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master_andalf

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Hello all,

When I go to boot windows, after my motherboard splash screen I get a black screen that says Grub Error 17 and am unable to boot windows.
I thought this was kind of weird since I don't use Linux, but I ran SuperGrub Disk to see if it could find any problems. SGDisk gave me this "BOOTMGR is missing". So I tried following this . After pressing any key to confirm booting from a CD I once again got the Grub Error 17 and was unable to boot from the CD.

I have a degree in computer science and a strong group of friends who are IT guys and we are all stumped beyond saying just wipe the hard drive and start over. Luckily that wouldn't be a great loss since I have everything backed up, but I don't know what happened to my Windows 7 CD key and any keyfinder programs that I know of require you to run windows.

So, if anyone knows a way to fix my MBR only being able to boot a minimal amount of CD's, or if anyone knows how to find my Product Key without actually being able to boot windows, I would greatly appreciate the help. I have been able to boot into Ubuntu, and can access all the files on my hard drive if that makes any difference.

Thanks
 
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m _ f:
Which motherboard have you?

Tech Guy Forum has a linux section.
http://forums.techguy.org/22-linux-unix/

If the problem begins before W7 enters the scene, I do NOT refer to the W7 splash screen because W7 does enter before the display of the W7 splash screen , the issue is caused by malware [ rootkit or BIOS malware ] or hardware.

There are multiple tutorials regarding repair of the MBR.
You will need a W7 repair disk or legitimate W7 DVD.
Have you tried W7's repair environment?

Here's 1 tutorial.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/20864-mbr-restore-windows-7-master-boot-record.html

RF123
 
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Check your BIOS settings.

Consider setting your Bios to load defaults or to a safe loading. Verbage depends upon BIOS writer.

RF123
 

master_andalf

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As I said in my original post, I have tried W7's repair environment with a legitimate CD. The disk will not boot because of the Grub Error 17. Also mentioned, I am not running Linux which is why I posted here. My MOBO is ASUS P5Q pro
 
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But you mentioned
I ran SuperGrub Disk to see if it could find any problems.
I am unable to help you with that

Take the HDD out of hte computer, using electrostatic precautions.

Put the W7 DVD into the optical drive

Turn on the computer

Boot to the DVD

If the Grub error apppears, the problem IS NOT a W7 issue. It is a hardware issue. My guess would be the motehrboard, or something connected to the motherboard.
If it is the motherboard, check for BIOS infections, the need for a Bios reset [ load defautls, load safe environment or similar verbage, or the need for a BIOS flash or need to replace the environment.

I'll be glad to provide you with my steps for motherboard troubleshooting.

Simply ask, in a reply to this thread.

:)
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RF123
 

mtzlplex

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I found this video, and the tools used interesting, and may assist you with one of your questions. Since you can boot Ubuntu, you may be able to find your key using one of the softwares in this video, or even follow how the key is found using this video. It is found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZmPvJJwyi4
 

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I have deleted several posts from here that are just inflammatory, argumentative and totally irrelevant to the users request for help.

let this be a warning, any further argumentative posts will result in a ban
 
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