Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot After Windows Installer

Dec 7, 2010

I just installed ubuntu via the windows installer. When I try to boot it, it comes up a cmd line and gives me some choices of boot/grub... and boot/disk/... they all lead back to the cmd line except the boot/disk option which leads to a message saying that it cant find the disk...

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't See Drives - Alternate Installer Doesn't Detect Windows - No Boot?

Feb 16, 2011

I have a Windows XP system, and wanted to install Ubuntu to a 100 GB XT3 partition on the same drive. I was told I could chainload Ubuntu from the NT Loader menu. I booted from a Ubuntu 10.04 CD and ran the installer. It didn't find any hard drives. On a hunch, I tried the 10.04 alternate installer CD. That DID find the hard drive and partitions. I had the installer make /dev/sda7 (the XT3 partition) the root. Installation proceeded smoothly, but then the installer told me it did not see any other OS's on my drive! Why? I directed the installer to place grub on /dev/sda7 instead of the MBR.

Per the instructions I was given, I used DD to copy the first 512 bytes of /dev/sda7 to the Windows primary partition (sda1) as bootloader.lnx. But the resulting file is empty, and it won't boot. I repeated the whole process - formatting, installing FOUR times, and same results. I have no idea where GRUB was installed. It is apparently not in the MBR, because I still have my normal Windows boot. I downloaded the 10.10 alternate installer and got the same exact results. Even switched from XT3 to XT4. After two weeks of this nonsense, I still have yet to see Linux boot.

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SUSE :: Get The Option To Choose Windows Or The Installer At The Windows Boot Screen

Sep 16, 2010

I'm new to linux, and I'm just trying to learn OpenSUSE. I just installed it and I have a few quick questions. #1 I accidentally installed the "OpenSUSE Installer (LOCAL)" on Windows 7, so now I get the option to choose windows or the installer at the windows boot screen. I ended up just installing OpenSUSE on a completely different HD (my original intent) from a burned DVD, so this installer is useless and I don't know how to remove it.

#2 After installing opensuse on my second HD, the boot screen is now SUSE's instead of Windows, and I can choose suse's desktop, the suse failsafe, windows 1, and windows 2. Windows 1 brings me to the windows boot screen with the choice i mentioned above (windows or the local installer i accidentally installed), and windows 2 i assume is my second windows partition which is just my SWAP file, and selecting it does nothing (which would make sense if thats all it is).

My question here is how do I make it so my default boot screen is the windows one with an option between windows 7 or suse? Or would this require reinstalling the system? If it does and its simple enough to explain please do I wouldnt mind removing it and reinstalling at this point, I would just wipe my whole second HD from windows.

#3 I have a netgear adapter. unfortunitly i'm not at home right now and I don't remember the model, so I'll provide that this evening if necessary. What I do know is they do not have a driver for linux. I've found ACX100, but I didn't find my netgear adapter listed on their website. I also found NDISWrapper, but thats for XP and I still don't know if that'll work. I will of course try both unless someone here has a better solution. If anyone knows anything that will work on any netgear adapter for linux please let me know, if not then I'll provide the model later on.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot On Dual-boot XP After Recovering Windows Bootloader?

Jul 18, 2010

I have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Windows XP installed on my laptop. Usually when booting, I get the GRUB 2 menu and I can boot into either Ubuntu or XP.I was playing around with EasyBCD, then after trying to remove it I was unable to boot into Windows, I used a Windows 2000 CD recovery console to fix the MBR (using: fixboot and fixmbr).Now Windows starts up when I power on, but I don't get the grub menu anymore with an Ubuntu option. If I boot from the Ubuntu Live CD and try to mount my Ubuntu partition (/dev/sda5) I get this error:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda5,
missing codepage or helper program, or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try


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General :: Unable To Boot Into Windows Vista Installation And Only Boot Fedora

Jan 28, 2010

Having a major issue with my laptop. I am unable to boot into my Vista installation.I am currently posting this through my Fedora 11 installation which I had already. If anyone is interested, the BSOD error is:

0x0000007B (0x80399BB0, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

As far as I know, a '7B' BSOD is usually a hard disk error but I am 100% sure the HDD is fine as I can read and write from both Fedora and Knoppix without issue. Steps taken so far: Obviously, I have tried the usual steps of trying to start windows in safe mode, last good config, and all of the F8 options. When they failed, I used fedora to check for some solutions online (Mostly useless answers from MS) and I found one successful case when a person flashed his BIOS back to an earlier time. Unfortunately, I cant get the BIOS update I got from the Dell website to boot from a USB drive (Says invalid boot disc - the BIOS on it is in the .exe format which I can't use in linux) and I do not have a floppy drive on the laptop.

