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Windows 7: Need help starting Windows 7 on boot up.

28 Apr 2010   #1
kittyhawk63

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Need help starting Windows 7 on boot up. Resolved

I installed Ubuntu 7.10 via LiveCD and it made a 100GB HD partition as I instructed and the program installed fine. It made a GRUB boot file where I could select between loading Windows 7 or Ubuntu on boot up. Everything worked fine. I then found out about WUBI. I installed Ubuntu 7.10 inside Windows 7 using WUBI. I then proceeded to delete the partition that I had originally installed Ubuntu to recover the space. I deleted the partition but did not get rid of GRUB. I have been able to reactivate the partition but on boot up GRUB no longer works. I am trying to get rid of GRUB and boot only into the Windows 7. I now have to load Windows using Super GRUB. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can get rid of GRUB? BTW, HP (C) is set as "Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition). There are five other partitions that are set as primary partitions. I suspect four may be for Ubuntu, but I am not sure. None of these four have drive letters. The only two that do are HP (c) and Factory_Image (D). They are marked as NTFS along with another one: System
I hope that I have given enough information so my problem is understood. I am at a loss on how to fix this.
You can see my drives info with this link using Jing.
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28 Apr 2010   #2
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This helped me in a similar situation and it may assist you.
EasyBCD Documentation Home - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
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28 Apr 2010   #3
kittyhawk63

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you. I will look it over. It will work with Vista. I am not sure I should use it for Windows 7, however. It does not list Windows 7 as an OS
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28 Apr 2010   #4
kittyhawk63

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I tried EasyBCD and this is what happened. I started Super GRUB. I typed the "C" to get into command mode. I typed "Root" and it gave me that root was (hd0,1). I then typed "root (hd0,1) as instructed. It did not locate root. So, I typed setup (hd0,1) and it did not recognize root either. So, I am back to where I was, no worse for the wear.
I still need help. I need to make this clear: I am not sure that Linux Ubuntu is still on the drive...since I made the drive inactive. If it is there, I think that I just need a way to reactivate it so GRUB will work.
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28 Apr 2010   #5
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I believe to "reactivate" Ubuntu you will need to reinstall it from your Live CD. That will create Grub again and should show your current OS. In my Grub one of the options for booting is the Windows boot loader which I have made the default. To do that you may need to add "Start Up Manager" to your Ubuntu OS.
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28 Apr 2010   #6
kittyhawk63

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I tried that. I was not able to get past the Grub on boot up. Do I need to do a cold boot instead of a soft boot? I have it where my CD/DVD drive is to be located first. I am not sure what I need to do to get it to recognize my CD/DVD first. Any suggestions.
Quote: To do that you may need to add "Start Up Manager" to your Ubuntu OS.===I can't do that until I have Ubuntu reloaded.
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28 Apr 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

Use EasyBCD 2.0 beta (after doing quick forum registration to use beta) which has a Linux tab on Add/Remove function. Several have been able to do this successfully.

However, many have to deep clean GRUB off the HD using DISKPART "Clean All" then reinstall according to this tutorial: Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker
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28 Apr 2010   #8
kittyhawk63

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Use EasyBCD 2.0 beta (after doing quick forum registration to use beta) which has a Linux tab on Add/Remove function. Several have been able to do this successfully.

However, many have to deep clean GRUB off the HD using DISKPART "Clean All" then reinstall according to this tutorial: Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker

Thank you. I will check it out.
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28 Apr 2010   #9
kittyhawk63

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I may need to do a fresh install of Windows 7 "if" it will delete the partition Ubuntu was on and put me back to the way I bought the computer. Windows 7 came installed with the ability to restore itself like it was when I bought the computer. I am not sure where it is stored, but I can find it easy enough. What I need to know is will it get rid of the partition I made for Ubuntu and only have Windows 7 to boot to?
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28 Apr 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

I hope you made the Recovery Disks before installing Ubuntu as often times the Recovery partition is disabled by a clean install.

See if you can make the disks now, or try runnng Recovery by tapping the key given at bootup for Recovery, or check manual for your model.

The problem is that even if you can get Recovery to run the HD may need deep cleaning (by applying zeros using Diskpart or a Partition Manager like free Partition Wizard to wipe disk) to get rid of GRUB.

Your tech support will often send Recover Disk set for price of shipping, and may even send a clean copy DVD of Win7. The other option is to borrow or find a Win7 installer to install your version with key stickered to computer. This is actually the cleanest possible install as it eliminates the factory bloatware which is corrupting in itself.

With the DVD or Recov disks, then you can Wipe the HD with Partition Wizard CD first, or boot DVD Command Line (press Shift F10 at bootup) to run DISKPART Clean All command before installing Win7.
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