Restoring the Master Boot Record on Vista after installing Linux

Ok, you installed Ubuntu, Fedora or some other Linux.  It was fun to play with, but now it’s time to get back to work.  Maybe you managed to configure GRUB to boot Windows by default and you want to keep your Linux, maybe not.

If want to remove Linux (and the GRUB boot loader), you are going to need to restore the MBR (Master Boot Record) and Windows boot record.

With Windows XP, it was easy.  Boot from the Windows CD, work through the screens until you can pick the recovery console, sign in, then use the commands FIXBOOT and FIXMBR.

I tried the same trick with Vista, but it wasn’t quite the same.  ExpertsExchange.com did have this thread, which shows that Vista can do the same thing, but with different commands.  Kind of like Microsoft Office 2007.  You can do all the same stuff, you just have to learn a new way to do it.

  • Boot from the Vista CD
  • choose repair windows, choose command prompt window, change directory to the cd/dvd drive and type:
  • bootrec /fixboot
  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • exit
  • reboot
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