Restore windows MBR

Removing a linux installation and reinstalling windows often leads to problems, because the mbr (Master Boot Record) is not restored. Here are two methods to fix this:

  1. Use Windows Install CD, start Emergency recovery console1), run fixmbr
  2. Use a bootable linux cd, e.g. Knoppix: sudo install-mbr /dev/hda

Note: Use knoppix 5.x for system rescue, as knoppix 6 does not include the mbr package, so you have to install it first.


  • blog/restore_windows_mbr.txt
  • Last modified: 2010/07/12 13:53
  • by brb