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Reset W7 install

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Lloyd Parsons, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    I made a dual boot system with Linux and W7 because I wanted to try out
    Linux.

    Now I'd like to go back to just W7.

    Here's the rub. I only have the Restore DVDs made from Gateway for this
    netbook. It doesn't do any re-partitioning. So how do I go from here?
    I sure haven't figured it out.

    And Gateway's docs indicate that a 'new' drive might not get everything
    right with the restore DVDs. But they are vague, or just covering their
    ass.
     
  2. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:

    >I made a dual boot system with Linux and W7 because I wanted to try out
    >Linux.
    >
    >Now I'd like to go back to just W7.
    >
    >Here's the rub. I only have the Restore DVDs made from Gateway for this
    >netbook. It doesn't do any re-partitioning. So how do I go from here?
    >I sure haven't figured it out.
    >
    >And Gateway's docs indicate that a 'new' drive might not get everything
    >right with the restore DVDs. But they are vague, or just covering their
    >ass.



    It sounds like it might be more trouble than it's worth to work around
    the limitations of the restore disks. Which edition
    (e.g. Home Premium 64-bit, etc.) did it come with? You should be able
    to reinstall clean using the appropriate ISO image of the DVD-ROM of
    that edition, and your COA Product Key. I'd be happy to help you
    obtain the ISO.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  3. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <9o1pm5hgv8m6047jhgva4kgo9s85qpqs7j@4ax.com>,
    Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I made a dual boot system with Linux and W7 because I wanted to try out
    > >Linux.
    > >
    > >Now I'd like to go back to just W7.
    > >
    > >Here's the rub. I only have the Restore DVDs made from Gateway for this
    > >netbook. It doesn't do any re-partitioning. So how do I go from here?
    > >I sure haven't figured it out.
    > >
    > >And Gateway's docs indicate that a 'new' drive might not get everything
    > >right with the restore DVDs. But they are vague, or just covering their
    > >ass.

    >
    >
    > It sounds like it might be more trouble than it's worth to work around
    > the limitations of the restore disks. Which edition
    > (e.g. Home Premium 64-bit, etc.) did it come with? You should be able
    > to reinstall clean using the appropriate ISO image of the DVD-ROM of
    > that edition, and your COA Product Key. I'd be happy to help you
    > obtain the ISO.


    It is W7 starter edition, which is a 32-bit Windows lite kind of thing.

    Appreciate the offer, but at worst I'll just buy a Windows Home upgrade
    somewhere and do it from scratch.

    From Gateway's site, it appears that the restores will work with a new
    drive. So I figure if I just install Linux on the whole damn thing, the
    restore will see that as a non-partitioned (or wrong partitioned) drive
    and set it right.

    If it doesn't, Linux has all the things I need for the netbook and I can
    'suffer' (<G>) with it.
     
  4. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:

    >It is W7 starter edition, which is a 32-bit Windows lite kind of thing.
    >
    >Appreciate the offer, but at worst I'll just buy a Windows Home upgrade
    >somewhere and do it from scratch.
    >
    >From Gateway's site, it appears that the restores will work with a new
    >drive. So I figure if I just install Linux on the whole damn thing, the
    >restore will see that as a non-partitioned (or wrong partitioned) drive
    >and set it right.
    >
    >If it doesn't, Linux has all the things I need for the netbook and I can
    >'suffer' (<G>) with it.



    Deleting all the partitions first might work, yes, but in case, I'll
    include the info:


    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=36:350

    File Name: en_windows_7_starter_x86_dvd_x15-68956.iso
    Date Published (UTC): 8/6/2009 9:59:56 AM Last Updated (UTC):
    8/24/2009 8:59:33 AM
    SHA1: 5DC1457BC4B3D94097F499B15DFDB3C21DADCDF5 ISO/CRC: 43DE3418

