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Q: Boot master fail

I turn on computer and I get Boot master fail. It was working fine. Is that a virus? If so that made my hard drive crash?

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A: Boot master fail

On my computer i accidentely uninstalled the bootmaster or drive now it wont restore .How do i restore it back to factory state tried every thing i dont have an restore cd or disc

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Hey is there anybody out there that could hellp me. When I boot my computer I get a 'primary master hard disk fail' error? message. Is this because the hard disk is not being recognized, if so Is my connection right. The CD-ROM is set @ master, IDE connected to the hard disk, the IDE from the hard disk connected to the mother board. Please help if you can? Sorry if this is not posted in the right place.

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I'm new to the BBS, so please be gentle.
 

A:{SOLVED} Primary master hard disk fail on boot up

I think you want your IDE Hard drive set to Master and your CD set to Slave (if they are using the same cable). If you're setting the CD as Master because it's first in the chain (and you don't have another IDE cable), spend the money and buy a cable and use your primary (for the hard drive) and secondary (for the CD drive) ports on the motherboard.

Why is it that they don't automatically give cables with CD drives?? Makes me nuts - they're a cheap commodity.

Anne
 

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guys i have a maxtor 3.5 series 40G hard disk and when i turned on my computer it says primary hard disk fail. if i click F1 to continue it says disk boot failure what should i do guys need your help i have important ducoments in this hard disk.. thanks guys... my computer is a windows xp 2003 version with a 128ram with a pentium 4 processor 1.2G.. thanks guys
 

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yeah, thats the error message i get when i start up my computer sometimes. It doesn't happen all of the time, mostly if the computer has been running and recently got turned off. My guess is that it has something to do with the fans in my computer but i have no idea. i opened my comp up recently and made sure the plugs were in all the way but i still get this error. this has been going on for many monthes (3-4 i think) so i'm not too concerned cause nothing's stopped working. can i fix this or should i get a new hard drive?
 

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Hi, yesterday while I was burning a cd on my computer, suddenly my computer started making jamming sounds, and then turned off. When I tried to restart it, the screen said "primary master hard disk fail" then "press F1 to continue or DEL to enter setup". I pressed F1 and it then said "disk boot failure, instert system disk and press enter". The thing is, my mother got me this computer from a friend, and it didn't come with any extra disks or anything. I tried using my sister's boot disk but that didn't work either. It just said that my windows 98 setup files were not found. Can someone help me? I'm worried I permanently screwed up my computer.
 

A:Primary master hard disk fail, please help!

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help plz i'm having a trouble about my pc its my hdd i can't partition it or format and when i restart it fail to detect my drives what should i do done everything still wont work help plz asap thnx.
 

A:Primary master fail & primary slave fail

What happen prior to this issue? Other than that sounds like the onboard HDD controller gone poof (bad) it can happen without warning. But in your case again what changes did you make to your system prior?
 

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I'm getting the following error when my computer tries to boot up: "primary master hard disk fail". I tried to boot the computer using a bootup disk on the floppy drive and get the same error. If I hit F1 to continue, the computer hangs up on "Verifying DMI Pool Data". The computer does acknowledge the hard drive as the Primary Master during the initial bootup. I'm not sure if this is a hardware or BIOs issue or just a bad drive. (The BIOs settings appear to be correct.) I was planning on reformatting the hard drive, if I could just boot up the computer. Any suggestions?

This is the first time I'm trying to use this computer. I got it from a friend who had several spare PCs. If it is a bad hard drive, I can get another PC.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:primary master hard disk fail during bootup?

The simplest solution if you have access to another pc is to install it as a slave on a working machine and see if you can format it that way.

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I went out of town for 3 days and came back and the pc was stuck on the message:
primary master hard disk fail

I asked the wife and kids if they did anything strange and the answer is NO.
I tried and tried with boot disks and rescue and recovery disks to get this to work but to no avail.
Then I un plugged the machine and started it up, did this a few times, at it finally cycled through.
I ran a virus check , scan disk and nothing showed up. It froze last night and the same thing happened. This morning, I powered it off and on several times, each time unplugging it and I kept getting this master hard disk fail....I finally got it to open.

I'm running windows 98 and am not sure if this is WORM related or something else????

ANY IDEAS????

Help.....Its homework season and dont want to buy a new machine, just yet
 

A:[SOLVED] primary master hard disk fail

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I have a Maxtor 40GB HD as my primary drive and a WD 160GB as my secondary. I was using my computer a few hours ago just fine and all of a sudden it locked up on me with the computer led light blinking like crazy (motherboard is an Asus A7N8X Deluxe). After waiting a few moments, i decided to shut the pc off. After turning it back on, i get the message Primary Master Hard Disk Fail. Both drives are IDE and i also have an NEC dvd-rw and an LG dvd drive connected. The NEC and LG drives were detected just fine, as was the WD HD. The Maxtor was detected as: Maxtor N40P NAR6159Z.
After doing some searching on this, I found out that the drive may not necessarily be dead (thankfully--because all i need from it are a few important documents). However, I'm not the brightest when it comes to configuring things in the BIOS or using a bunch of recovery tools. Can anyone please help me??

