dec 2009

I decided to reinstall WIN7 and regain my MBR that way - so now is all working well. Thanks for all your help. Sorry I did not seem to be able to get it right any other way.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

iMac Pro review

See iconic duo Smith and Foulkes' epic animation for the BBC's Winter Olympics coverage

iMac Pro review

Idées cadeaux pour geeks et tech addicts