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    Question Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    Hi,

    As per YannBuntu suggestion in another thread I'm starting this new thread.

    I'm having problems after installing Ubuntu 12.10 on a new Laptop running Windows 8 where I can no longer get into Windows Recovery.

    Some background first:
    I got a new Asus S46CA Ultrabook with Windows 8 preinstalled. I've been running Ubuntu 12.10 on my old laptop dual boot with Windows 7, but I did some reading before deciding to install Unbntu side by side with Windows 8. Based on my reading I made my install disk with ubuntu-secure-remix-12.10-64bit.iso

    Then I did the following:
    1) Disable Quickstart feature in Windows 8
    2) Went into BIOS and disabled SecureBoot and Fast-start
    3) Booted into Live CD and installed using Other Option
    4) Resized 2 partitions to get 3 new partitions:
    a) 30 Gig for /
    b) 30 Gig for /home
    c) 6 Gig for SWAP
    5) Completed the installation and rebooted
    6) Computer booted straight into Windows 8 (didn't give any options to chose)
    7) I rebooted into BIOS and in the options for boot sequence there was an option to boot into the Ubuntu which I selected.
    8) After reboot I got Grub with:
    Ubuntu
    Advance Options for Ubuntu
    Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda2)
    Windows 8 (loader) (on /dev/sda4)
    9) The 2 Windows options fail each time giving:
    error: impossible find command'drivemap';
    error: invalid EFI file path;
    press any key to continue*


    10) Did some reading and learned about Boot Repair ((boot-sav-extra_3.197~ppa10~quantal_all.deb)and ran root repair using the Live USB. I used the recommended settings and here is the result: http://paste.ubuntu.com/1466219/

    11) I rebooted and now I got grub with the following options:
    Ubuntu
    Advance Options for Ubuntu
    Windows UEFI loader
    Windows Boot UEFI bootx64.efi.bkp
    Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda2)
    Windows 8 (loader) (on /dev/sda4)

    The last 2 options still give me the same error as before (see point 9 above).

    The other 2 Windows options (with UEFI) both lauch the windows recovery screen but automatically load into Windows 8 and not the recovery itself.

    And in case it might be of use, here is the content of grub.cfg

    Code:
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    
    if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
      menuentry_id_option="--id"
    else
      menuentry_id_option=""
    fi
    
    export menuentry_id_option
    
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
        insmod all_video
      else
        insmod efi_gop
        insmod efi_uga
        insmod ieee1275_fb
        insmod vbe
        insmod vga
        insmod video_bochs
        insmod video_cirrus
      fi
    }
    
    if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
       font=unicode
    else
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='hd0,gpt5'
    if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt5 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt5  ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    else
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    fi
        font="/usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2"
    fi
    
    if loadfont $font ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
      set lang=en_US
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=10
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    if background_color 44,0,30; then
      clear
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
    	set gfxpayload="${1}"
    	if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
    		set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
    	else
    		set vt_handoff=
    	fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
      if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
        if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
          if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
            set linux_gfx_mode=keep
          else
            set linux_gfx_mode=text
          fi
        else
          set linux_gfx_mode=text
        fi
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "${linux_gfx_mode}" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Ubuntu' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd' {
    recordfail
    	gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    	insmod gzio
    	insmod part_gpt
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='hd0,gpt5'
    	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt5 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt5  ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    	else
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    	fi
    	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic root=UUID=ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
    	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-17-generic
    }
    submenu 'Advanced options for Ubuntu' $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-advanced-ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd' {
    	menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-17-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.5.0-17-generic-advanced-ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd' {
    	recordfail
    		gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    		insmod gzio
    		insmod part_gpt
    		insmod ext2
    		set root='hd0,gpt5'
    		if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt5 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt5  ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    		else
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    		fi
    		echo	'Loading Linux 3.5.0-17-generic ...'
    		linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic root=UUID=ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
    		echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    		initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-17-generic
    	}
    	menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-17-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.5.0-17-generic-recovery-ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd' {
    	recordfail
    		insmod gzio
    		insmod part_gpt
    		insmod ext2
    		set root='hd0,gpt5'
    		if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt5 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt5  ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    		else
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd
    		fi
    		echo	'Loading Linux 3.5.0-17-generic ...'
    		linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic root=UUID=ca6b5778-6ce5-4b46-b511-24d70cdb1ebd ro recovery nomodeset 
    		echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    		initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-17-generic
    	}
    }
    
