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laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

Question: laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

i have almost zero linux knowledge. i used it a little for wardriving, and now I wanted to get rid of it, i didn't use it anymore.

Under winXP, i deleted the linux partitions. on my next reboot, i'm stuck on a black screen with a grub> prompt

what do i do from here? later on i'm gonna try booting off winxp cd and doing a format /mbr or fixboot to see if that works

thanks for any suggestions

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Preferred Solution: laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

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Answer: laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

boot off the windows xp disk and do the recovery console option then do

as described here

or you can download and configure another boot loader if you want to have a choice between some other os

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I'm a new linux user who has been experimenting with linux for a month now. I want to use boot magic as my bootloader because my pc is a family pc and it's just easier to use for my family. Well this is how i tried to do this. First I used partition magic to create a linux partition and swap partition so I could install Kubuntu on my pc. After I did that I installed boot magic as my boot loader. Then when I tried to install linux on my computer, it couldn't read the partition I made with partition magic(which was active for installation). I reformatted the partition and installed linux but then when I loaded windows and checked partition magic it gave me an error.(I figure its becuase I reformatted the partition) Right now both OS work fine but I could only use Grub as my boot loader,,but I would really like to use BootMagic. If any body could help me with a solution....or perhaps recommend a different distribution(with ease of use in mind) that allow this.....I would really appreciate it. By the way my friend recommended Slackware to me, I would also like to hear you opinion of this distribution and experience....Thank You.

Answer:dual booting linux with bootmagic instead of grub....Help

Grub is easy to use. I haven't tried using Bootmagic so I recommend using Grub or Lilo. As for slackware, it is an 'advanced linux distro'. If you like installing linux with nice and colorful GUI's and dont want to always edit text files, then slackware is not for you. But using slackware can help you learn how linux works.

I'd recommend Fedora or Suse for you. I haven't used Fedor or Suse yet but as what I've read, it's good for beginners on linux.

BTW: Slackware was the first the distro I've ever used

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I have followed the instructions over at think geek for uninstalling Linux and have run the bootsec.exe /fixmbr... but on startup it still is getting stuck at the minimal Grub menu. Do I need to also remove the first partition (seen in pic) all the way to the left, the 260 MB one, is that what the grub menu is. Then re-run the fixmbr command?

Thank you

Answer:Trying to uninstall Linux from Dual Boot, still gets stuck at Grub

I once had dual boot setup with Windows 10 and Linux.

This is the tutorial I used to remove the dual boot setup.

How to Uninstall a Linux Dual-Boot System From Your Computer

Pay attention to the instructions starting from:
Fix the Windows Boot Loader
Linux has now been removed from your computer, but its boot loader persists. We?ll need to use a Windows installer disc to overwrite the Linux boot loader with the Windows boot loader.

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I have followed the instructions over at think geek for uninstalling Linux and have run the bootsec.exe /fixmbr... but on startup it still is getting stuck at the minimal Grub menu. Do I need to also remove the first partition (seen in pic) all the way to the left, the 260 MB one, is that what the grub menu is. Then re-run the fixmbr command?

Thank you

Answer:Trying to uninstall Linux from Dual Boot, still gets stuck at Grub

I once had dual boot setup with Windows 10 and Linux.

This is the tutorial I used to remove the dual boot setup.

How to Uninstall a Linux Dual-Boot System From Your Computer

Pay attention to the instructions starting from:
Fix the Windows Boot Loader
Linux has now been removed from your computer, but its boot loader persists. We?ll need to use a Windows installer disc to overwrite the Linux boot loader with the Windows boot loader.

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I have been wanting to make a dual boot machine for a while now. I spent the last several days backing everything up and reformated the entire thing. My question is how should I partition it and what file system should I use. I have a 40 and an 80 gig hard drive. I've heard that linux has some issues with the NTFS file system. I was wanting to know if linux can run on NTFS or can NTFS and a FAT partition can exist on the same disk? I'm planing on installing Fedora linux. My school uses redhat on some of their computers and I thought I would start of learning something close.

My plan so far:
1st disk
20 gig Windows system partition
20 gig LInux system partition

2nd disk
40 gig Games & apps part (need atleast 20 gig since UT2k4 and HL2 going on)
20 some gigs for Data

Answer:Question about dual booting winxp pro and linux

Linux will not run on NTFS. It can read NTFS partitions, but cannot write(there is an experimental driver to write to NTFS, but you will corrupt your partition if you use it, so don't).

I'd say make the first disk a 20 gig NTFS partition for booting Windows, and the other 20GB ext2/ext3/reiserfs(whichever you choose). Then make the second disk with fat32 partitions, so both Windows and linux can read and write to it. That's what I did when I dual booted back in the day, and it worked fine. The down side to fat32 is there are no permissions on the FS so the chance to destroy the partition is a bit greater, espicially in linux.

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Hello -

Several months ago, I decided that I wanted to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17 because I was taking the Free Linux class that was posted about.
I never even finished the class. I decide very early on that Linux is not for me. I want to be able to click an executable and install programs.
I dont want to compile them, etc. It took me over an hour just to get my printer working and that is after I had to manually edit some config file to add the IP address in. TOO MUCH WORK.

I would now like to get rid of linux and reclaim the space for my Windows install. I do not want to have to reinstall or anything like that.
I have a 512 GB SSD and I think it is divided in 1/2. I have a boot menu that starts when I turn on the computer. It allows me to pick Windows, Linux, Recovery mode or MemTest.

Please advise on the steps to perform this.
I would be willing to image the windows partition and clone it to a new 512 SSD and then wipe the original and use it as a data drive.
I can not remember if I have anything stored on the linux portion that I would like to keep.
I haven't used it in so long that I don't think I remember the PW for it. If the clone and reinstall is the best option, please recommend a program to use.
The computer is an HP Elitebook 8560W with and I7, 32 gigs of ram and a dream color panel.

Answer:Dual booting Win Xp and Linux Mint 17. Want Linux gone.

Is it XP or Win7? To get rid of the Linux boot menu use fixmbr command.

Scroll down to the correct OS and follow the instructions.

After that go to disk management in Windows and expand the windows partion to reclaim the Linux partition, assuming Linux is on the second partition of the ssd.

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I'm currently dual booting with Vista and Backtrack 3 (a slackware linux distro) using grub and Easy BCD. The other day I deleted the 'NST' folder in my Vista c:\ and now i cannot seem to boot into Backtrack 3 as there was info in that folder that must have been used.
For some reason now, EasyBCD will not let me add another entry to my bootup so I need those old files that were in my NST folder.

MBR looks like this for the BT3 bootup portion:

Entry 3
BCD ID: {d9d43170-6007-11dd-8b43-8943620ecd66}
Boot Drive: C:
System Bootloader: \NST\nst_grub-5F6A92CF71032E4FDDA8EB8D0E76CEC9.mbr

could someone please help me as i need to add some folder/file to my c:\ for BT3 to bootup now. What exactly did the nst_grub-5F6A92CF71032E4FDDA8EB8D0E76CEC9.mbr file contain?


Answer:Grub NST folder deleted -cannot boot into linux

problem solved.
when I created the entry EasyBCD would create a new NST folder in the c:\program files\easycbd\boot\nst
I just created a new entry, copied that folder to c:\ and renamed the file to nst_grub-5F6A92CF71032E4FDDA8EB8D0E76CEC9.mbr and it worked

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Hi every one...I currently installed kali linux on my virtual box, but as times goes on i noticed that some features were not fully usable under the virtualisation environment such as the NAT and Bridged network protocols and some other network issues. I decided to dual boot kali with my Win10 wich is my primary OS, I followed the neccesary procedure like creating a bootable kali pendrive, disabling secure boot, enabling Legacy mode, disabling the fast boot, creating a free partition and so on.....The installation went smooth and perfect but I was unable to boot into kali's GRUB after the restart, instead, my machine boot into win10 and not even the so called black screen appeared, I wiped the partitioned space i used for the installation and started the installation all over with different pendrives, sd cards and DVDs and even downloading another ISO image with the intention that either the pendrive or the image had been corrupted but the sha1 sum is still the same with the one on the official website. I also tried other methods like using the Easy BCD toolkit and i got an error message "Due to limitations set by microsoft, many of EasyBCD features can not be used in EFI, and BCD edit to create a new entry but instead i got two win10 on my pc installing other linux distro like arch and backbox did the same... I tried using other iso burning tolls like linux live usb installer, win32 disk imager, windows iso burning tool, rufus.....the only thing i noticed was that i wasn't a... Read more

Answer:kali linux not booting to Grub after installation

@Remzified Sorry, but this is just a community self-help forum staffed by volunteers helping folks with MS Windows-related problems.HP only warranties their PCs for use with the original OS that comes preinstalled on the PCs. When you replace that or add a different OS, you then assume full responsibility for maintaining that PC.For support with Linux issues, your best approach is to post in the support forum of the Linx distro you are going to use.Good Luck 

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Hey, I've just reformatted my pc, and i went for putting WinXP Pro aswell as RedHat Linux 9 on the computer.

I have 2 seagate 80 gb hdds, and i went in and partitioned them druing the windows set up into 8 or so partitions for varios things, and left 10 gigs at the start of the non-windows drive for linux to go on.

Windows installed fine, and can obviously see all the partitions and access them, it can even see the linux partition, although it obviously cant access that.

When I got around to installing Linux, i went throguh the redhat gui installer, and got it to format the left over space in its file system, and call it the boot drive (i think thats what setting it to / meant), at the time it saw all the other partitons and their file systems just fine. Then linux went ahead and installed, and the boot selector and linux are working fine.

The problem is i cant find the other partitions in linux, so i cant acces that data. I think during the setup i should have mapped the partitions to folders for linux, or somthing like that, but i didnt.

