“FixMBR”

Last issue’s "Undoing Dual-Boot Setups"http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2003/2003-03-20.htm#3 generated a lot of mail, most of which involved readers asking for a simple way to restore the boot record in NTFS, much like the simple and nondestructive "FDISK /MBR" trick in DOS. (See http://www.google.com/search?as_q=mbr&as_sitesearch=langa.com )

The NTFS equivalent is called "FixMBR," and it can be invoked from the Recovery Console to repair damage to the master boot record— or for things like helping to remove lingering traces of unwanted dual-boot setups.

You can find info on FixMBR and the Recovery Console in the XP Help system (all versions), or:

FixMBR:
http://www.google.com/search?q=fixmbr
http://tinyurl.com/7saq
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314503

Recovery Console:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307654
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_rec.htm



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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.