Oh wow thanks Neil, haven't spoken to you in a while. Thanks for adding your expertise! In contrast others forums have said that WRC does alter the MBR. Although that is just what they were assuming since it makes 2 options to boot from after you install it. They were making it seem as if though anything that adds an option at boot, after the bios loading screen, is something that alters the MBR. This could have proved fatal
for me if I would have messed with it following their confusion. I see what you mean because when I uninstalled WRC all I had to do was edit my boot.ini file, and delete some hidden files/folders as per microsoft.com's instructions. So I guess you can say WRC is just software from what you've explained.
So Neil can you teach me a bit more about the MBR in lamens terms. I've googled around about what a MBR is and how it works but I haven't found massive information I can clearly understand like other pc stuff. It's mostly mumbo jumbo...
From what I can gather a MBR is a very small file(s) stored on a hard drive outside of the operating system. It contains partition information, and tells a pc where the operating system is so it can boot it up. You can't alter the MBR through Windows, or access it like you would an mp3, doc, exe, etc. That's all I've learned about it.
But when is it that a MBR is born? I'd assume a Windows Xp disc creates it when you first format a hard drive, partition it if necessary, and install the OS. Or is a MBR already on a hard drive when it is shipped from a manufacturer, ready to be altered after wards when you install the OS as I said before?
Edited by superstar, 12 August 2009 - 07:04 PM.