Unbootable Laptop after GRUB removal

James Matthews nytrokiss at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 07:56:57 UTC 2009

If you have a windows install disk (Or can download a windows recovery disk)
then you enter recovery mode (Boot from the CD and press R at the first
prompt (After the the driver loading) and then type in fixmbr and it should
do it for you.

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 2:59 PM, Abhischek Thottakara <
abhischek_t at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  Hi,
> I have an unbootable laptop because I removed GRUB by formating my Ubuntu
> 64-Bit partition. I know that you need to restore the Vista MBR to get a
> bootable machine again but I do not have a recovery cd so I researched on
> the Internet and found a way using the UBUNTU- Live CD. I followed the
> instructions on this webpage
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=622828 the exact commands were:
> sudo apt-get install syslinux
> sudo dd if=/usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin of=/dev/sda
> and
> sudo apt-get install mbr
> sudo install-mbr -i n -p D -t 0 /dev/sda
> Both commands did not work that's why I tried both, it said that they
> completed successfully but I could not boot Vista again. Now the Grub error
> was gone but the machine said MBR 123FA with a blinking cursor. At that time
> I did not know what that was and I got totally desperate because I thought I
> deleted my Vista partition. So I googled again and found a forum where
> someone had quite the same problem and she solved it using "SUPERGRUBDISK"
> http://www.supergrubdisk.org/. I downloaded the iso, burned it and started
> the cd, then I went to the windows section on the cd and selected the Option
> Restore Windows MBR, then there was a Menu where it said remove GRUB and
> restore Windows MBR it prompted me to select the OS which was installed
> before Linux and the only thing I could select was called "SYSLINUX"  I have
> know idea what that is and in my despair I selected it hoping that it would
> restore Vista MBR. But now the laptop is even "more unbootable" because when
> I start the laptop it says: ""BOOTMGR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to
> restart". " Again I researched on the Internet where I found many advices
> saying the only way is getting an recovery cd. So I called my friend who has
> a recovery cd for his laptop but which is only 32- Bit. I started the cd and
> went to "REPAIR COMPUTER" option. The first thing I noticed that there was
> no entry for previous Vista Installations to repair but as the "internet"
> said I opened Recovery Console or "Repair Command & Prompt" as it is called
> now and used all three commands which were: "bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec
> /fixboot, bootrec /rebuildbcd". The first two completed successfully, but
> the third failed with the output something like this: "No Windows Version,
> and some numbers I can't quite remember". But it changed nothing my Laptop
> is still unbootable with the message "BOOTMGR is missing..."
> Please help me I am grateful for all the help I can get!
> Thanks in advance
> Abhischek
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