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 leaving me with two versions (09 and 30) with 09 being of course outdated.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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Ubuntu Installation :: Multi Booting On Two Drives - How To Edit Grub

Apr 7, 2010

I have two hard drives windows 7 is on one of them and Ubuntu 9.10 is on the other. Both drives are 320GB, but different models of drives by Seagate. Both drives are detected by the BIOS and both drives are detected by Windows, but only one drive is detected by Ubuntu during the installation process. I had to literally disconnect the Windows drive to get Ubuntu to recognize the drive I wanted it on. Now that Ubuntu is completely installed and a new Kernel has been downloaded and installed it finally recognizes both drives as existing.

There is some kind of problem with the Installer and the original Kernel that kept it from seeing the second drive. I will literally have to manually edit Grub to get it to boot the Windows drive. How do I edit Grub? and what kind of Grub command would do the trick? I searched for "multi-boot" and literally read them all, there was one thread about multi-boot on multi-drives, but it did not fit because the Installer recognized both drives with that thread. I have to change the boot order in the BIOS to get the drive to boot that I want currently.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Deleting SDA Partition On Multi OS Disk And Grub Booting?

Mar 17, 2011

That is my disk

Code:
fdisk -l
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 3724 29912998+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 29256 30401 9205245 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 3725 4271 4393777+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda4 * 4272 12104 62918572+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda5 3725 4271 4393746 82 Linux swap / Solaris

I want ot install a new opensuse 11.4 as yest another OS. Due to the fact that I already have 4 sda partitions, I have to make some changes. What I am thinking about is to copy the sda2 (windows recovery) data to some folder etc (nevermind), then delete the sda2. Then I want to create a new primary partition for the new suse 11.4 and install it. What is worying me is the grub boot menu. I was planning to edit the new one (the opensuse 11.4), with old data.

Code:
###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title Desktop -- openSUSE 11.2 - 2.6.31.5-0.1
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31.5-0.1-desktop root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HTS542525K9SA00_080105BB0F00WDHE41DC-part4 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HTS542525K9SA00_080105$
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.31.5-0.1-desktop .....

Now my question is will the settings of (hda0,n), change due to the fact that I have deleted the sda2? I have a lot of unused space at the end of my disk and want to create a new "sda2" there.

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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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Ubuntu Installation :: Add Windows 7 To Grub For Triple Booting?

Feb 11, 2010

I will like to triple boot Ubuntu, XP and Windows 7, but I already had Ubuntu and XP running on separate HDDs, Ubuntu was installed first, then I installed XP on a separate HDD (with the Ubuntu HDD disconnected), now I did the same for Windows 7, I disconnected all other HDDs (Ubuntu, XP and Data)and installed windows 7 on a separate HDD.When I connected everything back(Ubuntu HDD, XP, Data HDDs and Windows 7 HDD, Windows 7 does not appear on grub boot menu and now Windows 7 does not boot up by it self.

Is there a way to simply add Windows 7 to Grub so I can have all 3 OS's on grub menu?Can grub search HDDs to look for OSs to add to the menu?Funny thing is the XP entry on grub appeared by it self, I've never edited grub to add XP on the booting menu, I was booting directly to XP by going into the BIOS and selecting the XP HDD as my booting drive instead of Ubuntu HDD, somehow XP was added to the grub booting menu.

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Apr 29, 2011

I've been trying to get a dual-boot system with a truecrypted Windows partition and grub 2 in combination to work successfully and to date, I haven't had much luck. I'm using the grub 2 version from Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS.I understand from searching through Google that there is presently no easy way to chainload the Truecrypt boot loader from Grub 2 in a similiar way that was done with Grub 1. This is because the Grub 2 payload is much larger and actually overwrites some of the Truecrypt boot loader, preventing it from starting.Does anybody know what might be going wrong here? I've been looking for ages now and can't seem to find any solution to this problem apart from restoring the Truecrypt loader to the hard disk and trying to chainload Grub 2 from Truecrypt. I'd rather use Grub 2 as the main loader though as Ubuntu Linux will be the main operating system in use.

