Ubuntu Installation :: After Update, Windows 7 No Longer Auto-Detected By GRUB2?

Apr 23, 2011

I'm using Maverick Meerkat, 10.10, 64bit. I'm a pretty basic user but am trying my best to learn.

My background: I have a laptop on which I installed Win7 Ulimate on one partition. After installing Win7 I then installed Ubuntu on a separate partition. GRUB2 found both Win7 and Ubuntu perfectly. I could choose to boot into either one and the ability for GRUB2 to "remember" which OS I booted into last worked properly. I then did a kernel update a couple days ago via Ubuntu's Update Manager. After that, GRUB2 could no longer see Win7. I added a custom boot entry in /etc/grub.d/ so that Win7 would show up in GRUB2.

However once Win7 did show up in GRUB2 I kept having a problem with the Windows bootloader being missing. I used the Win7 Recovery DVD to get into Windows and then installed EasyBCD for Win in which I was able to create a Win7 boot entry and get the Win7 bootloader back. I set EasyBCD to skip the bootmenu so my current configuration now is that on bootup I see GRUB2, which shows Maverick Meerkat & Win7. If I select Win7 then Win7 loads via EasyBCD and it works fine.

The problem though is that GRUB2 does not auto-detect Win7 AND it no longer remembers the last OS that I booted into. I would rather not use EasyBCD if I can help it and would like to just use GRUB2 for everything.

My question is this: How can I get GRUB2 back to controlling Ubuntu & Win7 properly without the need for anything else in between. I have asked in the Freenode Ubuntu channel but haven't received any help besides "sudo update-grub" which I have done and it hasn't helped.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Ubuntu Grub2 No Longer Detected 11.3 After Online Update

Jan 6, 2011

I was using tripleboot system in one hard drive. That included Windows 7,Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.04. And yesterday I decided to added openSUSE 11.3 at another partition. I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 grub2 as bootloader.

At first there was no problem. All OS detected well, but after opeSUSE online updates last night my openSUSE partition won't boot. First, at boot I chose openSUSE and it said "Boot kernel first" and nothing happens. And then I boot to ubuntu and ran update-grub then I saw grub no longer detected openSUSE partition.

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Jul 15, 2010

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Mar 22, 2010

so after my upgrade to 10.04 I'm experiencing a puzzling problem with Grub2. It can load everything fine except for XP. I have XP on a separate partition, it is detecting fine and the grub.cfg file is created withou a problem when I the appropriate commands to update and upgrade grub. What happens is that I select Windows XP from the list and it goes to a black screen where a cursor in the top left corner blinks 3-5 times and then immediately kicks me back to the Grub menu. I can do this forever but the grub menu just gets reloaded every time. Any ideas?

Here is the windows portion of my Grub.cfg:

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda2)" {
insmod ntfs


Here is my boot.ini on the ntfs partion I am trying to boot into

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOW S


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Jul 18, 2011

I have installed Windows 98 and Debian together before. This time however I started to run into trouble from the start. There was a Win XP and Debian installation left-over, but I had made considerable changes to the hardware, so I decided to format and create new partitions (Parted). The Wind 98 installer didn't like that, and eventually, I cleared the disk with Parted and used Fdisk. When I installed Debian, it couldn't find my Win 98 installation, but I thought it would be easier to add it to Grub with a working Linux, than installing Grub via Win 98/DOS. Debian starts up fine. Windows partition visible, and I believe correct. I could use Win 98 before I installed LinuxInformation I've found so far:I think I need to add this (somewhere?):

menuentry "Windows" {
insmod chain


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Mar 8, 2011

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before I deleted it, I recall it saying something about the backend had failed?

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Feb 7, 2011

After having problems with grub2 and windows seven and being forced to reinstall both windows and Lubuntu, I got grub to work. So after some hours of work, everything is working fine. Today, I was trying to use windows again and windows is no longer listed on grub. What can I do to keep it permanently on the list?

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Mar 7, 2010

i initilally installed ubuntu 9.10 then installed windows 7 ,then i recovered grub2 using livecd as told in the post [URL] i did "sudo update-grub" and got windows 7 menu entry but when i select that entry windows 7 does not load but the grub2 is reloaded again.
i cant boot to windows 7.

Windows 7 have 100 mb partition "System Reserved" the grub2 points to that partition but still windows 7 not loaded.

sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x3c3a81f5


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May 17, 2010

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Sep 24, 2010

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reboot, let chameleon come up, it sees both Mac OS X & Ubuntu partitions and I can boot to either or happily, now here is the problem... If I select linux and boot in to linux from chameleon, i am brought to the grub menu, where i can select the first choice which is normal ubuntu 10.4 and every thing is great... until I reboot and my linux partition no longer shows up in chameleon, as if tthe act of booting in to grub is changing something / deleting itself from the partition? and I have to do the whole thing over again. SO, not having to even go in to OS X, I'm not sure thats really the concerns more as I'm doing something wrong with grub.