So, I put in my Dell drivers and utilities CD hoping that it would give me some option to update (Or roll back) the BIOS but there was no such option. However, it did give me a load of diagnostic options including repair options by symptom so went with the "Unable to boot from BIOS". Unfortunately, that didnt help me at all. So, I got my Vista installation disc (OEM supplied) and managed to get to the repair menu (Which I had among my F8 options anyway) but this also has the option to reinstall. Unfortunately, it states that "Upgrade is unavailable" and that a clean install is the only thing I can select (At the expense of my files and settings).

As for the repair options, the automatic recovery doesn't seem to find any errors, asks to reset and see if all is well (It isn't). For some reason, system restore doesn't detect any restore points. There are no windows memory errors detected and I have no backups. So, i'm left with a command prompt that, by default, is asking for a file in this folder: X:/WINDOWS/System32/ I have no idea where it is getting the X: drive from - I have C and D drives for windows only. As per another online guide, I tried:


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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot Up In Windows Xp?

Jun 24, 2010

I'm running ubuntu for the first time. I have it install in Windows xp and boot it up after restarting the com. But I'm unable to boot up ubuntu. I can however go into the recovery failsafe mode. How should I debug the errors?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot The Windows 7

Dec 1, 2010

installed ubuntu on preinstalled windows7 hp notebookpc windows7 not booted. so i just use windows recovery cd and use some bootrec fixmbr commands 4 now i am unable to use both.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot From Windows XP CD?

Dec 18, 2010

I was using Windows XP before. I installed Ubuntu some weeks back and removed Windows completely. Now I want to completely remove Ubuntu and install Windows XP back. But the Windows XP bootable CD won't boot. I DON'T get a screen saying, "Press any key to boot from CD.. I've changed my boot sequence under BIOS settings to CD first and then HDD. Still every time I restart with the CD, it loads Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot 10.04 After Windows 7 Reinstallation

May 10, 2010

I "USED" to have a dual booting pc...with Windows 7 & ubuntu 10.04.(NOT Wubi) 2 Days back my windows 7 crashed...so i had to reinstall windows 7. But after reinstallation there was no option to boot into ubuntu 10.04. My system automatically boots into windows 7. I need to fix my ubuntu installation so that i get an option to select which OS to boot...at the startup.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot In Windows 2K3 After Upgrading To 10.4?

May 31, 2010

I am new to Ubuntu. I recently upgraded my Ubuntu from 9.10 to 10.4 (64bit) since then I am unable to dual boot to WIN2K3 from the same HDD as my Ubuntu. I have ran some of the suggestions like: Sudo update grub and Testdisk both did not provide any errors on my partitions and my primary partition displayed in Testdisk was WIN2K3, now when I reboot and select it from the boot menu it just simply show a blinking cursor.

I am out of ideas and I need a solution to suit my configuration. I prefer not to re-install or repair any WIN2K3 OS. Can someone assist and let me know what you need from me to further understand my issue.

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Dec 19, 2010

I have two separate hard disks, one having ubuntu 10.04 and one having Windows XP. I'm unable to get an option to choose from grub menu as to which operating system i want to boot into.

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Debian Installation :: Unable To Boot Windows

Oct 27, 2015

got a lenovo B50-30 (no touchscreen) that came preeinstalled with windows 8. after installing debian im unable to boot windows , im not too great with grub configuration.this is what i suspect is the menu entry for windows in the grub boot menu .

Code: Select all### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_otheros ###
# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda3
menuentry "Windows Vista (loader)" {
   set root=(hostdisk//dev/sda,gpt3)
   search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8CA2-D25B
   chainloader +1

here is info about the partition table (ive alocated / and swap part for debian nothing else. )

Code: Select allDisk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes


i would like to know how to configure windows to boot from the grub2 menu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot Into Windows After Upgrading Grub

Apr 10, 2010

I upgraded from grub to grub2 recently, and during an update of my system, it ran the update-grub command which prompted a window asking me where to install Grub. Since I didn't know what partition to install it to and the help suggested to install it to all if I was unsure what partition to install it to - I accidentally installed Grub to my Windows partitions (both the regular and the recovery console).

So now, I can't boot into Windows - the computer just hangs after Grub with a blinking cursor and I have to perform a hard reset. Is there any way for me to restore the boot record for the windows partition without having to reinstall windows from the ground up?! I can't use Linux for my webbanking and other important tasks, so (unfortunately) I need Windows back desperately!