I also have this link if it helps: http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/bios-co...r-hard-disk.htm
 

A:Primary Master Hard Disk Fail (Maxtor 40GB)

After more hours of research, i've read many mention that the firmware could be corrupt and that it may work to somehow reconfigure the firmware. Anyone know how to do that? I tried Seatools but I don't see an option to fix the firmware.
 

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hello alll
im new here and hope you can help me fix my problem
basicly iv got a adapter for a sata hard drive to go to ide on my motherbourd in the bios it picks it up, but when i let it run i get the primary master hard drisk fail message, im not sure what to do.

im using a asus x series motherboard

cheers inn advance for the help
 

A:sata hdd to ide hdd adapter-primary master hard drisk fail

Might check the adapter for a master/slave jumper.
If it is the only drive on the cable,set it to master.
 

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Friend of mine gave me her Acer Aspire 5742z-4813 because it fails to boot and eventually asks to repair, which it doesn't. Can't enter safe-mode, either.

Only thing she's said is that her daughter installed Norton 360 a few days before it crashed.

Things I've tried:

At command prompt, ran the following with no effect: bootrec.exe /FixMbr, bootrec.exe /FixBoot, bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd, chkdsk /f E:, and finally chkskd /f /r /x.

I also entered BIOS and changed HDD mode to IDE from ACHI. No joy.

Thanks in advance, guys.

A:[SOLVED] Win7 Fail to Boot, Fail to Repair

Test the HDD, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature, burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the drive. If either test fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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This question is concerning the disc that Windows 7 users can make by going to Backup and Restore > Create a System Repair Disc and then burning the disc.
Windows says this disc can be used to boot the computer. However, you won't necessarily be able to boot your Windows 7 OS from the hard drive. When I had a problem recently (shut down system and when restarted I got a DOS message that said "Boot MGR missing") this disc did nothing in an attempt to make a repair. From the System Recovery Menu you see here when you boot the CD:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/what-are-system-recovery-options#what-are-system-recovery...
I selected "Startup Repair" and it couldn't fix anything. I ended up cloning my hard drive from a backup.
 
 
From http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/startup-repair-faq#1TC=windows-7"Are there problems that Startup Repair can't fix?
Startup Repair can only fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files. It can't fix hardware failures, such as a failing hard disk or incompatible memory, nor does it protect against virus attacks.
Startup Repair isn't designed to fix Windows installation problems, nor is it a backup tool, so it can't help you recover personal files, such as photos or documents. To help protect your computer, back up your system and files regularly. For more information, search for "backup" in Windows Help and Support."
So here's my question: How do you create a bootable CD that has everything you need... Read more

A:Windows 7 System Recovery boot CD cannot fix Master Boot Record if it's damaged

the recovery disk can fix the MBR...
 
here's how

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?

Thanks.
 

A:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.
 

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I'm perplexed and frustrated. I have a legacy 64 bit dual core desktop (ASUS mobo). I have several Sata hard drives in it with the 4th partition of my 1 Terabyte drive containing my Windows 10 Professional boot OS. After converting another similar legacy machine to a NAS device I took the old Windows 10 32 bit OS drive from it and tried booting the ASUS machine with it. Needless to say, the OS didn't like it and reverted to Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview edition (build 11082).

Here's the kicker. When I tried to restore the boot drive to the original one for this machine the master boot was missing.
I had just formatted another partition on the same drive that had contained a Windows7 installation that had failed. This partition may have contained the master boot record. So I booted to a command prompt from a USB drive and successfully ran the following commands:
bootrec /RebuildBcdbootrec /fixMbr bootrec /fixboot bootsect /nt60 SYSbootsect /nt60 all


After that the BIOS just says "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system"

This disk and OS are on the original machine it used to run on. As I understand it, Windows 10 tries to record it's key to somewhere in the BIOS. But the BIOS on these old machines don't provide such a facility. I don't understand what Windows 10 OS does with the key in this instance. If it was recorded in the BIOS then I'd presume that the other Windows 10 drive I atte... Read more

A:Can't re-establish Master Boot Record on my Windows 10 Boot drive

It's pretty quiet here. It seems no one has read my plea for help. I guess I just have to wait for my bottle to wash-up on some distant shore.

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I have my desktop configured with as a triple boot system.

Win 98
Win XP Professional
Win XP Professional

I had everything working fine for quite some time now. I had to do a repair on one of my XP Pro installs. I had previously installed Service Pack 2. I booted from the windows CD, did my repair and everything worked fine.

But I noticed that certain functions and modules that service pack 2 had previously installed left traces behind. The wireless network wizard was still in the control panel but it didn't function. In fact my wireless network wouldn't function at all.

I thought it would be simple. Install SP2 again. I installed it and restarted my computer. Before ever getting to restart, it hung up on the shut down.