Worse case scenario, i can re-install linux (although it took a while), but i was wondering if there was an app i could use or even a command that would get it to be able to see those other fat32 partitions

thanx for any help

Answer:Linux, WinXP, and Partitions

Type these two commands into the terminal in Linux:

more /etc/fstab

more /proc/partitions

post the results back here.

However, in the mean time, check under /mnt , I think you might find something there! But you might have to manually edit /etc/fstab, which I can help you do if you post the information that I have asked for.

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Hello all,
I recently re-installed Windows 10 on my laptop, and just after, I installed Linux Mint (
Then, I had Grub 2.02beta2 to start either LM or Win, it works, but ...... if on Windows, I choose extend sleep mode (or classic sleep mode), my computer of course shut down, but when I restart it and choose Windows (to come back and find my last applications opened), it does'nt work. It is like I cut electricity and all is wrong.

I always have a message from windows asking if it needs to check disk, and then, when I open my session, all applications are closed "with error" (when I restart Chrome, it says that does'nt shut down correctly, same with Word or others...).Anyone have an idea of some parameter to adjust ?With Ubuntu, it worked, but not with LM... Thanks !Vincent

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Ok I have some big problems with my dual boot system. I have Ubuntu 7.04 and Windows XP home edition. My goal is/was to get my hard drive to have windowsXP and linux on different partitions on my hard drive. But things got complicated. I made a 3 page long thread on the Ubuntu forums, which helped a lot but now i need to resize my windows partition ON windows. not linux.

My problem is that windows and linux both are on seperate partions, BUT windows has a 9.6GB partition. Which is too small. I have a 160GB hard drive at 7200RPM. I want to add 56GB to the windows partiton.... I have been trying to do this ALL DAY. And am about 90% done. I just hope the windows forum is as usefull as the Ubuntu forum.

Now, I have been looking at help pages and stuff. And tried to do some stuff in command prompt. Here's what I did. NOTICE THE ERRORS. THOSE ARE MY PROBLEMS.


Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Nick>diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 5.1.3565

Copyright (C) 1999-2003 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: NPC-A


DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 D Data compos CDFS DVD-ROM 49 MB
Volume 1 C NTFS Partition 10 GB Healthy System

DISKPART>... Read more

Answer:Dual boot : XP and Linux. partitions...


need help! please!

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

Answer:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Hi guys

I know I could wade through numerous websites to find the answer but I need a quick one. I have just installed Fedora core 4 on a second drive. My main (boot) drive is Windows XP. How to I set up to dual boot either XP or Linux?


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Question: dual booting linux

does anyone know how to dual boot win 2000 and redhat linux 7.1? does it matter what operating system is there first?i dont mind what linux boot loader i use, i just want to be able to use windows and linux.any ideas would be great.

Answer:dual booting linux

i would put windows on first and then linux.doesnt matter if you use grub of lilo and i would suggest you get a hold of partition magic and use that instead of letting linux do the here for tutorial videos

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well i decided that i wanted to experience somethign different then windows, and possibly faster than windows? well i was wondering if someone coudl help me do all the processes to dual boot my computer iwth windows xp and linux. i am not sure what linux to use i am currently researching that but i want something that will be fast with AIM, an internet browser, and music. thats prety much all i use my computer for and windows has to many things going on that makes my computer to slow. if any of this makes any sense i could use some help. if anyone has a good linux distro i could go with that will be fast wtih the things i need that would be great.


Answer:dual booting with linux.


Glad to see you're expanding your horizons. Linux has come pretty far and more manufacturers and programmers are taking notice every day. Any current Linux distribution will have what you're looking for. If you can function like a normal person in Windows, you'll be able to do the same in Linux. You can view the distributions I use and go with anyone of those, they're all good. For a newbie, I'd suggest either Suse or Ubuntu. They have a much better package management system (kind of like your add/remove programs in Windows) which you'll be able to understand and adapt to more easily.

When you install a new Linux distro (distribution), it will install Grub (boot loader, like ntldr in Windows) in the MBR on the Windows system. It will automatically recognize Windows. So, you'll have no problems booting, at least we hope.

When you get into Linux, there are significant differences, but a lot of similarities. For instance, both Windows and Linux have the same system requirements. As for the differences, Linux has a much better memory management system. You'll never use your SWAP partition (paging file or virtual memory in Windows speak), which results in a great speed boost. Linux protects yourself from yourself, you will NOT have an administrator account. That way you cannot delete important system files or anything like that. Be careful when you first install, like Windows, Linux will attempt to format the rest of the free space with it's own fil... Read more

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I have 2 hard drives, an 120 gig with XP on it(drive is master), and an 80 gig with Linux(drive being slave). Now when i installed Linux, I installed GRUB on the MBR of the 120 gig. When i boot GRUB comes up with the options of booting into linux or XP, if i select linux it boots fine, but if i select xp nothing happens and i need to reboot my computer.

I think it has to do with my grub.conf file so here it is:


# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb10
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-3)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hdb10 hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-3.img
title XP
map (hd1) (hd0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Answer:Dual booting XP Pro and Linux 7.3

See? I am so afraid of Linux. They are dangerous.


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XP user, I am talking to you. In April 2014, your favorite operating system stopped being officially supported by Microsoft. Now, there's no reason for panic, but this is a good opportunity to start considering alternatives. Without going into too many details, the free and exciting option is to try Linux.

Indeed, today, we will demonstrate how to dual-boot an existing Windows XP installation with the latest edition of Linux Mint, a highly popular Linux distribution, while retaining all the important user data you have. Naturally, this is somewhat of an advanced topic, so you might need to invest a little time reading, but overall, the exercise should be worth the effort. In the end, you will have a fully functional dual-boot setup for all your needs, with XP on one end and a modern, stylish Linux Mint 17 Qiana on the other. Let's rock.Click to expand...


Answer:[How-To] Dual-Boot WinXP & Linux Mint

Yes, i will, i still use WinXP

I have a dual boot netbook (WinXP Home and Lucid 5.28). I think I can squeeze in another distro.

Can't read the source, net to sloooow

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Hello,I had installed Linux Mint on the second HD on my Thinkpad P71. It didn't run well, so I followed some instructions for how to put the boot record back to booting only Windows on start up - then I deleted the partition that was given to Linux. Windows is running fine - however - that second drive doesn't look right to me. Originally, I think it arrived to me (2 weeks ago) as just one large second drive. Now it has an extra partition or two - and I want to reformat the whole drive to be exactly like it was when it arrived. There is no data stored on the second hard drive labeled D / Data drive. How do I make the D drive just like it was when fresh from Lenovo? (Again, no data to save on the D drive) Thank you.

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Currently I have a computer running Windows XP home on my 60gb hard disk with a NTFS partition taking up the whole drive. I also have another hard disk, which is set as my H:\ disk, which is 40gb, also a fully-hard drive munching NTFS partition that I use for my Music files, Downloads, Images, Website and Important Backup files. I also have a 8gb that has just failed. I was hoping to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 on my 8gb and switching it in whenever I wished to use it (basically to test my website in a different os and to suit all file types, or basically because I think its an all round better OS all together), but seeing as the 8gb likes to click alot and complain about even working, is there any way of changing the partitions on my 60gb or my 40gb (i would perfer my 60gb) without touching the data thats already on their now? Thanks

Answer:Dual Booting Red Hat Linux/ XP Home

Is what you need, although they do not guarantee to preserve your data, it usually is OK. However, I would not advise using any partition utility without backing up important data, it is imperative anyway given the tendency of Hard Disks to fail at inconvenient moments.A bonus of purchasing PM is that it comes bundled with Bootmagic which you could then use as a bootloader to choose between your OS's.

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I am thinking of running windows xp and linux on the same hard drive. I know I load windows first, but is there a boot loader that will allow me to choose which os I want to load up at start up?

Answer:Windows Xp and Linux dual Booting

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i had redhat linux and windows piartitioned in my system(pentium m). so i wanted to instal suse linux, when i did it overrride the linux dual booting sector to OPENSUSE dual booting sector for suse and windows. please how can i get the red hat linux dual boot sector back?

Answer:Dual booting Windows XP & Linux

While not able to help you with this one... - not played with dual boot linux/windows (yet)...It would be useful if you can clarify (explain more clearly) what you had installed; what you added in and what you actually hope/wish to have installed when it's all working correctly?That way others here can and will help you, more easily - and successfully...

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I tried to install Linux on a separate partition in my HDD which is already having windows 8 pro, but while installing instead of showing the free space(which I've partitioned ) it's taking entire HDD into consideration. How can I install Linux without formatting HDD or removing windows 8.

Answer:Dual booting (Windows 8 pro and linux)

Here is a nice tutorial for installing Linux Mint 17 with Windows 8.1: you are new to Linux, Mint is an excellent "starter" distribution.Don C

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I've been unsuccessfully trying to dual boot my laptop with a Linux distro. Grub2 never installs and so even though the distro is installed, I cannot boot into it. I have asked on several Linux forums and they suggested there might be some problem with the way my hard drive is partition.

So, I've decided to format my HDD completely and install Win7 and Linux Mint from scratch. So I'd like to know the best way to format the HDD so that after installing Win7, Grub2 will be able to find the MBR file and overwrite it. I'm asking this because during the installation of Win7, when trying to partition the HDD, windows always creates a "system reserved" partition as "sda1" and then another partition with the chosen size as "sda2". The reason I think GRUB2 isn't installing might be due to the MBR file being located in "sda2" and not in "sda1" because usually, when installing Mint, the installer detects Win7 but in my case it never does which doesn't make sense because Win7 is installed in "sda2". So, I hope someone can advice me on formatting my HDD so that the Mint installer can detect Win7 and properly install Grub.


Answer:Best way to format HDD for dual booting with Linux

If you want more customized advice post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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I'm currently downlaoding the new Ubuntu, I have vista premium installed at the moment and I want to dual boot to see what linux is like. Am I correct in thinking that to do this all i have to do is.

