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I completely flattend my laptop but trucrypt is still there on boot up the only way I can get it to boot not windows is by pressing the esc key..

How do I fix the bootloader so I don't have to press escape?

Trucrypt is not in programs so must be stuck somehow in the boot loader am I along the right lines?

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As @Karan mentioned on my reply, which version of Windows do you use? – nerdwaller Jun 23 '13 at 22:02
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Truecrypt adds to your boot loader (i.e. goes through theirs first). So it is installed to your MBR, generally.

In XP/Vista:

  1. Launch a CMD as an administrator
  2. Try the command fixmbr

In 7:

  1. During Windows boot, hit F8 a bunch.
  2. Choose Repair Your Computer
  3. Let it do its thing, then select Command Prompt
  4. Use bootrec.exe /fixmbr

7 (alt):

  1. Basically do the above, but use the Windows Install Disc rather than F8

(Not experienced this with W8, but if you have it - I can do a search for you).


I used to have truecrypt with the same issue.

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What makes you think he's using Vista? – Karan Jun 23 '13 at 21:46
@Karan - Good point, updated. Thank you! – nerdwaller Jun 23 '13 at 22:01
Thank you very much so I wouldn't need recovery disk for xp just straight onto operating system, cmd and fixed? Nice and easy – topcat Jun 24 '13 at 6:43

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