I finally had to reset it. On reboot, it will no longer boot into any of my OS's. I cannot boot from the XP CD either. It hangs up when it says, "Windows is starting." I cannot get into the recovery console from the CD and I didn't have it installed on the hard disk drive. Any suggestions?
 

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Hello,

My Old hard drive has Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit installed on it. I purchased the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade
and ran the upgrade. Removed the Vista hard drive, and can not start Windows 7.
Only issue on this system, I have upgraded two other systems without any problem.
SSD with Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade on it, Hard drive with Windows Vista Ultimate on it.

Error Loading operating system.

Insert Windows 7 setup disk, eventually choose command prompt, then ran bootrec.

It came up with four choices: /FixBoot, /FixMBR, /ScanOs, and /RebuildBcd

Vista drive is removed from the system.

bootrec /ScanOs shows:
successfully scanned windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /fixmbr
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /FixBoot
Element not found

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
Element not found

Reinserted the Vista hard drive, then did a bootrec /scanOs
[1] E:\Windows
[2] C:\Windows
[3] E:\Windows.old.000\Windows

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 3
[1] E:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] C:\Windows
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A:Windows 7 boot issue with master boot record

Try this:
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
or
As your HD set up is about the same, have look at my post here:
Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

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I have two Windows 7 64 bit systems that worked perfectly until approx two weeks ago. They started becoming unresponsive to various websites, such as b1015.com (unable to listen live). Both computers then started having problems opening sites through google searches.
 
Following this, most updates on both computers fail. Downloads from the internet fail. Updating flash on one - failed. downloading .net framework update - failed.
 
One computer has MSE - updated and ran scan - no threats found
One computer has AVast - updated and ran scan - no threats found
 
Tried to download malwarebytes on the computer with avast - failed
went to XP station - downloaded to thumb drive and installed from thumb drive and ran  - no threats found
 
from cmd prompt -  ran sfc /scannow on both computers  -  no problems found
 
Can anyone give me any ideas of where to go from here to get both of these computers working properly again
 
VR-
 
Bec

A:Updates Fail/Downloads Fail/Flash Sites Fail x2 computers

The first place to start is are you getting any error messages when the updates fail? What do the messages state -- for example, do you get any error codes? Please post that information here.

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Hi there,

I've recently built a new rig and I've had continuous problems trying to boot. I have two HDDs and one SDD. It seems when the two HDDs are plugged in, i can sometimes boot ok, and most times i get:






Quote:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

Status: 0xc000000e

Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible


Or

Please select a boot device, or something to the affect.

I've updated to the latest bios on my new mobo ( Gigabyte z97x SOC Force ) and ive done a fresh install of windows several times on the SDD. I also ran crystal disk to check health on the SDD and it came back healthy.

It seems mostly my boot problems are linked to plugging in the two other HDDs, though I've no idea why this would be, and how to fix it? Is it a motherboard problem or a HDD problem?

Any help greatly appreciated.

A:Windows boot fail: Boot selection failed because a required device is

Hi

Please post a screenshot of "Disk Management" as per this guide - Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

( Make sure all disks are plugged ).

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Hi i want to duel boot windows 7 and windows 8.1...i have a 240gb ssd with windows 7 already installed on it....i also have a 2tb storage hardrive and i use this for storage..btw this hardrive did have my windows 7 on it untill i bought the ssd then i ported windows 7 on to the ssd using Paragon Migrate OS to SSD...then i formatted the 2tb drive and have it as a storage drive now.

Ok so my problem is when i split my 2tb storage drive into 2 partitions using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition ("i intend to use the one partition of about 750gb for windows 8.1") ..however my computer will not boot anymore? i get a Status Oxc0000225 The boot selection failed....i belive this is because the storage drive still has the mbr on it from when it had windows 7 on it...in fact i know it is still on there but i dont know how to delete the mbr from the storage drive???

If i split the storage drive into 2 partitions the computer will not boot....if i disconnect the storage drive and boot with only the ssd it will boot again my pc boots again....also if i rejoin the storage drive back to one partition and reconnect it..it boot fine with it connected again....so there for some reason windows on C drive does not like my storage drive having a different size or being 2 partitions and it appears it needs some information from the storage drive if conceted to be able to have successful boot??... could this have something with the old MBR on my storage drive from when windows 7... Read more

A:Oxc0000225 boot fail after resizing storage drive want to duel boot

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Can i delete the mbr from the storage drive


no






Quote:
does my storage drive need an mbr?


yes





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and can i ever restore that drive back to a primary drive?


yes make sure none of the volumes on it are marked active

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My story:  The hard drive failed in my Y510P a few weeks ago, so I installed a 512 GB M.2 NGFF ZTC SSD.  (I bought the SSD a few months ago when hard drive first had symptoms, but then held off installing it due to lack of time and because HD passed diagnostic tests with no apparent problems).  Anyway, after the HD finally failed, I found I could boot it to BIOS and see the hard drive information, even though I couldn't boot the HD.  I originally had Windows 8.1, but had upgraded to Windows 10.  Prior to upgrading to Windows 10, I had backed up the recovery partition to a USB drive.  After physically installing the SSD, I tried using this recovery USB to clean install Windows 8.1 to the SSD (thinking Windows would then prompt me to upgrade to Windows 10 again), but the recovery software was unable to do that (so what good is the recovery software if it cannot deal with a catastrophic HD failure?).  Not that I wanted to go back to Windows 8.1 again, but I am really surprised it was basically useless under circumstances it might really be needed.  I was just trying to use it as a stepping stone in the recovery process. So next, with a little searching, I found I could download a Windows 10 installer directly from Microsoft.  I did that and it installed Windows 10 without any trouble. Yesterday morning, I found that my Y510P would not boot the new drive.  It would d... Read more