1. Download Ubunto
2. Burn it to disc as ISO
3. Use partition magic to create a partition on my harddrive
4. Restart PC with ubunto disc in drive and with bios set to read cd drive first
5. Installation will begin.

This is my first time dual-booting and don't want anything to go wrong!

Answer:Dual Booting Linux/Vista

Looks good. Make sure to defrag your Vista partition first before repartitioning. Then when you install Ubuntu, make sure you install it to the correct empty partition. Ubuntu will put in the GRUB bootloader so that when you start up your computer you will be given a choice between Vista and Ubuntu. Welcome to Ubuntu! You'll love it! Install Beryl! I'm starting to sour on Vista Home Premium.

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I have both windows xp and linux on my system. Everytime I start up I get a drop-down list for the two operating systems with linux being the default one that always starts first. How can I make Windows xp start first without having to select it everytime. Please help, thanks

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Hi I have read a few things in this forum but it does not help my problem, I have two hard drives one a 80 gig and one 30 I wanted to put Red hat 7.2 on my 30, so I resized my 30 to 20 as this is where all my backup files are, so then I had 10 gig or so unpartioned space I installed linux without a hitch I had a guide for when I got o the boot loader which told me to use Grub and to configur as follows : Install boot loader record on devmda master boot record and that was basically it all the rest of the fields were left blank on my 80 I have windows xp pro already installed. After redhat installation was finished it rebooted and went strainght into xp as normal or as if I had not installed red hat I tried booting from rescue disk that is created on red hat and it says it can not find red hat or somthing about not been able to find the kernel thanks in advanced for any help given Chris :-))

Answer:Linux And Windows Xp Pro Dual Booting

Try reinstalling over its self, and make a new rescue disc

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Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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I deleted the Ubuntu partition from a XP Home/Ubuntu dual boot system. I needed the space on the drive for Windows data & programs. I used parted magic and expanded the remaining primary partition. On boot I get the following

GRUB loading stage1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait
Error 22

That is all I get

I need to be able to launch into Windows for work related data. How do I remove GRUB and will that allow windows to start?

Any suggestions? I'm a bit at a loss right now on how to proceed.
Thanks for any help

Answer:Deleted Linux partion from dual boot now can't start

Do you have Windows XP install media? You could do a repair install. I'm not sure about Windows XP, but Windows 7 will repair damaged or missing boot files.

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i upgraded my linux from 8.1 to 9.1 and already using Win ME wen it was on 8.1 i could dual boot fine not it comes up with "starting OS" and then "LI" witch it never used to do i don't know what to do can some one help me please

Answer:Linux and Window dual booting problem

What make of Linux are you using?How did the p/c used to start - was it from a floppy or from the hard drive? Did you use Grub or Lilo to start?Have you a recent back up of your data?

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Hi All,
Im dual booting Lubuntu and XP Pro sp3.
I have a very few files on external drives that were downloaded with Lubuntu that Windows wont open.
Mostly Lectures and a few mp3s.
They open and play,read fine in Lubuntu but windows shows them as 0 bytes with the
"refers to a location that is unavailable" error message.
Ive tried taking ownership of the files on Windows and so on but that doesn't work.
Not a huge issue but would be usefull to open the files with windows,does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Dual booting Linux/ xp cant open files

Worth a look, .

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I have an adaptec 2940UW, 2 wide Cheetah drives & 1 narrow (Connor) - all SCSI.
I had Win95 running on Cheetah1(ID14). I had previously attempted to install Win2k on what
I'll call Cheetah2(ID0), partition1, dual booting with RH Linux on other partitions on Cheetah2.

That was not very successful on several accounts, so I proceeded to reinstall both
operating systems on a freshly repartitioned Cheetah2(ID0).

After (re)installation of Windows 2000 Professional on Cheetah2(ID0), I began looking for
the Ntldr,, Ntbootdd.sys, Boot.ini etc.
It was NOT on the Cheetah2 drive. Finally I discovered it on the Connor drive (ID2). During the Win2k
boot there is an option scrren of what to boot - Win2k pro or Windows, if I select win2k pro,
everything proceeds normally & the OS boots from Cheetah2; but if I select windows, I end up on
the Connor (ID2) & windows(95) starts but cannot complete. From there I can access Cheetah1,
but not Cheetah2. The failure to boot win95 doesn't bother me - I have working Win95 on Cheetah1,
which I can boot by altering the boot drive in the 2940 BIOS.

The problem is that in trying to alter the boot.ini & boot into RH linux, I run into problems that I
believe are related to Ntldr,, Ntbootdd.sys, Boot.ini etc. being on the WRONG drive.

Some years in the past the Connor drive was my boot drive (for win95) & I think on my first attempt at dual booting
Win2k & Linux on the Cheetah2, I may have c... Read more

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I have Windows XP Home installed on one 40 gig drive
I installed Redhat Linux on a second 40 gig drive

When I rebooted I got the boot option to run either Linux or DOS
I chose DOS to boot to XP (which obviously isnt right) and I was given the choice to do a System Recovery or System Restore.....

Is there a way to change the boot.ini file in xp to include Linux ? Or a way to get Linux to include "Windows XP" rather than "DOS" in the boot menu?

Thanks for any input


Answer:Dual Booting Windows and Linux: 2 different drives

go into linux.

ensure that /etc/grub.conf is correctly pointing to your linux installation.

/sbin/grub-install /dev/hdb1

where hdb1 is your linux /


dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1

creates bootsect.lin file in pwd, copy this to c:\

boot into DOS, run this command:

fdisk /mbr

reboot, you will go straight into XP.

with bootsect.lin file in c:\, edit boot.ini to have the following line at the end:

c:\bootsect.lin = "Linux"

Save and reboot, you will be able to boot linux from the XP boot menu.

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I have/had windows 7 on my newest machine, i also have a 9.10 version of Ubuntu which i wanted dual booted along 7. I made a 20GB partition along side, so there was room for both. Upon the trial i went to install Ubuntu and did what i thought was an alongside install. but upon checking there seems to be a good 1016GB odd, "free" space and the WIn7 is no where to be found. I have a win 7 iso on a dvd but it's not booting, have tried setting cd then hdd in the BIOS, disabling PXE but nothing works. Cant really open up the machine at the moment due to warranty issues and am not sure that the company can repair those, just software. And again the error:
PXE E53, Boot device not found, etc pops up. Even had an error with the system recovery, which was quite odd. i have another working machine (on at the moment) but the new one was vastly superior. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Another PXE E53 Error thread, but after trying win/linux dual booting.

That many views not one reply? seriously?

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Hey guys,

I'm an advanced windows user but am unsure about dual-booting as I have never attempted it before.
I am going to dualboot on my windows 8.1 laptop -

Asus Vivobook S550CM
8GB Ram
Nvidia GT 635m 2GB DDR3
Intel i5 3337u Quad Core

. But I also want to dual boot to Arch Linux

would i be able to do so and can i get a tutorial

Answer:Dual-Booting windows 8.1 with Arch Linux

For UEFI you can study following technet page on how to prepare UEFI partitions for Windows 8.1

On the above page you'll find a script ( link with example at the end ) which you can use to format your hard drive, what is missing in the above script is to create extra partition which would be used for linux.
I'm not familiar with arch installation setup but here is their link about UEFI:

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I was using win xp os,then I installed linux mint 8 lxde(helena).at that time I could run two os.but my pc encountered some virus problems . so I reinstalled my xp. after of it only xp boots. I can't boot linux.what will I do to make the menu to select both os?

Answer:dual booting XP & Linux Mint 8 lxde

you would reinstall the linux boot loader

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Right now I am formatting my whole HDD using Paragon Manager and have a copy of WinXP media center edition OEM HP.

If you have seen my HDD problem thread, that is why I am making this thread. I'd like to do this the right way with 1 partition for WinXp, another for Linux, and then 1 or 2 partitions for the bulk of my data.

My question is how big should each of these partitions be? My hard drive is 289Gigs.


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I installed Mandrake Linux 10.1 on a spare partition on my WinXP machine a few weeks ago. When I do a complete system reboot (Going through BIOS, POST and choosing Windows XP through LILO), the time on WinXP changes to GMT. When I correct the time on WinXP, the time changes under Linux. I have tried toggling the NTP server synching option as well as other options to no avail. I have set both operating systems to local time. Can someone help me out with this annoying, yet trivial problem?

Answer:Time/Clock changes when rebooting from WinXp/Linux Dual-boot

Check if /etc/sysconfig/clock has an option UTC=0.

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Hi all, I have a HP Zbook 15 G3:8Gb of RAM500 Gb HDD (Windows 10 Pro Os installed)500 Gb M.2 SSDIntel I7-6820HQ 64-bit OS I have been having so many problems with this process. I have read countless tutorials on installation, Bios setup, and Dual-booting. I just can't find out why this isn't working.  My preparations:Windows installed origanally Installed the 64-bit version of Kali linuxcreated a bootable usb with Rufus (even tried other programs)Actually booted from the USB and it would load the Kali linux installtion screenWent through the installation proccess (up to the last screen where it says to take out your installation disk) This is what I want, I want Kali linux to be on the M.2 SSD and Windows to stay on the HDD. I really don't care about the GRUB bootloader (if i can use it great please say how) as long as I can boot to both OS's in the boot options. Once the installation is installed on the M.2 SSD I can't boot to it, it comes up with a screen that says there isn't an OS on this drive. This is all done in Legacy mode, my USB won't boot from UEFI mode. I have read articles that have said I need to install Kali on UEFI (or Legacy) mode depending on the other OS, but they have to be on the same boot setting.  Can anyone help with this. Where did I mess up. Is this just an HP Zbook problem?  Thanks in advance for everyone's input!   