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    There seem to be a few torrents with that file (and it very well might
    be hosted on a foreign Web or FTP server, or be available in some
    binary newsgroup). Obviously, checking the SHA1
    (and glancing at the ISO from WinRAR or another program, or just
    looking at the root of the burned DVD-ROM, to see if it looks
    right - that combined with the SHA1 verification is virtually as
    secure as downloading from MSDN/Technet itself)
    is important, and you should make sure you can get the Product Key
    from the certificate on your computer, before going to the trouble of
    downloading.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  5. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <6m3pm515pqm5m142kk33q2l5k6c33v5a52@4ax.com>,
    Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >
    > >It is W7 starter edition, which is a 32-bit Windows lite kind of thing.
    > >
    > >Appreciate the offer, but at worst I'll just buy a Windows Home upgrade
    > >somewhere and do it from scratch.
    > >
    > >From Gateway's site, it appears that the restores will work with a new
    > >drive. So I figure if I just install Linux on the whole damn thing, the
    > >restore will see that as a non-partitioned (or wrong partitioned) drive
    > >and set it right.
    > >
    > >If it doesn't, Linux has all the things I need for the netbook and I can
    > >'suffer' (<G>) with it.

    >
    >
    > Deleting all the partitions first might work, yes, but in case, I'll
    > include the info:
    >
    >
    > https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=36:35
    > 0
    >
    > File Name: en_windows_7_starter_x86_dvd_x15-68956.iso
    > Date Published (UTC): 8/6/2009 9:59:56 AM Last Updated (UTC):
    > 8/24/2009 8:59:33 AM
    > SHA1: 5DC1457BC4B3D94097F499B15DFDB3C21DADCDF5 ISO/CRC: 43DE3418
    >
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > -
    >
    > There seem to be a few torrents with that file (and it very well might
    > be hosted on a foreign Web or FTP server, or be available in some
    > binary newsgroup). Obviously, checking the SHA1
    > (and glancing at the ISO from WinRAR or another program, or just
    > looking at the root of the burned DVD-ROM, to see if it looks
    > right - that combined with the SHA1 verification is virtually as
    > secure as downloading from MSDN/Technet itself)
    > is important, and you should make sure you can get the Product Key
    > from the certificate on your computer, before going to the trouble of
    > downloading.


    Thanks, Joel. I can't check right now as I'm restoring (successfully I
    hope) to the drive.

    I kept thinking that the recovery has to work with a new hd because a
    crashed HD isn't an 'if' it is always a 'when'. I just couldn't find a
    partition editor. And then the light bulb finally went off!!

    I had this handy Ubuntu Netbook Remix DVD that I could run Linux from.
    Ran gparted and killed the partition table on the HD. Rebooted this
    little baby from the restore DVD and it has copied all the files already
    and is in the process of extracting and setting things up. Or at least
    that's what the progress is telling me! :)

    I'll know in a bit how it all went.
     
  6. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <lloydparsons-BD7E32.15413505022010@port80.individual.net>,
    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:

    > In article <6m3pm515pqm5m142kk33q2l5k6c33v5a52@4ax.com>,
    > Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > >It is W7 starter edition, which is a 32-bit Windows lite kind of thing.
    > > >
    > > >Appreciate the offer, but at worst I'll just buy a Windows Home upgrade
    > > >somewhere and do it from scratch.
    > > >
    > > >From Gateway's site, it appears that the restores will work with a new
    > > >drive. So I figure if I just install Linux on the whole damn thing, the
    > > >restore will see that as a non-partitioned (or wrong partitioned) drive
    > > >and set it right.
    > > >
    > > >If it doesn't, Linux has all the things I need for the netbook and I can
    > > >'suffer' (<G>) with it.

