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Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

Q: Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

Was trying to delete Linux from my dual boot and I accidentally the whole Windows 8 boot loader (again). But this time is worse.

I have Linux installed to get the boot loader back. Windows appears in the GRUB boot menu, but it is corrupted and will not boot. When I try to boot from it, it now goes to a "preparing automatic repairs" screen followed by an "attempting repairs" screen. I'm given an "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." Then it takes me to the Windows 8 recovery options.

Before it got corrupted, I tried doing a system restore from the recovery options but had to force a shutdown because the restore got stuck and would not end even after 10 hours had passed. That was probably a bad idea.

What should I try next?

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Preferred Solution: Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

if you have a windows 8 disk, you can try a startup repair.

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Hi, My attempt to setup my X1 Yoga (20FQ) laptop to dual boot windows 10 and fedora 24 failed and I am not able to boot on windows anymore  More specifically I installed fedora 24 while already having a windows 10 setup. During the installation the fedora installation manager has configured the partitions for dual boot. The installation was successful but to my surprise the grub 2 entry for the windows 10 didn't work anymore.  I inspected the partitions and found that the windows are untouched. However the ' /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi' file is missing from the boot partition. I think I need to recover it so that I am able to boot again to windows. Do you know how I can recover the file? I noticed that there was no windows 10 installation disk in the X1 packaging. Also what's the right setup for dual booting the two operating systems? Regards, Kostas  

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I wanted to set up Ubuntu on my computer, and followed the instructions in the first answer to this thread: dual boot - How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7/8 - Ask Ubuntu

As instructed, I created a logical partition using EaseUS software. I did this on my H:/ drive, a hard disk drive (whereas Windows 7 was installed on C:, and SSD).

After a mandatory reboot for the new partition changes, I did not immediately go to install Ubuntu, although I had Live USB to do so. Instead, if I remember properly, I booted into Windows to make sure everything was OK, but only to find out that some "Windows could not boot properly", giving me the option to 'Launch Startup Repair' - which I did, but to no avail. All it did was reported that some 2 system files were missing or corrupt.

I then installed Ubuntu on a third drive because I still needed it to perform some benchmarking. I did this using the 'install alongside windows 7' option.
But now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, all I am interested in is getting back to Windows, while keeping all the files and programs intact.

How should I go about fixing this? Delete the logical partition on the other drive? I also have that Windows installation CD, and I'm thinking its repair options could be useful - but not having a whole lot of self-confidence, I don't know what steps exactly to take to preserve my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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A:Wanted to Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu - Windows Won't Boot Anymore

Hi I Am User,

Upon inserting the Windows installation disk you should be able to install a new Windows and be able to select Upgrade and it should create the Windows.old folder on the new Windows.

Cheers
Boris

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Tried Ubuntu & didn't like it so wanted to remove it completely. After deleting & recovering that portion of (G: ) which is where Ubuntu was installed, I couldn't boot in Windows 7. I was able to use my install disk to load into repair. The OS it found was-

OS -Windows 7
Partition Size - 122,001Mb
Location - (F: )

(F: ) struck me odd as I thought this would be (C: ) I then when to Command promp & used Bootrec.exe /fixmbr enter - then Bootrec.exe /fixboot enter then restarted. The PC booted in Windows 7 & all seems OK but still wondered if the location was correct. I reloaded the install disk as before & when into repair & it still says location as (F: ) which is my backup drive.

OK, my PC boots but shouldn't the location be (C: ) not (F: )? After all, if (F: ) is removed or goes bad I'd have the non-boot issue again, wouldn't I? If so, how do I write it to (C: )

A:Uninstalled Linux OS dual boot with Windows 7 now boot issue.

Dual-booting 2 or more Operating Systems can mess up the drive lettering, especially when 1 or more are uninstalled. If Windows is working properly the only issue will be in assuring program installations point to the drive Windows is on. The earlier versions of Windows such as Win98, WinME, etc., were particular as to the drive or partition they were installed on. Part of the situation may be affected by the newer motherboards and HDDs that use SATA connections instead of the older PATA, SATA has only one drive per socket on the board while PATA have one data cable for each socket and can have one or two drives on each cable.

The easiest/less time-consuming way I've found with such an issue is to backup any user data then boot to a GPARTED CD and wipe the HDDs that have or had an OS installed followed by connecting only one HDD for installing the OS then reconnecting the storage drives. Leaving any of the boot files of a previous OS on an HDD can mess up the boot process, sometimes slows things down when booting.

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

Code:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

Code:
bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

A:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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Hello!
I've got Windows 7 installed and would like to set up a dual boot system with an Ubuntu 9.04. However, I would like to use the Windows 7 boot loader instead of GRUB. How can I do that? Thanks in advance.

