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Windows 7: Prankster leaves me computerless, help please.


06 Sep 2012   #1

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Prankster leaves me computerless, help please.

An older version of Ubuntu (10.10) was installed on my computer by someone apparently wanting to be funny, and it has turned into a complete nightmare for me. I have no interest, no wants, or desires to use Ubuntu, I am completely content with Windows 7. It was bad enough I lost a lot of my data and pictures, and work documents. But now I can't even reinstall windows to be able to get back to work. Here's what I know for sure.

1.) My Windows 7 Disc Works, have tried it in 3 other machines with no problem.
2.) My dvd drive is functioning, apparently it installed ubuntu, but just to be safe, I took it out and tried it in one other computer, and no problems.
3.) I changed my boot order to make the cd rom boot first.
4.) Ubuntu boots fine
5.) I put in the windows 7 disc and restart, and get no notification to press a key for setup or anything like that ever, it boots straight to ubuntu.
6.) I get no error messages.
7.) I use the manual f12 to select the cdrom drive, it hands in the post at cd/dvd....for a few seconds, then continues to boot to ubuntu.


I am in desperate need of this computer so any and all help would be appreciated..

Shaun


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06 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

You have to remove grub, it's ubuntu's version of a bootmgr and windows can't take over again until you get rid of it.
See this thread here.
Sorry it is a tad complicated but the instructions are very clear.
Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7

btw if win 7 is still on the drive it should start working again after this without a reinstall.
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06 Sep 2012   #3

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From what I got from him before I removed him from the house after he supposedly tried to fix it after 2 hours, there is no windows left, it was over written when ubuntu was installed.
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06 Sep 2012   #4

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

grub needs to be removed and the disc cleaned before you can reinstall windows all the same thing.
If he wiped your data this goes beyond a prank.
It's practically criminal.
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06 Sep 2012   #5

windows 7
 
 

I'll be able to do that from ubuntu without being able to boot to the windows 7 dvd yet?
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06 Sep 2012   #6

windows 7
 
 

Ok, so without being able to boot to the windows disc, is there anyway to remove grub, or clean the disc? Your right it is criminal, supposedly it was a misunderstanding. He thought it would only be temporary. I'm calling BS.
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06 Sep 2012   #7
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Was this factory preinstalled Windows 7 which might still have a bootable Recovery Partition on the HD? Try tapping the key given on first boot screen for Recovery, or post back the make/model.

Everything you need is here to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including how to rescue your data if it remains on the HD.

Set the DVD drive first to boot in BIOS setup, or trigger the DVD using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.
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06 Sep 2012   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Was this factory preinstalled Windows 7 which might still have a bootable Recovery Partition on the HD? Try tapping the key given on first boot screen for Recovery, or post back the make/model.

Everything you need is here to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including how to rescue your data if it remains on the HD.

Set the DVD drive first to boot in BIOS setup, or trigger the DVD using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.
No this was a custom built computer. There is no factory preinstalled windows 7.
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06 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've been using Linux and Windows for years and I have boxes that I test OS's on, and I've never loaded Ubuntu on a single system that rendered me unable to simply boot again from a Windows DVD and reinstall Windows.

For proof, try disconnecting your hard drive and then get your system to boot off that Windows DVD. See if you can proceed into the install from that point forward. If it still bombs out, it's obviously not GRUB.
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06 Sep 2012   #10
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Try triggering the DVD drive using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key. What exactly happens?

If that fails download the latest official ISO and burn a new DVD using the tool in Steps 1 and 2 of reinstall tutorial.

This is an opportunity to get a perfect reinstall which you can then image and never have to reinstall again.
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