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My computer doesn't boot. When I turn it on it gets past the bios, but it can't find the boot record. It looks through all available hardware, but nothing. Then is says to push any key to continue, but it keeps saying it can't find the boot record. Over and over.
I have 2 SATA drive set at RAID 0. I tried using the Win XP cd rom to backdoor the operating system and get into Windows and use the system recovery to go back a week or something, but it didn't work when I got to the Recovery prompt. It was like it couldn't find the command to let me get into the c prompt part.

I don't want to reinstall windows because I have files in the hard drives I don't want to lose.

Please help me fix my computer.

Thanks
 

A:Can't boot Win XP Pro, Master Boot Record, MBR

Dbetbadal
Welcome to TSG!
Try this:
If you have the Winxp install disc insert it into drive. When it start select the R option. Once to recovery console type the following....
1) FIXBOOT C:
2) FIXMBR

If you are successful in rebuilding the Master Boot Record and still have problems with XP itself you can always do a repair of the installation following the instructions listed at this Website

Take care and keep us posted to your progress

Dave
 

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What is the difference of Master Boot Record and system files and what does it do??
 

A:Master Boot Record

Simply put:

The MBR is the portion of the HDD located at the same place, being Cylinder 0, Head 0, Sector 1. It contains the code to start the boot process, the code contains the info on how to start the boot and where the operating system files are located.

System files can (with some exceptions) reside anywhere on the disk, and these files are accessed by the boot process and ongoing operational processes of the operating system.
 

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I'll start from the top, recently I tried to install mac OSX on my second hard drive(IDE). I had XP installed on my SATA hard drive which had all my music and videos which I didn't want to loose. installed mac OSX and it ran fine, but I could no longer could boot into windows, I had to then format the OSX disk(IDE) and install windows onto my IDE drive, after install I couldn't get it to boot but I changed the hard disk boot order in my bios(to the IDE drive) and it booted. Then rescued my music etc by puting it on the IDE drive. Formatted my Sata hard drive and installed windows, all went fine. My problem is this when I change the boot order in my Bios (i.e. change the first boot device to my sata drive) it doesn't boot, does this mean my Master Boot record is on my IDE drive? Is there anyway to get it onto my Sata hard drive as I want to have another attempt at installing OSX, but I cant because I cant format my IDE drive if it has the Master boot record.

P.S. New to all this so not sure it is to do with the MBR but assume it is.

A:Master Boot record help!

Go to folder Options and show Protected Operating System files. Go to the SATA hard drive and see if there is a boot.ini file. If not it won't know how to boot. You should be able to create a boot.ini on the SATA hard drive to allow it to boot.

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i just purchased an ASROCK K7VM2 MO/BO
AND AN DURON1.3 CPU

the trouble im having is to get the computer to fdisk and format
but it will not let me do it

it keeps looking for the master boot record
the harddrive is a new hitachi 40gb

can i get it to access the floppy disk
without looking for the master boot record

any help would be appreciated

especially if anybody also owns an asrock mo/bo

thanks again

matt100

p.s
i have been to asrock web site
and they talk gibberish
 

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WinXP Home SP2May have Master Boot virus?Computer boots but does not find OS. Must enter BIOS upon POST then exit BIOS before it finds XP, otherwise I get black screen as it tries to find OS.MoBo: ASUS P5GZ-MX with Bios version 3.0.9 (11/30/2006). Have also reset BIOS to default settings.Computer is also running slow. CPU over 50%FWIW: Nortons AV, Adaware AE, Malbytes Malware have found nothing. (all updated definitions)Any assistance would be appreciated. See DDS, Attach, arkSincerely,The BlackwulfForgot, also once received error mssg:Kernel_stack_inpage_errorstop:0X00000077 (0XC000000E,0XC000000E,0X00000000,0X02AB1000)

A:Master boot virus?

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I need some assistance with a problem with my XP operating system on another computer. The system partially loads and gets to the blue xp welcome screen for about 10 seconds and then reboots and continues to cycle through to the blue xp welcome screen before rebooting etc.

I have put in the boot disc to try to do the standard repair to the operating system but for some reason my F8 key has been disabled thus not allowing me to do this.

I have gone into the recovery module and done a fixboot but this hasn't solved the problem. I have then tried fixmbr but have not proceeded with this command as it comes back with the warning that the computer has a non-standard or invalid master boot record and fixmbr could cause all the partions to become inaccessible.