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Hi, guys. Last Christmas, I bought each of my twin sons a Dell Inspiron 15R. As teenage boys do, they really mucked them up with every kind of virus and x-ware out there. After not being completely successful cleaning them up with various anti-what-ever programs, I decided to reformat and do a clean install. Problem is, Dell no longer furnishes a hard copy of the OS that was installed at factory. Apparently, they have partitioned the hard drive and installed all original software in that partition, and provided a PC Restore program that will access all software and re-set-up the computer to the state is was when purchased. After doing this, everything worked fine as it claimed it would. Personally, I find it to be the best thing that Dell has done with MS in years.

My question is this...Can I dual boot this set-up with Linux (which I use exclusively, and my son wants to learn), or will this partition that Dell is now using cause me real problems in the case that I may need to perform a future PC Restore? Thanks.

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7/Linux on a Dell Inspiron 15R

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

The best two ways of running Linux with Wondows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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hi all.i have windows xp home (oem packard bell recovery disk jobby)with 40gig seagate u series drive using NTFS.8 gigs used at the moment all healthy, no errors etc. i have recently been using knoppix live cd(linux) .i like it and wish to install it on the hard drive to enable me to use it properly.i want to be able to boot to either os at start up.i have a demo of partition magic 8,can i use this to do the job?i have searched the forum and read most of the threads on partitioning and most of the help in pm8 and it seems fairly straightforward but there is one thing im afraid of doing and thats deleting the hidden partition that my xp recovery disk reads from.can anybody give me suggestions on the correct way to go about this please.simpler the better.many thanks.

Answer:dual booting xp + knoppix linux + partition magic

Firstly, your demo version of PM won't allow you to actually use it to partition, etc.Secondly, there should be no danger of you deleting your hidden partition if you are careful.Thirdly, Partition Commander 6 is on the cover disk of PC Plus this month (Aug), and is apparently well recommended, although I haven't tried it yet.

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I have a HP Stream 10" laptop with the standard Windows 10 Home image on the built-in eMMC. There is very little scope to shrink the windows partition enough to install linux along side on the same eMMc.  I have therefore purchased a 64GB micro SDXC card, inserted same into the micro SD slot and attempted to install Linux as follows: Distributions were Mageia 5 Live on USB and OpenSuse Tumbleweed on USB CD, using essentially the same approach.The existing UEFI partition was mounted as /boot/efi  in the partitioning setup in each case and nominated as the boot partition. Linux root, swap and home partitions were defined and formatted to ext4 with appropriate mount points on the second SD card. In each case, the relevant installer completed without errors.  However, on reboot, both cases immediately went into 'grub rescue' mode, listing a uuid that could not be found during the boot process. After issuing 'set' then following with ls on every item shown came up with 'Filesystem unknown'. Using the other approach, of booting a Linux live system, mounting installed directories, chroot and attempting to run grub-install ended up with an error message saying something to the effect of  'no corresponding BIOS disk for this device'. So, my first question is whether what I am attempting here can work at all. I know most UEFIs don't support booting from SD cards.  Here, I am attempting to use the relev... Read more

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I currently use Windows 98SE and I'm thinking of getting XP. As I'm not confident all my hardware & software will work on XP I'd prefer to run both. I seem to remember reading somewhere something about when you install XP it gives you the option of operating a dual boot system. Is this so? If so:1)Is it OK if you already have 98 installed?2)Will it allow you to install other operating systems such as Linux, or would you need to use Partition Magic to do this? (I already have PM, but it is only version 5 which wouldn't work with XP.) Would PM do the job differently or possibly better?3) Am I right in thinking that a new version of XP is due out soon, which might be worth waiting for?4) Is it true that I can't buy XP upgrade edition if 98 came installed on the computer when I bought it?

Answer:Dual booting Win98 upgrade to XP & possibly Linux

Having Windows 98 installed doesn't make any difference. But you need another partition to install WindowsXP to.You would need to let Linux install LILO or GRUB. The Windows boot loader doesn't support Linux. In other words you couldn't access Linux.I understand that Windows XP SP2 is on the horizon, but don't know any further details.The Windows XP SP1 installation made no objections to my Windows98SE disc, when I upgraded. That same disc came with my computer. However I don't know how legal this is.

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"The UEFI secure boot protocol is part of recent UEFI specification releases. It permits one or more signing keys to be installed into a system firmware. Once enabled, secure boot prevents executables or drivers from being loaded unless they're signed by one of these keys. Another set of keys (Pkek) permits communication between an OS and the firmware. An OS with a Pkek matching that installed in the firmware may add additional keys to the whitelist. Alternatively, it may add keys to a blacklist. Binaries signed with a blacklisted key will not load"
Read the rest: mjg59 | UEFI secure booting

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I have 3 hard drives on my tower: one 250 gb for data, one with 500 gb for Windows 7(64) and lastly I have one with 80 gb for Windows XP(32). I had installed XP before I installed 7. After installing 7, whenever I powered the machine, it would allow me to choose between "Windows 7" or "an older version of windows" (XP). Perhaps I was not careful nor did I do enough research when I installed 7, but I assumed the hdd with XP would keep its MBR with only one option and a new MBR would be installed on the 500gb hdd allowing me to choose between both.

Now taking this in consideration, and as I had stopped using XP completely, I thought it would be harmless to format the 80gb hdd. I wanted to install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (10.04) 64bit on the 80gb, assuming that grub2 would be installed there with an entry for Windows 7 (the MBR installed on the 500gb hdd). Things did not go as I'd expect. Not only did grub2 not display any Windows 7 entry, whenever I set the 500gb as first boot hdd, I get an error saying no MBR was found.

Believing that for some reason the MBR in the 500 gb was damaged (or maybe it never existed, perhaps what really happened was that the 80gb XP MBR was edited during 7 install), I inserted the Windows 7 64 bit dvd, accessed repair, dos and ran repair commands I found on the web (not blindly of course). More specifically, "bootsect /nt60 D:" ( MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record ), where D: was the label shown for the 5... Read more

Answer:MBR not found when booting Windows 7 (Dual-boot with linux)

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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Hi All,
I want to disable RAID1 mirroring on my XPS Gen 5 PC running Windows XP Pro Build 2600 (SP2) so as to facilitate Linux/Windows dual boot.

I have 2 x 160Gb Sata HDDs controlled by an Intel 82801GR/GH SATA Raid controller, can someone point me in the right direction?

Can I make Linux my primary OS?

Also if you have any info regarding the implementation of dual booting (i.e. Windows XP Pro and PCLinuxOS 2007) it would be greatly appreciated.

Rgds, Jody.

Answer:Disabling RAID1(Mirroring) & dual booting Linux and Windows XP

hello & welcome to TSF ,

this is to get you started while i look for the rest that you asked for

follow this link

still working on the raid question

get back to me after you read this to let me know if this is what you want


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Sorry to bother you with this problem. I can usually solve this stuff, but am really stuck this time.

Symptoms: extreme slowdown in both booting, win, and safe mode if I install or run AVG. If I remove it, I can run reasonably in safe mode.

Spybot runs in safe mode.

Dual booting to linux (Kanotix) gives a perfectly fast system, so I'm pretty sure it's not a memory or processor problem -- probably not a disk problem because I can access all disks in Linux quickly. Pretty sure it's a soft or mal ware problem

This is a Win 98SE system so I assume I can't use HJT. Any other possibilities?

Thanks for greatly for your help and time.

Answer:Solved: Win98 can't use HJT, AVG non functioning, dual booting to Linux to write this

My impression that HJT wouldn't work with win98 was incorrect. I've downloaded version 2.02 of HJT and run a scan. Since this thread is now mis-titled, and since there were no replies, I'm closing this thread, and will re-open a new one with a more appropriate title, hjt scan, and problem description.


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So for the last 4 years I have played with linux installs on and off. But something I ALWAYS encounter, is when I eventually get tired of linux (from not being able to play my games), during the removal process I always screw up my bootloader then struggle to fix it. Is there something I can do prior to this that will help?

I'm only interested in UEFI mode anymore since if I use windows it is w10.

If I create a system image of that drive with windows, could I just do windows recovery and get back that drive erasing whatever was on it prior? Would this also set the windows bootloader as the primary?

For example , I want to play with VFIO. First, I want to preserve my virgin windows 10 install on my ssd via a system image. Then I want to wipe it and install ubuntu and then create a VM within Ubuntu running w10. If this all goes south could I wipe the ssd and use the system image to revert back to where I started?

Answer:Safely dual booting linux without corrupting Win. bootloader? (UEFI)

We recommend Macrium Reflect Free and creating a Macrium Reflect rescue drive:
Macrium Reflect Free

It will let you make a backup image of your SSD, and you can restore the entire SSD from the image, or just a damaged EFI System partition. Also when you boot from the Macrium Rescue drive, under the restore menu will be a utility to Fix Windows startup problems which is very good at repairing the EFI System partition and BCD.

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Hello SevenForums, members and great administrators.

First, there is a lot forums and sections , so If posted in incorrect one please move it.


I want to Dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with Linux Mint (or maybe Debian). I know , with Ubuntu is very easy, but I hate it That is because, low driver support , bad name , bad look and much other.

Questions :
1. How to do it ?
2. What I need ?
3. Do I need empty DVD or Windows 7 Installation DVD (because I lost this one) ?

I'm currently using LMint in VM , but I need it on my current machine , Dual-boot with Win7. And I will delete Win8 for this.

Answer when you can.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dual-booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint (or Debian)

Hi Trinity -

Be sure to make a Win7 System Repair Disk for rescue purposes if you dont' have the installer.

