Fixing MBR after removing dual-boot Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Gordon, Jun 11, 2008.

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    Gordon Guest

    I am thinking of installing another OS as a dual boot. My question is this -
    should I decide to remove the other OS, how do I then fix the MBR as I only
    have a Recovery CD?
    Gordon, Jun 11, 2008
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    John Spence Guest

    Gordon wrote the following on 11-Jun-08 07:08:
    Windows Vista

    1. Make a backup in case there is a problem.
    2. Boot into Vista like you normally would.
    3. Download EasyBCD from
    4. Install and run EasyBCD.
    5. In EasyBCD, on the left, click “Manage Bootloader”. Then in the
    “Bootloader Installation Options” part of the window, choose “Reinstall
    the Vista Bootloader” and then click the “Write MBR” button. This will
    overwrite the Linux Grub boot loader with the default one for Windows Vista.
    6. In Vista, click the start menu and then control panel. In the
    control panel click “System and Maintenance”. Scroll down to the bottom
    and click “Create and format hard disk partitions”. In the window that
    opens you should see all the partitions on your hard disk. Right click
    on the partition that you have Linux installed on and then click “Delete
    Volume…”. You should also have a smaller Swap partition for Linux, do
    the same for that.
    7. Now right click on the new empty space and click “Format”. Give
    the new partition a name, select NTFS as the File System and click ok.
    8. Once that has finished, reboot your computer and it should boot
    into Vista and you should have an extra partition with all free space
    that Linux used to be on.
    John Spence, Jun 11, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    Thanks very much!
    Gordon, Jun 11, 2008
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    William Guest

    Another way it to load it as a Virtual pc
    William, Jun 11, 2008
  5. The OP said that he wants to remove "Home Premium", not Linux.
    Also, Linux can be installed with its boot loader in the Linux root
    partition so that the Vista (or other Windows) MBR can remain in place.

    Timothy Daniels, Jun 11, 2008
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    John Spence Guest

    Timothy Daniels wrote the following on 11-Jun-08 12:08:
    He did say what OS he had nor what he was installing. The above
    instruction will work on XP or Vista to rid himself of either one and to
    reinstall the proper MBR. The instructions that I posted were to rid
    oneself of the grub loader and reinstall the XP or Vista boot program.
    It appeared to me that he had XP and wanted Vista or Linux.
    John Spence, Jun 12, 2008
  7. Clearly, the OP didn't provide enough information for
    accurate instructions. One thing he didn't provide was
    whether he had put the grub loader (in the case of Linux)
    in the MBR or in the Linux root partition. The latter case
    would not necessitate a replacement of the MBR. In fact,
    if the MBR were a proprietary MBR to enable certain
    OEMs' diagnostic or system recovery or multi-media
    partitions, running fixmbr would wipe out that MBR, and
    the proprietary functions would be lost. It should be kept
    in mind that it's not only the OP that is being helped, but also
    a few hundred others who find the posting archived in Google,
    and they need more information to see if the solution that is
    posted actually applies to their own cases.

    Timothy Daniels, Jun 12, 2008
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    Claudia Guest

    i had exactly the same problem, i followed exactly your very clear
    instructions, and i finally fixed it. i wasted many hours looking for
    solutions... next time i'll search here first. :)
    thank you so much!
    Claudia, Jun 14, 2008
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