RedWillow wrote:Whether it actually works, I don't know.
Yes, it does.
Thanks for the information, Wylie. The rather cavalier way in which the author of that link tells you to 'sudo apt-get install' a package which is not in the repositories made me slightly leery of believing that section. As I hadn't tried ms-sys myself, I didn't want to mislead the OP.
, just to confirm that the latest version of SuperGrubDisk repairs the Windows mbr just fine - and very quickly: no prompt for a password or anything. Or, at least, when Windows is on sda1 it does. I'm preparing a little rescue and maintenance kit for some relatives that I'm converting to Ubuntu and I thought I'd better dry run everything first. Having made my multiboot into a single-boot Windows machine with SuperGrubDisk, I was then able to restore grub to my chosen default Linux partition with it as well. Just be warned that the SGD menu prompts are not exactly intuitive. I've got an old(ish) laptop with XP on sda2 with the restore partition on sda1, so I'll see what the SGD mbr repair makes of that tomorrow.
just for the record - I selected the repair mbr and boot into Windows choice in the SGD menu on the laptop with XP on sda2 and recovery console on sda1, and it promptly booted into the recovery console. But when I took the SGD disc out and rebooted it booted into XP OK.
So - SuperGrubDisc wins my vote for repairing the MBR. It's worked with Windows 7 on sda1 on one machine and XP on sda2 on the other. No hassle, no password prompts, quick as it could be.