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Fix the MBR in Windows 7

You need your original Windows 7 installation DVD to boot into System Recovery Options and
run Command Prompt.

If you don’t have the Windows 7 installation CD/DVD to run Command Prompt, go to Fix MBR
with Easy Recovery Essentials.

The instructions are:

1. Boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD


2. At the “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…”, press any key to boot from the DVD
3. Select a language
4. Select a keyboard layout
5. Click Next
6. Select the operating system and click Next. The “Use recovery tools that can help fix
problems starting Windows” must be checked when you select the operating system.
7. At the System Recovery Options screen, click on Command Prompt

Windows 7 System Recovery Options Screen

8. When Command Prompt successfully loads, type this command:

bootrec /rebuildbcd
9. Press Enter
10. Type the next command:

bootrec /fixmbr

11. Press Enter


12. Type the next command:

bootrec /fixboot

13. Press Enter


14. Remove the installation DVD from the disk tray and restart your computer

If bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot doesn’t work, try restoring the boot sector code of
your Windows 7:

1. Determine the drive letter of your Windows installation CD/DVD by typing these
commands in the Command Prompt:
2. diskpart
3. select disk 0
list volume

4. Look for the “CD-ROM” word in a “Type” column. This item is your CD/DVD
installation drive letter.
If the drive letter is D:\, type these commands:
5. exit
6. D:
7. cd boot
dir

If the drive letter is different than D:\, replace the second command with the drive letter
you have noted from the previous list volume command.

8. Type this command:

bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr

9. Press Enter
10. Remove the CD/DVD from the disk tray
11. Type exit
12. Press Enter to restart your computer