Ubuntu Installation :: Installed 10.10 Along Side Vista - Now Can't Boot Into Vista

Apr 6, 2011

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my PC running Vista Home Basic. I installed to run as a dual boot but now I can only boot into Ubuntu. I have tried to run the recovery disk for Vista and it errors out also..

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Installation :: Partition On My Computer To Run Windows Vista And Ubuntu Side-by-side?

Sep 24, 2010

Will I be able to have a partition on my computer to run Windows Vista and Ubuntu side-by-side?

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Installation :: Unistall Windows Vista From An Ubuntu / Vista Dual-boot?

Mar 18, 2011

I have a single hard-drive on a spare computer and I decided to try out Ubuntu on recommendation from a friend. I really like it now but at first I just dual-booted it, and now I want Vista gone. I know it's unnecessary to have just one OS but my hard-drive isn't particularly big and I'd prefer to have Ubuntu by itself. Can anyone tell me how to eliminate vista and leave Ubuntu as my sole operating system (I've all my files from computer on another computer so I don't have to worry about losing anything).

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Fedora Installation :: Install F15 Side Of Windows Vista?

Jul 28, 2011

How do i install Foroda 15 side of windows vista,on my desktop, cannot see a box to select it, did install it once ask me to enter a root password when it installed it and rebooted a flashing icon to enter the root password but kept saying wrong password

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Fedora Installation :: Dual Booting Vista And / 11 Wipes Out Windows Vista?

Nov 18, 2009

i have recently started my masters degree program and i have to install fedora 11 for one of my courses. The problem is when i try to install fedora 11 on my laptop, it wipes out my windows vista installation. I want to keep vista. I have a sony vaio laptop model VGN-FW340D. 4GB RAM and 400 GB HD. i first shrink my hard drive to free up around 100 GB. Then i run fedora 11 DVD and let it make the partitions on my free space.. I have tried everything.. I chose use free space the first time, but i didnt work, it wiped out my vista, next time i chose custom layout and defined boot, root and swap partitions , but again it wiped out my vista.. I have read many guides to dual boot vista and fedora and have carried them out step by step, but nothing works.... Also i dont have vista installation DVD, i just have the recovery CDs, so everytime it wipes out my vista, i have to do system recovery, ive been trying for a week now, and its driving me crazy, i asked a friend of mine to help me out, he has dual boot system, and he tried it and it did the same thing, wiped out my vista... i just have one drive C: with two partitions, one small partitions which contains recovery files, and the rest of the partition has vista.......

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Ubuntu :: Boot Error Installed With Wubi On Windows Vista

Aug 14, 2011

I have installed ubuntu 11.04 using wubi with Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit. The operating system works fine. Althoughwhen I boot and choose linux I get an error message during boot which stays forever. I have to shut down using power button and start again when it boots fine.

Another problem is when I restart from ubuntu it restarts back to the desktop but when I shut down, it does not shut down the computer. Stays on with blank screen forever. I am attaching the image of latest error I received on boot.

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General :: Installed Fedora 12, Now Can't Boot/access Vista?

Feb 9, 2010

I've not been able to find a solution on the forums, so thought I'd post. My DELL PC came with Vista installed and I then added Ubuntu. This seemed to work fine although I didn't really use Ubuntu too much. Then last week I decide to replace Ubuntu with Fedora 12. I selected the replace existing Linux option during the install process.

After installation, Grub displayed 2 options: Fedora and Other. Fedora was fine, other didn't boot. After readinf around I added another option for vista, but this results in the following error:
Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format

fdisk -l returns:
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x50000000


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Ubuntu Installation :: Get Vista Back After 10.10 Is Installed?