    > >
    > >
    > > Deleting all the partitions first might work, yes, but in case, I'll
    > > include the info:
    > >
    > >
    > > https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=36:
    > > 35
    > > 0
    > >
    > > File Name: en_windows_7_starter_x86_dvd_x15-68956.iso
    > > Date Published (UTC): 8/6/2009 9:59:56 AM Last Updated (UTC):
    > > 8/24/2009 8:59:33 AM
    > > SHA1: 5DC1457BC4B3D94097F499B15DFDB3C21DADCDF5 ISO/CRC: 43DE3418
    > >
    > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > --
    > > -
    > >
    > > There seem to be a few torrents with that file (and it very well might
    > > be hosted on a foreign Web or FTP server, or be available in some
    > > binary newsgroup). Obviously, checking the SHA1
    > > (and glancing at the ISO from WinRAR or another program, or just
    > > looking at the root of the burned DVD-ROM, to see if it looks
    > > right - that combined with the SHA1 verification is virtually as
    > > secure as downloading from MSDN/Technet itself)
    > > is important, and you should make sure you can get the Product Key
    > > from the certificate on your computer, before going to the trouble of
    > > downloading.

    >
    > Thanks, Joel. I can't check right now as I'm restoring (successfully I
    > hope) to the drive.
    >
    > I kept thinking that the recovery has to work with a new hd because a
    > crashed HD isn't an 'if' it is always a 'when'. I just couldn't find a
    > partition editor. And then the light bulb finally went off!!
    >
    > I had this handy Ubuntu Netbook Remix DVD that I could run Linux from.
    > Ran gparted and killed the partition table on the HD. Rebooted this
    > little baby from the restore DVD and it has copied all the files already
    > and is in the process of extracting and setting things up. Or at least
    > that's what the progress is telling me! :)
    >
    > I'll know in a bit how it all went.


    Blast!! It didn't go well. Ubuntu puts grub (a boot manager) some damn
    where on the HD and I can't get it off. I think it is a system reserved
    area or boot sector. Unfortunately you can't write a boot sector from a
    msdos disk's fdisk, cause there's no damn MSDOS around anymore.

    So, I started the Ubuntu install again. I'll set it for a 50G
    partition, which will leave plenty for W7 and good enough to play around
    in Ubuntu. The grub will allow the booting of either one or the other.
    Not ideal, but OK.
     
  7. Just D

    Just D Flightless Bird

    Reboot from the Win instalation CD/DVD, restore the MBR, then reboot, get
    Windows with no Linux boot loader, finally delete all Linux partitions and
    reformat them for Windows.


    "Lloyd Parsons" <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote in message
    news:lloydparsons-829DD3.14220605022010@port80.individual.net...
    >I made a dual boot system with Linux and W7 because I wanted to try out
    > Linux.
    >
    > Now I'd like to go back to just W7.
    >
    > Here's the rub. I only have the Restore DVDs made from Gateway for this
    > netbook. It doesn't do any re-partitioning. So how do I go from here?
    > I sure haven't figured it out.
    >
    > And Gateway's docs indicate that a 'new' drive might not get everything
    > right with the restore DVDs. But they are vague, or just covering their
    > ass.
     
  8. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <4x1bn.151547$uH1.18906@newsfe25.iad>,
    "Just D" <no@spam.please> wrote:

    > Reboot from the Win instalation CD/DVD, restore the MBR, then reboot, get
    > Windows with no Linux boot loader, finally delete all Linux partitions and
    > reformat them for Windows.


    No way to do that from the DVDs I have now.

    I knew that is what I wanted, just can't figure out how to get there.
     
  9. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:

    >Blast!! It didn't go well. Ubuntu puts grub (a boot manager) some damn
    >where on the HD and I can't get it off. I think it is a system reserved
    >area or boot sector. Unfortunately you can't write a boot sector from a
    >msdos disk's fdisk, cause there's no damn MSDOS around anymore.



    I was afraid of that. Restore disks are such a pain.


    >So, I started the Ubuntu install again. I'll set it for a 50G
    >partition, which will leave plenty for W7 and good enough to play around
    >in Ubuntu. The grub will allow the booting of either one or the other.
    >Not ideal, but OK.



