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    Post Gparted - "Windows Failed to start. " \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr

    Hi good people,

    I have seen help threads on this subject but none work for me. I am new to linux and at the moment I can't even boot into the OS... I dont' want to re install, I have a development environment I took a long time setting up. Worst case scenario I'll bite the bullet and re install. Hopefully some hero out there can save me the day. There are only 365 after all.

    HISTORY
    I have win 7 installed. I installed Ubuntu 10.1.4. they were both running in sepearte partitions. I dual booted into either at boot up time.

    One extra piece of info. Weeks ago. While in Windows7 I relabled the E: drive calling it Ubuntu. This was probably a stupid thing to do. Ubuntu didn't seem to mind at the time. I wonder if gparted got confused during the partition process because of this? Can't remember what default Label was.


    LATE LAST NIGHT
    I ran out of space on Ubuntu and used the Gparted Live disk to re partition. Taking away a bit off space on Win 7 and expanding Ubuntu. I went to bed as it did it's thing.

    THIS MORNING
    When I re booted for first time after this. I coudn't boot into any OS.
    I booted with the Win 7 DVD and chose the repair windows option. I got my windows 7 back (and my WIP Thesis ...phew! but I am still an idiot, can't believe I didn't back this up..)

    Whey I try to boot into Ubuntu (which I am starting to really like ...) I get the error below.
    the error referrs to Windows but it should say Ubuntu.
    "Windows Failed to start. "
    A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
    Choose your language settings, and then click "next."
    Click "Repair your computer."
    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
    File: \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr
    status: 0xc000000e
    I can view the E:\ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr from windows7.
    Is there anything I can to to fix it?
    Currently I don't even know how to edit a MBR file, if that's the fix.


    Regards,
    Liam.
    Last edited by Liammu; December 15th, 2010 at 11:47 AM.

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    Re: Post Gparted - "Windows Failed to start. " \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr

    Hi and welcome to the forums

    For Wubi issues and solutions, see here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1639198

    Also take a look at the Wubi Guide, linked near the beginning of the article.

    Just so you know, there are times when it is necessary to run the Windows repair for the bootloader 3 times.

    It would also be helpful if you run the boot info script (also linked in the first thread).

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Rubi1200; December 15th, 2010 at 12:13 PM.

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    Re: Post Gparted - "Windows Failed to start. " \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr

    you didn't install to separate partition and instead used a Wubi install. you might be able to recover files (thread was already posted)

    i wouold just like to add that wubi is ment to test teh system. it can also cause some issues that propper dual boot won't and finnaly since it installs in a large file within windows if that file get's corrupted you can say goodbye to all the data.

    so fix htis issue and then do a propper dual boot setup on separate partitions.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

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    Re: Post Gparted - "Windows Failed to start. " \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr

    It sounds like you've messed up the bcd boot process by resizing the partition. Maybe the uuid changed. I don't know exactly how bcd entries are setup... but the message you are receiving is from the Windows boot manager, not Ubuntu (which explains the 'windows failed to start' message.

    So my recommendation is to search on bcdedit, and figure out what has changed and how to get it fixed.

    There are other options I suppose involving data recovery and reinstalling. But note that resizing the ntfs host partition does not increase space to a wubi install - the space is limited to the virtual disk (root.disk, or other virtual disks).

    If you have a separate partition, it is usually best to install directly to it (not use wubi).

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    Re: Post Gparted - "Windows Failed to start. " \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr

    Thanks,
    For everyone help so far.
    I ran that Boot info script courtesy of meierfra.
    See the result below.

    I have installed my UBUNTU into a separate partition, at least I'm pretty sure I have.
    Also some extra info on my boot up screen . Windows7 is still my default but it is below Ubuntu, it used to be on top. Another indication something got screwed up.

    I think this is what I need to do.
    ( http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1639198 )
    Solution #1 (10.04):

    If it is a 10.04 install, the fix is to boot an Ubuntu LiveCD, loop mount the wubi root.disk and manually edit the grub.cfg file.



    Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

    => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda

    sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system: ntfs
    Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD

    sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system: ntfs
    Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System: Windows 7
    Boot files/dirs: /Windows/System32/winload.exe /wubildr.mbr /wubildr

    sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system: ntfs
    Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files/dirs: /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr.mbr /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr
    /ubuntu/disks/root.disk /ubuntu/disks/swap.disk

    sda3/Wubi: __________________________________________________ _______________________

    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System: Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS
    Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab

    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

    Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

    Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders, total 117210240 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

    Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

    /dev/sda1 * 2,048 206,847 204,800 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 210,944 94,679,039 94,468,096 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 94,679,040 117,209,087 22,530,048 7 HPFS/NTFS


    blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

    Device UUID TYPE LABEL

    /dev/loop0 squashfs
    /dev/loop1 4263f0d8-b936-4fe1-9645-b5ffc6653e84 ext4
    /dev/sda1 8C7074037073F1F6 ntfs System Reserved
    /dev/sda2 F8688043687FFF1E ntfs
    /dev/sda3 145C93E55C93C042 ntfs ubuntu
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"

    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

    Device Mount_Point Type Options

    aufs / aufs (rw)
    /dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 (ro,noatime)
    /dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)


    ======================== sda3/Wubi/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ========================

    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/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
    load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    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
    }
    if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
    set timeout=-1
    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
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_lupin ###
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.32-25-generic" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root='(hd0,3)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 145c93e55c93c042
    loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
    set root=(loop0)
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-generic root=/dev/sda3 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-25-generic
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.32-25-generic (recovery mode)" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root='(hd0,3)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 145c93e55c93c042
    loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
    set root=(loop0)
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-generic root=/dev/sda3 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-25-generic
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.32-24-generic" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root='(hd0,3)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 145c93e55c93c042
    loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
    set root=(loop0)
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic root=/dev/sda3 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-24-generic
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.32-24-generic (recovery mode)" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root='(hd0,3)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 145c93e55c93c042
    loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
    set root=(loop0)
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic root=/dev/sda3 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-24-generic
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_lupin ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root='(hd0,1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 8c7074037073f1f6
    chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

    ### 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 ###

    ============================= sda3/Wubi/etc/fstab: =============================

    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
    # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
    # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk / ext4 loop,errors=remount-ro 0 1
    /host/ubuntu/disks/swap.disk none swap loop,sw 0 0

    ================= sda3/Wubi: Location of files loaded by Grub: =================


    .3GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
    3.4GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-24-generic
    3.4GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-25-generic
    .9GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic
    .2GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-generic
    3.4GB: initrd.img
    3.4GB: initrd.img.old
    .2GB: vmlinuz
    .9GB: vmlinuz.old

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    Re: Post Gparted - "Windows Failed to start. " \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr

    You're not getting as far as the grub.cfg. It's the windows boot manager that is kicking out the error.
    Also, that grub.cfg issue is for wubi installed to the same partition as windows (c: drive), not the way you have it.

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