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot - Unable To Load Windows Xp

Jul 19, 2010

I installed ubuntu 10.04, aftert that i cluld not able to start windows xp,Please find the details about my hard disk

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Upgrade - With Image #22 And Unable To Boot Windows

May 17, 2010

I recently performed a reinstall of ubuntu after mucking up my partitions, and I am running it dual booted with windows 7.

I recently performed a grub-pc update, but I didn't know what it was asking me to do during the process itself of updating the process.

It asked me at one point where to install grub, and I selected all my partitions because it suggested that if I didn't know. I think that may have damaged my windows section, which was also selection.

I've attached the output for:


Problem symptoms:

1) Weird upgrade error in apt-get
2) Unable to boot windows 7
3) Unable to activate proprietary drivers
4) Perpetually being reminded to restart

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot Windows XP After Upgrade To Grub2 From Grub?

Jul 24, 2010

yestoday,after I upgrade,unable to boot windows xp. if I use grub ,windows xp can boot up.but now I want to use grub2, boot info script's results.txt is at below.

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 #6 for /boot/grub.
File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Fat16
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.


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Ubuntu Installation :: Windows Installer For 64-bit?

Jan 12, 2011

I have a Ubuntu 10.10 live cd for 32-bit. However it does not work with my system--I am guessing it has something to do with having more than 4 gigs of ram.

Anyway I am wondering if there is a way to install ubuntu 10.10 64-bit with Windows 7 64-bit.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Load Onto Computer As Dual Boot Or Inside Windows?

Apr 24, 2010

I am unable to load Ubuntu onto computer as dual boot or inside windows. Thus scanned the CD and found it has 23 errors.Are these files suppose to be on the CD?casper, .disk, install, install, isolinux, pics, pool, pressed, autorun, md5sum.

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.10 (32bit) Unable To Start Installer

Oct 12, 2010

I just downloaded and burned Ubuntu 10.10 32-bit to install as a dual boot on my Dell Optiplex GX270 with WinXP and 256mb RAM. I boot into the CD and I select install now, and then an error message pops up saying it failed to start the installation, and that it is going to start a graphical interface so you can investigate the problem and try again. I really would like to install Ubuntu on my desktop because its much faster than Windows XP and I can't use wubi because of the 256mb ram.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Windows 7 Installer Does Not Loading

Mar 21, 2010

I use to have vista and ubuntu on my PC. Yesterday accidentally I created a new partition "table" the point is that I erased all my partitions on "MyDisk". After a while I decided to re-install ubuntu ( 9.10 karmic koala ) and take advantage of the situation and upgrade to Windows7. Since I already had the ubuntu cd, I installed it first, then downloaded the Win7 cd to install it. The problem is that Windows7 installer doesn't load.

All I get is:
Grub loading.
Ubuntu logo
ubuntu login

So I don't know whats wrong. Right now my disk looks like this:
MyDisk >
MyDisk1 ntfs ( For windows 7 )
MyDisk2 > extended (using linux with 2 more partitions: ext4 and linux-swap)

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.04 Installer Doesn't See Windows 7?

Oct 26, 2010

I've searched the forums, internet, etc... and I can't seem to find anything on this. I installed Windows 7 using ~70% of my available hard drive space, the other 30% is unallocated. there are two partitions, the 100MB 'System' partition and the NTFS one with Windows 7.

On my first attempt to install Ubuntu: The partitions didn't look right. It detected two NTFS partitions, the first one of 100MB, and a second NTFS partition using ~30% of my hard drive, and 70% (presumably Windows) as unallocated. I decided to go ahead and try to install it over the 30% NTFS partition thinking that maybe the installer just didn't recognize the free space right or something, but after that happened, Nothing loaded and my Windows partition was trashed.

I wiped the drive, and reinstalled Windows again with the 70/30 split. On my second attempt to install Ubuntu: On step 4 of the installation process (partitions) it doesn't detect my Windows 7 installation at all. Instead, it says the disk is 100% unallocated.

Does anyone know why the Ubuntu Installer is not detecting my Windows partition correctly? If so, how can I go about getting Ubuntu to see it and install itself along side Windows?

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Ubuntu Installation :: 11.04 Installer Won't Detect Windows 7

Aug 11, 2011

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 alongside Windows 7, but when I boot from the CD, Ubuntu refuses to detect the presence of Windows 7. I tried unplugging all my external hard drives to see if that made a difference, but Ubuntu still can't tell that I have Windows 7 on there.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Karmic Installer Doesn't See Windows 7 ?

