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Is this a Master Boot Record Problem

By Michaelk1958 ·
Hi all,
I have a question that comes in several parts. I use windows xp pro sp3 on a daily basis, but about a year or so ago I made my system a dual boot with Xp Pro and vista. I did it to try vista for a while and as you can guess I hated it . Heres the issue: after removing vista from my system, every time I start up the computer or restart, I have to point the start up to an "earlier version of windows" in order for it to boot into xp. Its not a big problem, it just bugs me.
Is this an issue with the master boot record and if so how do I get the old mbr back. I have tried the windows recovery console but at the password screen I hit enter and it tells me wrong password entered. I dont have any passwords on my home system. so I put one on and tried it again and got the same result. I cant get past the password step to type :fixmbr:. If this isn't an issue with the MBR then where is it?
I would like to set a timer on my box to come on about 10 minutes before I get home or 10 minutes before a scheduled backup is suppose to run so its all warmed up and ready to go, but I can't without human interface to point to the xp install. How do I fix this?

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Yes and yes

by TobiF In reply to Is this a Master Boot Rec ...

Yes, this is a broken MBR
There are other ways than the recovery console to write a fresh MBR to your system.

Have a look here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/general-10/where-can-i-get-a-bootdisk-that-supports-fixmbr-command-360415/

EditAdd:
And here: http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

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Not really a MBR Issue

by OH Smeg In reply to Is this a Master Boot Rec ...

This is a Issue with the Boot Loader that Windows Uses. Here I'm assuming that you just removed the Vista Install by formatting the drive/partition it was on or other ways of removing that drive/partition.

You can edit the Boot Loader by following the directions here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

As for the Password Screen on the Recovery Console this needs the input of the Master Password that was used when Windows was originally installed. If you didn't set a password then and used a M$ Branded Install Disc all you need do is press the Enter key and leave the space blank. Though to be perfectly honest I've never had much joy with the Recovery Console.

I would like to set a timer on my box to come on about 10 minutes before I get home or 10 minutes before a scheduled backup is suppose to run so its all warmed up and ready to go, but I can't without human interface to point to the xp install. How do I fix this?

Edit the Boot Loader to remove the Vista Option or Set the Earlier Version of Windows to the Default Option. It's all in the Boot loader.

Col

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by AnsuGisalas In reply to Not really a MBR Issue

"I would like to set a timer on my box to come on about 10 minutes before I get home or 10 minutes before a scheduled backup is suppose to run so its all warmed up and ready to go"

I must say, that's rather unromantic... whatever happened to the human touch? ?

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RE: whatever happened to the human touch?

by OH Smeg In reply to ...

Automation will kill it every time.

Col

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