General :: Multi-booting, Can't Boot Windows 7 Anymore?

Aug 2, 2011

I have Linux Mint and Windows 7 installed on my laptop, and recently tried tinkering with EasyBCD, to use the Windows multi-boot loader instead of grub. Well, that didn't work out too well, because I ended up with the Windows boot loader with two options, Windows 7 and Linux Mint, however the Linux Mint entry just redirected me to grub, which wasn't what I intended.

I tried to put things the way they were, with grub as the only boot loader, and figured I'd do so by setting EasyBCD to skip the multi boot screen and going straight to the Linux Mint entry, which corresponds to grub.Well, now when I boot, I get the grub screen, but if I select the Windows 7 entry, it just redirects me back to grub, so I can't access Windows 7 right now. What can I do to fix this? Can I edit the Windows boot loader from within Linux?

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General :: Grub2 - Can't Boot Into Windows Anymore - How To Get Windows To Reappear

Mar 14, 2011

I just installed CrunchBang Linux and it's great! But I can't boot into windows anymore. I'm sure it didn't delete my Windows partition-it's mounted. My linux partition is /dev/sda1 Windows is /dev/sda2


sudo update-grub
Found linux image: ....
Found initrd image: ....
Found linux image: ....
Found initrd image: ....

how I can get Windows to reappear? I've had bad luck with Grub in the past and I don't want to fight it on my own...

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Ubuntu Installation :: Properly Multi-booting Grub With Windows First

Mar 5, 2010

I wanted windows to appear first in my grub2 menu so I renamed the 30_os_probe file(or whatever it felename is) to 09_os_probe so that it comes before the 10 linux file, problem is whenever these files get updated the updater is unable to find the 30_os_probe file since I renamed it and recreates it... leaving me with two versions (09 and 30) with 09 being of course outdated.

The updater also fails to run update-grub and instead attempts to update grub.cfg manually... and fails. I had to manually do a sudo update-grub.

Is there any way to fix this so its all updated automatically while leaving windows the top choice? No manual intervention required beyond clicking "install updates"?

Also, is it possible to JUST have the Windows and Ubuntu choices, no Ubuntu recovery, memtest, alternative(older) kernels for Ubuntu, etc in the grub menu?

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General :: Share Files Between Windows 7 On A Dual/multi Boot Computer?

Jan 26, 2010

Just go myself a new computer and thinking of how set it up. I have win7 HP and will probably install at least some version of Ubuntu on it shortly to have dual boot. Might come other Linux distros too in the future. I have a 1TB HDD and my question is what's the smartest way to share files on all OS's? In what format?

I was thinking of ~100GB for Windows for apps and games etc. ~20-50GB for Ubuntu and some third partition, where I store my common files like media, pics, docs, downloads and stuff, taking the rest of the free space.

What filesystem should the shared partition be? Is there some smart way to get windows home directories and linux home directories to point to the same place on the shared partition or would it be recommended to just keep them separated?

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Ubuntu :: Windows Doesn't Boot Anymore / What To Do?

May 18, 2010

I have dual boot Windows XP pro SP3 / Ubuntu 9.04 and I only use the Windows to download torrents because the download speed on Ubuntu is terrible...
But by accident I pressed the power button when I was downloading in Windows and since then Windows won't boot anymore. Is this a Windows problem or is it maybe that it srewed up my grub? Because I can still select Windows in the grub menu but it stops at "Starting up".

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Ubuntu :: Can't Boot Windows Anymore Because Of 'keys'?

Aug 4, 2011

I need to use bluetooth, but for some yet unknown reason I don't seem to be able to switch on the bluetooth-card (it should be as simple as to press the Fn+F6 buttons on the keyboard to switch it on though and then the bluetooth indicator should light up, which is not happening, but I don't know if this is because of (X)ubuntu) and Ubuntu says it can't find the bluetooth card. That's not what I wanted to discuss now, but I think some history is always welcome when trying to do fault-finding I thought I maybe might be able to do it from Win7 . So after months of not having booted Win7 I thought to give it a try, but I get stuck right after the grub boot-screen. All I get is a blinking cursor for minutes and there's no HD activity. Then I booted Xubuntu again and it needed to do some check, which I passed and Xubuntu started as normal. This check was done by "Keys". I don't really know what this Keys is, but since a couple of days I always get this word below the word Xubuntu in the boot-splash-screen. This is only after I installed WinFF or DVD::RIP. There was some error during install telling me that it needed something with 'keys', so I entered the command quoted, something was installed and then the rest of the installation went okay. I've been looking in the bash_history files (user and root) but I can't find the command which I entered to install this keys-thing anymore, which is of course strange on itself.

