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Windows 7: Advice on booting windows 7 & linux

25 Oct 2010   #1

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
Advice on booting windows 7 & linux

need advice
i was wondering if it is possible to change the boot back to me choosing what disc i want to boot from not the grub 2 bootloader? i have kubuntu on a ssd and windows on a standerd drive i had windows 7 installed allready when i installed kubuntu on to the ssd and linux installed the grub 2 boot manager so when i start the pc the grub menu shows me the options then boots into windows 7 (my choice). i would prefer to be independent in the boot so when i turn the pc on it goes into windows boot and i choose which drive to boot from(kubuntu or windows 7)

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25 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1


I would provide more information but I'm sure Karl will come along and tell you my advice should not be heeded. Sorry...
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26 Oct 2010   #3

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

thanks for post but i have installed easyBCD. because i have linux kubuntu on a ssd and windows 7 on another drive i cant see how i can alter it with easybcd i will have another look in this option does it merge the grub 2 with windows?( i will look on the easybcd website before i change anything)

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26 Oct 2010   #4

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

screenshot of my drives showing the kingston ssd drive which has linux kubuntu on and saying it has MBR
my main drive with windows 7 also showing it has MBR
this is where i am confused

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26 Oct 2010   #5

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

quote from easybcd

7) If you're having problems getting the correct disk and partition values for Linux,

There is a known problem with some later- build Linux distributions which you should read about in this other sticky thread.
Make sure that you are using the latest EasyBCD 2.0 release which fixes the problems. Previous releases of EasyBCD do not know about the changes of syntax in Grub which arrived with Ubuntu releases subsequent to 8.04, and you will not be able to make the BCD boot newer Linux distros using an out-of-date EasyBCD.

If your Linux system is on a different HDD to the one with the active bootloader, and has Grub installed in the Linux partition, you will not be able simply to add a Linux entry to the BCD, you will have to tick the "Grub Isn't installed....." box and EasyBCD will install and use NeoGrub to circumvent the problem for you. This is due to a problem with Grub (not EasyBCD) when it is not on the same HDD as Vista.

If Linux is on the same HDD as Windows "system" (boot) files, then you do not need to tick the box. The chaining will be done directly without Neogrub being needed.

From Ubuntu 9.10, grub changed yet again. This time a complete upgrade to Grub2.
When adding a Linux entry for a distribution which uses Grub2, in EasyBCD 2.0, select Grub2 in the "Type" dropdown of the Linux tab.
You will see that other options, necessary for legacy Grub, will disappear, to be replaced by a message telling you that you no longer need to provide the information.
Don't worry, this is not a fault. EasyBCD 2.0 will find and configure the boot for Grub2 completely automatically.

Remember firstly that Linux and Windows count partitions differently. Whilst they both count the disks starting from 0, Linux counts the first partition as 0 also, whereas Windows counts it as 1. (This applies to legacy grub. Grub2 now starts counting at 1 like Windows)
Also Linux assigns a number to the Extended Partition, inside which the Logical disks are located, whereas Windows ignores the Extended Partition when assigning numbers.
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