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#195356 17-Apr-2016 13:05
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Hi all, thanks I'm advance for any comments.

Yesterday I made a Bootable USB disk to allow me to run OpenELEC. Well the boot USB didn't work for whatever reason. Now I have an issue in that, even with the USB removed, I cannot boot into Windows.

Even when I get into Startup and select to boot from hard disk or HP QuickWeb, it tries to boot Openelec.

I've tried everything I can think of but can't get windows to boot.

Does anyone have any ideas? I don't care if I lose everything that was on my C drive, I just want my laptop up and running again.


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  #1534436 17-Apr-2016 16:08
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It looks like you might have overwritten the bootloader of your C: drive instead of the USB drive - which explains why your USB isn't booting and why your HDD is trying to boot OpenELEC.


The fix is simple - just restore the MBR of your C: - you won't even lose any data.


There are a few ways you can go about it:


1. Built-in Recovery:


Most laptops should have a copy of Windows loaded on a recovery partition. When cold-booting your device, look for any recovery/boot options at the bottom of your screen - you may need to press F1 / F12 or similar. Once you're in the recovery, select the startup repair option, if it exists. Some OEMs customise their recovery partition however, so you may only have an option to restore the entire drive back to the factory defaults.


2. Borrow a Windows installation disk from someone. Boot from the disc and when you're at the installation screen, open a command prompt (press Shift + F10), and type: bootrec /fixmbr.


Full instructions here.


If you don't know anyone who has a copy of the Windows, you can download a copy directly from Microsoft.

3. Use a third-party tool such as Easy Recovery or MBRWizard.

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