My question is how do I do a backup of data before a try to solve the mbr problem.

One option I understand is to take out the hard drive from the computer and connect it to an external usb enclosure /adaptor on another comuputer. But I don't have such a thing and don't really want to take out the Hard drive.

Another option I understand is to create a boot disc. But the microsoft information suggests that this will not work if the computer has reached the blue XP screen.

Are there any other options - what about separate partions or will this potentially delete my unbacked up data?

Otherwise I guess it is off to the computer repair shop?

A:Master boot record

Im going to answer these in reverse.
First if you create a boot disk you will not get to the blue screen that XP is providing because your computer will be under the control of the boot disk in the cd drive.
ps: be sure to change the boot order in the bios to do this.

Second how are you getting to the recovery module without the F8 key?
Does your system occasionally load or are you booting from the cd?
If it loads sometimes please follow the instructions below and turn off the auto restart in order to get to read the error message that is provided and post it here.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstr...utorestart.htm

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I recently had a trojan worm virus on my laptop, i tried running avast whisch got rid of some of it but still had error messages and couldnt log on to the internet, so i decided to format my hard drive and reboot from the master disk. I managed to format the hard drive from the disk but then it just stopped and i had a black screen with this on. c:/>.
could not get it to boot up to windows xp at all , i tried some stuff that i found on the internet. like f8 and f12 and tried to rebbot in safe mode but it still wont boot. tried to put the master disk back in and boot from that but that wont work, i have just got a black screen with the cursor on now.
Please help!!
 

A:Will not boot from master disk

change of plan!! Ive turned it on today and its booted up windows but it looks like its not completed the installation of windows. My master disk will not read also my usb port is not working. it looks like the drivers are not installed how do i get my master disk to complete the installation.
 

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Help!  i ran an aswMBR scan by avast.  It detected one "suspicious" item.  When I pressed the fixMBR button, a warning appeared:
 
WARNING!  Writing a new master boot record to your system partition could damage your partition tables and cause your partitions to become inaccessible.  This application writies standard windows MBR code.  Are you sure you want to fix the MBR?
 
I did not opt to fix the MBR for fear of really messing something up.  I have copied the log below.
 
aswMBR version 0.9.9.1771 Copyright© 2011 AVAST Software
Run date: 2013-05-28 01:07:01
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01:07:01.375    OS Version: Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
01:07:01.375    Number of processors: 2 586 0xF06
01:07:01.390    ComputerName: DDSB79C1  UserName: Owner
01:07:43.484    Initialize success
01:14:03.593    AVAST engine defs: 13052701
01:14:17.296    Disk 0 (boot) \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0-3
01:14:17.390    Disk 0 Vendor: WDC_WD1200BEVS-75LAT0 02.06M02 Size: 114473MB BusType: 3
01:14:17.765    Disk 0 MBR read successfully
01:14:17.781    Disk 0 MBR scan
01:14:18.062    Disk 0 unknown MBR code
01:14:18.093    Disk 0 Partition 1 00     DE Dell Utility Dell 8.0       47 MB offset 63
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A:Warning, Master Boot!

Hello diggittie I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal section of the forum.Around here they call me Gringo and I will be glad to help you with your malware problems.Very Important --> Please read this post completely, I have spent my time to put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier, faster and smoother for both of us!Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same... Read more

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I was messing around with Ubuntu Linux and it installed GRUB on the master boot record and I want it gone. I was told to type 'fdisk /mbr' in MSDOS mode to get rid of GRUB. I dont know how do get into MSDOS mode.. command prompt doesnt work..

EDIT: I am using Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
 

A:Help with Master Boot Record

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ok folks i think i screwed up my master boot record. i have no idea what it is. is it on my hdd or bios or what. if i messed it up installing linux how can i fix it so i can boot xp without getting boot disk error message.
thanks
 

A:master boot record?

Boot with an MS-DOS floppy and type the following command.

FDISK /MBR

This will remove the Linux boot manager and allow XP to boot.
 

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ok folks i think i screwed up my master boot record. i put it in the hardeware forum cuz i have no idea what it is. is it on my hdd or bios or what. if i messed it up installing linux how can i fix it so i can boot xp without getting boot disk error message.
thank you
 

A:mbr (master boot record) i think....

Please don't post duplicate threads on the same issue.
 

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i am fairly certain i have a trojan or rootkit on my pc. am running xp pro. so i want to reformat. at one point i had dual booted xp pro on two seagate hardrives. i used one for video editing. had a problem with the dual boot after a while. one hard drive wasn't booting properly. went into system recovery to "fixmbr". was told that i could lose partitions if i proceeded. so i went ahead and reformatted and did a fresh install. my antivirus (eset) has always failed to scan the mbr, page file. it said these files were locked. 2 days ago my cpu usage would go haywire at boot up. went into to local settings/temp file to manually delete files and i have one temp file that won't allow me to delete it. as i would recheck the file periodically, it started having babies. can't boot into safe mode because my mouse won't function. booted into system recovery from os disc and was going to fix mbr. again i am told that i will lose partitions. my question is, when you remove partitions and reinstall, i assumed the master boot record was also reinstalled. is that true?