Apr 1, 2011

i had Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 160 GB HDD, 1GB RAM,INTEL DUAL CORE One of my friend told that UBUNTU is also a better OS and is an open source programme and u can use alternately both Ubuntu or VISTA,so i downloaded the disk image for Ubuntu 10.10 and burned it on a CD. i played it first on Windows Vista so it asked some 3 options of that i chose an option which downloaded Ubuntu Cd helper ,then i selected the first option something 'demo and install' it said to reboot the computer i reboooted it by selecting option reboot now and finishing it,after the computer was restarted.it asked me options for selecting Ubuntu or Windows Vista,i selected Ubuntu, i saw ubuntu is started which was the least time i could see a new Os is started, then i tought i should install it ,after selecting install it ,there came an option to drag option window's vertical line to right or left to increase or decrease the partition for ubuntu and on another side where something 'NTFS' was written i thought it must be for windows i dragged Ubuntu to maximum(5.23GB) left 37.3 GB for NTFS dev and i continued forward, left it for some process going on, the ubuntu was installed i think ,it also asked for some softwares to be installed i let them be installed and let all process finish after looking some featuers of Ubuntu ,i wanted to go back to windows vista but when i restarted computer it didnt asked me an option for selecting OS 'Ubuntu' or 'Vista' as it had asked me before. it directly started Ubuntu and asked for same options of software to installed ,i removed th CD and Tried again but still i couldnt see anything for Vista,when i checked properties of 'File System' it was written that 2.3 GB is covered and rest 157 GB is free,i m scared that i have deleted all the data of VIsta and Vista OS too,Can i get my VISTA BACK?,it is ok if i dont get anything of Ubuntu,i had many of important files too in my vista.is really my pc been formatted completely,?

from last week i m searching for its solution on internet i m frustrated a lot, many of the contain particular solution but for before versions of Ubuntu,i just want My vista and vista files back .One of the solutions also contained inserting DVD of vista and some procedure but my DVD player isnt working but CD player is working.i hope some of my inernet friends come to me as a saviour please.and one note i don't know what is GRUB or all other stuffs as i m knowing very bit of installing OS

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installed From Vista - Install XP In Its Place ?

Feb 15, 2010

I have the Windows Boot CD.

Everytime I try to boot it after a restart, it goes through the setup process until it reaches the following blue-screen error message:

"A Problem Has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer".

I am DEF keeping Ubuntu as my primary. I just want to have XP (Not Vista) for things that Ubuntu can't do (or can't do as effectively with my level of user ability -- yet ).

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Fedora Installation :: Installed 11, Now Vista Dissapeared?

Oct 1, 2009

I installed LinuxMint to an external hard drive and had vista on my interal drive. After doing this, the only way my computer would boot up was if I had the external drive plugged inThen I accidentaly dropped my external drive and broke it. I decided to just install Fedora 11 onto my internal drive primarily because I figured it would would still be able to choose windows from the grub screen, but now there is no option for windows in grub. My other problem is that Fedora wont recognize any liveCDs that have tried to run from other distros (eg. LinuxMint7, Open SUSE)

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Fedora Installation :: Grub Not Loading Vista After FC9 Installed

Jan 14, 2009

I have installed fedora core 9 with a successful installment but the GRUB is not loading Vista BOOT MGR is Missing root chain loader +1. Booting Other does not load.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Boot Vista After 10.04 Upgrade / Vista Ubuntu Dual Boot

Jun 30, 2010

I recently booted into linux from 9.10 and upgraded to 10.04. i was running a vista dual boot with 9.10 and everything worked fine. When linux asked where to install grub it said "if you dont know check all partitions "or something.so i did. i tried to boot back into windows and now it wont work, all i get is a blinking cursor.

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Ubuntu :: Repairing Vista By Booting Vista From A USB Stick

Mar 22, 2011

I am trying to boot up Vista Home Premium from USB since my internal (bootable) CD-RW drive has failed and I cannot boot up Vista from CD.

I have Ubuntu running in the Windows partition and all my windows files are in there so I don't want to do a full installation of Ubuntu (yet).

I formatted an 8GB USB stick into two partitions

I then copied over to /dev/sdb1 all files from a Vista CD using an external CD-RW drive (which is not recognised as bootable on USB port).

In my Dell BIOS settings I changed the boot sequence to be bootable from USB disk first.

then I tried to reboot Vista installation in the USB stick.

But I get this message ..."this is not a bootable disk .. insert a bootable floppy"

So I could not boot up the Vista installation files.