A:Linux Dual Boot System Using the Windows 7 Boot MGR

See if this thread from today helps: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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Hi

I recently felt the urge to experiment with Linux and installed Ubuntu Mint and tried to set up dual booting.

However I seem to have only suceeded in preventing Windows booting at all. I cannot get into the recovery drive to undo my wrong doing.

How can I reset the windows boot manager without access to windows or recovery partitions?

Many thanks in advance from a frustrated fool!

A:Dual Boot Linux preventing Windows boot

Hi there
Try this -- although it says W7 the same mechanism works for W8 / W8.1

uninstall - Removing GRUB from windows system after uninstalling Ubuntu from Windows 7 - Ask Ubuntu

Cheers
jimbo

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Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Questions:
Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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hello,
i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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Hello, I'm Henry.

I'm fairly new to Windows 7 though I have lots of experience with Windows XP.
I forced myself to upgrade before the April 8th deadline though I knew I would loathe the experience.

This build is about three weeks old. I put in a Sandisk X110 64GB SSD and I have a WD 500GB drive.
I also had my XP build on a 2000GB WD drive. When Win7 installed it setup a dual boot with the old XP installation.
In typical MS fashion it gave me no options of where to store the boot information.

I installed Win7 to the SSD and am using the HDD as a location for everything not system related.

A week and a half ago I removed the dual boot setup as it was no longer needed, but had to go through the setup to fix the boot record etc. Seemed to have worked fine except the installation now shows the installation as "Windows 7 (recovered)". It WAS working without issue. None at all. Then this morning for some unknown reason the system decided that my router was an "unknown network". I have two routers, one is connected to the cable modem downstairs the other is set to pass through. All of this was working normally until it stopped this morning.
(Cannot use wireless due to interference in old building w/ steel beams, aluminum electrical wire and foil air duct).
I reset everything including the computer. That's when the real problem began: the system now hangs at the "verifying DMI pool" and shows a series of dots as it is doi... Read more

A:SSD boot record borked -will boot to windows normally with CD in drive

Hi Henry -

I thought you deleted XP so am not sure why the System flag is still on the hard drive. It signifies the partition which is booting Win7, but also needs to be marked Active to successfully do so.

To repair this, unplug the HD and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which will attempt to repair and then write the System boot files to Win7 partition since they were never put there but instead added to XP during installation.

Once Win7 partition starts, is labeled System Active and boots itself, you can plug back in the other HD making sure SSD remains set first drive to boot in BIOS, mark the HD partition Inactive which should keep it from interfering although the best way to do this is move the data off and delete the old System partition. Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi all currently boot windows 7 ultimate and 8.1 as a duel boot through BCD 2.2 (with win 7 the main boot) hoping to upgrade 8.1 to ten later on this year we see, but also want to add Linux can I just add the grub in bcd and then connect my all ready installed Linuxmint 16 cinnamon hard drive (that's already installed to) to my configuration, or would I be better reformatting that hard drive and using a iso to install to it ... also my Linux is fairly old is there a new one ? u would recomend

A:dual boot windows linux

The latest Mint is 17.1 Rebecca - Editions for Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Linux Mint

I would recommend to put Mint into a virtual partition. Messing around with the Grub for the Windows systems is no fun. Here is how.

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Is there a tutorial here (I didn't find, so maybe in another place there's a good tutorial?) on how to be able to install both Linux and Windows 10 on my laptop's hard drive?
So that when I restart my laptop I will be able to choose from either Windows 10 or Linux?

I did that once with Windows 7, and I remember I had 2 possibilities: Either to be able to choose through a Linux prompt at the startup, or through a Windows prompt. I tried both options. (It was either doing it via a Microsoft boot manager or via Linux boot manager or something like that, I just can't remember)

Hope it's clear enough

**Edit: I remember there was some sort of Linux boot manager if you install Linux AFTER Windows, and if you then delete Linux completely, you had to repair Windows boot loader (Or it was the other way?i.e installing Windows AFTER Linux and then repairing Windows boot loader?)

Thanks!

A:Dual boot Windows with Linux

Load of guides on web eg

How To Install Ubuntu Linux Alongside Windows 10 (UEFI) Everyday Linux User

Main thing is to install Windows 10 first, then Linux.

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I want to install linux (any version of it) on my already-win10-installed laptop. But I'm afraid later the driver won't work (e.g. the trackpad won't work, or maybe the keyboard) once I dualboot my laptop with linux.Is it safe to dualboot my laptop with linux? If so, would you please send me a website link with the best walkthrough to make those above happen? Thanks.

