how do i recover my windows 7 MBR?

July 30, 2011 at 10:30:41
Specs: Windows 7, 2.1ghz/4gb
Ive got a laptop with Windows 7 on but I want to install XP aswell so I can dual boot. I am aware that if I install XP it will overwrite my Master Boot Record and I wont be able to run Windows 7 anymore. I am also aware that if I had a Windows 7 disk I could use the recovery tool however I dont have a disk, so how would I do it manually? Or is there some third party softward I could install to prevent my MBR being overwritten?

Thanks
Dan


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July 30, 2011 at 16:00:23
Make a windows 7 repair disk directly from the computer you will be using. This will be able to do the start up repair that will reinstall the boot manager. You can also make it from another windows 7 machine as long as both are 32bit or 64bit, but using the same one is best.
Start>All Programs>Maintenance>Make a system repair disk, put in a blank CDr disk and you should be ready.
BUT make sure you do your other homework before you proceed. Make sure you have XP drivers available and downloaded for your hardware (on flash drive or CD) or you will not be able to install XP. Make sure you set your BIOS to let XP see your hard drive as IDE drive rather than SATA drive until all of your drivers are loaded including XP/SATA drivers or it will not load. Finally use disk manager to safely shrink your C drive to make room for later creating the new partition to install on (I say safely, BUT there is always risk in partitioning so back up first). Use the XP disk to create the new partition and format it so it will recognize it properly.

Easier would be to install a virtual machine and then install XP on it with much less hassle and an easier uninstall later.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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