General :: Windows Failed On Dual Boot

Jul 25, 2010

i do not get this i have a computer here that i installed ubuntu 10.04 on it side by side with windows using the ubuntu installer now windows will not boot at all it just restarts every time we try to boot into it now im not stupid i tryed reparing the os many times with the disk no luck when i was exploring in the windows cds command line it showed that his intire os was moved to the d:/

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General :: Windows XP Failed To Boot In Dual Boot System?

Jul 5, 2011

The problem is this: I have a 320gb HDD splitted in 4 partitions. When I first installed Windows XP I formatted the HDD in 3 (Windows system partition, Media partition and another one I left for Linux). However Linux requires another partition for swap. Everything was just fine. One day Windows stopped working and I tried re-installing it. After the system was ready to start, Windows failed to boot with "NTLDR is missing" message. I tried to recover the Master boot record, even replaced NTLDR manually - nothing worked. I read that in order a HDD to be partitioned in more than 3 parts the so called "extended" partitions must be created. I think this may cause the problem but I don't want to wipe out everything (I have more than 100 GB of books most of which are not available anymore in the same locations I have downloaded them)

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I have a netbook running Windows XP as standard. There is also a recovery partition which came from the factory.

In the past I installed Ubuntu (I think 9.something) from USB key and all worked fine. However my XP became corrupted and I needed to do a repair on it. After this, Ubuntu became removed from the boot select menu.

Since then, Ubuntu has become updated to 10.04, which I now cannot install.

The Live CD tells me there is a "file IO error" and simply stops installation at around 70%.

I did manage to get into Ubuntu from a Live USB using Wubi. However when I chose to install Ubuntu to a Harddrive, the option to "install side by side" was missing.

After reading on the forums, I did a chkdsk /f on Windows and tried again. Now my liveUSB does not show a boot menu!

When I select to boot from USB stick, the screen goes blank with a flashing cursor. Ctrl+alt+dlt reboots.

I'm really lost here! It seems when I fix one problem, another problem arises!

Also when trying to instal Ubuntu within Windows, the process goes through to 100% and asks me to reboot. When I do so, the option for Ubuntu does show in the boot menu. However when I select it, I get an error "Windows boot failed: file wubildr.mbr and status: 0xc00000f - something is corrupt".

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Jan 31, 2010

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Mar 19, 2010

Our A+ project was to set up a dual-boot using XP Pro & the Linux download of our choice. What we did:

1- We formatted a 38GB HD using the NTFS file system.
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- Partition 2 was an Extended.
3- Used Ubuntu CD.
4- Install Ubuntu choices were to format the HD, install side-by-side, use the the longest continuous space, etc. We chose side-by-side.
5- After the install there was no evidence of the 2d 18GB partition (which we planned to use for XP Pro).

When we booted to the XP install disc that program booted to another HD (C.

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Dec 18, 2010

I've been reading many threads on the ability to dual boot. I am not a "newbe" but have installed linux and Fedora many times, included starting from Windows 7 using EasyBCD. I wish to install Ubuntu Studio 64AMD on my PC:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965
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My problem is that the installation instructions don't seem to talk about NOT installing grub on MBR as it was on the Fedora install. I don't want to accidentally overwrite my MBR. Is this option available? Will EasyBCD work with Ubuntu? No, I want Windows 7 left intact and do not want to dual boot from Grub!

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I dual boot windows and ubuntu on a particular machine and I'm looking for a comprehensive backup solution. Basically I'm after a single tool to clone the entire drive and do incremental backups with little to no concern for the underlying os.

My first instinct is to set up rsync to do the back up from ubuntu and just mount the windows partition when it does its thing so it backs that up too. Does that sound reasonable or am I missing something? At face value this seems like a reasonable answer, but I can't help but feel like something is "off" with that approach.

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i installed windows 7 successfully. When I installed it,I created 40 gb of unallocated space in the hard disk for the Fedora installation. However, whenever i start the partition editor during the Fedora installation, it says that there is no free space in your hardware, even though it shows 40gb space in the disk partition table.