A:dual boot windows 10 and linux

Hello Bill468 The HP forum does not support other products / software.But Linux and all the various varieties have a wide community that offers support.You would do best to ask them for help with dual booting. With that said, if you want to test a certain flavor of Linux on your hardware, one way to do so is to create a bootable USB stick with that OS.Here is an example of doing this for Ubuntu...How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu To be able to make the HP laptop boot from the USB stick, you need to make some changes in the bios. Rapidly tap the F10 key when powering on.Arrow over to System Configuration.Look for Secure boot and disable it.If Legacy is offered, enable it.Save and Exit.The system will ask you to enter a code prior to restart.Enter the code shown. It will not show as you type the numbers and this is normal. Restart the PC again and rapidly tap the F9 key to bring up the boot options list.Now you can select your Linux USB drive and boot it.You can try various versions of Linux this way until you find what you like. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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I want to know how I should go about creating a dual boot so I can test out a few Linux distributions while still having the option to use Windows XP. Is it a different process for different distros? I have my hard drive all set up with a partition ready and waiting for LInux.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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Well, hello back! I have been using Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, since the last time I visited the forums but now I want to dual boot with Windows 7....

So...
I have just Mint 8 (based on Ubuntu 9.10) installed on my laptop (nothing else), and I if I wanted to dual boot with Windows 7, how would I do it?
I've read guides and stuff but they're sometimes outdated, and I know I could use VirtualBox to run Windows 7 but I want to dual-boot.

A:How to dual boot Linux Mint and Windows 7?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bp96


Well, hello back! I have been using Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, since the last time I visited the forums but now I want to dual boot with Windows 7....

So...
I have just Mint 8 (based on Ubuntu 9.10) installed on my laptop (nothing else), and I if I wanted to dual boot with Windows 7, how would I do it?
I've read guides and stuff but they're sometimes outdated, and I know I could use VirtualBox to run Windows 7 but I want to dual-boot.


See if this helps you out,

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

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I am very new to windows 8 (8.1) but this is undefensible .
I was trying to install Ubuntu alongside my windows 8 install when I accidentally
wiped out my entire windows 8 install.
I am using an acer aspire laptop

Does anyone have any ideas about how I might reinstall windows 8

Thanking you in advance

A:Lost Windows 8 trying to dual boot Linux

I am using an acer aspire laptop



Is this a Acer OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?

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Hello,

Not sure if this should go Linux forums or here so I decided to try both
What I have here is a brand new machine with two empty hard disks, one ssd and another regular one.
Now, I would like to install windows 8 (+ most used programs) on the ssd and Mint (+ other linux stuff) on the regular disk.
This regular disk should also be divided, giving linux around 20gb (ext4) and leave the rest for windows (ReFS, ntfs or whatever it that windows 8 is using).
I would also prefer to have the system boot to Windows by default.
What would be the easiest way to accomplish this?


Thanks!

A:Dual boot | Windows 8 on ssd and Linux Mint on hdd

I did something similar... well I had Win7 installed first then I installed Ubuntu Linux and it became the secondary OS.
Windows first then Linux .. that should get it done. HTH

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I recently config my system for dual boot PCLinux/WindowsXP. I tried to change the size of my partition with the PCLinux install program and I can no longer boot into Windows XP. PC athalon 1800 40 gig HD, and 250 Gig HD. 40 Gig is is drive0
Help PLEASE!!
thanx
rew999
 

A:Windows/Linux dual boot problem

AFAIK, lilo is a boot loader, Not a partition manager. What you have probably done is set it to boot from a non existant partition as the information you would have entered would have been incorrect. I think you would be looking for a program like partition magic to resize the partitions, then change the relevant information in LILO.
 

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I have been trying to install both xp and redhat onto one hard drive, but it keeps saying I'm missing the hal.dll file... I am using the boot.ini file to get a dual boot menu. Anyone have any idea what I may or may not be doing? Thanks in advance.
 

A:Dual boot Windows XP and Linux RedHat?

You already posted this in the Linux Forum.

http://forums.techguy.org/t181000/s.html
 

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X1 Carbon Gen4- Keep running into errors trying to dual boot on this computer. After trying for a few days, I found some guides and while not much I didn't know already came out of them, I was able to find a few useful suggestions. Still running into some issues, mainly GRUB related. Hard drive failed to recognize the new partition a few times, but mainly GRUB related. Anyone able to give their step-by-step guide, including BIOS changes to help me get this machine to dual-boot Win 10 Pro and Linux? Tired of having to run it from a flash drive and would rather not run it in a VM. I might be getting rid of the computer anyway and going back to a MacBook Pro. Used this computer 10 hours or less and had to send it in for repair. Got it back (new system board and CPU), same problems... sent out again and they replaced the fan. Still getting random 100% disk/CPU usage at times and the idle temps just aren't stable. Very disappointed that this was suppose to be one of the best business-class laptops around and I had to have it repaired twice in less than 2 weeks. I don't trust the Lenovo techs after this. I honestly just want my money back but I doubt that will happen. 

