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additional mbr fix for Windows nag screen
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Mar 2011, 21:25    Post subject:  additional mbr fix for Windows nag screen  

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How to Stop Installation Wizard from installing Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Startup Nag....page 2...>>> WGA

I had this on a recent XP laptop.
A customer updated Windows and got this bug, but luckily they
didn't install it.



Recently I had a problem with Grub 4 Dos by Shinobar.

I have been using it to boot different USBs with multi Puppies etc.

I am not very knowledgeable with any sort of Grub.
However Shinobars creation is pretty good.

I wish however that I could use different boot options
for Puppy....such as >> puppy pfix=ram etc.

And maybe it's me but I find it picks up better if I name the folders....
in lower case...and use only an 8 letter name.

Anyway I must have been a bit too quick in selecting my USB options,
and my XP hard drive booted with a funny grub message,
but then would boot into Windows after 10 seconds or so.

So I had a look around for a simple MBR fix.

I tried this but it wouldn't work.


Hirens wouldn't work.

Other fixes didn't work.


I saw this.


Command fdisk /mbr

" Fdisk has an undocumented parameter called /mbr that causes it to write
the master boot record to the hard disk without altering the
partition table information. "

And decided to go for it after I saw WhatsHisName response.
I used an old >> Dos 6.22 floppy disk


" My post will surely be followed by several
“fdisk /mbr screwed my disk” comments.
My questions in response are “what else did you do before trying
fdisk /mbr?” (i.e., what else was screwed up or what else did you
screw up) and “did you read the warnings about using fdisk /mbr?”
(i.e., for safety, only have one drive connected when you run fdisk /mbr).

To pirate a slogan, “Fdisk doesn’t kill drives, people kill drives”.


This seems a helpful site.



For Win7 or Vista you can also use these...as noted earlier.

Vista and Windows 7 Recovery discs.

Torrent links >> neosmart.


" NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the
Windows Vista Recovery Disc for your convenience.
It is a 120 MiB download "

" NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the Windows 7
Recovery Disc for your convenience.
It's a 143 MiB download (165 MiB for the 64-bit version)



Newest Hirens 13.1



Filename: Hirens.BootCD.13.1.zip
Filesize: 390.63 MB (409600952 bytes)
ISO MD5: 72080B2EA93D1B9469A09C6A01CB5A7B
ZIP MD5: 4F3208D831EC433F5D97DB9B8F875193

200 Ways To Revive A Hard Drive...from Hirens site...4 pages.




These are free. For others he charges $4...


FIXMBR Windows XP Fdisk /MBR Tool video

Also shows you how to copy the Recovery Console to your
hard drive ...boot option.



Freebie from Paragon...48.64MB



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