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General :: Removing Windows From Dual Boot Using Wubi?

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I've just installed Ubuntu 10.10 using Wubi inside of Windblows and I want to remove Windblows completely.What filestem does Ubuntu use and how do i delete the NTFS partitions and redistribute the free space once partition removed?I only installed through Windblows cos I couldn't get a decent cd burnt to install from there.Just noticed that it looks like the installer has locked up again becuase there is no mouse action. If it has locked up again, i think it may be the cd drive playing up. If i replace it temporarily with a newer drive will Ubunutu kick up a fuss when i out the old one back in. I don't intend using a cd-rom anyway. i just want to use it as a domain controller and file server.

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I have a Centos 5.5 system that had 2 primary partitions (2nd is setup as LVM with multiple LVM partitions) and then installed Windows 7 as Dual Boot.

However, Windows 7 has installed a 200MB system partition which is GPT/EFI as partition 3 and the Win7 OS as a Primary Partition.

I have a heap of space undefined after this fourth primary partition.

However, as 4 primary partitions have been used, I can no longer create an extended partition to utilise this.

As such I would like to know what is the best and safest way to proceed, and if possible step by steps instructions for the best option eg:

1. Delete the Windows 7 System Partition and create the extended partition (I expect this will prevent Windows from booting)

2. Use something like partition magic to change the Win 7 OS Partition 4 to an extended partition (Not sure if this will work)

3. Make changes to the overall system including both Linux and Windows so that it will use GPT only (I have
had no experience with GPT so this is a bit scary)

4. Other?

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May 17, 2011

Just installed Slackware 13.37 and am trying to get dual boot to work properly. I have edited /etc/lilo.conf to point the Windows section to what I believe should be the correct partition (/dev/sda2) Here is the relevant section


# LILO configuration file
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda2


I have mounted /dev/sda2 to /ntfs-c as suggested during install and when I browse through there I see the files from my windows setup so it is in fact the correct partition. When I load Windows on boot, however, it is pointing to the recovery partition (/dev/sda1).

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Jun 7, 2010

I wanted to know the solution that if my linux crashes then can I recover my windows in adual boot env.

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Jul 23, 2011

i have win7 already installed and working well on my hard drive and [FONT="Arial Black"]then i wanted to install ubunto 11 04 but i had a lot of problems .After several trials , I succeded at insalling ubunto (i had a message telling that installation was successfully done and asking me to reboot ) But after reboot I had no boot options . That is the boot went directly to win7 . Who can tell me how to fix this problem? If I don't find an adequate answer to my problem I will format the ubunto partition and give the free space to win7 (by the way I have given 50 giga space to ubunto )

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General :: Install Fedora 13 On My Dual Boot - Windows-7

Jun 30, 2010

I am planing to install fedora 13 on my dual boot (windows-7 + fedora) laptop. Previously some one helped me installing fedora on my laptop. Below let me mention the my file system architecture as the question is related to it. It's a 320 GB hard drive.

1. First 250 MB primary partition (used to be for /boot, which is currently unallocated, because in last installation I chose fedora to install automatically).

2. Next 120 GB windows primary partition.

3. Next 200 GB Logical partition

a. First 125 GB for windows backup

b. rest for Linux (500 MB + 60 GB).

As Linux was installed later thus it wrote the boot partition itself. I want the boot partition in the first 250 MB partition (reason, to be safe, I don't want to mess up with the master boot record while playing with Linux), also need to install fedora 13. The architecture I want is following:

1. first 250 MB: /boot

2. Next 120 GB: Windows

3. Logical:

a. First 125 GB: Windows backup.

b. Next 4 GB: /swap

c. Rest: /root -- I want to install Fedora here

So, what I plan to do is to whip out all the current Linux file systems and insert fedora dvd and install according to my criteria!

Now my questions are:

1. since currently Linux has the master boot record, will it cause any problem for the machine to boot up from installation dvd, if I whip off all the current Linux partitions? (Or in other words, does installation/ live-CD need a master boot record to boot? -- I am guessing once I reinstall Linux, booting is not a problem).