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So I'm trying Fedora. It's installed on a separate hard drive then my XP and 7, but I would like to know the way to get Fedora in my Dual boot screen while keeping Windows in control. Could anyone help ? All I could find was way to let fedora handle it.

I don't want fedora in control. And no, I won't run it in virtual before anyone propose it.

A:Dual boot windows 7/linux (Fedora)

I notice EasyBCD 2.0 beta has a Linux tab on its Add/Remove tab.

It works wonders with Windows dual boots, so I'd give it a try.

You have to do a quick registration to use the beta.

Post back for more help or with results so others can benefit.

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...is to have two hard drives; one for Linux and one for Windows. With SATA connections, GRUB detects both drives, it makes Linux the default drive, of course, but you can change the boot default in Linux's menu.lst, if you want.

Two separate hard disks, one for each OS, isn't everyone's cup of coffee, but with hard drives being as inexpensive as they are now, why not? Maybe it's my obsessive-compulsiveness that makes me want to have one drive for just one OS, but I really like the way it works out.
 

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Hi,

I'm a newbie in Windows 8, linux, Partition....

I would like to use my new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed to the following:

Create a Dual Boot Windows 8 / Ubuntu
Create on my C drive (unique drive on my laptop):

*a partition for the system
*one for Windows 8
*one for Data and
*last one for Ubuntu OS

My aim is :

-to install VmWare on Windows 8 and run Checkpoint Splat with virtual machines to perform CCSA labs.

to install GNS3 on Ubuntu for CCNP labs but with GNS3 accessing files in the Data partition

I have a Toshiba Satellite with 750Gb and 8 Go RAM.

According to you what's the best size for my partitions?
Is there a better way to partition my C drive regarding my aim?

Best Regards

***I don't know if it's the right section, sorry for that. Feel free to move this thread in the appropriate section***

A:How to best partition the HDD for dual boot: Windows 8 & Linux

I think the partitions size depends on the further software you want to use and install.
So if you have a lot of software which is running under Windows system I would recommend choosing a bigger size for Win 8 partition.

However, since you?ve got a 750GB HDD, you could take 200GB for Win 8, 100GB for Linux and the rest of the HDD size you could use for Data.

By the way: I found nice YouTube video how to create a dual boot using Win 8 and Linux http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Yd2jK-7Jg

Greets

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Hello, Luffy here.

As you've probably noticed, i'm new and i need help.
I really want to dual boot Win8.1 with Kali Linux. ~ 64 bit.

I'm having a lot of doubts about it. A lot of people write that their Win8.1 system got, excuse my language, ****ed up. They say it's because of OEM/UEFI & so forth.

I'm unfortunately not so experienced with dual booting so i wouldn't really know what to do. Could anyone please help me clarify all of this? What's the problem with Win8.1 & Linux, what do i need to do in order to install it succesfully without errors?

Thanks in advance to everyone.

A:I cannot dual boot Windows 8.1 with any Linux distro

Hello,

Kali document regarding dual booting:

Dual Boot Kali with Windows | Kali Linux Official Documentation

This might help: (screenshots are not in english)

Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows 8 UEFI | eLab Hackerspace [EN]

some general help guides on dual booting Windows:

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

Cheers,
Harry

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Hello friends,

I would like to install Linux Ubuntu on my laptop alongside Windows using dual boot.
However, people keep telling me that it is not a good idea this to be done on a laptop because of driver comparability and stuff like that.

So is it OK if dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on a laptop or it is a terrible idea?

Best Regards
Stefany

A:Dual boot Windows and Linux Ubuntu

I'm against multi-booting of any kind. I believe in keeping it simple, so if you want to play around with Ubuntu, especially if you are worried about compatibility, virtualize it. It's 100% compatible with VirtualBox.

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Had win7 and XP working on dual boot with easyBCD for months. Then had to wipe another drive so removed all connections in PC and wiped totally unrelated drive, linked everything back up again, and now windows 7 won't boot up and the boot menu has gone.

I have three hard drives - one backup, one for XP, and one with three partitions including win7.

When i set the BIOS boot order to the XP drive it boots up ok, when i set the order to win7 drive it gets to 'verifying dmi pool data' then asks for a boot cd.

I have rebuilt the MBR using partition wizard. As you can see, the XP drive is active and primary. I cannot seem to set the win7 disk to be primary or active. It also tells me it cannot find a windows installation on the drive even though it is loaded onto E:

I have tried loading the win7 dvd and running the start repair several times but it does nothing.

I don't get what happened as all i did was remove all the hard drive connections, then connect them back up a few hours later.

Any ideas? I have spent four hours on it already and need help before i smash the thing up!

