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Windows 7: Installed Ubuntu 9.10 after windows 7 and Can't boot-

24 Mar 2010   #21
RileyRandom

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

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Alright so now Windows 7 will start and all, it asks me for my password and then it says "Preparing your desktop" for about 5 minutes, and goes to a dull blue colored with an XP style cursor. No icons, taskbar, or anything pops up.
When XP was installed, it was the C partition correct? And Windows 7 was what?
Well this might be a bit confusing so ill go with it. When i first got the laptop it had vista on it, then i dual booted vista with win 7. (vista is C and 7 is G) Then i replaced vista with xp, now i just replaced xp with ubuntu, so ubuntu should be C and Windows 7 should be G.


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24 Mar 2010   #22
iseeuu

 
 

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Alright so now Windows 7 will start and all, it asks me for my password and then it says "Preparing your desktop" for about 5 minutes, and goes to a dull blue colored with an XP style cursor. No icons, taskbar, or anything pops up.
When XP was installed, it was the C partition correct? And Windows 7 was what?
Well this might be a bit confusing so ill go with it. When i first got the laptop it had vista on it, then i dual booted vista with win 7. (vista is C and 7 is G) Then i replaced vista with xp, now i just replaced xp with ubuntu, so ubuntu should be C and Windows 7 should be G.
Well ... this is a guess, but Windows does not recognize the Ubuntu partitions, so I think Windows does not know what drive letter it should be. Please have a look at this link: Multibooters, Vista Dual and Multibooting - Drive Letter Problems

What you are going to try to do is to boot to safemode, use regedit to remove the "Mounted Devices" folder so that when Windows reboots, it will rebuild that folder with the correct drive letters.
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24 Mar 2010   #23
RileyRandom

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RileyRandom View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
When XP was installed, it was the C partition correct? And Windows 7 was what?
Well this might be a bit confusing so ill go with it. When i first got the laptop it had vista on it, then i dual booted vista with win 7. (vista is C and 7 is G) Then i replaced vista with xp, now i just replaced xp with ubuntu, so ubuntu should be C and Windows 7 should be G.
Well ... this is a guess, but Windows does not recognize the Ubuntu partitions, so I think Windows does not know what drive letter it should be. Please have a look at this link: Multibooters, Vista Dual and Multibooting - Drive Letter Problems

What you are going to try to do is to boot to safemode, use regedit to remove the "Mounted Devices" folder so that when Windows reboots, it will rebuild that folder with the correct drive letters.
Thank you sooo very much, I'm going on vacation tomorrow and i needed windows 7 back. Now there is one more final thing i need to do, I neeed to replace grub with windows 7 boot loader, how exactly should i do this with easybcd? I don't want to mess things up to bad before tomorrow.

Also windows is showing that i have only 1 Partition and here is what easybcd says.

There is one entry in the Windows Vista bootloader.

Default: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
Timeout: 30 seconds.
Boot Drive: G:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: G:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
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24 Mar 2010   #24
iseeuu

 
 

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Thank you sooo very much, I'm going on vacation tomorrow and i needed windows 7 back. Now there is one more final thing i need to do, I neeed to replace grub with windows 7 boot loader, how exactly should i do this with easybcd? I don't want to mess things up to bad before tomorrow.

Also windows is showing that i have only 1 Partition and here is what easybcd says.

There is one entry in the Windows Vista bootloader.

Default: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
Timeout: 30 seconds.
Boot Drive: G:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: G:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
You are sooo welcome! I am just glad I was able to help.

OK, you have confused me a little. You should have replaced Grub when you did the "Startup Repair". But if you meant to add a Ubuntu menu entry to your Windows boot menu, what you need is EasyBCD2. Ubuntu 9.10 uses Grub2, and older versions of EasyBCD will not recognize it.

The Dell Utility partition is hidden so you won't see it. Windows does not recognize the Ubuntu ext4 file system so it won't see that. That only leaves the one Windows 7 NTFS partition.

The two entries are from the BCD Store, and they say that the Windows 7 partition is the boot partition first, and the Windows partition second. As I understand the way it works, you will need to install grub in the Ubuntu partition (NOT in the MBR as is normal) then EasyBCD2 will connect to the grub and allow you to place an entry in your Windows boot menu.

Cheers!
Robert
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24 Mar 2010   #25
RileyRandom

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

How would i install grub on just the ubuntu partition?
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24 Mar 2010   #26
iseeuu

 
 

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How would i install grub on just the ubuntu partition?
When you install Ubuntu, you usually get the option of selecting where you want the Grub boot code placed, as in the MBR (the front of the hard drive), a seperate boot partition you create, or in the Ubuntu partition itself. Ubuntu will scream at you when you try to do that but it will work ok, since you are going to use the Windows boot manager and only need it to point to the Ubuntu partition.
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24 Mar 2010   #27
RileyRandom

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

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How would i install grub on just the ubuntu partition?
When you install Ubuntu, you usually get the option of selecting where you want the Grub boot code placed, as in the MBR (the front of the hard drive), a seperate boot partition you create, or in the Ubuntu partition itself. Ubuntu will scream at you when you try to do that but it will work ok, since you are going to use the Windows boot manager and only need it to point to the Ubuntu partition.
Alright, so i have to reinstall ubuntu?
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24 Mar 2010   #28
iseeuu

 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
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How would i install grub on just the ubuntu partition?
When you install Ubuntu, you usually get the option of selecting where you want the Grub boot code placed, as in the MBR (the front of the hard drive), a seperate boot partition you create, or in the Ubuntu partition itself. Ubuntu will scream at you when you try to do that but it will work ok, since you are going to use the Windows boot manager and only need it to point to the Ubuntu partition.
Alright, so i have to reinstall ubuntu?
No, although at this point, since Ubuntu is new and you don't have anything there to loose (I asume) it might be easier!

This link Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone? shows how to reinstall grub from the live Ubuntu install cd. Only DO NOT install to the MBR, instead choose the partition (in Linux the Ubuntu partition on you computer is /dev/sda2) Ubuntu is installed.
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24 Mar 2010   #29
RileyRandom

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

So check me on this and also help. Since you're saying to not install mbr i wouldn't type "sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda". If so, what would i type?
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24 Mar 2010   #30
iseeuu

 
 

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So check me on this and also help. Since you're saying to not install mbr i wouldn't type "sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda". If so, what would i type?
Sure no problem. First you would need to mount the Ubuntu partition:
type: sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt

Then install Grub on sda2

Then type: sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda2
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