    You could even just use GRUB to load 7 (without Linux installed), I
    think, although as you say it's not ideal. Might as well have Linux
    on there, if you're gonna have that loader, I suppose.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  10. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <3ffpm59d4vopnknac98c5n763fa4r2c6fq@4ax.com>,
    Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >
    > >Blast!! It didn't go well. Ubuntu puts grub (a boot manager) some damn
    > >where on the HD and I can't get it off. I think it is a system reserved
    > >area or boot sector. Unfortunately you can't write a boot sector from a
    > >msdos disk's fdisk, cause there's no damn MSDOS around anymore.

    >
    >
    > I was afraid of that. Restore disks are such a pain.
    >
    >
    > >So, I started the Ubuntu install again. I'll set it for a 50G
    > >partition, which will leave plenty for W7 and good enough to play around
    > >in Ubuntu. The grub will allow the booting of either one or the other.
    > >Not ideal, but OK.

    >
    >
    > You could even just use GRUB to load 7 (without Linux installed), I
    > think, although as you say it's not ideal. Might as well have Linux
    > on there, if you're gonna have that loader, I suppose.


    I'm a bit hardheaded, so I kept digging. Here's how to do an mbr reset
    without windows at all :

    http://www.thecoderanger.com/rewrite-a-windows-hard-disk-mbr-with-an-ubun
    tu-9-04-live-cd/
     
  11. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

  12. Mike S.

    Mike S. Flightless Bird

    In article <lloydparsons-220BF1.17515905022010@port80.individual.net>,
    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >In article <4x1bn.151547$uH1.18906@newsfe25.iad>,
    > "Just D" <no@spam.please> wrote:
    >
    >> Reboot from the Win instalation CD/DVD, restore the MBR, then reboot, get
    >> Windows with no Linux boot loader, finally delete all Linux partitions and
    >> reformat them for Windows.

    >
    >No way to do that from the DVDs I have now.
    >
    >I knew that is what I wanted, just can't figure out how to get there.


    Doesn't W7 have a tool to create a recovery CD? It's in the START menu
    somewhere. You should be able to burn that disc, boot from it, and restore
    the MBR.
     
  13. Seth

    Seth Flightless Bird

    "Lloyd Parsons" <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote in message
    news:lloydparsons-BA8BEB.15104905022010@port80.individual.net...
    > In article <9o1pm5hgv8m6047jhgva4kgo9s85qpqs7j@4ax.com>,
    > Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I made a dual boot system with Linux and W7 because I wanted to try out
    >> >Linux.
    >> >
    >> >Now I'd like to go back to just W7.
    >> >
    >> >Here's the rub. I only have the Restore DVDs made from Gateway for this
    >> >netbook. It doesn't do any re-partitioning. So how do I go from here?
    >> >I sure haven't figured it out.
    >> >
    >> >And Gateway's docs indicate that a 'new' drive might not get everything
    >> >right with the restore DVDs. But they are vague, or just covering their
    >> >ass.

    >>
    >>
    >> It sounds like it might be more trouble than it's worth to work around
    >> the limitations of the restore disks. Which edition
    >> (e.g. Home Premium 64-bit, etc.) did it come with? You should be able
    >> to reinstall clean using the appropriate ISO image of the DVD-ROM of
    >> that edition, and your COA Product Key. I'd be happy to help you
    >> obtain the ISO.

    >
    > It is W7 starter edition, which is a 32-bit Windows lite kind of thing.
    >
    > Appreciate the offer, but at worst I'll just buy a Windows Home upgrade
    > somewhere and do it from scratch.
    >
    > From Gateway's site, it appears that the restores will work with a new
    > drive. So I figure if I just install Linux on the whole damn thing, the
    > restore will see that as a non-partitioned (or wrong partitioned) drive
    > and set it right.
    >
    > If it doesn't, Linux has all the things I need for the netbook and I can
    > 'suffer' (<G>) with it.



    You should be able to use BCDEDIT to reset the boot record to the W7 drive
    which would then make it safe to remove the Linux partition and then within
    Win7 expand the W7 partition to take over the rest of the drive.
     