A:Windows 7 and XP dual boot - Win 7 partition not booting anymore

fixed it! woohoo

this worked for me....

go here Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
and get the VBCDE and follow instructions here Dual-boot Repair Windows 7/Vista
for automatic repair.

fixed my setup in half a second. machine booted back into windows 7 directly, then used easyBCD to add the winXP option to the boot menu and back in business. Both XP and Win7 on boot menu and both working fine. Woohooo!

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I have 3 hard drives on my tower: one 250 gb for data, one with 500 gb for Windows 7(64) and lastly I have one with 80 gb for Windows XP(32). I had installed XP before I installed 7. After installing 7, whenever I powered the machine, it would allow me to choose between "Windows 7" or "an older version of windows" (XP). Perhaps I was not careful nor did I do enough research when I installed 7, but I assumed the hdd with XP would keep its MBR with only one option and a new MBR would be installed on the 500gb hdd allowing me to choose between both.

Now taking this in consideration, and as I had stopped using XP completely, I thought it would be harmless to format the 80gb hdd. I wanted to install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (10.04) 64bit on the 80gb, assuming that grub2 would be installed there with an entry for Windows 7 (the MBR installed on the 500gb hdd). Things did not go as I'd expect. Not only did grub2 not display any Windows 7 entry, whenever I set the 500gb as first boot hdd, I get an error saying no MBR was found.

Believing that for some reason the MBR in the 500 gb was damaged (or maybe it never existed, perhaps what really happened was that the 80gb XP MBR was edited during 7 install), I inserted the Windows 7 64 bit dvd, accessed repair, dos and ran repair commands I found on the web (not blindly of course). More specifically, "bootsect /nt60 D:" ( MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record ), where D: was the label shown for the 5... Read more

A:MBR not found when booting Windows 7 (Dual-boot with linux)

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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Hi ,       I just bought a new ideapad 500 am trying to install ubuntu 16.04 Lts alongside preloaded windows 10. I have  tried various options like disabling secure boot / fast boot / fast start up the USB boot just doesn't seem to work , when I try to boot through UEFI firm ware settings -> efi USB boot I get an error message ' USB boot option Not available' . Please suggest if I can achieve Dual boot ability on my ideapad

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http://tomshardware.co.uk/2005/09/09/windows_in_your_pocket/ is windows on a flash drive.

phlak littleboy is linux on a flash drive.

any way to dual boot them?
 

A:is it possible to dual boot windows and linux on a flash drive?

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On boot, I have two menus. The first has options for Windows XP Pro and various Linux distros. If you choose Win, the second menu allows you to choose Windows or DriveClone disc/partition back up and recovery software.

1.Virus attack in Windows.
2.Recovered Windows partition (NTFS, C:) from DriveClone back up.
3.Later I had another virus attack.
4.Decided to increase Windows partition size using Partition Magic since I was going to have to recover anyway. (Increased it from 15 GB to 23 GB using the first Linux (Xandros) partition that I wasn't using any more.)
5)This worked. Everything seemed to be fine.
6)Recovered from back up again. (Used the same back up as before, since I did not do another one after changing the partition size.)
7)When the back up was complete and I rebooted, I got to my first menu OK.
8)When I selected Windows, all I got was a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I did not get to the second menu.
9) I can get into Linux.

Any ideas about how to get my second menu back? Any ideas about how to recover my primary Windows partition? Sorry for the lengthy explanation and thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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Hey everybody. I'm new here as you can tell. I just had a question about uninstalling Linux too dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 instead. I understand how to delete it, I am just having issues as when Linux installed it didn't name the partition, so I'm not sure if I can delete both of the partitions that aren't Windows 7 (I'm not sure why there are 3 on there). I will attach a screen cap so you know what I am referring too. What I would like to do is delete Linux 11.04 (I don't use it anymore), and stretch the partition back to my C: Drive then install Windows 8.

Would it be easier to skip the stretching of Windows 7 and just install Windows 8 in the Linux spot? I'm sorry for all the questions, and thank you in advance if you can help me. Here is a photo of what I was talking about:

- To be honest, I'm not even sure which is Windows 7, I'm just assuming it's C:

Thank you in advance for any help.

A:Dual Boot Question/Delete Linux for Windows 8

I would prefer to format your HDD and start over.

Format C:, create two extended partions as logical drivers. Install Windows 7 on your machine C: and Windows 8 on one of the local drivers (leavin the 3rd for data). This way you can delete Windows 8 or if there is a need to remove it (and there will be a time so do so) you can do it without touching your Win 7 install.

