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Fixing Vista MBR

By AndrestheBean
Jun 21, 2009
  1. so i have windows vista sp2 32 bit edition,

    i wanted to try ubuntu (it sucks)

    grub is overiding Vistas MBR and i need help restoring it.

    one huge problem i dont have the vista installation dvd,

    but my computer is a hp and i has a recovery partition,

    please help.
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Reset your HP system with the HP Recovery partition option, then we can begin tracking down other problems.
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    While it can get more complicated than most people care for, you can use Grub to load Vista too. It's several steps, so If you'd like more details, I can help you. There's also plenty of information out there online as well.

    But... You'll probably want your Windows boot loader back since you're probably not planning on keeping Ubuntu on your system.
     
  4. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    raybay, how do i reset the pc with the recovery partition?

    and will it delete my curent information on the hard disk?
     
  5. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    Rick,

    im booting vista with grub now, i just want to get rid of ubuntu and grub.
     
  6. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    alright i fixed it myself,

    downloaded a recovery disc off a torrent site,

    fixed the MBR,

    deleted ubuntu partition. Done. :)
     
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Wow! and Holy Moley

    Did you really need that download disc?
     
  8. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    yeah, my hp came without a vista dvd,

    some genius out there got the recovery files from a vista dvd. and made a recovery disc.

    so i didnt have to download the whole dvd installation disc.

    took about 20 minutes to download. and it was 120 mb file.

    put the disc in, bootrec.exe/fixmbr in the cmd promt and done! lol
     
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    There are no geniuses using VISTA or HP laptops
     
  10. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    im guessing your linux fan?

    plus im poor man, my mom got me this pc, plus i upgraded it :)
     
  11. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Actually, never have booted to a Linux... I am partial to Windows XP Professional.
     
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