A:Master Boot Record

Well...you say things that are inconsistent.

If one is going to delete a partition, why bother with fixmbr or fixboot or any other command that works on that partition?

If you want to format, format.

Formatting always and always will...result in the deletion/removal of all file structures, files, registry entries, etc...that existed before the format of that space.

A clean install of XP results in a fresh set of system files, as does a repair install of XP. The difference is that a repair install may continue to be bothered by previous system problems, whereas a clean install won't have that history to contend with.

How many partitions are on this drive?

Louis

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Hello
I have a computer that is only 14 months old with Vista Home premium as the OS system. I am having a problem getting my computer working yesterday when i came to use the internet on my comp i kept getting not responding for firefox and on internet explorer so I tried the method of switching off and on to start again. When i did this the computer would not restart and kept going to a fix your computer screen from microsoft (i believe) and everytime it ran it said OS boot missing and eventually the computer would not even get to this stage it just kept saying master boot missing press ctrl alt del to resart and it kept saying this no matter how many times I tried. I have now tried recovory which resets the comp to factory settings but this has been at 8% for about 15 hours. Any ideas?

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Avast scan shows disk 0 master boot record threat [email protected] How do I get rid of this? It shows a window repair program (which I did not download) as the only program under >All programs and none of my files show on my computer. Help!!

A:Master boot virus?

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include the link to this topic in your new topic and a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.Once you have created the new topic, please reply back here with a link to the new topic.

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I've recently installed a Vertex 4 in my computer and along with that, my old primary HDD started to fail - So I copied all that I needed and formatted it in windows 7 via disk-management.
Earlier today I wanted to remove it from my PC, because I had no use for it but when I did, windows would not boot. I was told that it was because the MBR was stored on my "old" primary HDD and that I needed to run a Repair from the Win7-DVD, but the DVD is ofcource outdated and this would force me to reinstall Windows all over which is really the last resort I want to deal with.

Is there anything else I can do to fix it?

A:Master Boot Record needed from one HDD to another

Plug back in the HD and post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk mgmt drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu: Screen Shots

We will give you the steps.

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Hey there, friendly Tech Support community!

My PC has been down for at least a week now, and I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with the MBR. Windows XP refuses to load, even in Safe Mode, and I've since reinstalled it, but it still won't load. Instead of seing the loading bar, the screen just remains black and won't let me boot up.

My primary difficulty is trying to figure out how to use the command prompt (from the Windows cd). I insert the disc, wait for the menu to appear, and type "2", which allows me to go to command prompt instead of reinstalling Windows (which doesn't solve the problem). Then, the screen just says "A:\>".

According to an article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, to access the Windows Recovery Console (which is supposed to let me fix the MBR), I'm supposed to type "R". But when i do, it just tells me that the command is unrecognized. So, I have tried loads of other commands, including fixmbr and fixboot, but it doesn't seem to recognize ANYTHING!

I've looked all over the web for articles on command prompt and DOS, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Does anybody know how to properly navigate the command prompt, or ultimately fix the Master Boot Record??

Thanks in advance!

A:Resetting MBR (Master Boot Record)

a:\ indicates you are accessing the A drive. I think you would want to access your c drive. Just type "c:\" and hit enter at the a:\ prompt. Then type "help" for a list of available dos commands

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Any advice on the following greatfully received.

My daughters boyfriends PC is running Windows 2000 Pro. The hard drive is a Western Digital WD800. It is on a single channel IDE cable and is in the primary IDE socket on the MOBO. There have been no changes to the hardware configeration recently. The jumper is set to Master.

The PC goes through the POST but when it gets halfway through the loading of the Windows 2000 screen just before it kicks into Windows proper it goes to a blue screen with erorr code 0X0000007B (0x81847DF) (0x0000032) (0x00000000) (0x00000000). The checks suggest this is a Master Boot Record problem and coupled with the PC's behaviour I think I will have to deal with it if it was.

So far I have taken the hard drive out and put it in mine and run an online anti virus scan at Trend Micro and Symantec that came back negative. I have run scandisk and downloaded the Wetern Digital diagnostics tool. No errors reported. My PC can read the disk fine as a slave.

I have tried to run FDISK /MBR but when I hit the return the floopy boot disk springs into life and then........nothing . Am I doing this right?

If FDISK /MDR does not work, what other options are there for reparing the MBR?

Thanks in anticipation
 

A:Help re repairing master boot record

riffraff9 said:

Any advice on the following greatfully received.

My daughters boyfriends PC is running Windows 2000 Pro. The hard drive is a Western Digital WD800. It is on a single channel IDE cable and is in the primary IDE socket on the MOBO. There have been no changes to the hardware configeration recently. The jumper is set to Master.

The PC goes through the POST but when it gets halfway through the loading of the Windows 2000 screen just before it kicks into Windows proper it goes to a blue screen with erorr code 0X0000007B (0x81847DF) (0x0000032) (0x00000000) (0x00000000). The checks suggest this is a Master Boot Record problem and coupled with the PC's behaviour I think I will have to deal with it if it was.

