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What is the most painless way to restore the Windows 7 bootloader without a Windows DVD?

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I believe EasyBCD can do this, but to do it manually you can do the following:

  1. Copy bootmgr to the root of your volume (probably C:\).
  2. Run bootsect /nt60 /mbr /sys (I hope I got the command-line right)

I'm not sure where I found bootsect -- it might have been in C:\Boot, or it might have been in the Windows AIK or on the Windows CD. You'll have to search for it.

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The command line is correct. –  Adam Sep 22 '11 at 8:31
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@Adam543i: Cool, thanks! –  Mehrdad Sep 22 '11 at 8:43
    
For best results, it should be your system volume. –  JdeBP Sep 22 '11 at 14:53

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