Now I've got the idea (I'm not sure though) that I can't boot Windows because of this keys thing, but I have no clue how to get rid of it. Or could there be other problems causing Windows not to boot?

I really hope someone can help me getting back in Windows again, because losing the Windows partition really is not fun, even though I hardly use it. I can enter the Windows partition from Linux with a file manager though, so it's not vanished. Just wish to be able to boot Win7 when I need it.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Multi-boot With Windows And Mandriva

Jan 2, 2010

In some spooky way I managed to install Mandriva and have windows in all its flavours in working order, however Suse is still a challenge too far. I have one partition to spare, divided it up into one main and one for swap and tried to get the installer to understand that one should be / and the other swap and that they had to be formatted to ext4. I think I succeeded in doing that. However, I then want to get a working bootloader with working entries for Windows AND Mandriva. The installer wants to know all kinds of stuff and I have no clue what to tell it in order to have a working bootloader or GRUB or whatever.

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Installation :: Fedora 13Beta, Windows 7 & XP Multi-boot?

May 17, 2010

So I'm new to modifying Grub, and I've recently setup my laptop to contain all of Windows 7, XP, and the Fedora 13 beta on a single drive.Grub is currently setup to boot to Fedora, and the Windows 7 boot loader, and from there I can boot to XP.I'd like to set it up however, to have XP boot "directly" (i.e. bypass the 7 bootloader and go straight for the XP loader).The current setup is:

Partition 1: 7 ntfs on sda1 (primary)
Partition 2: sda2 (extended containing sda5 XP ntfs)
Partition 3: sda3 ext4 containing /boot


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General :: Boot - Updated, Grub Menu Not Booting To Windows Partition?

May 24, 2010

I have just updated my Ubuntu linux to Ubuntu 10.4, not my grub menu isnt letting me boot to Windows Partition.The problem seems to be with grubs new update from using an editable menu.lst file to using a non editable grub.cfg file. Everywhere I look it states "DO NOT EDIT THE GRUB.CGF FILE". I am at a loss as what to do. I figured that the new configuration has screwed up the Windows Boot File. Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this. I am not sure if it is a windows issue or an issue with the Grub boot menu.

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General :: Dual Boot / Linux Partition Formatted But Not Booting Into Windows.

Aug 11, 2011

I have Vista Home edtion and Linux, I have formatted Linux partions and now that Grub is not letting me boot into Windows..I had C:wIndows D:New Volume and rest of the space was E:

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General :: Ubuntu No Longer Booting From Windows Boot Loader After Update

Feb 2, 2011

After installing recommended updates for Ubuntu, Ubuntu would no longer boot from Windows Boot Loader. It looks like an error about some missing NTFS4 files briefly flashes on the screen.

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Fedora :: Can't Boot Windows Anymore - Grub Only Lists

Jul 25, 2010

I'm using a dual boot system with Fedora and Windows XP. Until a few days ago i could boot in Windows or Linux choosing the option during boot. I have updated Fedora with common updates these days and now i can't boot in Windows anymore, because there are no entry for it anymore to the boot menu.

The graphical boot configuration tool (i'm using Gnome) only lists three different kernel for Fedora but any entry for a Windows partition. Here is how my disk appears:

I'd like to know why this occur and, mostly, which is the most easy way to restore the dual boot

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Ubuntu Installation :: Does Windows 7 Install Remove Multi Boot

Mar 31, 2010

I plan to clean install Windows 7 on my system ( currently windows XP ). At the moment I have Windows XP professional together with Linux Ubuntu and I want to keep using Ubuntu. When I do the clean install for Windows 7 Professional, does it leave the multi-bootloader in place? If not, what should I do to bring the multiboot-loader back? I have a CD of Ubuntu My installed Ubuntu is version

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General :: Windows 7 - Unallocated Space - Pc Doesn't Seem To Recognize Windows Anymore?

