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Windows 7: Deleted a partition. Installed Linux. Can't boot into Windows

23 Jun 2011   #1

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Deleted a partition. Installed Linux. Can't boot into Windows

Yeah I really messed up here ... Ok so I went ahead and tested out Linux Mint 11. Looked good, so I wanted to install it alongside my Windows 7 for a dual-boot. When it came time to select the partition to install on, I DELETED a ~69gb partition, and created two partitions from the freed unused space, ext4 and linux-swap. I believe something was on that partition that was needed... >_> Linux Mint now works fine. But when I turn on the computer and select Win 7 from the grub loader, Windows starts up (The flag animation), but turns to Blue Screen midway and the computer reboots. I still have my partition in which Windows was installed, with WINDOWS, USERS, SYSTEM32, and all my documents. etc... but I cant boot into Windows.

Anything I can do to repair this? Or am I stuck like this forever?


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23 Jun 2011   #2

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You can try Startup Repair but I don't know if that will help
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23 Jun 2011   #3

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I launched that from the recovery disk, but it did not recognize the OS, asked for driver. I skipped that, and went to Startup Repair, but it said It could not automatically fix
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23 Jun 2011   #4

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boot off install disc and reinstall. If you have recovery discs they should give you an option to backup data. I also recommend not to install linux if you want to keep windows. I've tried many linux distros and they ruined my old windows partition.
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23 Jun 2011   #5

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My Laptop came preinstalled with Win 7 so I dont have the install disk. Any way I can get the .iso?
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23 Jun 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ineedmorehelp View Post
My Laptop came preinstalled with Win 7 so I dont have the install disk. Any way I can get the .iso?
yes and it isn't consider piracy if you have the cd key which should be on the bottom of your laptop,here its legal
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23 Jun 2011   #7

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Ok, will do. Will the reinstall option keep all my old files and programs?
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23 Jun 2011   #8

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You need to install GURB bootloader.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
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23 Jun 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ineedmorehelp View Post
Ok, will do. Will the reinstall option keep all my old files and programs?
you might want to back them up but i heard The installation makes a windows.old files with your documents. no guarantees though
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23 Jun 2011   #10

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Ok thanks. Will the existing Linux install be removed as well?
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