  14. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <hkijul$219$1@reader2.panix.com>,
    retsuhcs@xinap.moc (Mike S.) wrote:

    > In article <lloydparsons-220BF1.17515905022010@port80.individual.net>,
    > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    > >In article <4x1bn.151547$uH1.18906@newsfe25.iad>,
    > > "Just D" <no@spam.please> wrote:
    > >
    > >> Reboot from the Win instalation CD/DVD, restore the MBR, then reboot, get
    > >> Windows with no Linux boot loader, finally delete all Linux partitions and
    > >> reformat them for Windows.

    > >
    > >No way to do that from the DVDs I have now.
    > >
    > >I knew that is what I wanted, just can't figure out how to get there.

    >
    > Doesn't W7 have a tool to create a recovery CD? It's in the START menu
    > somewhere. You should be able to burn that disc, boot from it, and restore
    > the MBR.


    I did some reading on that. Yes there is a way, but the OEM can control
    how the partition is done. In this case, the OEM (Gateway) chose not to
    allow that. From a restore DVD you can reload it all replacing
    everything, or reload without losing any data you have. No other
    choices.

    Seems dumb.
     
  15. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <hkin0d$kgl$1@news.eternal-september.org>,
    "Seth" <seth_lermanNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote:

    > "Lloyd Parsons" <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote in message
    > news:lloydparsons-BA8BEB.15104905022010@port80.individual.net...
    > > In article <9o1pm5hgv8m6047jhgva4kgo9s85qpqs7j@4ax.com>,
    > > Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >> Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> >I made a dual boot system with Linux and W7 because I wanted to try out
    > >> >Linux.
    > >> >
    > >> >Now I'd like to go back to just W7.
    > >> >
    > >> >Here's the rub. I only have the Restore DVDs made from Gateway for this
    > >> >netbook. It doesn't do any re-partitioning. So how do I go from here?
    > >> >I sure haven't figured it out.
    > >> >
    > >> >And Gateway's docs indicate that a 'new' drive might not get everything
    > >> >right with the restore DVDs. But they are vague, or just covering their
    > >> >ass.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> It sounds like it might be more trouble than it's worth to work around
    > >> the limitations of the restore disks. Which edition
    > >> (e.g. Home Premium 64-bit, etc.) did it come with? You should be able
    > >> to reinstall clean using the appropriate ISO image of the DVD-ROM of
    > >> that edition, and your COA Product Key. I'd be happy to help you
    > >> obtain the ISO.

    > >
    > > It is W7 starter edition, which is a 32-bit Windows lite kind of thing.
    > >
    > > Appreciate the offer, but at worst I'll just buy a Windows Home upgrade
    > > somewhere and do it from scratch.
    > >
    > > From Gateway's site, it appears that the restores will work with a new
    > > drive. So I figure if I just install Linux on the whole damn thing, the
    > > restore will see that as a non-partitioned (or wrong partitioned) drive
    > > and set it right.
    > >
    > > If it doesn't, Linux has all the things I need for the netbook and I can
    > > 'suffer' (<G>) with it.

    >
    >
    > You should be able to use BCDEDIT to reset the boot record to the W7 drive
    > which would then make it safe to remove the Linux partition and then within
    > Win7 expand the W7 partition to take over the rest of the drive.


    I was able to all but the last. I tried the disk management program and
    it would not allow 'expanding' the boot drive. I suppose I could boot
    the Linux DVD and do it with gparted though.

    BCDEDIT requires some sort of boot to a dvd or some such, doesn't it? I
    had no way of doing that.
     
  16. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:

    >I was able to all but the last. I tried the disk management program and
    >it would not allow 'expanding' the boot drive.



    Hmm, I didn't realize that 7's partition resizer didn't do that (I've
    never actually used it, since I didn't realize it existed till after
    the last time I did such a thing). There is a free program I've used
    under 7 to do it, though (it reboots into a special operating mode
    when working with the boot drive):

    http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  17. Lloyd Parsons

    Lloyd Parsons Flightless Bird

    In article <7dqpm5ln0ekchi5v6vcjatgrbjgj47tfi1@4ax.com>,
    Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I was able to all but the last. I tried the disk management program and
    > >it would not allow 'expanding' the boot drive.