Apr 23, 2011

I have a hp pc that has a hard drive of 750 gb and a recovery hard drive of 31gb. I installed linux side by side with windows 7 for dual booting. Now I can't boot windows 7 anymore. During the installation of linux, I chose the advanced option so as to manually partition the drives for linux. On the available list of drives, I chose the 750gb and clicked on modify. I chose 150gb for the root "/" (on ext4) and 700mb for swap out of the 750gb and clicked install. After finishing the installation I restarted the pc and sought to test linux. The linux works fine but when i tried to start windows, I have a boot error. My pc doesn't seem to recognize windows anymore. It takes me straight to the HP recovery tool. I don't understand why. So I logged into ubuntu and check the disk utility and I discovered that I have a whooping 600gb unallocated space. It's like my whole windows is gone. This is what Disk Utilty shows

150gb ext4 | Free 600gb | RECOVERY 31GB NTFS | HP_TOOLS 108MB FAT

What can I do to recover my windows back?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Dual Boot Windows 7 And 11.3 Doesn't Work Anymore

Sep 20, 2010

My dual boot Windows 7 and Opensuse 11.3 doesnt work anymore, i have to keep repairing the OS i want to use, i fix one and that breaks the other, how can i fix this so both work

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General :: Multi Boot Grub - All Systems Recognized But 10.10 Will Not Boot - Cannot Locate The UUID Specified

Dec 20, 2010

Problem: I have installed two Ubuntu servers, 10.04 32-bit and 10.10 64-bit, in a multi-boot environment (also have FDOS and WinXPsp3). The 64-bit will not boot because grub can't find the UUID for the disk with the 64-bit system.

Brief Background: Installed 10.04 LTS two months ago with no problems. 10.04 is in a primary partition on hda with FDOS.

Installed 10.10 (64-bit) in a new primary partition on the same hd. The install seemed to go ok, but the MBR and the fs on the 10.04 were corrupted; could not boot. Restored drive, and rebuilt grub.

Installed 10.10 on separate hd (hdb). In grub step all OS's were recognized so I pointed the grub to hda. Grub failed to boot.

Rebuilt grub from 10.04 on hda. All systems recognized but 10.10 will not boot because it says it cannot locate the UUID specified.

Compared the grub.cfg for both systems, the UUID specified for hdb is the same. Also, when I mount the drive for 10.10 on the 10.04 system the drive UUID is consistent.

I know I must be missing some thing, but I know not what. Have searched and can't find any clues. All other OS's boot ok.

Hardware: AMD64 4GB, 2 internal IDE drives (hda and hdb), 1 internal SATA (hdc WinXP), various USB and Firewire Drives (no bootable systems).

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General :: Multi Boot XP With A Unix Like OS?

Jan 20, 2010

I want to code some simple personal projects on the Unix-like partition while doing everything else on my XP partition. Can someone recommend the solution that takes up the smallest footprint in size and processing power that still delivers value? I want to learn how to code in a Unix environment.

I'm trying Cygwin but my first impression is its a bit clumsy. Would a dual boot with BeOS be better? And how would I do it? EDIT: I need to be able to run both OS'es at the same time. This is very important for me. my laptop is pretty crappy and that's why I ask for something that has a low CPU/RAM footprint.

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General :: Multi Boot Dvd For Dumbasses?

Jan 16, 2010

I'm looking for a quick an dumbass noobies proof why of creating a multi boot dvd, the distro's that i want on the disc are;

mint 8 (custom 1gb iso created with remastersys as a live dist)
knoppix v6.2cd (690.99mb)
nimblex (custom 527.1mb build created on nimblex website)
parted magic (49.9mb)
puppy 4.3.1 (104.9mb)

i have done some googling and it's gone right over my head so if theres a dumbass noob based way please could someone share it or a gui based app similar to unetbootin-377

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General :: Can't Access Files On Windows From Ubuntu Anymore?

Mar 24, 2011

I can't access my files on windows from ubuntu anymore. I was able to do that some time ago, I'm not sure what changed. I can see the shared folders, but when I try to open them, and authentication window appears, asking for the login, password and work group. It doesn't get passed that even though I enter the correct information.

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Ubuntu :: 10.04 Not Booting Anymore All Of A Sudden?

Sep 10, 2010

My computer had been running just fine a couple of days in a row. I had a problem and decided to reboot. But all of a sudden Ubuntu does not boot anymore!

The error shown is:

Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init. No init found Try passing init=bootarg
Under it it shows
Busybox v13.3
(initramfs) [etc])

[then a couple of rows mentioning removable disks which is my card reader. And finally just a blinking _ sign.

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Ubuntu :: Using Virtual Box Compatible With Multi-booting?

May 19, 2011

My question is a little bit complicated.Try to clarify it, fact is:

1. I want to install linux as primary OS.

2. I want to use multi-booting option when starting computer for choosing between windows/linux

3. I want to use virtual box in linux to use windows.

4. I want to use virtual box in windows to use linux.

Are these all 4 possible with single install of linux and windows respectively in 2 partitions? if so, what should I do after installing ubuntu?