Apr 6, 2010

I recently did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my laptop, then shrunk my partition and set aside some free space for Ubuntu. When I went to install Ubuntu, however, it told me that no operating systems had been detected on the system. I ignored this message and just installed Ubuntu on the free space, but when the installation was finished, GRUB failed to recognize Windows 7 as well and would only boot into Ubuntu.

After several attempts at getting GRUB to see W7, I eventually gave up and used my W7 CD to reinstall the Windows bootloader which, naturally, didn't detect Ubuntu and would only allow me to boot Windows.

I've tried messing around with my Windows partition a bit, but no matter what configuration I use, I can't seem to get the Karmic installer to see it. I've resorted to using WUBI for now, but I'd really like to have Ubuntu on its own partition in case something goes wrong with Windows; plus, I'd love to be able to use ext4 and GRUB. Anybody know how I can get around this issue?

I've used the same install CD on several other machines with Windows 7 and it recognized them just fine. It's only this one computer that's having the issue.

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Feb 4, 2011

I have downloaded ubuntu cd from bit torrent. Unfortunately my dvd rom is not working now. So i have decided to use windows installer. Can you give me any idea how to link this ubuntu which i have already downloaded from bit torrent?

(ubuntu-10.10-alternate-amd64.iso) - downloaded

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Oct 7, 2009

I currently run windows 7, I am interested in dual booting, upon burning the .iso to the disc using imgburn, I had a few problems with the installer when I ran the live disc, I'll assume it was personal causes, I googled several things for a simple solution, I went with using the Disk Manager in Windows 7 to shrink my current partition which I only have one which is running Win 7 on 140 GB's, using the shrink function in windows I unallocated 20 GB of that partition, I used this option because the option in F11's installer would not work at all. I rebooted from disc, loading the distro, and run the installer via desktop choose the use free space option and I got an error crash when it tries to execute this option which isnt the only time I got this error bug causing me to exit the installer, I copied the debug information in the details, I hope this is something simple because F11 isn't worth this much time.

01:08:53 DEBUG : DeviceTree.handleUdevDeviceFormat: name: sda1 ;
01:08:55 DEBUG : NTFS.supported: supported: False ;
01:08:55 DEBUG : PartitionDevice._setFormat: sda1 ;
01:08:55 DEBUG : PartitionDevice._setFormat: sda1 ; current: None ; type: ntfs ;
01:08:55 DEBUG : DeviceTree.addUdevDevice: name: sda2 ;


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Ubuntu Installation :: Installer Doesn't Find Existing Windows XP

Jan 8, 2010

I'm trying to set up a dual boot of Ubuntu & Windows XP.I have two hard disks installed - sda is 80GB and has an existing Windows setup on it, sdb is my 160GB data storage disk.When I have installed Ubuntu on other machines, it has detected any exisiting OS's and offered to install Ubuntu alongside them.

However, this time Windows doesn't seem to be detected - it says 'no other operating systems found' and wants to install to my second (i.e. sdb) disk. I was intending for Ubuntu & Windows to sit side-by-side on the first hard disk.Although I've installed Ubuntu before, I'm a bit of a novice and I'm not sure how to achieve this - where am I going wrong?

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Aug 2, 2010

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Nov 5, 2010

My daughter tried to create a bootable USB-stick version of ubuntu by following the steps on this site, which included using the "universal USB installer" utility from pendrivelinux.com. She was on a windows notebook (I don't know which version, probably XP), and had saved the .iso to the desktop.She's generally pretty good about following directions, but now, with no CD or USB stick in place, the windows machine HD boots directly into the installer "Try ubuntu or Install ubuntu" screen, with no trace of windows! Naturally, her SO (it's his work machine) is more than a little upset.

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Dec 9, 2010

I downloaded wubi.exe from Opera 10.61. The file downloads ok, but then refuses to do anything when I click on the file.

I also switched to my IE version, and tried to run the file from there. Again, I get the hourglass symbol for a couple of seconds, then nothing.

I'm running Windows 98. I know, I should have a newer version, but finances can't manage that right now. In the meantime, is there a manual way to run the installer for wubi and get it to work?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Windows Installer Launch Error Message

Feb 1, 2011

I want to download and install Ubuntu to run alongside Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration. and downloaded the Windows Installer, but when I try to launch it I get an error message which I captured and attached to this post. What's really wierd is that once the message is displayed, I can't get rid of it. Even running the Task Manager to try to close the message doesn't work. I literally have to restart the computer to get rid of the message!

Am I suppose to be downloading the Windows Installer (Wubi) to a CD first where I run it from there? If so, the instructions don't mention that. Can't I download it directly to my C: drive and then run it from there? If so, why am I getting the error message?

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