Showing posts with label error fix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label error fix. Show all posts

Saturday, March 05, 2011

How To: Repair And Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record (MBR)

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How To: Repair And Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record (MBR)

The Master Boot Record (MBR) will be created when you create the first partition on the hard disk. It is very important data structure on the hard disk drive. The Master Boot Record contains the Partition Table for the hard disk and a small amount of executable code for the Windows Vista boot start. The location of Master Boot Record files is always the first sector on the hard disk.When you start your Windows Vista computer, the BIOS (basic input/output system) looks for the MBR on the first sector of your hard drive. The MBR tells the BIOS which partition on the hard drive contains the operating system.

When we try to boot after hardware testing procedures, we see just blank screen without any messages. It means the piece of code at the beginning of the MBR could not be executed properly. That’s why even error messages could not be displayed.Also when we try to boot into Windows Vista, we see an error message like “Operating System not found” and this error occurs with a broken Master Boot Record (MBR).

To Restore corrupted Windows Vista Master Boot Record(MBR),follow the simple procedures.

You can use the Bootrec.exetool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista:

A master boot record (MBR)
A boot sector
A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store

Note When you are troubleshooting startup issues by using the Windows RE, you should first try the Startup Repair option in the System Recovery Options dialog box. If the Startup Repair option does not resolve the issue, or if you must troubleshoot more steps manually, use the Bootrec.exe tool.

To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:

Put your Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
Press a key when you are prompted.
Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
Click Repair your computer.
Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
Type “Bootrec.exe”, (without the quotes) and then press ENTER.

Note: To start the computer from your Windows Vista installation DVD, your computer must be configured from BIOS to start from the DVD drive

Bootrec.exe options

The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.


The /FixMbr option writes a Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.


The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true.

The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista boot sector.
The boot sector is damaged.
An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).


The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option displays the entries that are currently not in the BCD store. Use this option when there are Windows Vista installations that the Boot Manager menu does not list.


The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.

Note: If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd

Note: If you are running a RAID array, if this does not help and you are recieving errors. Check in your BIOS and make sure the BIOS did not convert back to IDE.Windows Vista needs to see the compleate MBR, In a RAID setup the MBR is split between two drives.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Office 2010 configures everytime it starts

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Office 2010 configures everytime it starts

Apparantly, some people have had problems with this issue, going back to Office 2007, when an upgrade has be performed, but not all programs in the Office suite are upgraded (ie, you have an older program from a previous suite still installed on your computer ie. you upgrade to Office 2010 Home & student, but your 2007 installation had Outlook, and the version of Outlook on your computer is 2007).

If this is the case, one fix is to create a new registry key for each of the 2010 applications installed on your computer.
Open regedit by pressing Windows+r, and typing regedit in the Run dialog box. Select OK, and approve the UAC warning if you are presented with it.

IMPORTANT: Please first back-up your registry before proceding, by highlighting 'Computer', selecting File>export and create a copy of the registry on your desktop. This way, if you have any problems, you can enter safe-mode, and reinstall a copy of your registry before this change.

That said, exit regedit, and again bring up a run dialog box by pressing Win+R
You will need to do this for each Office 2010 app you have on your computer.

In the Run dialog box type: 'reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\*OFFICE APP NAME*\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1', replacing *OFFICE APP NAME* with the office applications on your computer (Word, Excel, Powerpoint...etc) without the quotes of course.

restart your computer, and attempt to open an office program.

This solution works for most, but there are some people where this is not enough, and a long process of allowing permissions for different parts of all the applications is required.

Try the simple fix, and report back.