When the boot flag is "on" in a GParted created partition does this make the partition DOS bootable for Vista installation?

My question is - What utility in Ubuntu 10.10 can create a DOS bootable partition on a USB stick? It seems that the MBR might have been overwritten when I installed Grub 2.0.

I can Grub dual boot between Windows and Ubuntu but I can't get very far with Windows .. stalls in safe mode.

So a Vista repair is called for. I would prefer not to reinstall Vista afresh at this stage.

There is a thread here explaining how to repair Vista bootloader


But it assumes that I am able to boot from CD-RW drive.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Get To Boot Up / Show Menu On Dual Boot With Vista Initially

Jan 18, 2010

Have just installed 9.10, again, many failed attempts previously.Cannot get to boot up and show menu on dual boot with Vista initially,However when I delete the grubenv file the system boots ok and works fine.But does not show the grub menu to choose boot up choices.Got the information to delete the file on some posts elsewhere about booting problem, and tried a longshot and got into Ubuntu for the first time from trying to install now for 3 months!The problem is the file grubenv is created each time so on subsequent boot ups the sytem fails to boot again.The Grub version is 1.97 beta 4, most up to date for Karmic I think, I have seen a version 1.98 but dont think its for Karmic?

Is there a way to modify the grub.cfg file to stop this problem ( all posts say dont touch this file??Or install a script to delete the grubenv file on shutdown as a workaround for me, (I have no idea how to do this whatsoever, I'm not familiar with linux at all)I did read that this problem was fixed/patched in Grub version 2, but dosn't seem.so on my system afetr I updated it when I got into Ubuntu.I couldnt find the patch or fix, I got the information I am on about from this post:URL...It seems to say it was fixed or patched by Colin Watson reading through, but I don't really understand whats being said or how to get the patch on my system if indeed there is one?Sorry for being a bit thick about all this, its a bit beyond my brain now, hope somebody can help out as I have enjoyed my brief bit of fun in Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot - Vista Ultimate / 10.4 - Can't Boot Windows

May 7, 2010

I have just installed Ubuntu 10.4 x64 onto a machine with Vista Ultimate x64. When I boot the machine, the Windows option comes up in the GRUB menu. However, when I attempt to boot Windows, I receive the following error: No such device: de80ab9f80ab7d21. error: No such partition. Press any key to continue...

I looked around and found a similar issue at [URL] However, before trying to fix the issue by guesswork or via solutions that worked for a similar, though not necessarily identical problem. I've run the boot info script (see output below) mentioned several places on this site as a valuable input for boot problem tracking. how to get Windows to boot on my computer?


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Ubuntu Installation :: Get A Dual Boot Set Up For Vista And 9.10?

Jan 13, 2010

I'm trying to get a dual boot set up for vista and 9.10

I already have 3 logical partitions


ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x48000000


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Ubuntu Installation :: Vista Dual Boot ?

Jan 26, 2010

If I were to install windows vista shrink the partition to fit only the OS and dual boot Ubuntu over it would I be able to use windows programs on the Ubuntu install.

In a sense I am wondering if I can use Ubuntu as my primary OS and use my Windows Utilities through Ubuntu on the Ubuntu partition?

If not would it be possible to install them on the windows partition and launch them through Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Updated To 10.04 And Can't Boot Vista

May 9, 2010

I've got a dual boot system with both Vista and Ubuntu. After upgrading to 10.04 my Vista doesn't load anymore. I select it in the Grub menu and the computer just hangs.

Are there any known fixes for this? Where do I start? I'm an Ubuntu novice, but I'm an able computer fixer.

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Ubuntu Installation :: After 10.04 Upgrade Win Vista Does Not Boot

Jun 15, 2010

I have a similar problem to that described in the 'MBR questions (and: Windows 7 not booting with Grub2)' Thread, except that mine is with Vista and the bootinfoscript result is different.

I have upgraded from Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04 on my desktop PC, running Vista from sda1 with Linux on sda6 (actually the second partition of the 320 gig master drive, there is a similar external HD that causes the high number, but its presence or absence has no effect on my problem).