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CentOS 5 :: How To Find The Booting CPU In A Multi Processor

Jun 4, 2010

In my environment all the servers are having more than 5+ cpu's.Please help me to find out from which CPU the OS is booting

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General :: Kernel Does Not Boot Anymore

Apr 6, 2010

I am using Ubuntu 9.10. Since a few days my I cannot boot anymore with the newest kernel (2.6.31-20.31). Instead I get a menu with a menu that lets me boot in recovery mode or boot from previous kernels (2.6.31-19).

In recovery mode for it hangs at: Waiting for root file system. It boots just fine with kernel except that apache and cups have to be reinstalled after every reboot. Everthing else seems to work without any problem.

Is there a way to do a system recovery, like in Win XP, going back to a system state from before the problems started?

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General :: Ubuntu 9.10 Will Not Boot Anymore?

Feb 11, 2010

My Ubuntu 9.10 will not load anymore after installing the updates from the Update Manager. I get the message after restarting under the heading: [1.469482] Kernel panic- not syncing : VFS : Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (8,2). I am very surprised that this will happen especially after installing the security updates from the Update Manager. Is there a way I can still save my Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu :: Booting Windows Without Dual Boot?

Jun 23, 2011

The problem is that I need to use windows as well every now and then for gaming. So I have an internal hard drive dedicated to windows out of my laptop and one inside for kubuntu. Changing hard drives out every time I game is a bit of a bother and wondered if anybody has booted into windows without fiddling about with the hard drives. Can windows be booted from outside the laptop? (e.g. by using a sata to USB converter frame)?

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Fedora :: XP Not Booting Anymore - Grub Started

Oct 3, 2010

I recently installed Fedora as dual boot with XP on my netbook, but then decided to uninstall it again. I probably did it in the wrong way because everything is messed up. I installed Fedora in a separate partition, so I just deleted that partition. Now when I rebooted my netbook, it starts GRUB.

I get some sort of command prompt like cmd.
grub> {here I can type commands}

I tried several stuff to get everything normal again. First I made a bootable USB which starts the XP Recovery console. Then I used these commands :


I reboot, and there it is again ... the GRUB. How can I get Windows XP working again? I didn't touch the C: boot partition, so the XP installation should still be intact.

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Fedora :: Option For Multi-core Booting In System?

Sep 14, 2009

I've tried searching the forums / google and haven't been able to come up with anything... in Debian-based distros there's an option that can be set to allow boot concurrency so that multiple processor cores can be used for the boot process. Windows also has an option similar to this to specify how many processor cores to use for boot.

Is there an option for multi-core booting in Fedora?

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General :: Multi Boot - Install A New Distro And Remove The Old One?

Apr 11, 2010

I have a laptop dual booting to Windows 7 and Opensuse 11.2. However, I'd like to switch to a different Linux distro (probably Ubuntu, that's what I'm used to)

Is there a way for me to do it without losing the Windows 7 setup/data?

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General :: Setting Up A Multi Boot System With GRUB?

Aug 20, 2010

There are lots of OSs and Linux dists to install on your netbook, and I want to make it as easy as possible to install, remove and switch between them.

Just installing a dist and then another one after it will replace the GRUB boot screen every time, and some dists might override previous GRUB menus entirely.

On a previous machine I created a GRUB partition which chain-loads GRUB for each dist, but now I can't remember how I did it.

The hard drive is currently empty, since I started playing around with repartitioning. What is the easiest way to install GRUB to a partition? Links are welcome, but please no generic "install GRUB" guides because the ones I've found haven't been relevant to my particular situation (empty hard drive, multi boot environment, no CD/floppy)..

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General :: Adding Fedora 13 To A Multi-boot Setup?

Jul 17, 2010

I am currently booting 4 flavors of Linux - Ubuntu 10.04, Xubuntu 10.04, Linux Mint 9 KDE RC and Linux Mint 9 Gnome. There is so little difference between Ubuntu Gnome with the right packages installed and Linux Mint 9 it is redundant and I would like to replace it with Fedora 13 and try that out for a while. I understand that Fedora still uses a legacy Grub while the others are all using Grub2. I also understand that the two bootloaders do not get along. Is there a way to do that? How? If I have Fedora install its legacy Grub to the Fedora partition will Grub2 see Fedora and update itself properly? I'm open to starting clean if that would simplify things.

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