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Ubuntu :: Grub2 No Longer Booting Into Windows Properly

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

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

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOW S

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Apr 16, 2010

I decided to install the Ubuntu Netbook remix (9.10, I believe) on this extra IDE hard drive I had (my other three hard drives are SATA.) My primary hard drive contains a Windows XP, my second contains Windows 7, and my third SATA drive is just NTFS-formatted storage. I went through the installer and choose to format and install on my 40GB IDE hard drive, which it did. Then it finished and rebooted. It apparently decided to install the GRUB bootloader onto the primary hard drive (not the one it was installed on,) which was not my intention. The bootloader froze the boot of my computer and wouldn't work. (Stuck at loading GRUB.) I couldn't even get to the BIOS. So I pulled the plug on the primary hard drive and tried to boot again. I could get into Windows 7 just fine, but that was it. The problem, though, is that the CD drive (also SATA) no longer shows up in My Computer. Also, after changing the boot order and replugging in the former primary hard drive, it wouldn't show up, either. Nor would the IDE one (though I'm pretty sure that's because Windows doesn't understand the EXT (or whatever Ubuntu uses) file system.

Does anyone know why this occurred and how to get those drives to show up in Windows again? I don't really care to get the netbook remix working here, since this isn't even a laptop, it was just an experiment. Also, I'd love to know how to remove GRUB from my primary hard disk so that I can boot from it again.

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Jul 2, 2011

i am having some issues with dual booting my SL6.1 and Windows. The situation is that i recently acquired an old hard drive from a non-working computer of mine with Windows already installed (i know the windows is functional, as i tested it on my new PC with SL6.1 currently installed & everything runs fine)

The problem is that after editing the grub.config to include windows, windows will no longer boot after an attempt to install a legit version of McAffee anti-virus software which coincidently was only after the first attempt at running both OS's in a dual-boot fashion. Except past the windows start up screen before the dreaded blue-screen.
Which is weird because SL6.1 OS will still boot & works perfectly fine like always, so it doesn't really make sense.

My current setup is:
Disk 1: Solid-State:
Boot Partition
SL6 LVM1: Root Partition
Disk 2: Hard Drive:
SL6 LVM2: User, Temp & Swap Space Partitions (Different LVM to Root)
Disk 3: Hard Drive:
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

My guess is its windows MBR. The reason i say this is because the Hard Drive contents of the Windows software still appears intact when accessing the drive from the Linux OS. I don't won't to go through the rigmarole of re-installing both OS's. So hopefully their is a relatively simple solution.

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Mar 20, 2011

There have been many postings on doing Raid 0 setups, and it seems the best way looks like softRaid, but there were some arguments for fakeRaid in dual boot situations. I've seen some posts on dual boot windows/linux in Raid 0, but I was hoping to do a multi-boot using a grub partition, with several Linux distros and Windows 7. There will also be a storage disk for data, but not in the array. From what I gather, I'll need a grub partition which can only reside on one of the two disks, one swap partition on each disk, then the rest I can stripe.

I've got two 73GB WD raptor drives to use for the OS's and programs. I'm just getting my feet wet with the terminal in linux (Ubuntu makes it way too easy to stay in GUI), and the inner workings of the OS, so I have several questions:

Is this going to be worth the effort? Obviously I'm trying to boost performance in boot and run times, but with Grub on a single drive, will I see much gain?

Does this sound like the right methodology (softRAID)? I only have two spare PCI slot's, which don't seem like they would be condusive to hardware raid, but someone who knows more could convince me otherwise.

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Aug 17, 2010

am running fc10 and windows xp on my laptop.As usual my windows got crashed.When i inserted windows xp cd, the system is not booting from disc properly. It shows inspecting systems hardware and then turns into a blank screen.

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May 23, 2011

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Jan 30, 2010

I recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 and when i rebooted, GRUB fails to boot to windows. What exactly happens is that when i select Windows, it simply goes to a black screen with GRUB at the top, and a blinking cursor (that accepts no input) Summary:I am running Windows XP Professional No, i do not have the Windows disk My hard-drive has been partitioned between Ubuntu and Windows I have Ubuntu 9.10, which boots normally Windows failes to boot, and hangs on a screen that says GRUB _ I am a total linux noob I dont want to simply rewrite the mbr as i still want to be able to dual boot. I have important data on the windows partition that i want to keep.If you want any logs/info, you'll have to tell me EXACLY how to view/capture them

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Oct 29, 2010

I just netinstalled Squeeze to a netbook with Windows7. The installation went well without any problem. Linux is also working OK. When I boot now, grub does not show Windows7. I took default settings during installation. I mean I did not do anything special. What should i do to fix it? Should I run osprober and grub-update?

