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Windows® XP Bootloader
Tips to fix and restore Windows® XP Bootloader
The Windows® XP Bootloader is used by the operating system to tell the PC how to load Windows® XP at system boot. Windows® Bootloader is installed on the motherboard. Windows® Bootloader may become corrupted for various reasons. If you have made some changes to the computer, some virus files could corrupt the Bootloader. Or the Windows® XP Bootloader can be damaged or get deleted leaving your computer unable to boot properly or not boot at all. However, the Windows® XP Bootloader issues can be fixed and restored when it gets deleted. In order to fix and restore Windows® XP Bootloader, following steps are to be performed:
- Fix Windows® XP Bootloader
- Restore Windows® XP Bootloader
- Reinstall Windows® XP Bootloader
Fix Windows® XP Bootloader
To fix Windows® XP Bootloader you need nothing more than original Windows® XP installation CD or a XP recovery disc. First insert the installation CD or recovery disc and restart the computer. When your computer gives an option to boot from the CD, press a key and wait for the setup to load. Press ‘R’ button to launch the Recovery Console. Now select the installation of Windows® XP to repair and when the command prompt appears, type in ‘fixmbr’ and ‘y’. The FixMBR utility will overwrite the corrupted Bootloader with the new copy.
Restore Windows® XP Bootloader
To restore Windows® XP Bootloader, insert Windows® XP Recovery Disk and reboot the PC. If you do not have this disk, then you need to order the same from Microsoft® website. Now choose ‘Recovery Console’ when the disk has loaded and a command prompt appears. Now type in ‘fdisk /mbr’ and wait for the process to complete. Then, type in ‘shut down’ to shut the PC. As the computer starts, remove the disk to let the Windows® XP boot up normally. Then the Bootloader will be visible again.
If you are reinstalling the Windows® XP Bootloader, that means you want to format your PC or you might need to reinstall after it is corrupted due to hardware failure or viruses. However, if the missing Bootloader is the main problem, then consider restoring the Bootloader instead of reinstalling it as it takes fraction of time required for reinstalling.