How to fix Windows 8 mbr?

I've had a mish mash of hard drives and OS upgrades. I disconnected my old drive and now when I try to boot up into win 8 I get a message about ensuring that hard drives without operating systems are disconnected. From what I understand my mbr is on my old hard drive. So I've tried to run win 8 recovery and fixmbr from the command prompt but no luck. Anyone know how I can fix this?
 

Question Info


Last updated February 22, 2019 Views 13,128 Applies to:

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

Hi,

 

You can try an automatic or boot repair from the installation Disk.

 

Boot from the Windows 8 DVD

 

a) At the Install Now screen - Click Repair your computer

 

b) Click Advanced Options

 

c) Click Troubleshoot

 

d) Click Startup repair

 

e) Follow the on screen instructions

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Well unfortunately I don't have a physical copy I used that upgrade deal where you just download for $40. I've tried to create a recovery usb and go into the recovery/repair thing from there and it just tells me can't fix the problem.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Hi,

There is a way to do this without a disk....Just do the Startup Repair part instead of safe Mode.

1st Restart your machine....then hit CTRL-ALT-DEL...before the BLUE WINDOW....this causes the
machine to restart.

2nd Again hit CTRL-ALT-DEL before the BLUE WINDOW.

3rd Let the machine boot this time....it will start at PREPARING AUTOMATIC REPAIR,

Then DIAGNOSE, and finally, ATTEMPTING REPAIRS. (about 10 minutes)

THEN the options will appear.

1) Select ... ADVANCED OPTIONS

2) This Window...Choose TROUBLESHOOT

3) Again select ADVANCED OPTIONS

4) Select ... WINDOWS STARTUP SETTINGS

5) Select ... RESTART

After Restart you will end up at the window F8 used to produce.
Total time on my machine...about 15 minutes...not fast, but no installation media necessary.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Exactly what blue window do you mean? this one? http://0.tqn.com/d/pcsupport/1/0/Q/H/-/-/windows-8-clean-install-01.png

I'm gonna assume so and see what I can do...

edit: Well that didn't do anything it just loads windows normally I even tried it a few extra times.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Yeah, that looks like it.

 

Right after POST...there is a short period of black screen...you might have to be real quick if you have a really fast machine.

 

You could even try it just before the POST finishes.

Does this cause your machine to reboot even once?

 

I kind of came across this by accident one day when I was having issues.

 

After I first posted it, one of the forums MVP's tested it, and claimed because he was using a SSD for a boot drive, he had trouble getting the Ctrl+Alt+Del typed in quick enough, but eventually got it to work.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

I appreciate the help by the way.

Anyway I decided to take a video of the start up and slowed it down to see all the screens http://i.imgur.com/18Jt3.gif

I've hit it at the "loading operating system..." screen and it resets, I've tried doing this the 2 you've stated and then a various number of times, but it just loads windows normally after that. If I need to hit it on the next blank screen it'll be tough though cause it flashes real quick. I suppose I'll keep trying...

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

It blinks pretty fast. Be sure to hit the Ctrl+Alt+Del on the 2 tries in a row only. Any more or less, and the process doesn't work.

 

You may be able to start the process in some other way if you can find some way to "CRASH" windows as it starts to load. Somewhere along the line this will usually prompt windows to attempt an automatic repair.

 

Perhaps forceably power off as it tries to start the OS.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Well this is about the most annoying thing ever. I've been at this for a bit now and no luck just yet. To be sure is there any amount of time I need to hold down Ctrl+Alt+Del? Also should I be keeping the drive connected that I'm hoping to get rid of?

Edit: I got the crash to work by powering off during start up. A screen came up with a bunch of stuff about errors and there needing to be a repair done. I hit enter and then it just proceeded to load up windows normally. Yeesh there really should be an easier way to do this.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Hi,

 

You need to hit thre Ctrl+Alt+Delete as fast as possible. As fast as your machine Posts, this may be difficult.

 

I'm not real sure how to trigger Repair from the crash, as I've only done it once.

 

I can only suggest to try again and look for an option to do so.

 

Possibly try that twice, and then let it go the third time like the other way.

 

It's circumstances like this that should cause Microsoft to reconsider the wisdom in changing the way to enter SAFE MODE

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Well thanks you for all your help but I found my solution. Automatic repair wasn't working but I got into the command prompt and did the the 3 commands found here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4KBjT-Xfgo&feature=player_detailpage#t=30s

Originally I tried / fixmbr without the other before and after but all together they worked.

2 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.