So far I have taken the hard drive out and put it in mine and run an online anti virus scan at Trend Micro and Symantec that came back negative. I have run scandisk and downloaded the Wetern Digital diagnostics tool. No errors reported. My PC can read the disk fine as a slave.

I have tried to run FDISK /MBR but when I hit the return the floopy boot disk springs into life and then........nothing . Am I doing this right?

If FDISK /MDR does not work, what other options are there for reparing the MBR?

Thanks in anticipationClick to expand...

Damn, I know how to do this with the XP disc, but not 2000. Okay, what you're going to want to do to is plop in the Win2000 disc and let it boot. Try to get to a repair command prompt. When you get there, type i... Read more

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Hi

Have a PC with Windows 7 on it. First hard disk with Master Boot Record failed (had an install of windows xp on it) - have now removed faulty disk, but PC will not boot due to Master Boot Record not being on second disk.

How do I go about re-creating the MBR on this Windows 7 install disk ?

Tried googling, and as usual nobody seems to have a quick / easy fix - and tried Windows 7 repair options, doesn't work (doesn't even recognise Windows 7 is on the disk).

So, I have a non-bootable PC... with access to other PC's and laptops around me (also with windows 7 on), so could plug the disk in to one of those via usb dock station etc...

Hope someone can help.

A:Master Boot Record re-creation

Try the bootrec commands from a win7 dvd.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

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I was on my sister?s computer (HP, 3.2 GHZ, 512 RAM) and I used PNY Attache 256mb flash drive on it. The computer didn?t seem to like it because the flash drive has a built in application and you need to eject it properly.

The next day, I get this message:
ZKCHUNKREADER::ZKCHUNKREADER
Desc. Corrupt file
C:\documents and settings\hp owner\application data\telus\telus security service\spyware.dat

I click on ?ok? and it then says ?your antispyware could not start. Please visit the support site for assistance?

It?s a long story but nothing is working.

I press ctrl + alt + delete and nothing happens. The keyboard acts like it is not connected (but it is)

I couldn?t turn off the computer so I had to unplug it.

Today, the computer started normally. The desktop showed as well as the ZKCHUNKREADER message. The computer froze up

I started the computer again and I would get



I would unplug because I didnt know what to do and then I might get this during start up



I dont know where their boot disk or recovery cd is (but I doubt she made one)

What should I do when I get the master boot error? I have recovery cd. Would it work on her computer safely?

PS:
Does this mean the driver for the monitor is not installed? It keeps popping up



Thank you

A:Master Boot Record Error

Hi m1000 and welcome to TSF !

The recovery disks will restore the computer to the state it was when you first bought it. You'll lose all the data that's on the drive so don't do that if your sister has any valuable data on it.

I wonder whether this could be virus related so I'll ask a security tech to give a look.

Edit : in the mean time, press F1 to enter setup and check that the hard drive is set as the primary boot device.

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I deleted Ubuntu Linux from my computer by deleting the partitions that contained it, but this also deleted GRUB and now my computer can't boot into Windows.

I looked online and it said I needed the Windows 7 disk to restore the Master Boot Record. I do not have the Windows 7 disk.

People also said that a disk called "Hiren's Boot CD" would also work. I obtained this but I don't understand how to use it. Does anyone here know? Apparently there is a program called "mbrfix" or "fixmbr" or one of those but I have no idea how to access it or how to make it work.

What should I do?

A:How do I restore the Master Boot Record?

Download the 64 bit system repair disk from this site.

System Repair Disc - Create

Boot from the disk, choose command prompt then type the following commands one by one. Hit Enter after each.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix

Bootrec /fixmbr
Bootrec /fixboot
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

Now boot normally.

This can be done from Hiren also, locate the command prompt option in it.

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Ok, this has been going on for a short while now (well, about a month) and it's bugging the crap out of me. When I restart my computer, I get the following error.
verifying DMI Pool Data.............

Master Boot Record Error

Press a key

**I press ENTER**

Master Boot Record Error

Press a key

**I press ENTER**

Boot from CD:

DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

**I press ENTER**

From here, it boots normally, and runs without any glitches. No freezing, no crashing, nothing out of the normal, and as far as operating (running) goes, it's completely fine. It only does this at startup. It doesn't matter if I have a disk in the dvd drive or not. I didn't install anything new when this happened, and I don't remember doing anything odd or "out of the norm" to the system. I've never been into the registry, and am good about keeping my AV updated (it updates and scans nightly) and run adaware, ewido and CWShredder frequently.

I do have a 200 gb Western Digital drive that I've partitioned with W2Kpro on a 9.77 gb partition (C:){Healthy, system}, and WIN XP pro on a 118.22 gb partition (F:) {Healthy, Boot} and then another partition for "other stuff" that's 58.32 gb (G:)......WTF? That only adds up to 186.31 gb total...so where's my other 13.69 gb? And windows disk manager says it's only 186.31 gb! OMG! And my 160 gb external drive only shows up as 153.38 ... Read more

A:Master Boot Record Error

Is this after the POST, if not clear the CMOS. If it is after the POST you may want to go to WD and download their diagnostic tool to a floppy and run it.

