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    Angry Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    hello friends
    i had Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
    160 GB HDD, 1GB RAM,INTEL DUAL CORE
    One of my friend told that UBUNTU is also a better OS and is an open source programme and u can use alternately both Ubuntu or VISTA,so i downloaded the disk image for Ubuntu 10.10 and burned it on a CD. i played it first on Windows Vista so it asked some 3 options of that i chose an option which downloaded Ubuntu Cd helper ,then i selected the first option something 'demo and install' it said to reboot the computer i reboooted it by selecting option reboot now and finishing it,after the computer was restarted.it asked me options for selecting Ubuntu or Windows Vista,i selected Ubuntu, i saw ubuntu is started which was the least time i could see a new Os is started, then i tought i should install it ,after selecting install it ,there came an option to drag option window's vertical line to right or left to increase or decrease the partition for ubuntu and on another side where something 'NTFS' was written i thought it must be for windows i dragged Ubuntu to maximum(5.23GB) left 37.3 GB for NTFS dev and i continued forward, left it for some process going on, the ubuntu was installed i think ,it also asked for some softwares to be installed i let them be installed and let all process finish after looking some featuers of Ubuntu ,i wanted to go back to windows vista but when i restarted computer it didnt asked me an option for selecting OS 'Ubuntu' or 'Vista' as it had asked me before. it directly started Ubuntu and asked for same options of software to installed ,i removed th CD and Tried again but still i couldnt see anything for Vista,when i checked properties of 'File System' it was written that 2.3 GB is covered and rest 157 GB is free,i m scared that i have deleted all the data of VIsta and Vista OS too,Can i get my VISTA BACK?,it is ok if i dont get anything of Ubuntu,i had many of important files too in my vista.is really my pc been formatted completely,?
    from last week i m searching for its solution on internet i m frustrated a lot, many of the contain particular solution but for before versions of Ubuntu,i just want My vista and vista files back .One of the solutions also contained inserting DVD of vista and some procedure but my DVD player isnt working but CD player is working.i hope some of my inernet friends come to me as a saviour please.
    and one note i don't know what is GRUB or all other stuffs as i m knowing very bit of installing OS

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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    I'll do my best to make sense on this jumbled mess of a comment .

    Open the terminal and run the command:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    There should be a line that says NTFS: (something like this)
    Code:
    /dev/sda1   *           1        9729    78145494    7  HPFS/NTFS
    Which indicates that I have a 75GB Windows partition on device /dev/sda1.

    If you don't see any NTFS/FAT32 partitions in your partition list then yea, Vista is gone.

    Not to preach here but installing an Operating System is major surgery and it should be done first on virtual machines or spare computers lying around; not on your primary production system.

    Live and learn

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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    In Ubuntu, open up a terminal and run
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    and watch as grub.cfg is run. Is a Windows Loader found? If so reboot and you should get a grub menu this time.
    If the Windows loader is not found please go to the site below and download the boot script to your DESKTOP and then open up a terminal (Applications > Accessories > terminal) and run
    Code:
    sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
    This will produce a results.txt file on your desktop. Please copy the contents of that file and paste them in your next post between CODE tags. For CODE tags click on New Reply (not quick reply)and then click on the # symbol in the toolbar.
    This will give a full overview of your current system.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00055a04

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 4659 37419008 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 4659 4864 1648641 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 4659 4864 1648640 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    jimmylee@jimmylee-A3L:~$


    hi there, what does this mean? sorry about the late reply.
    busy on work. does the above message mean i lost my Windows?

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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    Quote Originally Posted by jacarandansw View Post
    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00055a04

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 4659 37419008 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 4659 4864 1648641 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 4659 4864 1648640 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    jimmylee@jimmylee-A3L:~$


    hi there, what does this mean? sorry about the late reply.
    busy on work. does the above message mean i lost my Windows?
    That means that Vista is gone; unfortunately.

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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    Code:
                    Boot Info Script 0.55    dated February 15th, 2010                    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
     => Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in 
        partition #1 for (,msdos1)/boot/grub.
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 10.10
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders, total 78140160 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    74,840,063    74,838,016  83 Linux
    /dev/sda2          74,842,110    78,139,391     3,297,282   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5          74,842,112    78,139,391     3,297,280  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/sda1        1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac   ext4                                     
    /dev/sda2: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sda5        8e422bb5-d50b-45a0-af1f-f22058b8bef4   swap                                     
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos" 
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda1        /                        ext4       (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
    
    
    =========================== sda1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    #
    # 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 $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${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 {
      insmod vbe
      insmod vga
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=640x480
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en
    insmod gettext
    if [ "${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 ###
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac ro  splash  quiet splash
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac
        echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac ro single  splash
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
    }
    ### 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+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1ac6a640-69c0-4597-9f03-ea2ea3c62eac
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
      if keystatus; then
        if keystatus --shift; then
          set timeout=-1
        else
          set timeout=0
        fi
      else
        if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
          set timeout=0
        fi
      fi
    fi
    ### 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 ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    
    =============================== sda1/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
    /dev/sda1       /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    /dev/sda5       none            swap    sw              0       0
    
    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
       2.4GB: boot/grub/core.img
      11.0GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
      11.4GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
       2.4GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
      11.4GB: initrd.img
       2.4GB: vmlinuz
    =========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================
    
    Unknown BootLoader  on sda2
    
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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    Yep, No windows OS in there.
    Im sorry you lost your data.
    I have lost all my data to once before, and it's not fun.
    I feel for you.

    Maybe it is a blessing in disguise though! lol
    Have you been using the ubuntu thats installed?
    If so, how do you like it?

    Good luck. <3
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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    i didn't use it much. but the interface is good. not quite familiar with the system, it's a bit different from windows. don't like it for some aspect. firstly, when new user try to install ubuntu, it should provide a better protection for the existing system, like windows 7 does. the installation procedure is a bit confused. it seems like it was protecting the existing system, but actually, it does not. it delete all my old system without get my permission. i think ubuntu team should think about this, otherwise it won't attract more users, and it is not a successful product.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa1111 View Post
    Yep, No windows OS in there.
    Im sorry you lost your data.
    I have lost all my data to once before, and it's not fun.
    I feel for you.

    Maybe it is a blessing in disguise though! lol
    Have you been using the ubuntu thats installed?
    If so, how do you like it?

    Good luck. <3

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    Re: Can i get my vista back after ubuntu 10.10 is installed?

    Quote Originally Posted by jacarandansw View Post
    i think ubuntu team should think about this, otherwise it won't attract more users, and it is not a successful product.
    Several folks have notified CANONICAL about this serious flaw in their new installer -- but they have yet (as far as I know) to pay any attention to our concerns. Evidently, they are too busy using new desktop interfaces and integrating Cloud Computing.
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