GRUB boot loader can corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD, so be sure to also save externally a Win7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

The cleanest method to avoid GRUB corruption of Win7 is given here by our moderator: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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I have a similar problem to the one on a closed thread. I am not sure my computer specs for the netbook are available but I entered them into the forum when I became a member just a bit ago.
I have an HP-MINI with an atom processor 1.6ghz and dual core according to device manager. It has 1 gb ram and no other issues. I can boot into Ubuntu and have everything work fine. It goes on line with no prodding on WAP after I enter the password as usual.
When I attempt to do this in winXP on the same exact computer, it comes up with the no connectivity issue. I have run ipconfig and here is the result: (btw I am sending this info from another computer)

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : KEN_HP_MINI
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR8132 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-25-B3-5A-D9-CE

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-25-56-5C-6B-86
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : Read more

Answer:Solved: limited or no connectivity on winXP while dual boot with linux runs fine

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I have system with Dual boot (Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux)
I have "Oracle Application installation dump for Linux" in Windows 2000 system
How to access(Install) this dump booting with Linux o/s

Answer:How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

You can recompile your kernel with NTFS support or install Captive NTFS to gain access to NTFS partitions.

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Hello everyone!

I've made my Sony VAIO into a dual-boot machine (Win7 64-bit and Ubuntu Linux) and I'm having trouble getting into the BIOS.

When powering up, even though I repeatedly press and hold down the DEL key it always goes straight to the GRUB menu:

And then when I select to load Windows 7, I keep pressing DEL but it goes straight to Windows.

It doesn't seem to matter how fast I am on the keys - I can't get into the BIOS.

I have a should I be trying to enter the BIOS before getting to the GRUB menu, or after?

Also, (and this may be irrelevant) I've checked my registry to determine what kind of BIOS I have (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / HARDWARE / DESCRIPTION / System ), where I found that the SystemBiosVersion variable = Sony - 20110905 BIOS Date: 09/05/11 11:20:58 Ver: 04.06.03

(I would have thought the BIOS would be something like American Megatrends!)

Anyways... is there any way I can get into the BIOS from Windows, i.e. after Windows has loaded? Do I have to remove Linux from my computer? I hope not!

Thanks so much for your help and have a great day.

Answer:can't enter BIOS when booting (Win7 / Ubuntu Linux dual boot system)

Best to keep in mind that the BIOS is completely different from ANY operating system. There is no connection between the two things, other than the BIOS handing off control to an OS.

You press DEL (or whatever key enters the BIOS) before any operating system begins to start up.
You can start pressing the key repeatedly (once a second) just as soon as you hear the POST beep or see anything happen on the display screen.
Once you reach the Grub loader it is too late. Start over.

You can't get into the BIOS from an operating system. You can only shut down and/or restart.
Nothing in the operating system's registry has anything to do with your system's BIOS, other than communicating with it initially.

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Hi.My daughter has gone for one of these 'Free' Laptops from a high street Phone shop and she chose the 'Elonex Webbook' as its small enough to take everywhere with her. The only thing is that she'd like a partition with winXP on it. But there isn't a cd drive.Any advice for me to help her would be gratefully recieved. She also go a T-Mobile mobile broadband package which isn't supported by Linux as far as I can see.I have a usb cd writer and also an 8gb usb pen drive.Also Acronis software.TIAD

Answer:Can I install WinXP onto a Linux Laptop?

we thought that this machine was available with Linux or Windows XP - the test machine we had was certainly running XP. click here for our review.I see no reason why your daughter shouldn't install XP, but the machine doesn't have that much drive space - she may be better advised to forget about dual operating systems and settle for one or the other.You could certainly install XP using your USB CD writer, but you will have to tell the BIOS to boot from that drive before you start.

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Question: Gnu grub linux 5?

:-oBought a "newly used" 80Gb HD from EBay (bad idea, I know) - Thought it was loaded with WinXP but turns out it has Linux. I have exhausted my limited knowledge on how to format this HD to get it ready to install Windows -

How do I wipe this thing so I can start with a "blank" Hard Drive? I have a Windows 2000 Pro CD that should go right on there if I could get it to boot, but I seem to be missing something I guess???

I apologize it this is covered somewhere else in this forum - I looked and couldn't find it

Answer:Gnu grub linux 5?

Have you tried booting to the cd. Cause I know on an xp disk you can boot from cd and when you install the new OS you can format the drive.

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I had Linux Fedora Core 4 on my laptop, but i wanted to install winXP again, that was not easy.

I restarted my laptop from linux an booted with the WinXP cd but it did not find my hd.

So i booted and enterd DOS to delete the non dos partitions in fdisk, so i did, but stil winxp install did not find the hd.

so i boot to DOS and run fdisk /mbr to delete GRUB.

Then i booted the winxp cd but still no HD found.

So i tried to debug the hd to remove all hd info:

A:\>debug <enter>
-F 200 L1000 0 <enter>
-A CS:100 <enter>
xxxx:0100 MOV AX,301 <enter>
xxxx:0103 MOV BX,200 <enter>
xxxx:0106 MOV CX,1 <enter>
xxxx:0109 MOV DX,80 <enter>

(80 for hd 0 or 81 for hd 1 )

xxxx:010C INT 13 <enter>
xxxx:010E INT 20 <enter>
xxxx:0110 <enter>
-g <enter>
Program terminated normally

But still no hd in winxp install, i can find the hd with the linux install just loading the "promis SATA driver"

And in bios the HD is caled: Sata 378 TX2Plus D0

Ps. Sorry about my bad language

Answer:Installing WinXP on a laptop after deleting Linux FC4

You need to go to the manufacturers web site for the laptop and
download the sata drivers and put them on a floppy.
When windows setup is starting,at the bottom of the screen it will
say "to install third party SCSI or RAID drivers press F6".
Press F6 and during the install it will ask for the floppy.
This will load the sata drivers so windows setup can recognize the drive.

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I have installed 2 OS, Windows 7 and and Linux CentOS distro on my machine. Recently I am having some hardware failure detection with my Hard disk. So I decided to replace it by new with the warranty. Before to do that I should uninstall Linux otherwise the warranty may not be valid because the firm install was Windows 7 OS. I have installed Linux on my own interest. So I need to get the details how to uninstall Centos 5 and its Grub

Answer:Want to Uninstall Linux an Grub

Having Linux installed on a hard drive will not void the warranty, Are you sending the drive back to the manufacturer? If you are I would copy any important files from the drive, then use dban to wipe the drive clean.

DBAN Download | Darik's Boot And Nuke

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Ok, I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right topic but I'll give it a try.

I was going to dual boot XP and Fedora, with XP being the one with the MBR written, so I would be using NTLDR.

Carelessly, I must have asked Fedora to overwrite the XP MBR with its MBR program (GRUB).

So now I'm trying to reinstall the NTLDR back in to the MBR. I've tried using FIXMBR in the XP Recovery Console, but it dosen't work .

Are there any other ways I can try to reinstall the XP NTLDR to MBR without reinstalling my OS?


Answer:XP MBR is overwritten by Linux GRUB

I recall having the same problem, with Ubuntu and I think in the end I had to run fixboot, fixmbr and then repair GRUB

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Today I injected a USB formatted with PowerISO to install Kali Linux Version 2016.1. I installed without Grub and EFI, and restarted my computer to find the screen saying "Missing operating system." I need to get back to Windows 10.
Please help!
I disk partitioned and everything.

Answer:Kali Linux USB install without Grub

try reinstalling kali, again and tick the grub option during install. this will help for booting.


if win10 is still preferable, use the win10 image backup, created earlier.

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hey guys

I recently installed windows 8 using the "windlows 8 upgrade assistant", install went fine. got into windows 8, but it never replaced my MBR, which currently holds an installation of a linux bootloader known as "grub"

All guides point to having an installation dvd. to boot repair, then repair the mbr with a command in command line

I need another solution, since ive installed using the upgrade assistant, i dont have a dvd

Answer:Mixing the MBR and removing Linux's GRUB without a dvd

Welcome to EightForums.

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Always use Grub boot loader , not Lilo in Linux Rat Hat 9. Lilo will not work with Windows XP.

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Some of Us want to replace between two Grubs,For example Someone want to change Zorin OS 7 Grub By Ubuntu 13.10 this process possible??

Yes it's and it's easy like 1+1=2 !!!!
Also, Have you installed one of windows edition after installing of linux distros (I mean you can't access to Grub anymore because Windows bootlloader can't mount Linux partition)?.How to repair Grub??.It's very easy also.

To do These two processes you need Boot-Repair Tool.
1.First install Boot-Repair Tool on the Distro that you want its Grub to be the default Using these Commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && (boot-repair &)
2.Second Press on Recommended Repair.Wait until it done then reboot your computer you will find the specific Grub that you want.
Also you can download The ISO file of Boot-Repair from HERE and Restore it to USB using UNetbootin
then boot your PC from the USB Flash Drive and Repair the Grub.

Hope this helps.

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I've basically got three HD in my computer, one of which runs Linux, the other Windows and one is spare for media.Anyway, I want to remove Linux from one HD and use it for media from Windows.However, I know that if I just delete (or was planning on using Dariks Duke and Nuke) then I'm going to mess up the GRUB and potentially Windows won't boot.Is there any how to for removing fedora 4 (particularly when it's on a separate HD)?

Answer:Removing Linux and protect GRUB

Firstly let me say most of my Linux experience is with Suse (ver 9 and 10)and I assume Linux was installed after XPIn Linux go to boot loader config. there you should be able to find an option of restoring MBR. Then it should be safe to wipe off the Linux instalation.Or alternatively Grub can be written to a floppy so it still works even after Linux has gone.Or you can use XP repair function "fixmbr" to rewrite the master boot record At different times and for different reasons I have successfully used all these methods but I am no expert and might just have been lucky!

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I am a complete newbie - I know zero about Linux.