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Nov 3, 2009

Problems with dual boot, grub2 auto os prober

Drive #1 (sda) Master CS Ubuntu 9.04 grub upgraded to grub2 version 1.96
Drive #2 (sdb) Slave CS Ubuntu 9.10 grub2 version 1.97 /boot is (sdb1) root is (sdb5)

grub2 is installed in /boot (sdb1) and the mbr of (sdb)

I want to be able to boot drive #2 from drive #1 grub menu at boot time. I have run ´┐Żupdate-grub and it probes and finds (sdb5) and creates a new grub.cfg called grub.cfg.new in the /boot folder, but the new cfg file does not show (sdb5) or (sdb) it shows all other changes that I made such as splash screens and they are working. How do I get it to recognize drive #2 with Ubuntu 9.10. I can boot each drive independently of one another and I can boot 9.04 with 9.10 if I swap the drives around. And run update-grub The auto probe is working in the Ubuntu 9.10 and may be working partly in the 9.04.

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Feb 28, 2011

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1,root (hd0,0)
(hd0,0) ===>> (hd0,4)
2,kernel /boot/... root=/dev/hd0 ro ..


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(don't know and find where to change:"kernel /boot/... root=/dev/hd0 ro ..") and restart,thing is being same as before,so how can I get gr ub2 configured right?

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May 11, 2011

I recently tried to add a repository by following the directions here: Banshee.fm/download and then select the ubuntu icon at the top. Here is the error I get when I try to run update manager: "Could not initialize the package information An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message:'E:Type 'banshee-team/ppa/ubuntu' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/banshee-team-ppa-natty.list'The command I entered was sudo add-apt-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa. I have tried to remove all banshee related checks in software sources of the ubuntu software center. Then I just removed the lines all together. I still cannot open update manger. Get the same error. Anyone know of a fix?

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Mar 23, 2010

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Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic
Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)
Memory test (memtest86+)
Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)


Is it valid that the -14- has remained in the list? Surely I can only boot -20- now? How should I get rid of this version since it is added by update-grub because of the existence of this file: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic,Should I delete the file or just rename it? Or is there a better way?

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Jun 25, 2010

I upgraded my main box to Ubuntu 10.04 and everything runs fine, except for a problem with grub: I can't modify the boot menu in any way, I'm stuck with what grub2 thought was the optimal setup at installation time (and it got it wrong, btw). The current boot menu lists:

- my older 9.10 install in sdb2 (one kernel)
- legacy windows XP install on sda1
- my even older 9.04 install in sdb1 (two kernel versions)
- my new install in sdb3, with only one kernel (the one coming with the distro CD)

I tried anything I could think of to modify this menu:

- modify the /etc grub config file then running sudo update-grub
- using a specific app (system manager? don't remember its name)
- upgrading to the latest kernel
- removing and reinstalling grub

to no avail: the menu is still there in the above form, and I have to manually select the 10.04 (old) kernel by hand every time I reboot.

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Jan 18, 2010

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Feb 27, 2010

I recently installed Ubuntu (Karmic Koala) on a Dell Inspiron 1525 which already had Vista installed on it. The installation went just fine and I could boot into either Ubuntu or Vista using the Grub bootloader options. After updating grub through the update manager however, I can no longer boot into Vista and get an error message that says:
"Windows cannot start. A recent upgrade or hardware change may have caused this".

And below that:
File: \boot\bcd
Status: 0xc000000e
info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data"

When I run sudo fdisk -l, I get the following:
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000080

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 7 13619 109345113+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 13619 15936 18605117+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 15937 19457 28282432+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 19066 19457 3148708+ dd Unknown
/dev/sda6 15937 18930 24049242 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 18931 19065 1084356 82 Linux swap / Solaris

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Jun 18, 2011

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Apr 19, 2011

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May 28, 2010

When I run update manager, it gives me an error message saying:


This can be caused by:
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* Problems with some of the installed software
* Unofficial software packages not provided by Ubuntu
* Normal changes of a pre-release version of Ubuntu
if I click partial upgrade, it looks like it did during the upgrade, then says:


There are no upgrades available for your system. The upgrade will now be canceled.
if I click close from the first "not all updates can be installed" dialog, it says:


It is impossible to install or remove any software. Please use the package manager "Synaptic" or run "sudo apt-get install -f" in a terminal to fix this issue at first.
running the suggested line gives the following output:


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Mar 31, 2011

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When the power was off, I removed the USB stick and tried turning on the laptop again, however, I no longer get any options to get into my BIOS settings, and NOTHING will boot. I just get a black screen with a blinking white cursor in the top left corner. I can still use Ubuntu by using the ''Try Ubuntu'' option when running from the USB stick but quite obviously this is not ideal. I know I have probably wiped Windows Vista from my system (I had most data backed up a week or so ago, so all the important things I still have, however, if there is any way, I would like it all back). Any way to do a Super-System-Restore to revert back to Windows (if this is even possible).

