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Windows 7: Windows blinking cursor at startup

17 Mar 2011   #1

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Windows blinking cursor at startup

Hello, I recently installed Ubuntu onto my laptop, it has one 320gb HDD. The installation went fine and I installed it alongside of Windows 7 Home premium.

Ubuntu was giving me problems so I decided to delete the partition it was installed in, from within windows. I'm Dumb. (The problem with Linux was irrelevant, swap space issues :down: )

When I restarted, the computer still tried to boot into Ubuntu, but wasn't able to do so obviously, as I had deleted it. I'm fairly certain GRUB was still there. I re installed Linux and it installed and boots up fine, but now when I select the windows 7 selection in GRUB, I get a blinking cursor. No error message, no OS not found press any key bla bla. Just a cursor.

So I validated that the Partition was still there, and linux seems to think that it is, the space for Windows is still there as far as linux knows, ( Not GRUB, from within the os) and it's formatted NTFS still.

Next, I booted into a Windows 7 recovery disc and did the auto startup up repair all in one option, which of course didn't work, so next I booted back into the Recovery disc, and chose Command prompt, i did the basic bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot. I even tried the exporting and deleting BCD outlined in this article: How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

Right now Grub is working fine, I can boot into Linux to do whatever I need to do, ( I don't want it a permanent solution to windows though )

I have a bootable Ubuntu 10.10 cd, and a Windows 7 Recovery CD ( Not a full install DVD), and a broken laptop.

Any suggestions on what to do next? Thank you

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17 Mar 2011   #2


We frequently see GRUB render Win7 irreparable when on the same HD.

To try to start Win7, uninstall GRUB if possible, then boot the Win7 Repair CD, mark Win7 partition Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Now from the CD Recovery options list choose Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If this fails, find a Win7 installer for your version and clean reinstall after wiping the HD of GRUB: re-install windows 7
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