What does this mean - it is complete nonsense:

3. Now we need to tell the computer to reinstall grub2 to the Linux Mint partition we just mounted. To do this copy and paste this line of code into the terminal sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sdX
Again you will need to change this line of code to match your Linux Mint partition. Change the "X" at the end to match your mint partiton. My partition is dev/sda6 so i will change the the line of code to - sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda

It is IMPORTANT that you do not enter any number just the letters of the partitions.

First it says change X to the partition number - then it says do not enter any numbers.

I would hazard a guess you enter the number to mount the partition - but you don't enter the number to install grub to it?
No wonder the general public won't go near it.

Answer:Grub question for any Linux users.

They're a bit confusing there in talking about partitions but with the intentions of installing grub to the root of the drive, regardless of partitions. In the example where they talk about "/dev/sda6", the take home point is that they are identifying that the Mint partition (/dev/sda6, since the number 6 denotes which partition it is on the drive) is on the drive mounted as /dev/sda. What matters here is that you are installing grub to the root of the drive with the Mint partition on it. Thus, the drive containing the Mint partition in this case is /dev/sda. That's all you really care about and that's the identifier you would use, as noted above in "--root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda". If there was a second drive, it would be called /dev/sdb, and so forth. They are just trying to make sure you install Grub on the drive where you have Mint installed. If you only have one drive in the system, you don't need to identify which partition Mint is installed onto.

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Good Morning.

I have been running a quad boot system (Windows 10 new, Windows 10 older version , Windows 7 and recently I added Linux mint). Windows 10 new is on a SSD, Windows 10 Old is on a separate SSD. Windows 7 is on separate hard drive as was Mint. Now Mint is on it's own SSD.
All was working perfectly booting each using Easy BCD. So then I got the bright idea to add a new SSD for Linux. Which I did (my mistake I think) without unplugging all the other drives.
Now Grub is what boots first and gives me the option of Linux or Windows. If I select windows 10 it then restarts and goes to my Easy BCD screen for selecting which OS to run.
Tried unplugging all the drives except windows 10 but the system wont boot. Tried running boot repair from the windows start up disk several time and again won't fix it with all the drives connected or with each connected alone.
How can I remove grub and get back my normal Easy BCD boot screen?
Don't really want to re install everything.

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Good Morning.

I have been running a quad boot system (Windows 10 new, Windows 10 older version , Windows 7 and recently I added Linux mint). Windows 10 new is on a SSD, Windows 10 Old is on a separate SSD. Windows 7 is on separate hard drive as was Mint. Now Mint is on it's own SSD.
All was working perfectly booting each using Easy BCD. So then I got the bright idea to add a new SSD for Linux. Which I did (my mistake I think) without unplugging all the other drives.
Now Grub is what boots first and gives me the option of Linux or Windows. If I select windows 10 it then restarts and goes to my Easy BCD screen for selecting which OS to run.
Tried unplugging all the drives except windows 10 but the system wont boot. Tried running boot repair from the windows start up disk several time and again won't fix it with all the drives connected or with each connected alone.
How can I remove grub and get back my normal Easy BCD boot screen?
Don't really want to re install everything.

Answer:Linux Grub took over my boot process.

warewasher2025 said:

Good Morning.

I have been running a quad boot system (Windows 10 new, Windows 10 older version , Windows 7 and recently I added Linux mint). Windows 10 new is on a SSD, Windows 10 Old is on a separate SSD. Windows 7 is on separate hard drive as was Mint. Now Mint is on it's own SSD.
All was working perfectly booting each using Easy BCD. So then I got the bright idea to add a new SSD for Linux. Which I did (my mistake I think) without unplugging all the other drives.
Now Grub is what boots first and gives me the option of Linux or Windows. If I select windows 10 it then restarts and goes to my Easy BCD screen for selecting which OS to run.
Tried unplugging all the drives except windows 10 but the system wont boot. Tried running boot repair from the windows start up disk several time and again won't fix it with all the drives connected or with each connected alone.
How can I remove grub and get back my normal Easy BCD boot screen?
Don't really want to re install everything.

try this link How to Remove GRUB | robinadr

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My dell laptop came with a windows home basic 64bit initially.. I installed windows 8 and then further ubuntu 12.04 through windows 8 to my system.

Due to some unrecognized problem, windows 8 became highly unresponsive as it made the screen unstable as soon as it booted. Due to which i had to delete windows 8 from my system. But i made a mistake of formatting the drive windows 8 was in without uninstalling ubuntu from my system. Since then it didnt boot any other system other than the original windows. If i try installing any OS to my system, just as the installation is about to start the laptop shuts down..I am incapable to load any other OS..I have tried various versions of linux based systems.

I have re-installed windows 7 on my system; making all new partitions. Now many errors that used to occur before in my system are resolved but this problem of the OS installation remains.

Any help on the matter is most welcome..Since I am a linux user..I'd like my system to be responsive to it asap..Any ideas on how windows 8 might have effected my system boot is also welcome.

Answer:Problem in booting any linux based OS to my dell laptop

Quote: Originally Posted by technobeat

My dell laptop came with a windows home basic 64bit initially.. I installed windows 8 and then further ubuntu 12.04 through windows 8 to my system.

Due to some unrecognized problem, windows 8 became highly unresponsive as it made the screen unstable as soon as it booted. Due to which i had to delete windows 8 from my system. But i made a mistake of formatting the drive windows 8 was in without uninstalling ubuntu from my system. Since then it didnt boot any other system other than the original windows. If i try installing any OS to my system, just as the installation is about to start the laptop shuts down..I am incapable to load any other OS..I have tried various versions of linux based systems.

I have re-installed windows 7 on my system; making all new partitions. Now many errors that used to occur before in my system are resolved but this problem of the OS installation remains.

Any help on the matter is most welcome..Since I am a linux user..I'd like my system to be responsive to it asap..Any ideas on how windows 8 might have effected my system boot is also welcome.

Hi technobeat,

Welcome to Seven forums.

You should perform the diagnostics on the system to check if hardware is working correctly or not:

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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Hi, I have a computer with two hard drives. One ran Windows XP and the other Linux. My son decided he wanted to format the Linux drive which he did. When he restarted the computer it wanted to boot the Linux drive which had no operating system. So he went into the setup and disabled the drive. He then rebooted and got a Grub error. Forgive for not having the error message because he can't remember. This morning, I turned on the computer and nothing. It powers on but doesn't seem to POST. Do you think he fried the BIOS? I've tried swapping out hard drives, booting from the XP cd, clearing the CMOS, etc. with nothing. I built the system several years ago. It's an MSI motherboard with a VIA KT 400 chipset and an AMD processor. (can't remember which one, sorry)


Answer:Solved: Linux, Grub and dead computer

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Hi I downloaded Linux Freespire onto an external HDD. All appeared to go ok but when I removed the live installation disc and booted up I got the following message: Windows could not start because of a compute disc hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from selected disc.Check boot path & selected hardware:

I think two things may have caused this. I formatted an external HDD to fat32 Primary, using Linux Gpartition. I forgot to flag the disc as "BOOT"
I accidently mounted the drive and could not find a way to unmount it. Linux does not prompt either of these important features.

The Bios in this Packard Bell laptop: MV32-202 : 1.4GHz : 60GB HDD : 1GB Ram : Running XP Home ( 6 years old, but had very little usage for 4 years and has not been used at all for the past 2 years) is very limited.
F2 & F8 only. The screen page does not change only the options in the title bar which are as follows:

MAIN MENU Clicking on this button gives time & Date as the only options.
Main page shows: Devices A : Floppy none. Primary Master ST960813A HDD : Secondary master DVD/CD No options to change anything:

ADVANCE MENU: Clicking on the USB Mass Boot gives an option to tick, which I assume is to enable or disable. This plus shared memory are the only other features on this menu with no options to change.

SECURITY: Passwords & hard Disk Boot Sector Protection is here with the option to change passwords or tick to enable/disable HDD sector protection.

BOOT M... Read more

Answer:Solved: Mrb. Bios. Hardware. Linux grub

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Hello,I am a bit desperate and trying to get some help. I managed to create the partitions for an Arch linux install on what seems to be  RAID 0 from Windows (/dev/md126). I could get Arch USB iso to boot and recognise this (I did not have to do anything, the USB contains enough drivers to recognise this), but after following the Beginner's Guide from Arch Linux, I could not get grub to work. When it boots up I get the following message on screen: [ xxxxxxxxxx] Ignoring BGRT: Invalid status 0 (expected 1)starting version 218ERROR: device 'UUID=a5e3b60e-8359-8c5e-24d5-b31dcdb7c56c' not found. Skipping fsck.ERROR: Unable to find root device 'UUID=a5e3b60e-8359-8c5e-24d5-b31dcdb7c56c' .You are being dropped to a recovery shellType 'exit' to try and continue booting sh: can't access tty: job control turned off[rootfs /]# I have asked in many places this question but nobody seems to have a straight answer and I have no experience in installing Linux on a RAID 0 setup.   

Answer:Cannot boot Linux after installing Grub for Arch L...

Hi,Sorry that you have issues installing LINUX, but you are in Acer Forum, Please try to get the answer from archlinux forums. Cheers.

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My son (26) just returned a long term loan P8B67B Deluxe to me with Linux and Win 7 on it. I upgraded 7 successfully, but after updates installed last night the PC refuses to boot saying "error, no such partition, Entering rescue mode .. grub rescue>" Repeated boot attempts saw it fall into error 53 on the mobo lcd display. Removing one ram stick brought me back to booting to "error, no such partition, Entering rescue mode .. grub rescue>"

Trying to boot just one HDD either gives the above message, or "error, no such device : 521683dd-0417-4a66-b3fb-c6c67b9cc9fo grub rescue>"

I don't need the linux. That was my engineer son. What fixes are there to bring it to Win 10 alone? I don't know the new key or the old 7 key. Should have checked and written it down

Answer:linux grub bootloader failed after win 10 updates

I tried:

grub rescue>set boot=(hd0,msdos6)
grub rescue>set prefix=(hd0,msdos6)/boot/grub
grub rescue>insmod normal
error: no such partition.
grub rescue>

(hd0) (hd0,msdos1)
grub rescue>set boot=(hd0,msdos1)
grub rescue>set prefix=(hd0,msdos1)/boot/grub
grub rescue>insmod normal
error: unknown filesystem.
grub rescue>

grub rescue>set boot=(hd0)
grub rescue>set prefix=(hd0)/boot/grub
grub rescue>insmod normal
error: no such partition.
grub rescue>

My limited linux knowledge got me nowhere there.