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Mar 5, 2009

I have a single hdd, on which I do not require windows OS, just (multiple) linux; it is just a dev mule, exploratory... Have read the saikee methods, and much more... almost there Initial installs were with mint linux 4, just used ml6

partitioned with parted magic
partition table:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 64 514048+ 6 FAT16
/dev/hda2 65 2614 20482875 83 Linux

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Jul 4, 2010

Every time I use GRUB to boot into Win7, I can't reboot back into GRUB or Windows. I think Windows is forcing itself into the MBR then proceeding to corrupt it. I believe I can just boot into a Live session use "sudo grub-install /dev/sda", but that seems like a lot of work just to reboot.

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Jan 8, 2011

I need to boot into a Windows XP installer CD from GRUB. How can I do this?

(The reason is that I need to use drivemap to install to a secondary hard drive.)

Are there any viable workarounds? For instance would installing to the primary disk, copying to the other disk, and then using chainloader to point directly to ntldr work?

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Jun 8, 2011

I have to test Ubuntu 11.04 across multiple systems in my company and enable dual booting with Windows Vista PE x86. On selecting the Windows GRUB entry, the Grub menu just loads again without loading Vista and thus enters into an infinite loop.

Fdisk -l gives me:

Code:

When I did a update-grub, the output shows that it detected and added a Windows Vista OS. Also, I went ahead and added "MyWindows" as an option as well which has (worked for all other versions)

Code:

Selecting either of the GRUB Windows entries just loads GRUB menu again. I'm very confused and this deployment is critical for my company.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Multi HDD Dual Boot - Vista + Lucid Lynx - GRUB ?

Apr 27, 2010

I've got a machine that I'd got 9.10 on, that I've now upgraded to Lucid Lynx - and I'm having the same problem with dual boot (or lack thereof) that I was having previously.

Rough scenario is:

(Original Vista machine had)

C: Windows Vista OS + Windows software, etc.: 500GB - single NTFS partition - SATA drive

D: General dumping ground for data. 500GB SATA drive. Was single NTFS partition, now shrunk to install Ubuntu.

So is now:
- NTFS partition (containing general rubbish)
- Ubuntu / partition
- Ubuntu swap partition

... and then 3 x 1TB SATA drives making up an (Intel ICH9R) FakeRaid RAID5 array - that Windows can happily 'see' and use, but I don't care about Ubuntu having access to it or even seeing it.

Lucid Lynx is installed to /dev/sde6 (IIRC) - but when I boot the machine just boots straight into Vista.

I've done what I can to try and get GRUB correctly installed - to the point that right now I probably have it splattered just about anywhere and everywhere.

So - now - the machine boots and simply presents me with "GRUB Hard Disk Error" and stops...

I can fix this by running the Vista repair, with a fixmbr etc. and putting the MBR back to 'normal' on the first boot disk (/dev/sdd in this case). The machine then just boots straight into Vista.

...or I can boot into Ubuntu (or Vista) by booting off a Super Grub Disk (CD) and selecting "Boot Linux" (or whatever it is) - and it correctly boots Lucid Lynx from /dev/sde6

Ideally I want a proper GRUB dual boot menu - but I just seem to be getting into more and more of a mess!

Bootlog below will show what sort of mess I'm in:

Code:

Boot Info Summary:

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Jan 27, 2010

Right, so I've looked high and low for the answer to this problem and haven't found it, although I've found a million and a half threads about grub especially when it comes to dual booting windows. Which I'm not. What I am though, I suspect, is an idiot who shouldn't mess around with my computer at 4 am.

So the problem is every time I turn on my pc, grub tells me it can't find a file system and goes into recovery mode. Can't boot into ubuntu at all. Am using the live disk to type this.

I also think I know why grub is doing this, I was dual booting windows before, I had windows installed originally, added ubuntu to a new partition. Was having problems with grub. Figured that reinstalling it wouldn't be a bad idea, it might fix it. In that process I did something rather stupid, I accidentally installed grub to my other internal hard drive. There is no operating system on it. Just movies, music, etc. The problem, I think, is that my second hard drive is sda, and the one with my os is sdb, which I suspect means that grub is loading from sda and finding no operating system, rather than from sdb. (It's like that because my larger drive wouldn't fit into the sda slot on my computer, long story.) How do I remove grub from sda?