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/25_custom ###
    
    menuentry "Windows UEFI loader" {
    search --fs-uuid --no-floppy --set=root 02F6-23A5
    chainloader (${root})/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi.bkp
    }
    
    menuentry "Windows Boot UEFI bootx64.efi.bkp" {
    search --fs-uuid --no-floppy --set=root 02F6-23A5
    chainloader (${root})/EFI/Boot/bootx64.efi.bkp
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/25_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry 'Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda2)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-1072DD5B72DD45DE' {
    	insmod part_gpt
    	insmod ntfs
    	set root='hd0,gpt2'
    	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  1072DD5B72DD45DE
    	else
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 1072DD5B72DD45DE
    	fi
    	drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
    	chainloader +1
    }
    menuentry 'Windows 8 (loader) (on /dev/sda4)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-B6C4E84CC4E81103' {
    	insmod part_gpt
    	insmod ntfs
    	set root='hd0,gpt4'
    	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt4 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt4 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt4  B6C4E84CC4E81103
    	else
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root B6C4E84CC4E81103
    	fi
    	drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
    	chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
      source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
    elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    Attached you will find screen captures of the various partitions on sda and sdb

    on sda:
    partition 5 is /
    partition 7 is /home
    partition 8 is /SWAP

    partition 2 is Recovery
    partition 9 is Restore

    Any help is greatly appreciated

    Thanks and cheers

    Shoryuken
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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    That the last two Windows entries do not work is normal until a grub bug is fixed. Boot-Repair added a correct entry above the bad entries.

    grub2's os-prober creates wrong style (BIOS) chain boot entry
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...2/+bug/1024383
    Type of entry that does not work:
    'Windows ...) (on /dev/sdXY)'


    If you boot Windows directly from UEFI/BIOS does it also boot a recovery. It may be because you have Intel SRT and that uses some sort of RAID to use SSD.

    Intel Smart Response Technology
    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support...ts/chpsts/imsm
    Some general info in post #3
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2071242


    Some info on re-instating details in post #9
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2038121
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2070491
    Disable the RAID, for me it was using the Intel rapid management thingy and telling it to disable the acceleration or the use of the SSD. If you have a different system, just disable the RAID system then install Ubuntu. Once installed you can then re-enable it.

    You will need to use the dmraid command prior to running the Ubuntu Installer so that it will be able to see the partitions on the drive because otherwise with the raid metadata in place it will see the drive as part of a raid set and ignore its partitions.
    While different brands the Intel I think works the same.
    ubuntu 12.10 & Windows 8 oem Sony T & Intel SRT
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2090605
    Intel SRT - Dell XPS
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2038121


    Some info on re-instating details in post #9
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2038121
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2070491
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    Thanks oldfred,

    When I want to boot from BIOS into Windows I only get 1 option and that goes to Windows Recovery splash screen aswell but boots directly/automatically into Windows 8.
    I ran the rmdraid command (as per the links provided) in Live USB and it didn't detect active Raid on either sda or sdb. Also when booted with Live USB I can see both drives (sda and sdb) and all partitions are automatically mounted.

    I am re-installing Ubuntu right now to see if anything new happens. Will report back once completed. Should I remove the two last Windows entries in Grub?

    Thanks again,

    Shoryuken

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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    So after the reinstall I ran Boot Repair:
    After Fresh reinstall of Ubuntu and before running Boot-Repair
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/1468595/

    After running Boot-Repair with recommended settings
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/1468602/

    One thing I found interesting is that I ran OS-Uninstaller in Live USB and it detected 3 operating systems (as I would like to see in Grub) (please see attached image):
    Windows Recovery Environment (boot) (sda2)
    Windows 8 (sda4)
    Ubuntu-Secure-Remix 12.10 30nov2012 (sda5)

    I read all the posts and I am really not sure what to do next.