    >
    >
    > Hmm, I didn't realize that 7's partition resizer didn't do that (I've
    > never actually used it, since I didn't realize it existed till after
    > the last time I did such a thing). There is a free program I've used
    > under 7 to do it, though (it reboots into a special operating mode
    > when working with the boot drive):
    >
    > http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html


    Well fiddling around with this netbook and Linux has taught me a lot I
    didn't know before. All kinds of ways to skin a cat, huh? :)
     
  18. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:

    >Well fiddling around with this netbook and Linux has taught me a lot I
    >didn't know before. All kinds of ways to skin a cat, huh? :)



    Yup, I did some similar stuff with my first 7 install, where I had
    experimented with Linux on the same drive. I had a good enough reason
    to do a clean reinstall of 7 (more than I realized until after I did
    it, in fact), and just handled it that way, but this thread has
    reminded me of some of the stuff I had already forgotten (e.g. I was
    wrong about running GRUB without having Linux installed, and another
    poster's comment reminded me of that).

    Partition Wizard's bootable CD would also likely help with this:

    http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  19. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    On 2/5/2010 7:28 PM, Lloyd Parsons wrote:
    > In article <3ffpm59d4vopnknac98c5n763fa4r2c6fq@4ax.com>,
    > Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Blast!! It didn't go well. Ubuntu puts grub (a boot manager) some damn
    >>> where on the HD and I can't get it off. I think it is a system reserved
    >>> area or boot sector. Unfortunately you can't write a boot sector from a
    >>> msdos disk's fdisk, cause there's no damn MSDOS around anymore.

    >>
    >>
    >> I was afraid of that. Restore disks are such a pain.
    >>
    >>
    >>> So, I started the Ubuntu install again. I'll set it for a 50G
    >>> partition, which will leave plenty for W7 and good enough to play around
    >>> in Ubuntu. The grub will allow the booting of either one or the other.
    >>> Not ideal, but OK.

    >>
    >>
    >> You could even just use GRUB to load 7 (without Linux installed), I
    >> think, although as you say it's not ideal. Might as well have Linux
    >> on there, if you're gonna have that loader, I suppose.

    >
    > I'm a bit hardheaded, so I kept digging. Here's how to do an mbr reset
    > without windows at all :
    >
    > http://www.thecoderanger.com/rewrite-a-windows-hard-disk-mbr-with-an-ubun
    > tu-9-04-live-cd/


    There's just one problem, starting with Vista Windows doesn't use the
    MBR to boot anymore. Instead it uses BCDedit to boot from. The easy
    fix is to download the Windows 7 System Repair disk from
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/. Once
    burned to a CD, this bootable disk will find your Windows 7 install and
    fix any boot problems it finds. This is the same CD that's created when
    you go to Control Panel - System and Security - Backup and Restore and
    clicking on the line "Create a system repair disc" on the left pane.

    --

    Roy Smith
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    Timestamp: Saturday, February 06, 2010 10:04:53 AM
     
  20. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    On 2/5/2010 10:02 PM, Joel wrote:
    > Lloyd Parsons <lloydparsons@mac.com> wrote:
    >
    >> I was able to all but the last. I tried the disk management program and
    >> it would not allow 'expanding' the boot drive.

    >
    >
    > Hmm, I didn't realize that 7's partition resizer didn't do that (I've
    > never actually used it, since I didn't realize it existed till after
    > the last time I did such a thing). There is a free program I've used
    > under 7 to do it, though (it reboots into a special operating mode
    > when working with the boot drive):
    >
    > http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html


    Any computer operating system cannot alter a mounted partition, it has
    to be unmounted first before any changes can be made. It would be like
    trying to change your car tires while you are still driving.

    --

    Roy Smith
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    Timestamp: Saturday, February 06, 2010 10:11:26 AM
     

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