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I have windows 7 home premium currently installed and I have just recently installed Linux Mint and it has replaced my MBR with GRUB.

Is there any way I can restore the normal Windows 7 Boot Loader and have the secondary option to boot my Linux Mint?

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What is wrong with GRUB? It can boot your Linux and Windows. Windows bootloader AFAIK can only boot Windows OS. That way or another this question should be ask on superuser.com not SO. –  Zuljin Sep 13 '10 at 9:00
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I had this problem before. And not once , but three times due to my carelessness .

( i deleted the linux partitions )

All the times , i've used this article : Restore Windows Bootloader

It's easy .If the command in main article doesn't work , then try the modified command by the user 'toolate' in Comments section . Hope this helps...

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Use EasyBCD, it's easy to use. Here's the link. http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

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None of the answers here worked for me in re-installing the Windows 7 bootloader.

I tried starting with a recovery disk (USB, in my case), and diagnosing startup problems, but no luck.

Then I opened the console in recovery mode and ran

Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
Bootrec.exe /FixBoot

and then restarted.

Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

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Zuljin is right in that the Windows boot loader can only boot Windows, but you can change the OS that Grub boots by default quite easily. I don't know exactly where it is in Linux Mint, but it's usually in /etc/grub.conf, /boot/grub/grub.cfg, or someplace similar.

You can also change the time it takes to boot the default OS, whether you want to see the menu, etc.

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Actually you can use windows 7 bootloader to load other operating systems.In windows press win+R to bring up the run dialog then type msconfig under the boot tab this is where you edit the boot options now editing this depends on what your trying to load however in most cases just recreate the windows entry but change the boot path to your os ubuntu webui automates this its how i know it works try that for a example but be carefull if you screw up you windows bootloader your in for a headache

grub is the safer option......unless you use ubuntu of course

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