On booting, a cursor flashes top left on a blank screen ( no 'Grub Loading' text) and then the grub menu shows the new 32.22 Linux options and the Windows Vista booting from sda1.

If I press enter on the Linux option the cursor flashes for 20 seconds and then boots into Ubuntu with no problems.

If I press Enter on the Windows option the cursor flashes for 3 minutes without any change, completely unresponsive to any Keyboard input. ( I have not left it any longer, I have to hit the power button to shut down.)

If I press 'e' on the Windows option the screen shows: Gnu Grub v1.98 -1ubuntu6; Ctrl-x gives a terminal with a 'GRUB>' prompt, but it does not recognise any commands I tried. The boot option shows 'Disk Boot Failure,insert System Disk and Press Enter.' Pressing Enter reverts to the Grub Menu.

Booting from a Vista recover DVD and running Startup Repair shows no error, but it still does not boot. The dvd does not give me the option to repair the MBR, but does offer a Command Prompt. Can I repair the MBR from there ? if that is what I need to do.

If so what commands should I use ?

Bootinfoscript shows Grub2 in sda0 and both sda1 and sda5 (the Recover partition) pointing to different places in neither of which is core.img to be found:


Should I remove the Grub 2 from one or more of the partitions, as described by darkod ?

My system is : Medion MD 8822 with a 2.9GHz Dual Core Intel CPU, running Vista Home Premium 32 bit, 2Gb DDR2 Ram, 320 Gb Sata HD and externally similar HD( not plugged in when these tests were done, though it was during the upgrade installation).

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Installation :: Won't Boot Into Vista X64 After Ubuntu 10.04 Install / Fix It?

Oct 29, 2010

I installed Ubuntu 10.04/32-bit desktop on a system with a working Vista x64 installation. I had problems installing Ubuntu. I tried wubi, which didn't work at all... just booted right into Vista with no ubuntu boot option. I tried doing a full Ubuntu install, and it never gave me the "install side by side" option. Finally, I shrunk my Vistax64 boot partition to give some room for Ubuntu. Ultimately, I installed Ubuntu 10.04/32-bit desktop. I had to use the "Manully create partitions" option during installation, and created an ext4 root partition and a swap partition. The Ubuntu install worked but now I'm unable to boot into Vista x64.

After the Ubuntu 10.04 / 32-bit desktop install, the Grub2 boot loader came up. It boots into Ubuntu just fine, but when I select Vista I get a very fast blue screen, then it reboots. I tried "last known good" on the vista boot, didn't work I tried a safe mode vista boot, but get the blue screen right after it loads the "crcdisk.sys" file.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Boot Vista - When Upgrade ?

Nov 10, 2010

After the upgrade to Ubuntu 10.4 I'm not able to boot on my Windows Vista any more.

Here is the RESULT.txt from the boot script:..help please..help please


Boot Info Summary:

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Ubuntu Installation :: Ubuntu10.10 And Win VISTA Does Not Boot

Mar 27, 2011

I just installed Ubuntu10.10 64bit on a DELL Inspiron Laptop dualboot with Windows VISTA. May be I did a bit too much: I resized the Win partition (wit Ubuntu Installation tools) and Win was not shut down but in sleep mode.Now in grub I can choose between Ubuntu, memtest and "Windows Recovery Environment" - first time Win came up fine (continued the session). After I shut windows down, it does not boot correctly (shutdown after half way Win boot).

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Ubuntu Installation :: Vista Multiple Boot - No Boot Filename Received - No Bootable Device

Jan 2, 2010

i had a working multi-boot system, vista on sda1,2; swap sda3; ext=sda4; ubuntu sda5; fedora sda6; data sda7 - i mount the data partition when using all of the linux releases so i don't have to have multiple copies of music, docs, etc. everything has worked fine until yesterday. i tried to install fc12 on sda6, replacing fc11. it required me to format sda6 as ext4. i wasn't sure where i had grub installed, but have a backup of menu.lst in data (sda7), so figured i could let it install to mbr or wherever it wanted to by default. when the install completed and i reboot, i get a black screen and these messages: CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 19 XX XX XX GUID: XXXXX PXE-E53:

No boot filename received
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.