Now downloading a 64 bit Windows 10 N iso through media creation tool to try a boot repair for Windows.

Burnt a disk, went to repair/Advanced Options/Command Prompt

bootrec /RebuildBcdbootrec /fixMbr bootrec /fixboot Exit
At Rebuild Bcd it only found Windows.old

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Ok, I need some answers badly, I can't find much at all from research. It is a Desktop by the way. I don't know much if any about these installers. I need to do multiple OS.
I am going to use the universal usb installer (or should i use Unetbootin ?) to put multiple Linux OS from their ISO on my Centon 32gb usb flash drive.
1.Will the GRUB bootloader always appear when I boot my pc ? (if I install is their an option to put it in the usb drive Mbr or does it affect my hdd's Mbr
2.should i use a different bootloader
3. do i need to partition anything
4.and how many OS do the bootloaders support i need to convert the filesystem to something else it is Fat32 currently

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Running Mint KDE on a separate physical hard drive from the problem drive.
I recently emptied off a partition in order to delete it and combine it with other empty drive space to create one partition.
The KDE partition manager didn't work so I booted into a live version of Parted Magic which wouldn't do the job either.
I decided to start the installation process with another distro just to finish the partitioning and then back out before installing it.
Mint would no longer see the partition at all much less any empty space. I returned to the installation process and went ahead with installing the distro on a new partition on the same physical drive as Mint as well as recreating the original intended partition on the storage drive.
After the installation the reboot wouldn't happen as the grub seems to have been lost which I find strange as this has never happened to me when doing this before.
I managed to find a boot disc containing Super Grub 2 on it which allowed me to get back into Mint to use the PC.
KDE Partition Manager gives me a 'no valid partition table was found on this device' message when I select the storage drive leaving me with 145GB of inaccessible drive space.
As the PC is on pretty much 24/7 I can get away with the boot disc for the time being, but is there anything I can do to finally utilize the rest of the storage drive or is a reinstallation of Mint KDE required to fix all problems?
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Answer:Linux Mint Missing Partition &amp; Grub

To be honest, I'm struggling to fully understand yoour post. It was certainly a mistake to attempt a partial install and I suspect that's what's screwed up your hard drives partition table.
If you open up a terminal and type:
sudo fdisk -l
then hit enter, what output do you get?

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I installed a WD Black 256G NVMe M.2 in my Legion Y520. Got Windows 10 installed in the SSD and Fedora 26 GNU/Linux in the HDD (1TB Seagate).  Everything is good in Windows. But when I use Fedora, the SSD, overheat badly (80-90C) and eventually shut itself down eventough it is not being used at all (it is not even mounted). This also happens in GRUB and ubuntu 16.04 (live USB). WD denied any support, they just say they are not optimized for Linux.

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Ok so I only have a 40GB HD and I was looking for some extra space. I had Linux (FC3) and WinXP installed, as well as GRUB. I used the Computer Management tool in Windows (in Control Panel>Admin Tools>Comp Management) to delete the Linux partition to free up some space.

Little did I know this screwed up GRUB when I rebooted, which ironicly means I cannot get into Windows.

Help would be appreciated.

Answer:GRUB/Linux/Windows/Partition: I've messed things up

boot off your XP install CD. Go to a recovery console. "fixboot" and/or "fixmbr" (I think one might be redundant there)

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I have a Samsung N120 Netbook that came with Windows XP. I tried to run Linux Mint as a 2nd operating system, but I kept getting errors and I became frustrated with it. Ever since then I have only used XP, but every time the computer starts up it goes into Grub and I have to choose to enter XP. Basically what I am looking to do is remove all traces of Mint and Grub and I suppose XP for that matter and upgrade to Windows 7. What is the best way to do that considering I have a netbook which does not have a CD/DVD drive? Sorry if this has been posted already and thank you in advance.

Answer:Removing Linux and Grub/Installing Windows 7 on Netbook

You can boot off a usb and repartition/merge on your hd. I don't know what resources you have. You can do a remote install over a network.

Install Windows 7 from a USB Memory Stick | Remote Administration For Windows

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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Hi there bleeps :D
I got a sony vaio laptop, and it has windows 7 OEM on it. Tried to install Linux on it on another partition, and the installation was fine and finished. Then I got into the windows and used BCDedit to add a new value for the linux distro I installed. Now, when I boot the laptop, it gives me 2 options, win and linux... but if I run linux, it gives me an error and doesnt find the bootloader.
If someone can guide me through the process I'm ready to erase all my data from the HDD and repartition everything. My only aim is to be able to dual boot Windows 7 with Kali Linux.
Current partitions:
1- SONY partiton (dont know what the hell that is) ~260MB
2- Recovery parition ~20GB
3- EFI boot partition ~260MB
4- XXXXXXX partition ~300MB (has no name and i don't know what it is for)
5- Windows 7 installation ~70GB (C:/ drive)
6- Linux boot partition ~300MB (/boot)
7- Linux root ~12GB (/ )
8- Linux home ~40GB (/home)
9- Unallocated space ~450GB
Hidden partitions
NTFS partition
Ext4 partitions
Thanks, bleeps 

Answer:Want to dual boot Win7 with Linux on a UEFI-based laptop.

I don't know Kali Linux at all, but I have installed Linux Mint 16 on a UEFI Windows 7 system.  Current versions of Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSuse at least have support for UEFI.  For Kali Linux, it appears you will have to make a custom ISO with UEFI support -
To install Linux Mint, dual booting with Windows 7 in UEFI mode here is what I did...
- Starting point was Win 7 x64 installed in UEFI mode, GPT partitioning scheme on all attached disks, and 100Gb unpartitioned space on one of the disks.  If you need to re-size existing partitions to create space use Gparted.
- Boot Linux Mint DVD in UEFI mode (this involves going into the BIOS, and in the Boot Override menu choosing the name of the DVD drive with UEFI in the name, as per below).  NB This is important - if the installer is not booted in UEFI mode, it will install in Legacy mode and this will not work if the existing OS is installed in UEFI mode.

- Choose "I want to do something else" aka custom installation in the installer
- Created separate root, home and swap partitions (swap, if using, should be equal to ram).  The root and home partitions were formatted to Ext4 FS.  I allocated 20Gb to the root partition and the leftover free space to the home partition.  Mount point for root is /, and for home is /home.
- Find the existing EFI partition created by ... Read more

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Hi to everybody around here. First, first time poster and reader here. Read that this one is the best Windows forum out there. I'll explain this very detailed so I can help yo too: 1- Installed Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca through bootable USB without any problem. To do so, I shrunk the C: partititon and created a 100 GB partition for Linux Mint. 2- Tried Linux Mint but had some issues with the graphic drivers, so I decided to delete Linux Mint from my laptop and give Ubuntu a try since it's more compatible (IMO) with the hardware. 3- Rebooted, went into W8.1 using GRUB like always. Deleted Linux partition and integrated it again to C: 4- I thought I finished my work so turned off the PC and went to sleep. Next day after booting: GNU GRUB version 2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1 Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device or file completions. grub> Ok. Have to point out that: 1- Since is a laptop it came with W8 preinstalled, so I have no installation DVD to fix the MBR (in case that's what I have to do). 2- I have a bootable USB with Ubuntu, but even though I set USB as first boot device in BIOS, it is not recognized by GRUB or something, idk. Laptop: Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 AMD A8-6410 APU @2.0 GHz quad-core AMD R5-230M graphics (integrated in APU). 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Also I'd love that someone explains to me the correct way to uninstall Linux in the case I have to do it again ... Read more

Answer:BASH-like line GRUB error after deleting Linux partition.

It's hard to understand/read what you did.

1.Windows will not be bootable because GRUB boot loaded puts it's own MBR. fix this either run startup repair from Windows installation media or install new Linux which wll hopefully recognize Windows partition during partitioning part, (while initiating installation)
3.In worst case scenario you'll have to learn how to use GRUB or manually put Windows MBR or reinstall Windows.

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Earlier today, I was messing with ArchLinux disto, and I stopped mid-way through the installation process because it wouldn't work for me. So, now I want to install (dual-boot) Windows XP with a different Linux OS.

However, my computer (Dell 9100 with intel Pentium 4 processor) will not allow me to "Boot from Hard Disk" without getting this error-message: "GRUB" with a blinking cursor "_".

When installing Archlinux, the GRUB was installed on the Hard Disk or Hard Drive (which mean the same thing, I guess).

Would any of you please tell me what would happen if I install Ubuntu from my CD-ROM? Would the GRUB-error be fixed if I did that?

Answer:Solved: Grub-error (how can I repair my HD after erroneously installing Linux on it?)

Your best bet is to start with your XP and wipe the drive. Then reinstall your XP. The latest Ubuntu 8.04 - can be downloaded and burned if you don't have it.
This is a great tutorial and if you follow his instructions he knows what he speaks of.
Let us know...Jazz

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Just installed Redhat 9 publishers ed. tonight. It came with Mastering Red Hat Linux 9 by Michael Jang. Installed to my 40gb maxtor using the ext3 file sys. WinXP is installed on an 8gb partition on my 160gb Seagate drive.

