Restore MBR in Windows® 7
Possible reasons for the corruption of Master Boot Record (MBR) in Windows 7 and tips for the restoration of MBR
To start restoring Master Boot Record (MBR) in Windows 7, you need to load the installation DVD and restart your computer. You will then get a message asking to press any key to boot from CD. On the next screen, you will see the link called 'Repair your computer' at the bottom. Then you need to select the System Recovery Options, which would now search for Windows 7 installation on your computer. You could then select the OS and select the System Recovery Options, including the Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt. From these, you need to choose Command Prompt to fix the MBR. In the command prompt window, you need to type in 'bootrec.exe /fixmbr' and then press 'Enter'. Then you need to restart the computer.
Here are some causes for the corruption of MBR in Windows 7 and the need to restore MBR:
- Need to restore MBR
- Operating system corruption
- Malware infections
Need to restore MBR
You could have corrupted the Windows 7 Master Boot Record unintentionally. This could have been through the installation of another operating system. You need to repair it before Windows could boot again. You could be getting the standard MS-DOS utility called 'FDISK' in the command prompt console for Windows 95, 98 and ME to repair the corrupted MBR. But, as the 'FDISK' is not there in Windows 7, you need to try restoring the MBR to fix errors with MBR.
Operating system corruption
One among the most possible reasons behind the Master Boot Record getting corrupted might be issues with installation of the Windows 7 operating system. If you had improperly installed the OS, the hard disk drive could get bad sectors and damage the MBR. The installation task of the operating system could be interrupted either due to interruption in the power supply or due to the manual interference.
Another most common reason behind the Master Boot Record of Windows 7 getting corrupted might include the malware infections in the system. These infections could have come in your system as a result of accessing infected websites and working with infected applications. These infections can damage important system files, including the MBR. It could also damage system settings with which the MBR could get corrupted.
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