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Jul 20, 2011

I have been mucking around with Linux on and off for a while now, but this is the first time I have used a Debian distro. I have to say, it's been a pleasurable experience with it all going easily from install to now. I installed it to my external WD 1tb drive. It worked first up not a worry in the world. I have 2 internal drives also and when the installation of Debian was finished I had a GRUB with all operating systems duly noted. I was able to choose at start up between my Windoze 7 on HD0 and my PCLOS on HD1 and my Debian on HD2. (sda, sdb, sdc).

I noticed today as I was booting into Debian that the Windoze option was gone from the GRUB. I thought I'd put my trusty GRUB disc in, reboot and have the issue sorted in no time, as I have in the past. No such luck. After trying almost every option on the super grub disc I have a list of errors, 15 file not found, error 6 mismatched, error17 can not mount and error 12 invalid device. The only thing I can crank up now is windoze and whilst I have had a pretty good experience with win 7, I would like to have the option of choosing between the 3.

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Jul 14, 2011

I have recently (today) installed Debian on a logical partition of my master hard disk, but when booting it will just list Debian or Debian recovery not listing windows at all. I know there may be some that will think that is a good thing but I do need access to windows.

I had a root about and found this thread which I thought might solve the problem as it is similar:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=63601

But when I got to the part where I entered the command su -c "nano /boot/grub/grub.cfg" the terminal prompt changed to a > and I felt a little unsure of what I was doing as I would have prefered to have opened the grub.cfg file as a text file, as it is I recieved a syntax error.

As you can probably tell Linux to me appears to be a bit of a black art, but I am enthusiastic none the less. I will list the output of the terminal window so that you may see the steps I have taken.

anthony@Debian:~$ su -c "grub-mkconfig"
Password:
Generating grub.cfg ...
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#

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I wrote a GRUB multi-boot configuration so I can boot multiple distributions and have storage space on one 32GB flash drive.

set imgdevpath="/dev/disk/by-label/multiboot"

Code: Select allmenuentry 'Debian Jessie amd64' {
        set isofile='/iso/debian-8.0.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso'
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        linux (loop)/install.amd/vmlinuz
        initrd (loop)/install.amd/initrd.gz
}

This works in virt-manager when I boot the physical usb device a virtual disk with a usb bus and it works flawlessly, but when I plug it into a physical machine the cdrom detects fails to mount /dev/sdb1 as fstype=iso9660.

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Recently I installed Debuan "jessie". I previously had Windows 8.1 and Xubuntu installed. After installation Debian installed it's own version of GRUB, with entries for Debian, Xubuntu and Windows. The problem is that after I selected Windows when booting, GRUB menu no longer appears. It boots straight into Windows.

It's lenovo Ideapad z510 laptop, with special button that allows me to select between 4 options before booting - one of them is "Boot menu".

I didn't use it before windows "removed" GRUB, but now there are 2 options: Windows boot loader and Ubuntu. When I select Ubuntu it loads my old boot menu (from before installing Debian).

I thought that when I use update-grub from Xubuntu I will at least eb able to boot into debian. After I did that Debian option appeared in the GRUB menu, but it didn't work - black screen.

How to get GRUB menu working again (and avoid replacing it by windows boot loader)?

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Apr 17, 2010

My Laptop Config is as follows.

Compaq Presario V3700
AMD Turion64
2GB Ram
Windows Partitions
/dev/sda1 == C: (WINDOWS)
/dev/sda2

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I have been carrying out updates of both Vista & SuSE whenever i operate in them.

One (Not So) Fine Day, when i Choose from the Grub loader "Microsoft Windows Vista SP2" option it just din't boot into Vista. I have Tried many a time.

My First doubt was towards Vista only, so i choose the "Windows Recovery Mode" option from Grub. It went into the Recovery mode. I ran Memory Tests on Windows Partition, took its own sweet time, whatever missing indexes and all it carried out and finally gave the Thumbs Up result. After that, i carried out Startup Repairs, all came out well. So, Yet again i restarted and tried to get in Vista. Nope, dint work.

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Mar 31, 2010

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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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