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Unable to boot Windows after installing linux to run side by side
I downloaded and installed Ubuntu and sectioned off a part of my hard drive for it. I intended to have it set up to run both windows 7 and linux together and let me choose which boot disk I wanted to use at start up. Ubuntu took over and so I read through some forums online. I can now get to the Windows 7 loading screen but it freezes there. I have my install disc and was hoping someone could assist me with getting windows 7 back. I do not care if I loose Ubuntu. I am currently sitting with the Administrator: X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe from the System Recovery Options Menu with my Windows 7 Disc in the tray. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated (if i can save my HD great if not I can live with that).
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|14 Oct 2011||#2|
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You'll need to boot System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair repeatedly.
Make sure the Windows 7 partition or its 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) is marked Active first: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)
If this fails after three separate repair attempts with reboots using DVD or Repair CD, boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD to doublecheck which partition is set Active, then click on Windows 7 HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, OK, Apply, reboot.
If Windows 7 doesn't start, boot DVD/Repair CD to run Startup Repair 3 times again.
If these fail, change the Active flag to Windows 7 partition if it is on SysReserved. Try Rebuild MBR and if necessary Startup Repairs again.
Linux can corrupt Windows 7 beyond repair so you may need to copy out your files using Windows 7 disk or Paragon Rescue CD: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
Then run full Factory Recovery from its partition at boot, or using disks you've made or order, or use the Windows 7 Install DVD to clean reinstall following these steps: Reinstalling Windows 7
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