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Feb 28, 2010

I have 2 hard drives, first drive (hd0) is for data, second drive (hd1) is for the OS's. Windows 7 was installed on (hd1) a few months ago and wiped out GRUB. But today, I decided to go back to Ubuntu. I performed a fresh install of 9.10 x64 to (hd2), GRUB2 works and finds Ubuntu (both the newly installed x64, and the previous x86 versions), but it does not see Windows 7. The only goal I have right now, is to make Windows 7 bootable, once again.

My "sudo fdisk -l" (typing manually, so skipping the Blocks)
Device Boot Id System
/dev/sdb1 83 Linux -- where x64 9.10 is
/dev/sdb2 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 83 Linux -- where x86 9.04 is
/dev/sdb6 83 Linux -- /home
/dev/sdb7 82 Linux Swap / Solaris
/dev/sdb8 87 HPFS/NTFS -- Windows 7

Things I've tried so far:
1) Automatically finding Windows: sudo update-grub2
2) Reinstalling grub via Live CD (9.10): sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/(where sdb1 - x64 Ubuntu is) /dev/sdb
3) Forgetting Ubuntu altogether and fixing boot using Windows 7 - bootrec.exe /fixmbr; bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

Now, number 3 is interesting, I found out that where Windows is installed, /dev/sdb8, is a logical partition, and cannot be made active (bootable). This led me to try number 4:

4) Updating /etc/grub.d with custom 40_Win7 file, and making it bootable (the GRUB makeactive, GRUB2 parttool command):
echo "Adding Win 7 to Bootloader" >&2
cat << EOF
menuentry "Windows 7" {
insmod ntfs
set root=(hd1,8 )
parttool (hd1,8 ) boot+
chainloader +1

When I update grub.cfg after trying #4, it gives me the "not a primary partition" error. So now I am confused. Windows 7 was able to boot previously from this very partition, and I don't think installing 9.10 would change a partition type from primary to logical. So, why can't it boot? More importantly, what can I do to boot Windows 7?

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Apr 4, 2010

I have windows 7 in RAID 0 and installed Ubuntu 9.10 to another Sata drive. Ubuntu is working fine but if I try to boot windows in the Grub2 loader it goes do error and lets my to restart. I have finish the windows system recovery and setup repair several times and it won't find any problems. I can't get to windows loader.


Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
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May 3, 2010

I have a asus eeepc 1101ha. With Karmic,it would boot into w7 without problems.I installed Lucid on another partition,and after that the w7 grub entry would leave me with a blinking cursor in the left top corner, and hang.

I booted with the w7 dvd, ran bootrec.exe to restore mbr and bootmgr, and the booted into w7 to confirm. It was working. Then I booted with the live dvd, mounted the lucid partition, and installed grub. Now choosing the w7 entry would ask for the boot media, and pressing any key would bring me back to the grub menu. Lucid and karmic boot without problems.

Installing grub from karmic now gave the same error. Running update-grub didn't change anything.As I had to use w7, I booted again from the dvd, and restored again mbr and bootmgr. Booted into w7, used it, then once again to the live cd, to reinstall grub, and once again the w7 entry in grub makes grub ask for the boot media.I've attached my boot info script.Ah, I also played with the bootable flag for the /dev/sda1 partition, but it didn't change anything.

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sudo grub-install /dev/sda5

Which then gives me
No path or device is specified.
Try `/usr/sbin/grub-probe --help' for more information.
Auto-detection of a filesystem module failed.
Please specify the module with the option `--modules' explicitly.

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Dec 10, 2010

menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3850d16450d12980
chainloader +1

This is automaticly genarated after installed ubuntu 10.10. It shows black screen with a flashing cursor after press enter. Grub 0.97 also does this with:

title win7
fallback 2
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /bootmgr
chainloader /bootmgr
savedefault --wait=2

But the wierd thing is my usb stick can boot windows 7 succesfully with the same configuration. Whats wrong with that? How can do with grub.cfg?

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