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Computer NOW continuously shuts down & restarts after it gets to the "Verify DMI Pool Data... Boot From CD:" sceen... after downloadind DVD programs from a forum Monday, but before shuting the computer down, Norton Internet Security Said it found 3 Trojons and fixed them... problem = have I lost the master boot record? System is a 2004 emachine that came with no discs. Can anyone tell me where I can download a Win XP Master Boot Record to reinstall?

A:Master Boot Record missing?

Hello clytnlln

You will have to borrow an XP installation CD to try to fix this.

Then
Configure your PC to boot from CD if it isn't already set up that way. You may need to enter the BIOS to configure the PC to boot from the CD.
Set the boot order to
Floppy (if present)
CDROM
Hard Disk
SAVE and EXIT

Start your PC with the XP Setup CD in the drive. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt, do so and let the CD-based boot process begin.

When the Recovery Console option is offered ("Press R to start the Recovery Console"), do so. You may be asked which Windows installation to enter, in which case type the number of the Windows installation you wish to work on (usually "1").

When prompted, enter the Administrator's password for that Windows installation. If you did not set a password just press ENTER

At the command prompt, type
Bootcfg /Rebuild
ENTER

The exact wording will depend on your setup, but after a few moments you'll see a prompt that says something like:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add Installation To Boot List?

Assuming the information you see is correct, enter
Y
Bootcfg will start the process of rebuilding the boot list to include the indicated Windows installation

After a moment, you'll be asked to "Enter Load Identifier."
This is the name of the operating system that will appear in boot menus.
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Does anyone have a way of fixing a master boot record when Xp's recovery console won't install for dos or run under Xp. Its a patitioned (c/d) WD 250gb aaks sata drive and their software won't work. Partion Magic 8 won't run in XP but dos shows a third unamed partition as also primary like C with same settings as D and 100% of the space is used and is not marked active. If anyone has a fix, I sure need some help.

A:Messed up master boot record

The simplest solution would be to use Test Disk, but make sure you read the guides at the bottom of the page, as Test Disk can be a bit daunting if you are not used to it. It works through a command line interface.

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RogueKiller's MBR Check indicated a damaged MBR. I therefore decided to request for assistance / advice in another forum. I have now followed steps 6, 7 and 8 of the preparation guide, as requested. Here are the DDS log results. Thank you, Matt (- Cadence)   DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.16428  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.45.2Run by TJ at 19:08:04 on 2014-01-11Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.31.1043.18.3828.1685 [GMT 1:00].AV: ESET Smart Security 7.0 *Enabled/Updated* {19259FAE-8396-A113-46DB-15B0E7DFA289}SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}SP: ESET Smart Security 7.0 *Enabled/Updated* {A2447E4A-A5AC-AE9D-7C6B-2EC29C58E834}FW: ESET Persoonlijke firewall *Enabled* {211E1E8B-C9F9-A04B-6D84-BC85190CE5F2}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\Microsoft.Net\Framework64\v3.0\WPF\PresentationFontCache.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSSC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroupC:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkAudioService64.exeC:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVBg64.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceC:\Windows\sys... Read more

A:Damaged Master Boot Record

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Hello i recently did a non destructive xp window reinstall to fix an issue i was having. Everything seemed to have worked except that now i get a message during startup that says master boot record error press any key to continue. after i press a key the computer starts up fine and i haven't noticed anything wrong with it. I went into my recovery console and typed fixmbr and it said it wrote a new mbr but i still get the same master boot record on startup. any ideas? thanks.

A:master boot record error

did you take out the cd?

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Hello, I've been directed here after being told that my system has an infected MBR after first posting in the 'Am I Infected?' forum.. This was my initial cry for help:"Hello, I've not bumped into any issues with my laptop since last year but at the end of last week Microsoft Security Essentials detected and quarantined 'Exploit:JS/Blacole.JQ' whilst I was using the internet.. It was removed and subsequent scans with Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware came back clean. I noticed the system was somewhat laggy and so ran a scan with Dr.Web CureIt!, this found the Win32 virus and I 'cured' the infected file using this programme. All subsequent scans with Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Security Essentials AND Dr.Web CureIt! are coming back clean but I'd like confirmation from you guys that this is indeed the case and that there aren't various other nasties roaming around my laptop!"Please find the DDS logs attached:DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86 Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18639Run by Dan at 19:20:02 on 2012-11-27#Option MBR scan is disabled.Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6001.1.1252.44.1033.18.3000.1652 [GMT 0:00].AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {B140BF4E-23BB-4198-90AB-A51A4C60A69C}SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {0A215EAA-0581-4E16-AA1B-9E6837E7EC21}SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}.============== Running Processe... Read more

A:An infected Master Boot Record ??

Please do the following:Download the appropriate version for your system of the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.[*]Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.[*]In the command window type e:\frst.e... Read more

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