Fixboot (Recovery Console)

How to Use the Fixboot Command in the Windows XP Recovery Console

What Is the Fixboot Command?

The fixboot command is a Recovery Console command that writes a new partition boot sector to the system partition that you specify.

Fixboot Command Syntax

fixboot (drive)

drive = This is the drive that a boot sector will be written to and will replace the system partition that you're currently logged on to. If no drive is specified, the boot sector will be written to the system partition that you're currently logged on to.

Fixboot Command Examples

fixboot c:

In the above example, the boot sector is written to the partition that's currently labeled as the C: drive - most likely the partition you are currently logged on to. If that is the case, this command could be run without the c: option.

Fixboot Command Availability

The fixboot command is only available from within the Recovery Console in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Fixboot Related Commands

The bootcfg, fixmbr, and diskpart commands are often used with the fixboot command.