No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key I tried reinstalling fc12, same exact errors. I then thought maybe the problem had something to do with ext4 partition mixed in with ext3's, so i installed mepis on the sda6, and let it write grub to mbr (i think, not really sure where it wrote it). anyway, i still get the identical black screen. no grub type menu or anything. the screen used to show "DHCP for a few seconds", but doesn't anymore after i disconnected the ethernet cable.........

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Ubuntu Installation :: 9.10 And Vista - How To Select Boot Order

Feb 28, 2010

I am using a dual boot with windows vista, I would rather use ubuntu but my wife wants windows. How do I change my boot order to boot into windows instead of ubuntu? My ubuntu is an upgraded version from 8.? then 9.04 then 9.10

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Ubuntu Installation :: Triple Boot System With Ms Vista / 32-bit?

Mar 14, 2010

I recently installed ubuntu onto a pc running MS vista. Then I somehow managed to install a second instance of ubuntu. Both of these were on the (drive e Then because of HDD problems, I had to reformat my original drive with MS Vista (drive C). Because of installation problems with ms vista - I ended up installing it onto the drive e: also. But now I can no longer load ubuntu because the "GRUB" loader is missing. So my questions are:

1: How can I restore the "GRUB" loader? So I can access ubuntu again
2: How can I remove/uninstall the second ubuntu installation?
3: Is it possible to have a triple boot system with ms vista / ubuntu 32-bit / ubuntu 64-bit?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Won't Dual Boot Vista But 10.04 OK

Mar 21, 2010

upgraded from 9.10 to 10.04 beta today.Ubuntu boots but not Vista boot info script info for my system as follows...Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #7 for /boot/grub.
=> No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb


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Ubuntu Installation :: Remove An Old Vista Boot Loader?

Apr 17, 2010

I've just came across something rather strange. I've been having a problem with GRUB 2 and Windows as highlighted in this thread:[URL].. Often when I attempt to access my Windows partition from GRUB I will get the Windows failed to start error, but today I may have found something rather interesting that may help me solve my problem. Sorry if it looks like im double posting, but im asking something different.

Basically when Windows fails to boot it restarts and when I attempt to boot it again I usually get the Windows failed to start screen with the option to run Startup and Repair when I ran it earlier, I suddenly saw the Windows Vista Loading bar, which is rather impossible as im running Windows 7. But my laptop came pre-loaded with Windows Vista as well as a recovery partition with Windows Vista on it. I thought I'd removed them both completely but now seeing the Windows Vista Loading screen says otherwise. It looks like some part of the Vista loader remains and well could be the cause of my boot issues. So im wondering how can I go about fully removing the Windows Vista Boot loader?

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Uninstall Vista On Dual Boot

May 2, 2010

I just successfully upgraded to 10.04 on my Ubuntu-Vista dual boot SONY VAIO. I do have a separate Ubuntu partition for /home. I have decided I want to abandon Vista entirely and do a fresh install of 10.04 so I will be able to use GRUB2. How do I proceed, short of totally wiping out the drive?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Boot Into Vista After Upgrade To 10.4 / Make It Possible?

May 4, 2010

I upgraded my dual-boot (Vista/Ubuntu) system last night to 10.4. Everything had been working perfectly running karmic.

As I recall, during the upgrade process, something, I assume grub 2, asked for a list of boot devices and defaulted to selecting all devices, one of which was a non-bootable USB stick. I consented.

This returned some sort of error; I made a couple different choices selecting different drives until ultimately it accepted my choice and continued the upgrade process.

Once the upgrade completed, I could no longer boot into Vista. I now assume that one of the choices that I deselected was the dual-boot manager.

From what I can tell, all the Windows files remain intact, I just can't boot into Vista.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Boot To Windows Vista After Upgrading To 10.04 Lts

Jun 4, 2010

I had Ubuntu 9.10 and windows vista on my laptop and both systems boot normally throw grub but after I upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS windows is shown on the grub loader but if I selected it all I get is blinking cursor, Ubuntu boots just fine.

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