2. Once Linux is whipped off, can windows boot up automatically?

3. Is there any worry of messing up windows, specially its boot sector(off course I will take precaution not touching windows partitions!)

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General :: Partioning With Windows And Ubuntu 10.10 Dual Boot?

Oct 15, 2010

i recently attempted to dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10 on my toshiba satallite l50d5 laptop (which has had major problems booting/running ubuntu except for this latest release) anyways . i ran the live boot through a cd. saw that everything was running good and decided to dual boot . everything was fine until i got to the screen where it asked to put my name and password. it would not advance from there (it set trying to set up network time or something of that nature), i do not have internet access so im guessing that might have been a problem. anyways the installation wouldnt complete after HOURS so i decided to just turn off my computer. i booted it up again and windows loaded. i checked my windows drive and it was half of what it used to be (so the partioning worked i guess) but i cant get to my ubuntu partition. i see it when i go in through the live cd though but it doesnt give me the option to boot it when i turn it on normally. how do i get rid of the ubuntu partion or actualy allow it boot up?

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General :: Partitioning For Dual Boot OpenSUSE And Windows 7?

Jan 25, 2010

I have a 2 year old Acer laptop running Windows 7 from a 160 GB HDD. This is currently divided into C:/ for Windows and D:/ for data with two small hidden partitions for Acer Utilities and Windows reinstall.

I ran OpenSUSE v11.2 from a LiveCD and decided I would like to dual boot it with W7. I downloaded the full 4.2 GB OpenSUSE Install DVD and ran that as recommended. All went well until I reached the Partitioning stage where the Intelligent Partitioner refused to offer any option other than delete all the Windows partitions and create a single extended partition for OpenSUSE.

It offers (without option):

Delete Windows /dev/sda2 70 GB impossible to resize (25 Gb are free under W7)
Delete Windows /dev/sda3 70 GB although 40 GB are free
Create Extended /dev/sda2 140 GB
Create swap /dev/sda5 2 GB even though I have 4 GB RAM
Create Root /dev/sda6 20 GB ext4
Create Home /dev/sda7 115 GB ext4

The whole HDD is currently formatted to NTFS as a factory default.

Is their a way to resize sda2 and/or sda3 to install OpenSUSE as their is lots of free space available for this installation?

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My current laptop (purchased off of a local computer store owner, I think it's brand is generic but it is called a SPARTAN for those that need to know) is running windows 7 professional and I am attempting to install Slackware 13.0. Now, I did the whole partitioning thing under windows (computer>manage>etc.) but for some reason whenever I boot the DVD to install it seems like it cannot read my hard drive. I then went directly into setup > target partition and I notice that it is reading my hard drive because my two partitions that windows exists on is there.

Now, what is says when I use cfdisk is that it seems to be reading the DVD and it gives me an error saying that the disk is read-only (which I see why). Is there a step I'm skipping while preparing the hard drive while under windows or is there just something wrong with my computer completely? I tried to read the readme and attempted to use fdisk but it's really confusing for me considering I have never used terminal type code before (except random DOS commands). I can get it installed in virtualbox but I just can't install it on the main computer. If it's worth mentioning, I downloaded the DVD ISO off of the website.

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I just started working with Linux over the weekend. I do have a working dual booting system but it's not configured exactly how I want it to be. Currently Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu are on the same hard drive but different partitions. The Windows boot screen comes up and I can select Windows or Ubuntu fine. Grub comes up when I select Ubuntu and I can successfully select any choice in the menu and it will run properly.

Everything works great now so you may wonder why I even want to keep tinkering, well, it's not working how I want it to. This is what I want it to do. I want Windows 7 on disk 0 and Ubuntu on disk 1. I want each OS to have it's own hard drive. I want Grub to be the only boot loader that comes up with the option to select Ubuntu or Windows. I want to skip the window's OS selection screen all together. I can modify Grub, I've already done some of that on my work computer.

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