    I was reading some info on http://www.rodsbooks.com/efi-bootloa...rinciples.html and noticed the following:
    Most, and perhaps all, modern EFI-based computers include a BIOS compatibility mode that enables them to boot using BIOS boot loaders. This feature is officially known as the Compatibility Support Module (CSM). At the moment (late 2012), this mode is a simpler and more reliable way to boot Linux than is EFI mode, although users are increasingly using EFI mode because many Windows 7 PCs sold since mid-2011 and the vast majority of Windows 8 computers boot in EFI mode by default.
    In my BIOS CSM is disabled. Based on the above info, if I turn on CSM then Windows won't boot, is that correct?
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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    You will not be able to boot Windows unless using UEFI. WIth some hassle you might be able to go into UEFI/BIOS and boot a BIOS install and then go back reconfigure back to UEFI and boot an efi install.

    Ubuntu is one of the first to boot UEFI with secure boot using the newest grub2 version 2.00. Several other distributions now have UEFI boot but not full Secure boot capability. Older installs would then need the CSM or BIOS mode.

    Many have been able just to install 12.10 64 bit version with no more hassle than BIOS, but often different issues. It really depends on what system you have.
    http://web.dodds.net/~vorlon/wiki/bl..._Ubuntu_12.10/

    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    So that confirms that at least I'm understanding a little bit of what is going on

    I'm starting to thing that perhaps what I thought was Windows recovery splash screen is actually the normal splash screen (please see attached image - mind you my background colour is a light blue similar to the colour found in the recovery screen). Before installing Ubuntu and running boot-repair, I was getting an ASUS splash screen and only when I hit F8 I would see the attached splash screen.
    EDIT2: I was wrong about the back ground page. My boot screen for windos looks exactly as the attached image.

    Now I've found this article:
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/23087...8-boot-manager

    Do you think it would be ok to use EasyBCD 2.2 or do I risk seriously messing up my system?

    EDIT1: Nevermind about EasyBCD.... Following some more reading, it seems that EasyBCD is dangerous for UEFI (http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=9342).


    Thanks

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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    I do not have Windows 8, so I do not know what screens you actually get.

    But Windows 8 is always hibernated for faster booting. Best to have a separate NTFS data partition and never write into the Windows system partition.

    WARNING for Windows 8 Dual-Booters
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1953674
    It defaults shutdown to a hybrid hibernation/off state for fast boot
    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-enab...p-in-windows-8
    But then files may be corrupted similar to Windows 7 Hibernation:
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...rid-sleep.html
    http://superuser.com/questions/14472...te-w-dual-boot
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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    I do not have Windows 8, so I do not know what screens you actually get.

    But Windows 8 is always hibernated for faster booting. Best to have a separate NTFS data partition and never write into the Windows system partition.

    WARNING for Windows 8 Dual-Booters
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1953674
    It defaults shutdown to a hybrid hibernation/off state for fast boot
    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-enab...p-in-windows-8
    But then files may be corrupted similar to Windows 7 Hibernation:
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...rid-sleep.html
    http://superuser.com/questions/14472...te-w-dual-boot
    Sorry my mistake on the colour of the splash screen.

    I'm also keeping my data on a separate partition from the OS, so hopefully it will be protected from Windows shutdown behaviour.

    I'm going to start visiting some windows forums to see if there are possible solution with the recovery, I'm also going to download the Intel software for the RAID setup to see if that is of any help. Will report back if I can resolve anything.

    In the mean time, should I just delete the last 2 entries in Grub?

    Thanks again for all the quick responses and the helpful links and hints.

    Cheers

    Shoryuken

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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    I've switched the title to SOLVED because I've come to realise that the issue was not the setup but rather it was me.

    In order to get into Windows Recovery, I had to hit F9 before GRUB appeared. My mistake was to wait for GRUB to appear, select one of the 2 working Windows options (Windows UEFI loader or Windows Boot UEFI bootx64.efi.bkp) and by that time I was past the possibility to get into Windows recovery system.

    Late last night after more reading I thought about trying to hit F8 or F9 before GRUB to see what happens and it worked. Thanks oldfred for your help and your patience and thanks to the developer of Boot-Repair (YannBuntu).

    Now I'm off to figuring out the difference between Windows UEFI loader and Windows Boot UEFI bootx64.efi.bkp

    Cheers

    Shoryuken

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    Re: Problems with Windows Recovery and grub after dual-boot install with Ubuntu 12.04

    Glad you figured that out. I did not know that would work.

    Yann has posted what Boot-Repair does. He is backing up and renaming files to get systems to work. His uninstall system will rename back to old names if totally uninstalling.
    How Boot-Repair works with UEFI systems - post 687 Dec 15, 2012
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...769482&page=69
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