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G'day,

I've setup a dual-boot Windows 7 + LinuxMint13 on a single hard disk. My plan was to use Macrium to image this setup. For the Windows partition, this isn't a problem. For the Linux partition, however, I'm unsure whether a restore of an image of this partition would work, because of my lack of understanding of the relationship between the Windows and GRUB2 bootloaders - let me explain further:

After the initial Windows installation, I used EasyBCD to copy the bootloader to the C: partition, allowing me to remove the 100MB System Reserved partition. I then installed LinuxMint, and again used EasyBCD to add the LinuxMint boot entry. I again used the 'Write MBR' function under the BCD Deployment option in EasyBCD, to ensure the Windows bootloader appears first at bootup. This allows me to select the LinuxMint entry, which in turn chainloads the GRUB2 bootloader, which eventually loads LinuxMint. This works perfectly.

My question is: does the GRUB bootloader reside on the Linux partition, or does it reside on the Windows partition by virtue of the EasyBCD manipulation I have done?

If its the former, than using Macrium to image just the LinuxMint partition will work for me. Can anyone confirm this? Should I also image the Linux Swap partition as part of the LinuxMint partition image?

Thanks,
Golden

A:Windows/Linux dual-boot imaging using Macrium

OK. I guess there is only one way to find out then.....bombs away!

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Hey guys;

I have installed Windows XP and Fedora Core 5 linux as dual boot. I use both of them and they both work fine. However, I have given Linux too much disk space, like 15GB, which I believe is way too much, besides I need some extra space for my windows xp. I have tried Partition magic but it can't work with "ext3" partitions. I tried to uninstall Fodora, but when I did, windows xp won't load because it was using the BootLoader by Fedora (which was removed). So I had to install fedora again on 15GB partition. I want to keep Fedora but with less disk space (or partition). How to deal with this problem?

Is there a way to resize "ext3" partition? or Is there a way to uninstall fedora and make my windows XP load up? How to deal with it?

thank you.
bye.
 

A:Fedora Core 5 linux & windows XP dual boot

You probably have an ancient version of Partition Magic. Try something newer.
 

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Hello,

I know just enough about computers to get myself in trouble. I had a 160GB Hard drive that was getting kind of crowded, it was my sole hard drive. I had XP on it and as I had no problems with it, I was content to stick with it. I bought a 500gb hard drive and as my fiancee had bought me an upgrade to Vista and then 7, I put Windows 7 on the new drive and left XP on the old. The old drive (the 160GB) already had C: taken so I named the new one G:.

So, everything was working fine and if I wanted to switch OS's I'd just reboot and choose the one I wanted. Sadly my C: drive just died. I was like ".. bummer. I'll pop it out and just worth the windows 7 one now." However on start up I'm getting a bad boot file message and to put the install/system disk in. I do that and choose the restore option but its not showing that I have any previous versions of windows on it! When I do the repair option it says it was fixing a partition error. I can see the windows files when I use the command prompt and still see that windows is there under the G: drive.

My question is; does windows now think my G: drive is supposed to be C ? Is that why it wont boot properly? I mean it seems to be looking for windows to be under the C drive but its actually under G, if that makes sense. If so I found an article on how to change the drive letters via regedit at the command prompt. Or do you think my hard drive is just hosed and that I need to reformat?

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A:Dual boot system failure, not detecting Windows 7 anymore

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Vinbot1


Hello,

I know just enough about computers to get myself in trouble. I had a 160GB Hard drive that was getting kind of crowded, it was my sole hard drive. I had XP on it and as I had no problems with it, I was content to stick with it. I bought a 500gb hard drive and as my fiancee had bought me an upgrade to Vista and then 7, I put Windows 7 on the new drive and left XP on the old. The old drive (the 160GB) already had C: taken so I named the new one G:.

So, everything was working fine and if I wanted to switch OS's I'd just reboot and choose the one I wanted. Sadly my C: drive just died. I was like ".. bummer. I'll pop it out and just worth the windows 7 one now." However on start up I'm getting a bad boot file message and to put the install/system disk in. I do that and choose the restore option but its not showing that I have any previous versions of windows on it! When I do the repair option it says it was fixing a partition error. I can see the windows files when I use the command prompt and still see that windows is there under the G: drive.

My question is; does windows now think my G: drive is supposed to be C ? Is that why it wont boot properly? If so I found an article on how to change the drive letters via regedit. Or do you think my hard drive is just hosed?

Thanks for looking and any help at all would be greatly appreciated!! Sorry I dont have specific info, I'm not near the ma... Read more

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I am a new member of this forum and a Windows user for the first time in ten years (Win2K). I have been running my Windows 7 install for two weeks on my home built, desktop box. When I originally installed Win 7, I erased my Linux system and let the Windows 7 installer choose which of my two internal drives to install on. The install went fine, but after two weeks I started missing Linux. Yesterday, I installed the latest version of Ubuntu. This formats the drive (in Linux /dev/sda - I don't know what that would be in Windows) and installs the Linux Grub 2 boot loader. However, Grub 2 is unable to find a Win 7 installation that it can add to the boot loader. I assume that either the Win 7 boot loader files were deleted or the "secret" partition was erased, or both. I have a post here that has been trying to address the problem mainly from the Linux side, but as can be seen, I also refer to what I have done to try to repair the Win 7 boot loader. The problem is that I have basically been asking Linux users to help me with a Win 7 problem.

