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Windows 7: Install All messed up - with Ubuntu - HELP

14 Jan 2010   #21
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
Partitions all messed up -

Thank you so much for both Robert and Theog's help and instructions.

Robert, I don't know what each partition does what on the Vista Partition map that I sent. It is not how I partitioned it. I had a partition for Vista and a partition for Ubuntu. Now, it is all messed up.

Theog, I read the links that you provided. Are you suggesting that I should remove Ubuntu altogether before installing Windows 7? I don't even know how since the gparted map in Ubuntu shows only /dev/sda and "unallocated", I am not sure why that is and don't want to mess with the whole "unallocated" space.

At present, I can boot to Ubuntu using a boot DVD. I can also boot to Vista (recovered) without DVD.

With my partition table shown so differently between Vista and Ubuntu, how should I proceed?

Many THanks....Mimi


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14 Jan 2010   #22
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
Thank you so much for both Robert and Theog's help and instructions.

Robert, I don't know what each partition does what on the Vista Partition map that I sent. It is not how I partitioned it. I had a partition for Vista and a partition for Ubuntu. Now, it is all messed up.

Theog, I read the links that you provided. Are you suggesting that I should remove Ubuntu altogether before installing Windows 7? I don't even know how since the gparted map in Ubuntu shows only /dev/sda and "unallocated", I am not sure why that is and don't want to mess with the whole "unallocated" space.

At present, I can boot to Ubuntu using a boot DVD. I can also boot to Vista (recovered) without DVD.

With my partition table shown so differently between Vista and Ubuntu, how should I proceed?

Many THanks....Mimi
Mimi;

I apologize for all the seemingly conflicting advice. There are many very knowledgeable members here willing to share their experience. We all want to help as best as we can. I would be happy to let someone else assist you, if that is what you wish. Getting your computer up and running is what is important to me, not where the help comes from.

If you wish to delete everything from your hard drive then please follow those instructions. Otherwise, we can clean up your partitions and hopefully get 7 to install.

Cheers!
Robert
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14 Jan 2010   #23
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi Nokoyashi

Backup first.

If it was me, I would delete all the partitions using MSdos Fdisk & start with flesh in install.
When you are working with Linux & Windows, sorting problems can be hard work.

Any problems post back we can help.

Robert, good advice given.
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16 Jan 2010   #24
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
Resuming the Install work......

Thank you both so very much. I really appreciate it. I did not get a chance to continue with my install since Thurs evening (I had to restore back to Vista to do some work). I just got back and resumed the work. It died under same scenario at the exact time as my 1st install attempt.

I am so desperate! Please HELP!

I am encountering the same problem at the same spot as my 1st time Windows 7 upgrade attempt. I really don't think that its a dual-boot problem now.

The install finished Step 1 and Step 2 and completed 21% of Step 3 (Expanding Windows files...) when it indicated that it needed to reboot the system. It did and once its booted up, a dialog appeared.

"....the install cannot continue, the install will cancel and your previous version of Window will be restored..." <not verbatim>

There was no error message/code or any explanation as to why it could not continue and had to cancel.

It booted up with "Windows Setup" and "Windows Vista (recovered)" as my menu items. There was no more Ubuntu listed. If I picked "Windows Setup", it brought me to the initial Windows 7 setup screen and I could only start all over.

If I picked Vista, it restored Vista. Is there a way out without reinstalling everything from scratch?

Any ideas, suggestions, instructions or info will be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks.
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16 Jan 2010   #25
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
Thank you both so very much. I really appreciate it. I did not get a chance to continue with my install since Thurs evening (I had to restore back to Vista to do some work). I just got back and resumed the work. It died under same scenario at the exact time as my 1st install attempt.

I am so desperate! Please HELP!

I am encountering the same problem at the same spot as my 1st time Windows 7 upgrade attempt. I really don't think that its a dual-boot problem now.

The install finished Step 1 and Step 2 and completed 21% of Step 3 (Expanding Windows files...) when it indicated that it needed to reboot the system. It did and once its booted up, a dialog appeared.

"....the install cannot continue, the install will cancel and your previous version of Window will be restored..." <not verbatim>

There was no error message/code or any explanation as to why it could not continue and had to cancel.

It booted up with "Windows Setup" and "Windows Vista (recovered)" as my menu items. There was no more Ubuntu listed. If I picked "Windows Setup", it brought me to the initial Windows 7 setup screen and I could only start all over.

If I picked Vista, it restored Vista. Is there a way out without reinstalling everything from scratch?

Any ideas, suggestions, instructions or info will be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks.
Hello Mimi, and welcome back. I have a life too so I understand.

Question: were you able to update the computer bios from within Vista?
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16 Jan 2010   #26
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
Update Bios

I am not sure if I did it inside Vista. I think I was complaining that I could not boot back up to any OS so you told me that I could update the Bios at boot up time? I wish I could remember correctly.

I am relatively sure that I did update the Bios successfully.

Thanks...Mimi
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16 Jan 2010   #27
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
I am not sure if I did it inside Vista. I think I was complaining that I could not boot back up to any OS so you told me that I could update the Bios at boot up time? I wish I could remember correctly.

I am relatively sure that I did update the Bios successfully.

Thanks...Mimi
That's OK, it is easy to check. You will need to reboot. When you see the Dell logo, you might see where is says what version the Bios is ... if not, if it is to quick, just tap F2 and the Bios menu should tell you what the Bios version is. The newest bios avail is A06

Can you check it?
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16 Jan 2010   #28
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

It is A06.

I noticed that (even previously) when my desktop was being loaded, MS Windows gave me this error:

"Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed
A problem caused the application to stop working correctly.
Windows will notify you if a solution is available"

I closed the box and I could still do all the other stuff; not sure if its relevant or not.

Many Thanks...Mimi
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16 Jan 2010   #29
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
It is A06.

I noticed that (even previously) when my desktop was being loaded, MS Windows gave me this error:

"Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed
A problem caused the application to stop working correctly.
Windows will notify you if a solution is available"

I closed the box and I could still do all the other stuff; not sure if its relevant or not.

Many Thanks...Mimi
OK good! Next step.

What I would like for you to do is to boot into Ubuntu, use GParted to get a drive map, take a screen shot, use the Ubuntu browser to login to Seven Forums and attach the snap shot to a post?

My Ubuntu, 9.04, has a screen shot tool similar to windows you can use.

Install All messed up - with Ubuntu - HELP-mimi_dell_1521_ubun2.png

I need to know what partitions Ubuntu is using before proceeding!


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16 Jan 2010   #30
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
No internet connection

Hi Robert,

Sorry it took me so long. I rebooted into Ubuntu with the Ubuntu boot DVD - that's the only way I could boot up Ubuntu.

I captured a screenshot of the partition but I could not connect to the Internet via my browser. I only used Ubuntu for learning Android programming and I never used the internet browser in Ubuntu.

The partition editor basically only has "/dev/sda" as the one partition and all the info about it below is "unallocated".

Is that good enough info or should I try to copy the screenshot to a DVD and tranfser it to Windows for sending it to you.

Thanks...Mimi
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