Restore MBR in Windows® XP®
What are the needs and ways to restore MBR (Master Boot Record) in Windows XP?
Windows XP is one of the nice Operating Systems from Microsoft. MBR is called as Master Boot Record. This MBR would point the system to the location of the Operating System files for booting the system. MBR is the information which is present in the first sector of any hard disk. This would have the ability to identify how and where an Operating System is located. MBR is also called as master partition table or the partition sector. This is because MBR would include the table which would locate each partition that the hard disk is being formatted into. MBR would also have program which would read boot sector record of the partition which would contain the OS.
Following are the needs to restore Master Boot Record and tips to restore MBR in Windows XP:
- Need to restore MBR
- Restoring MBR
- Restore without Windows XP CD
Need to restore MBR
There are chances that MBR gets damaged in the system. If this situation arises, your system would not boot. It would also show error message that “Error loading Operating System" or "Missing Operating System" or other messages. In that condition, without reinstalling the Windows XP, you could repair the damage. You need to restore the Windows XP MBR and then allow the system to boot again. Microsoft Recovery Console has particular command to restore Master Boot Record.
Firstly, turn on the system and insert Windows XP set-up CD. Then hold down the power button on system till it is off. Then, you need to turn on the system again. Press any key to boot from the CD. Then press R for entering to Recovery Console. Then press the number for the Windows Installation and after that, press Enter. Then, type Administrator password when the system asks for it. In command prompt, you need to type 'fixmbr' and press 'Enter'. Then, the Recovery Console would repair the Master Boot Record on your Windows XP system. Then type 'exit' for closing Recovery Console. Then, restart the system by pressing Ctrl, Alt and Del. If MBR is restored, then the system would boot.
You have to follow the steps like Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools. From that, go to System Restore. This would open the System Restore software which is installed in your system. Then, you have to check 'Restore my computer to an earlier time' and then click 'Next'. In the calendar, you have to choose the restore point which is the earlier date and click 'Next'. You would click 'Next' if it is warned that files after the restore point would be lost. System Restore tool would restore the system to the original settings like Master boot records.