Anyone out there that can help me sort this out, so that I can use both Linux and Windows?

A:Dual boot Win 7 / Ubuntu 12.04 borked.

Hi,

Download and use the free version of EasyBCD to add the Ubuntu entry so it chainloads from the Windows bootloader. Refer to this guide:

http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Ubuntu

Regards,
Golden

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I had Fadora Core (I think it was that one) installed on my computer alongside Windows XP, but I recently reinstalled XP and now I can't access Linux because my multi boot menu is gone. How can I fix this? I know that Linux is still installed because Partition Magic shows me all the partitions. Please Help

-Daniel
 

A:System was set up for dual boot but I reistalled Windows and can't access linux now

When you install Windows, it overwrites your master boot record, whether you want it to or not. Unfortunately, this is where the boot menu is located in which you select which operating system you would like to boot.

In order to get it back, boot up with you Fedora CD in the drive. I'm not too familiar with the Fedora install process, but if it's like most other distributions I've used, you should be able to skip past most of the install process to the point where it installs the boot loader (I believe the default for Fedora is Grub, although it is possible that you chose to use LILO when you initially installed it.. If you used to get a full screen, probably graphical, menu then it is definately grub).

Alternatively, if you can break out to a command line from the install CD (either by selecting a rescue mode at boot or by pressing CTRL-ALT F1 (or F2, F3, etc) once the installer is loaded, you can manually install grub by doing the following:

Type 'grub' at the command prompt.

At the 'grub>' prompt type 'root (hd0,0)' ***
At the next 'grub>' prompt type 'setup (hd0)'
Finally, type 'quit', and reboot, make sure you take the CD out of the drive.

*** hd0,0 assumes that you are installing onto the master drive on the primary IDE controller.

Hope that helps, good luck!

Ken
 

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So for some time now I have had intermittent network issue while booted into Windows 10, ping my gateway (router) fine, ping dns names like www.google.co.uk, www.unixmen.com and www.microsoft.com all work fine. Ping my ISP DNS servers fine however if I attempt web browsing or application updates all fail with no internet access.
 
I have tried ethernet and wireless both results are the same across two ISP providers Virgin and BT.
 
If I reboot to Linux and attempt all above I have no issues at all so this is a Windows issue for sure.
 
*HISTORY*
 
I have attempted to investigate this myself and had limited success with Dr Web Cureit! which reported probably DFH.HOST.corrupted but I believed this to be a false positive due to my modification of my host file to limit Windows call home etc.
 
Note: All has been working fine regardless of host mods
 
Anyway I allowed Dr Web Cureit! to fix , rebooted and low and behold all worked ok (this is no longer the case).
 
So I am struggling to identify the cause of this issue and would very much appreciate your help here please. 
 
(All efforts to correct this myself are now stopped)
 
Regards
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:07-09-2015
Ran by Charlie (administrator) on CHARLIE-PC (09-09-2015 14:24:53)
Running from N:\
Loaded Profiles: Charlie (Available Profiles: Charlie & DefaultAppPool)
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A:Windows 10 odd network issue - Linux dual boot works fine

Dear All,
 
Please do not look into this suspected infection it turned out to be a corrupt .ddl file for my firewall Glasswire that was causing what looked like an infection.
 
Thanks to FRST tool and viewing the Additional.txt it was starring me right in the eye.
 
Mods please close
 
Regards
Kevin

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Hello, I own an HP Envy 15 notebook K112-NL and have considerable difficulty installing Linux Ubuntu and Linux Mint in dual-boot and triple-boot. Both with Secure Boot enabled or disabled, either enabled or disabled legacy, both with fast boot enabled or disabled and also with the default boot from internal CD / DVD ROM, it is impossible to install Linux alongside Windows. I managed for a moment to start the Linux Mint DVD but it is planted to the first screen. I think just by reading other forums, that HP does everything to not allow this operation. Has anyone had the same problem? If yes how he solved it? Thank you. [Google Translation] Original post [Italian]: Buongiorno, posseggo un notebook HP Envy 15 K112-NL e ho notevoli difficoltà ad installare Linux Ubuntu e Linux Mint in dual-boot e triple-boot. Sia con Secure boot abilitato o disabilitato, sia con legacy abilitato o disabilitato, sia con fast boot abilitato o disabilitato e inoltre con l'avvio predefinito da internal CD/DVD ROM, è impossibile installare Linux accanto a Windows. Sono riuscito un attimo a far partire il DVD di Linux Mint ma si è piantato alla prima schermata. Penso proprio, leggendo altri forum, che HP faccia di tutto per non permettere questa operazione. Qualcuno ha avuto il mio stesso problema? Se sì come lo ha risolto? Grazie.

