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Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

Q: Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot


I accidently installed grub onto the seven boot partition. I can't boot into seven. It loads the ubuntu select os screen, I select WIndows 7 (Loader), and it justs goes back to the ubuntu select os.

Please can someone help?

I still have windows 7 installed, and I have full access to ubuntu.

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A: Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

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A:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

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Boot from winxp bootable cd and the press r . U'll require administrator password. After this u'll have to select ur winxp partition. U'll see c:\windows. Now..
cd.. (press enter)
fixboot c: (press enter)
fixmbr (press enter)
bootcfg /rebuild (press enter)

After this restart and u will see two winxp os ... select the working one (hit n try method) and then go to c: drive and edit boot.ini to remove the unwanted line.
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Take look at this:
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If you go to GRUB's command line and type root (hd1,0), does it show the correct partition type for Windows?

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Hello Budlee, welcome to Seven Forums!

I don't have a lot of time right now so I'm going to give you some reading to start, have a look through the information at the links below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

To over-write the Grub boot-loader.


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From within 7, go to folder options and show hidden files.
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Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

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Quote: Originally Posted by jayulzvern

what can I do to remove the partition and combine the space so I have access to the full drive?

Remove what partition?

The unallocated space is not a partition. It's unallocated space.

You can add the unallocated space to C via Windows Disk Management IF AND ONLY IF the unallocated space is immediately to the right of C, contiguous with it, as displayed in Windows Disk Management.

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A:Boot some how switched to GRUB and bios won't load

'bios won't load' - try resetting the bios by removing + replacing the mobo cell battery (might even need a new battery). Then reboot with bare minimum hardware ie 1 stick of ram, 1 drive, just onboard gfx (if present). If that works, gradually put stuff back.

grub ? doesn't install itself. If you've never used Linux, maybe you've experimented with an activation hack in the past. These often use grub. (no accusation or insult intended)

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problem solved.
when I created the entry EasyBCD would create a new NST folder in the c:\program files\easycbd\boot\nst
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A:no bootable partition in table - but can still boot with grub

Are you trying to dual boot with a version of Linux? Sounds like the Linux partition may be gone.


Originally Posted by Falc

I get the message 'no bootable partition in table' when starting the computer.
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How can i fix this?
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A:[SOLVED] Vista will not boot without the Grub disc.

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Wlecome to the "Grub error club" as well as the Se7enforums! RyanfromtheShhiir

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A:Dual Boot Laptop only loads GRUB cli.

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A:triple boot system grub lost

Hello sachithkn Welcome to the Seven Forums!

One option available would be replacing the Grub loaders entirely and repairing the 7 mbr. Afterwards the free program called EasyBCD can add a boot entry for ubuntu into the 7 BCD stote(boot configuration) as well as another entry for XP. You would then see the 7 drive made the default boot drive and decide which OS would set as the default.

A good alternate site for that if you would rather not register for the free for home use download is available at Download EasyBCD Community Edition Free - A handy tool for tweaking your system - Softpedia

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Please follow, then post back here:
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A:After clean install, computer won't boot; grub rescue prompt

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It sounds like your HDD is broken.
Sorry, it really sounds that way.
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This sounds like a fun least from a few hundred miles away.

Can you clarify a few things?

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