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Fixing Boot loader manually

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  • Hello,

    Recently I installed Windows developer preview on a vhd. I already had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04 installed on the same HD (Dual boot of course).

    Since I installed The windows preview I couldn't boot into the ubuntu, so I ran the LiveCD and fixed the GRUB.

    Currently I'm only able to boot to Ubuntu, booting to Windows 7 entry in GRUB boots to Windows developer preview repair and it goes on eternally (and cannot boot to windows 7).

    How can I fix this? (I don't mind giving up the Windows Developer Preview, even though it has been a nice experience I would wait for the full version)

    My system stats so far are (if it matters):

    500GB HD, ATI Radeon, Intel I5 750, Gigabyte Motherboard (don't remember the model exactly, been around since the i5 was out)

    I appreciate any help,

    Thanks!


    • Edited by Cu7l4ss Monday, September 26, 2011 11:12 PM
    Monday, September 26, 2011 11:11 PM

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  • If you cannot get into repair, try press shift+F8 at boot time to enter safe mode command prompt.

    But I did not have any success in using bcdedit or bootrec due to the file in use by another process error, so I switched to Hiren boot disk.



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    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:08 PM

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  • You probably want to find a linux forum to learn how to add GRUB entries manually. I used the Hiren boot disk to manually change boot entries.

    You can also run bcdedit and bootrec from Windows developer preview repair, but I got an error "the file is used by another process" in the repair's command prompt.

     



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    Monday, September 26, 2011 11:56 PM
  • Well, I cannot get into repair, it's just automatically goes "attempting repair" and stuff.. I don't get a choice.

    Any method of getting a command line before that? (boot menu of some sort)

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:01 AM
  • If you cannot get into repair, try press shift+F8 at boot time to enter safe mode command prompt.

    But I did not have any success in using bcdedit or bootrec due to the file in use by another process error, so I switched to Hiren boot disk.



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