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Windows 7: Have Ubuntu, Need Windows

23 Jan 2010   #1
TheAmazingCorey

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
 
 
Have Ubuntu, Need Windows

Hello all,

Sorry I haven't been on lately.

Here's my problem. I just got a new HP G61 Laptop. Well out the box it was running like crap. It was loaded with all of HP's crapware. So I did a fresh install of Windows 7. Well last night I was trying to resize my partitions. Well they had a 150mb Partition labeled System and I deleted it. After that I couldn't boot into Windows. So I used an Ubuntu Live CD I had to boot into Ubuntu and from there I was able to see my Windows Directories and I backed up all my data and did an Ubuntu install. So now I'm trying to make my USB Thumb Drive bootable with the Windows 7 ISO I have to do a fresh install of Windows. But this has to be done from inside Ubuntu, b/c that is the only OS I have on here right now. Does anyone know how to go about doing this. Any help IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.


Thank You,
TheAmazingCorey


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23 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Some flash sticks make it easier. You can just format stick primary, copy the extracted ISO files into the root, then boot under HD's on BIOS shortcut key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu.

If you want to avoid the 100mb System Reserved partition, pre-format the HD using a partition manager like free Partition Wizard CD.

You could have recovered the deleted MBR into Win7 partition by booting the Win7 installer Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7 partition. Keep the bootable USB installer to use for such repairs in the future, or make a Win7 repair CD in backup center.
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23 Jan 2010   #3
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

If you want to keep Ubuntu...post here and I will guide you to having both of them
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23 Jan 2010   #4
TheAmazingCorey

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Some flash sticks make it easier. You can just format stick primary, copy the extracted ISO files into the root, then boot under HD's on BIOS shortcut key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu.

If you want to avoid the 100mb System Reserved partition, pre-format the HD using a partition manager like free Partition Wizard CD.

You could have recovered the deleted MBR into Win7 partition by booting the Win7 installer Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7 partition. Keep the bootable USB installer to use for such repairs in the future, or make a Win7 repair CD in backup center.
I checked out that guide, but thats for doing it on a windows system. i need to do it inside Ubuntu.

Thanks
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23 Jan 2010   #5
TheAmazingCorey

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
If you want to keep Ubuntu...post here and I will guide you to having both of them
That would be b/c I am trying to learn Linux right now. I wouldn't mind doing a dual boot.
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23 Jan 2010   #6
madtownidiot

 

there is no application in ubuntu that I know of that can mount an ISO image for the purpose of copying the files to a flash drive.
Brasero can burn bootable windows install ISOs, even windows 7.
Also I have never been able to recover a ubuntu installation after re-installing windows. I've always had to reinstall ubuntu after reinstalling windows, so I would definitely be interested in knowing how to reinstall grub2 for the karmic distro of ubuntu.
if you reinstall windows then reinstall ubuntu, grub will handle the dual boot. I use it all the time.
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23 Jan 2010   #7
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
there is no application in ubuntu that I know of that can mount an ISO image for the purpose of copying the files to a flash drive.
Brasero can burn bootable windows install ISOs, even windows 7.
Also I have never been able to recover a ubuntu installation after re-installing windows. I've always had to reinstall ubuntu after reinstalling windows, so I would definitely be interested in knowing how to reinstall grub2 for the karmic distro of ubuntu.
if you reinstall windows then reinstall ubuntu, grub will handle the dual boot. I use it all the time.
Is this what you are needing?

Have Ubuntu, Need Windows-ubuntu_usb_disk_01.png

Cheers!
Robert


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23 Jan 2010   #8
madtownidiot

 

that only works for linux distros.. already tried it
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23 Jan 2010   #10
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheAmazingCorey View Post
Hello all,

Sorry I haven't been on lately.

Here's my problem. I just got a new HP G61 Laptop. Well out the box it was running like crap. It was loaded with all of HP's crapware. So I did a fresh install of Windows 7. Well last night I was trying to resize my partitions. Well they had a 150mb Partition labeled System and I deleted it. After that I couldn't boot into Windows. So I used an Ubuntu Live CD I had to boot into Ubuntu and from there I was able to see my Windows Directories and I backed up all my data and did an Ubuntu install. So now I'm trying to make my USB Thumb Drive bootable with the Windows 7 ISO I have to do a fresh install of Windows. But this has to be done from inside Ubuntu, b/c that is the only OS I have on here right now. Does anyone know how to go about doing this. Any help IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.


Thank You,
TheAmazingCorey
Hmm, sounds familiar. I have a Compaq laptop that had the same HP bloatware. I removed MOST of the bloat but left some there - until the warranty runs out.

I wanted to set up a dual boot BUT here is the problem: the way HP loads their laptops uses all of the available partitions - boot (that was the 150mb partition you deleted), Windows partition (the C:\ drive), a recovery partition (hidden) that has the Windows 7 installtion files, and an HP utilities partition (this is what is accessed when you run the HP utilities for recover, etc.).

I've tried partition utilities but I've never been able to create a non-ntfs/FAT partitoin to load Linux without deleting one existing partition.

Thank you HP -

If you do away with the HP utilities partition then you can shrink the C:\ NTFS partition to make room for Linux.

As you removed the Windows boot partition, one solution is to back up your files then do a full restore using the HP utilites. This will return the laptop to as-delivered-new condition, bloatware and all. Delete the bloat junk, use a partition software, delete the HP utiliy partition, shrink the C:\ partition, reboot, then reboot again to load Linux. I use GRUB as my boot loader on an XP / Win7 / Linux box with no more problems.

Good luck.

Regards,
GEWB
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