1. No matter what, GRUB comes up when I start up my system. I've tried screwing with the Boot options in the CMOS but it changes nothing. If I physically take out the 40gb drive will this eliminate GRUB and allow XP to load normally?

2. Red Hat didn't detect my modem during installation (diamond supramax) so it shows up as a generic modem if I go into network settings. I am unable to get it to connect to my ISP. There's a drop down list of /dev/blah/ stuff I dont know what it means.

3. Graphic performance blows. I am using GNOME and it just seems really slow. Open GL screen savers run at 20fps or slower. Anaconda did detect my video card and I had to manually select my monitor from a list.

Answer:Linux NOOB & Redhat 9 issues (modem, GRUB, Gnome etc.)

1) Grub installs itself on the primary master's MBR, which means if your 40GB drive is the primary master, you're screwed. Generally, the Anaconda installer that RedHat uses should detect the WinXP install, and make it one of the boot options, and you shouldn't have to fsck with anything to get into XP. Did you remove the XP entry from the GRUB entries available during the install? I have however, had issues with Compaq machines in particular, and GRUB installing itself even on secondary masters. (Compaq refuses to admit there's a bug in their BIOS, even after they send their people to my work and we demo'd it to them. IBM was better to work with.) You may experience problems in this area. If you do, simply pop in your XP disk, and do a repair, running a 'fixmbr' at the recovery console. This usually works for me.

2) Linux and PPP are a royal pain. Try running wvdial - it should help you setup your connection. BTW - if you have a WinModem - (Non hardware 56K), then you might be screwed. Try doing an 'lspci' at the command line in LInux. If your modem is correctly identified, try finding out if your modem is currently supported by the default kernel in RH 9.0. If it is, you're set. If it's not, you might have to recompile your kernel with a newer version to get support, or you might have to search for drivers.

If it turns out you do have a WinModem, then you can try the following website for help:

www.linmodems... Read more

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Hello guys, I did something stupid today and I'm unable to fix it myself. I wanted to create a Windows 10 and Fedora dual-boot for my Thinkpad E560. I freed up some space on the 1TB HDD that comes with the Notebook and then I installed Fedora via live-usb on this free partition. Everything went fine, then I restarted and the system automatically loaded the usb-stick again. Weird, so I looked into boot menu. The Windows Boot Manager was still there, so I started it, but all it did was bringing me back to the Boot Menu. Unable to start Linux or Windows I'm in some boot loop hell now. To make things worse, I tried to reset my settings in the BIOS (I changed some things with the UEFI to get VMs to work, and I thought that this was the problem). But after the settings were reset I now can't even see the Windows Boot Manager in the Boot Menu! All I can boot now is ATAPI CD0, ATA HDD0 and PCI LAN which all bring me back to the boot menu. I would be eternal grateful if you could help me out - Is there any help left for my existing windows or will I have to completely wipe everything?

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First time attempt at Windows-Linux configuration after clean install of Windows 7 (System Reserved was avoided).

At first I was planning to add Linux Mint only. It was clear from reading that no separate Linux boot partition was needed (e.g., I have no LVM, no RAID, no second drive).

However, before I proceed to complete the Linux side, I realized I would like/need to add a modest-sized second Linux partition (for DEBIAN).

Do I need -- or is it advisable in the face of *two* Linux OS's -- to create a small primary GRUB partition (for reasons I'm not sure of)?

I woke up this morning worrying that I might have needed that System Reserved partition, forcing a repartition and re-install of Windows and Office 2010 (yuk).

I want to ensure the Win + double Linux OS boot processes will be supported properly.

Does running *two* Linux OS's on a Windows machine require or recommend a special GRUB or boot partition to make everything work together?



Oops...just added a question on successful use of Data Partition

Hard drive: 250 GB [avoided System Reserved]

C:/ [Windows] 90 GB => Windows/Apps/Overhead space (even spillover of data if needed)
D:/ [Data: Docs/Files] 90 GB **

Free/Unallocated: 70 GB

** I am hoping that using a data partition alongside Windows is as easy as a transfer of one's user Libraries to the D:/ Data partition as is described here in this article

(Is there different better advice on ho... Read more

Answer:Win + Double Linux config: Separate GRUB or boot partition/treatment?

Does running *two* Linux OS's on a Windows machine require or recommend a special GRUB or boot partition to make everything work together?

No, I have had 4 linux multibooting with a couple of windows.

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Hello, I tried three OS on my V110-15IKB Laptop.First: Ubuntu -> WLAN works for about 1minute after Booting, then the WLAN-Module stops working.Second: Mint -> Same as Ubuntu.Windows 10 Enterprise Testversion -> WLAN works. But it is just a Windows-Testversion. I want to use Ubuntu, but the integrated WLAN-module stops working.What is the solution?

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First of all I would like to say thank you for allowing me to join the forum. Back in 1999 when I was medically retired from the British Army after sustaining a spinal injury on Operational Tour, I retrained myself in computers. My OS of choice back then was MS Windows, however after Windows XP I moved to OSX.

About two years ago I knew I needed to get back involved with Windows and bought my Lenovo Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium. I then installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a different partition and upgraded to Windows 8 Pro when it became available.

I am now looking to install a distro of Linux and can't seem to find any information of doing so. I don't know which Windows partition it would be best to install it on 7 or 8. Also I understand that Ubuntu have a Windows Installer wubi, but I have heard horror stories after the installation.

My main fear is losing Windows 7 or 8 and if the entire process is too risky I'll just leave it altogether. So I guess my question is has anyone installed a Linux distro on a PC which originally came pre installed with Windows 7 and then added Windows 8 to a partition; if so can you help me out. I apologise if this question offends anyone who may think I should have posted this on a Linux forum, I just thought I would get a more concise answer from the Windows Forums.

thank you all so much for your help and time in advance.

Answer:Windows 7 and Windows 8 dual booting then adding Linux

It would be best to install your Linux distro on another HD with the WIndows OS HD unplugged. You can even run Linux from a boot CD or flash stick.

If you decide you want to try multi-booting it with Windows I'd back up a Win7 backup image of your Windows installations first so you have a path back to where you are now.

I'd also look over this tutorial written by one of our top members here: Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums.

You can discuss this further with the tutorial's author in its comments section or ask him there to chip in to discussion here. You'll get help that like him is Golden.

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Hello everyone. I have a dual boot with grub. I have win7 with grub installed with it, and winXP as my second hard drive. My problem is that I need to format Win7 because It will not run backup successfully. It stops half way through and then stops. So I want to format Win 7, and reinstall it to get rid of a suspected virus. Will grub be erased when I reinstall Win 7. If It erases Win & then I cannot use Win XP either.

Answer:Dual Booting with grub.

Hello noel1d, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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Earlier I restored my windows bootloader. Now I just need to delete the old Linux partitions and expand my Windows partition to regain the full size of my harddrive? How do I go about this and what are the dangers?

This is what I currently have:

Answer:Getting rid of Linux partitions

In Disk Management, right click on the partition and 'delete volume' and then 'delete partition'. Make sure you end up with 'unallocated space' - not freespace. Then right click on the C partition and 'Extend'.

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I am new to this forum and I am having problems with making linux partitions.
I open up the cfdisk utility and it says that it has a fatal error and it cannot open my hard disk. I have done this in the past and it was fine. Now it won't let me. Also, I am running DSL (Damn small linux) on a live cd and I am trying to install it as my sole OS.

Answer:Help with Linux Partitions

if you don't care about the HD contents, then you can try wiping out any existing partition table entries. Do something like "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdX bs=1024 count=1024" where hdX is your hard drive device. This will write zeroes (1MB worth) to the beginning of the drive and should clear up any confusion the partitioner may have.

Don't know about DSL, but there are two other partitioning tools for Linux: fdisk and parted.

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Hi all,

Need to clarify something. On another forum I'm encountering some people saying that with Linux it can only handle and or create and manage a maximum of 63 partitions? I am having trouble grasping this mystical '63' number I keep seeing. Can anyone here confirm this and explain it? And is there a workaround. I've always known and believed I could create as many logical partitions as I wanted, maxing at like 255 or something. Is this a Linux exclusive situation or what?

Users at other forum weren't too helpful with this matter, they basicly said try to push past 63 and see what happens. Well in a perfect world I could, but I have a deadline for this project at work and cannot get to 63 and then have my project flounder and die. I need work-arounds, confirmations etc, if anyone can. Many thanks ahead of time.

Someone mentioned creating individual kernel modules as a workaround to creating hundreds of partitions for my project. Can anyone shed light on this as well.

Thanks for reading.

Answer:Linux Max Partitions....63???

the answer is likely to be in the size of the programming structure that holds the memory copy of the actual partition table.
remember, each physical HD has one partition table holding all the mappings for that HD.
this will result in a hierarchy of HD[x]->part[y]->filesys-info

such limits are ususally powers of 2, so expect 32,64,128, ...
If you have access to Lunix source, you can find the answer there.

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I was wondering if anyone can help me with my problem.
I installed Zorin OS 5.2 (Linux) along-side Windows 7.
And then i found out about Windows 8 Developer Preview, and decided to give it a try.
So now i want to delete Linux and Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 DP.
But there is no Uninstall option in Linux. I tried deleting Linux partitions (theres 2 of them)
and when i restart, it shows me the black screen, saying "Error: Could not find partition"
"Grub help: _" Something like a command prompt. And then i can't boot into Windows 7.
I was recently reading something on the internet and found out that Linux Grub Boot Loader messed up with MBR on my Windows 7 partition.
I had to install Zorin OS 5.2 again, just to be able to boot in Windows 7.
If anyone can help me with this problem, I would appreciate it, or at least help me with making Windows 7 primary OS to boot in.

Answer:I tried deleting Linux partitions

In the meantime. Someone may post a better solution. But I would remove linux and then follow this tutorial.

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Mid way in this tut there is a link to MS that will help also.

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