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Windows 7: help needed..! recovering windows seven after installing ubuntu

22 Sep 2010   #1
sudheera

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
help needed..! recovering windows seven after installing ubuntu

hello friends..,i'm new to this forum and i need some help here..

my os is windows seven,and i installed linux for a educational matter.then when i boot the computer i had to choose the os from the grub.And today morning i formatted the partition which is linux installed.then i unable to boot from windows seven.After that i installed windows seven to the partition which is formatted.now i'm using that one.But i still unable to boot into my old windows seven.here's the problem.. .how can i recover the old seven and boot into it..?please somebody help me..


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22 Sep 2010   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping TOol in Start Menu - attach file using paper clip in reply box. Tell us what is located where.
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22 Sep 2010   #3
sudheera

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thank you for trying to help.....

(1)---the drive D: - my old windows seven
(2)---the drive C: - new windows seven(which i dont want to keep longer)


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22 Sep 2010   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Windows 7 should be installed on a Primary Partition, of which you are allowed to have four before it requires you to use Extended Logical which you have for all but your first partition.

The only way Win7 can be installed on a Logical partition is if its boot files are installed on a Primary partition. This is what has been configured here, with the 4.41gb sole Primary partition serving as the System Active boot partition so that Win7 can function on the Logical partition.

Since a Logical partition cannot be marked active to reclaim the System Active flag, one thing that can be tried is to delete the unwanted Win7 partition: boot the Win7 DVD, choose Install Now, select unwanted Win7 partition, use Drive Options to Delete:
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Now X out of Install, boot back into DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to attempt to boot the old WIn7 partition.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If this fails you'll need to use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to rightclick Modify>Convert to Primary the Extended Logical Partition. It may not allow you to convert however until you delete some or all of the data partitions, working backward from the right end. I have only gotten it to work in the past by deleting all other partitions but one. So you'd have to move your data off to delete each partition until it will allow conversion. But at least you'd have your WIn7, since once it is converted to Primary you can use PW CD to Modify>Mark Active, then run Startup Repair x3 to write the System MBR to Win7 partition.
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Since the 4.41gb Primary partition only appears to be used for booting Win7 and is otherwise empty, you can use PW CD at the same time to remove it and Resize Win7 into that space, since you're recovering the System MBR into WIn7 partition. Use Option Two in the tutorial above to remove System partition as it serves the same purpose.


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22 Sep 2010   #5
sudheera

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i think i got it right..and i have to try that..thank a lot for helping..if i could boot into seven i will surely inform you what happend, or i have to install seven again .anyway thanks again for quick reply.....
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22 Sep 2010   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you decide to reinstall Seven, you should be able copy out your files first using the new install you already made.

Then I would wipe the HD first as GRUB can corrupt Win7 if it is on the HD at all: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

The tutorial will create the correct Primary partition, as will the booted installer if you use Custom install>Drive Options.

Let us know if you need further help. I'll be back around 11 am PST and the author of the tutorial should be here before then.
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22 Sep 2010   #7
sudheera

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It worked...! NO NEED TO reinstall seven..... ...now i'm on my old stuff...thank you million times.. you are a real hero..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2010   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Glad to help. Post back another screenshot of Disk Management if you have any questions or want us to look it over for you.
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