If you used your Windows for quite long ago then you might have come across the boot record errors which thwart your windows from booting up properly. The reason behind the error can be anything such as corrupted or deleted boot files, mistakenly installing the older version of boot record and many more. Boot record errors are generally the software errors and can be corrected using Windows built-in tools as well as the installation media. But the main issue is Windows operating system doesn’t offer any sort of graphical user interface to fix the boot record problems in just few clicks. So if you even need it then here you have the solution to fix the Windows boot record errors just by entering the command or two in the Windows command prompt.
Accessing the Windows Command Prompt
If you are facing boot record problem, then probably you are unable to reach the Windows desktop and the open command prompt from there. In that case you need to insert Windows OS installation media and boot from it. In the “Install Now” screen, click on the link “Repair your computer.”
The following action will open in the System Recovery Options window. Now choose operating system you need to recover and hit on “Next” button to continue.
Well as we need the command prompt to work with choose the option “Command Prompt.”
Note: If you are a Windows 8 or 8.1 user, then press F8 or “Shift + F8″ keys from your keyboard while booting, choose the option “Troubleshoot -> Advanced Settings” and select Command Prompt from list of the options to open the Windows Command Prompt.
Fixing the Boot Record Issues
Note: The procedure for Windows 7, Vista and 8/8.1computer are the same.
Once you enter in the command prompt, you can start to fix the boot record error by the help of bootrec command. Most of the times the boot record issues are direct the result of the damaged or corrupted Master Boot Record. At such situation just use the given below command to fix the Master Boot Record.
After execution the command you will get the confirmation message that will let you know and you can continue to log in your Windows system.
If you find that your boot sector is damaged or replaced by other boot loaders, then you need to use the below command to remove the existing one and create new boot sector.
Apart form the corrupt boot records, the reason behind the boot record errors can be due to damaged or the corrupted “Boot Configuration Data”. At such situation you need to use the following command in order to rebuild the Boot Configuration Data. If BCD is really corrupted or damaged, then Windows will show the identified Windows installations to rebuild entire BCD.
If you installed various operating systems on your Windows system then you need to use the “ScanOS” argument. This parameter prompts to scan and add the missing operating systems to the BCD (Boot Configuration Data). It let the user to select the operating system while booting.
That all you need to do to fix boot record errors in Windows operating system. But if the above steps fails to fix the issue then the last option left with you is to use a third party repair tool. PC Repair Tool can easily fix any sort of windows related issues such as BSOD error, DLL error, boot error, crashing issue, and many more.