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Ok, I'll try and be clear and succinct, but I APOLOGIZE in advance for the super length here! Here's the essential "backstory" of what was/is going on, and where I am right now:

Had an XP machine for 4 years; two months ago, I bought and added in another HD. At reboot, I put in my Win 7 64 Ultimate disc, and installed 7 to the new HD; so I've been dual-booting for 2 months now, with the classic black & white dual-boot screen at startup:
"Which operating system do you want to use:
Older version of Windows
Windows 7"

So I've been gaming exclusively on the 7 HD, playing SupCom 2 via Steam. In one week, it BSOD'd four times, so I sent my minidumps to another forum, and I was told the crashes were due to two things: video driver, and hardware. So I un/re-installed the video driver, and then, using the Asus AutoUpdate (I have an AMD cpu/ASUS mobo), I flashed my BIOS to the latest. Win 7 was totally fine, and I believe it fixed all the errors, played my game, and turned if off.

The next morning I needed some files on XP, and that's when I saw the crap had hit the fan. I chose "earlier version of Windows", and it simply BSOD immediatley; and I've not been able to get back in since. So, of course, I tried to fix it on my own. I searched online, and the first thing I did was put the XP disc in, and hit R for Repair right away; this brought me to the black and white screen. The problem was, it showed that I had two HD's, and it listed them jus... Read more

A:Dual-booting nightmare: XP & 7, flashed BIOS, now boot-up is borked:

Are your Win7 boot files on the Win XP HD or Win7 HD?

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Hi,
Not an expert. Tried a lot of things trying to make my laptop dual boot Win and Lin. UEFI doesnt work anymore (no boot options available), I have AHCI off, use legacy boot option, secure boot off.
Installing Ubuntu gives fatal error installing Grub.
If I run the Startup repair from the W10 DVD it sais it cant repair.
So there seems to be something wrong with the boot sector?
Now I can only install W10, before I could install Linux but even that doesn't work anymore due to the bootloader error. Before it installed but had different problems with the bootloader. Either it wouldnt show up (and started W10) or it just restarted after choosing W10, only Linux would boot.
Tried to delete all partitions with Gparted from live usb but no result.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?

Thanks.
 

A:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.
 

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Hi I updated my Lenovo ThinkCentre m92p tiny 3237-A1G to the BIOS version 9SKT59A.I use an OCZ SSD with GRUB2 and Linux/Win7 dual boot (GPT/UEFI) without any problem.After the BIOS update there was SecureBoot enabled and I couldn't obviously boot GRUB2.Then I disabled SecureBoot and changed the Boot order, but when I try to include the SSD with x it disappears in the list of the excluded boot devices but don't appear in the included devices. Now I am only able to boot via USB stick where a grub2 is also installed. I am pretty sure this is a BIOS bug!Anyone else can confirm that or solved such a probem? Cheersmijenix













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A:M92p Tiny - no Disk boot after update BIOS to 9SKT59A (dual boot Linux/Win7) GPT/EFI

Hello, I also have same problem on Lenovo M92p 3212-BL3 with BIOS version 9SKT39A. I use an OCZ SDD Vertex 2 with Windows 7 x64 only. The SSD disappears from the list on included and excluded boot SATA devices. The SATA ports still appears but with empty device.  It seems BIOS issue, hope Lenovo will fix this issue ASAP. 

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hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?

thx,..ucma

A:Dual boot with Linux mint giving boot problems

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ucma


hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?

thx,..ucma







Quote:
From the Linux Mint forum.
you used the Linux partitioner to re-size the NTFS partition,
then that can often mess us the windows file structure.

it's generally recommended, to use the windows Disk Management program:
http://www.disk-partition.com/resource/ ... dows7.html
to re-size the NTFS partition first, in order to get some 'free space'.

then use the Linux installer's 'something else' option to point to that free space.

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Hey all,

I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

thanks a lot....

any help ?
venkat
 

A:dual boot problem (XP and linux) Boot Magic

v2010 said:

Hey all,

I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

thanks a lot....

any help ?
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Hi v2010,

Welcome to TSG!

If you know whether the dual-boot scheme is implemented with the Grub boot loader there may be a way with a Linux Live CD (e.g. Ubuntu or Knoppix - do you know? Also, is the dual-boot scheme implemented on one or two disks.

The technique would be to boot up with the Live CD, let's say Ubuntu, and then use the System Administration pull-down menu selecting Disks to bring up the Disk manager. The ide... Read more

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?
 

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