How To FixMBR using Windows Vista Bootable Disk

Posted by Planet Malaysia on December 13, 2007


The following tutorial will teach you "How to fixmbr using Windows Vista bootable disk".

  • Boot up your computer using Microsoft Windows Vista Bootable disk. (Check your BIOS setup)
  • When you see the 1st Windows Vista installation screen appear, please configure your 'language' preferences.
  • When prompted, click 'Repair your computer'.
  • Startup Repair will automatically detect a problem. When prompted, click 'Repair and restart', and then restart your computer from the Windows Vista bootable disk. If Startup Repair does not automatically detect a problem, continue to the next step.
  • click 'Repair Your Computer'.
  • Click Command Prompt from the System Recovery Options.
  • BootRec.exe provides the following command-line options:

  • /FixMbr. Re-writes the master boot record (MBR) of the system partition to start Windows Vista. This won’t overwrite the existing partition table.
  • /FixBoot. Writes a boot sector onto the system partition to start Windows Vista.
  • /ScanOs. Scans all disks for Windows Vista installations and displays them to you. Oddly, this didn’t work for me, even on a test system that was starting just fine.
  • /RebuildBcd. Scans all disks for Windows Vista installations and prompts you to pick the ones you want to add to the BCD.
  • Type  'BootRec.exe /fixmbr' and press Enter.
  • Congratulations! You're done.

Basically your Linux GRUB will go away. We recommend you look at GUID Partition Table.

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40 Responses to “How To FixMBR using Windows Vista Bootable Disk”

  1. juu on January 9th, 2008 11:30 pm

    Thanks! Worked perfectly.

  2. Nitin on August 8th, 2008 6:16 am helped me

  3. Droopy on August 9th, 2008 6:49 pm

    Tks from another happy man

  4. trm96 on August 13th, 2008 2:50 pm

    This article saved my life!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  5. MikeB on September 6th, 2008 3:08 pm

    Excellent – clear and concise, thank you.

  6. Allan B. on November 15th, 2008 8:25 am

    Perfect and Brilliant , it recovered my boot system
    Thank you

  7. RickD on December 30th, 2008 3:29 am

    Totally agree with both MikeB & Allan B. Thanks for taking the time.

  8. David on January 3rd, 2009 4:47 am

    Thanks a lot. The automatic boot recovery did not work, but the “fixmbr” and “fixboot” did the trick.

  9. dude on January 15th, 2009 10:44 pm

    Ok, i found this out.

    For windows 7 DONT use the RebuildBcd switch.

    It will search for vista installations and because it’s not vista but windows7 it won’t find anything and makes a new mbr with 0 OS in the list and it will tell u to press ctrl+alt+del when u boot up after that.

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  11. Nhg54 on January 18th, 2009 8:57 am

    Thanks!! worked like a charm!

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  14. dadaq on February 9th, 2009 9:39 pm

    thanks a lot.. this page saved my all important files:))

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  16. jacob on February 27th, 2009 12:48 am

    Life saver :) thanks a lot

  17. John on March 1st, 2009 6:18 am

    Worked as perfect as could be!! Thanks so much!!

  18. NM on March 18th, 2009 10:23 pm

    Thanks a lot, it worked.

  19. User on July 13th, 2009 5:48 am

    Thanks a lot, you save my life 😛
    sorry for the english
    greetings from Argentina =D

  20. Avery on August 3rd, 2009 11:48 pm


    Fixed, “mbr error 3”, issue perfectly.

    Thanx so much !!

  21. Mary on September 23rd, 2009 5:50 pm

    Thanks! That worked perfectly!

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    ..And all the others techies says FIXMBR & FIXBOOT is not more in Vista/7.. Thanks

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  25. Gary on December 29th, 2009 8:48 am

    The BootRec.exe /fixmbr worked great !

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  27. Piyush on January 22nd, 2010 7:57 pm

    Thanks a lot mate

  28. tolayxxx on February 11th, 2010 2:39 am

    fiiuh!!! this article save my job, after wacking my pc when i deleted linux partition

  29. Karenina on February 28th, 2010 12:45 am

    Thanks!! You save my life!!!

  30. Maximilliano on April 2nd, 2010 11:25 pm

    Great help – had an idea to leave my fathers system as it was – broken. He jsut cant help himself to breaking stuff. But then guilt overcame me and I decided to fix it. Many many thanks from Manchester, England

  31. Chris on April 5th, 2010 12:39 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!! You saved my life!!

  32. Jonas on May 6th, 2010 5:55 pm

    Thanks a LOT! You saved my ass!

  33. Kleine Aap on September 23rd, 2010 1:47 am

    Thanks! I was looking for that command! Could not find the Windows Vista equivalent of the MS-DOS fdisk /mbr or the Windows XP fixmbr command. Until now. BootRec.exe, how could I have guessed that name?!

  34. ravi pawar on October 8th, 2010 1:17 am

    worked perfectly
    hats off to you..

  35. thedoger82 on November 10th, 2010 3:47 pm

    awesome… thks a LOT

  36. Ken on December 11th, 2010 10:55 pm

    I need to fix mbr with no disk.

  37. Eric on December 18th, 2010 1:58 pm

    Wow, this was very helpful thanks!

  38. John on March 15th, 2011 10:21 am

    Beautiful!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this!

  39. Mario on June 30th, 2011 3:56 am

    another solution if it dint work for some people!

  40. Oskar on July 3rd, 2011 8:31 pm

    Thank you! However, not to be picky but as an old DOS-man I know that writing “.exe” is not nessesary (in fact that wouldn’t work if it was old DOS even), also upper/lower-case does not matter either when you start an AppLIcaTion you can just write all in lowercase even if it’s stored as upper. Just so you know 😉

    In conclusion writing: “bootrec /fixmbr” works fine

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