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    Unhappy Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    Hello everyone..!

    I have recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 as Dual Boot with Windows Xp..!

    The Problem i'm facing is that ..the gnu grub 1.99 has listed the Windows xp but upon selecting doesn't boot up xp rather it comes back to the Grub menu...again.

    I'm able to use my ubuntu but can't access my windows.

    I'll be very thankful for any kind of Help.

    1. Harddisk with 4 partitions.
    2. Windows xp on first partition(primary), 2 partitions for ubuntu, other for data.
    3. Bootloader installed on windows partition.
    4. Details of Grub entry for Windows Xp...
    setparams 'Microsoft Windows XP Professional(on /dev/sda1)'
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ntfs
    set root = '(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs--uuid --set=root 1820352D2035136C
    drivemap -s(hd0) ${root}
    chainloader +1
    5. System config Intel Pentium Dual Core, 2 GB Ram.
    6. Have attached a screenshot of my Windows Partition Drive.
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    Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    Why is the bootloader installed on the Windows partition?
    Are you sure Ubuntu is on a dedicated partition? According to the screenshot, you have a wubi installation.
    To clarify those points, and provide the relevant info, run the BOOTINFO script from Ubuntu and post the output.

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    Unhappy Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    At first i burned a DVD for Ubuntu 11.04 image for installation but was unable to boot form it.
    I selected the option of "Help me boot from CD/DVD" from the installation menu of Ubuntu while initiating the installation from inside windows.

    Restarted the System and got a Ubuntu Entry While alongside Windows and Selected that and next installed the Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu is installed on a Dedicated partition of 10GB and with a Swap Partition of 4GB.

    Have installed the Bootloader at Windows Partition as my friend told me that it would be easier to remove if something goes wrong and recover the windows by repairing it.

    Including the Results of the Script u told to execute as Results.txt in Attachments.

    I'm really Thankful to you for your kind Concern. Please help me out.

    I have backed up all my relevant data from windows.
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    Post Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    Code:
                      Boot Info Script 0.60    from 17 May 2011
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
     => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Grub2 (v1.99)
        Boot sector info:   Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the boot sector of sda1 
                           and looks at sector 56980130 of the same hard drive 
                           for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
                           for (,msdos5)/boot/grub on this drive. No errors found 
                           in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows XP
        Boot files:        /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM /wubildr 
                           /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr /wubildr.mbr 
                           /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr.mbr
    
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 11.04
        Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sda6: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:   According to the info in the boot sector, sda6 starts 
                           at sector 63.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    sda7: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sdb1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info:   No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1    *             63    51,199,154    51,199,092   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda2          51,199,216   234,420,479   183,221,264   f W95 Extended (LBA)
    /dev/sda5          51,199,218    71,199,217    20,000,000  83 Linux
    /dev/sda6          96,357,933   234,420,479   138,062,547   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda7          71,200,768    79,198,207     7,997,440  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    Drive: sdb _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 4051 MB, 4051697664 bytes
    227 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1089 cylinders, total 7913472 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sdb1    *             32     7,913,471     7,913,440   b W95 FAT32
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/sda1        1820352D2035136C                       ntfs       
    /dev/sda5        350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f   ext4       
    /dev/sda6        66D88318D882E5A1                       ntfs       
    /dev/sda7        26486d6a-5ed6-46a5-b243-8c427cac8001   swap       
    /dev/sdb1        C68A-A606                              vfat       DILIP
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda1        /media/1820352D2035136C  fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_permissions)
    /dev/sda5        /                        ext4       (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
    /dev/sda6        /media/66D88318D882E5A1  fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_permissions)
    /dev/sdb1        /media/DILIP             vfat       (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=1000,gid=1000,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush)
    
    
    ================================ sda1/boot.ini: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [boot loader] 
    timeout=30 
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS 
    [operating systems] 
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect 
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =========================== sda5/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 video_bochs
      insmod video_cirrus
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en_US
    insmod gettext
    if [ "${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
    if background_color 44,0,30; then
      clear
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    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, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f ro   quiet splash vt.handoff=7
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f
        echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.38-8-generic ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f ro single 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-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+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 350a0fc4-3ccb-4093-be74-4f89efbd078f
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ntfs
        set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 1820352D2035136C
        drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
        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 ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sda5/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/sda5       /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda7 during installation
    UUID=26486d6a-5ed6-46a5-b243-8c427cac8001 none            swap    sw              0       0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sda5: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
      27.170269966 = 29.173855232   boot/grub/core.img                             1
      27.152455330 = 29.154726912   boot/grub/grub.cfg                             1
      31.968377113 = 34.325783552   boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic               2
      27.151432991 = 29.153629184   boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic                  1
      31.968377113 = 34.325783552   initrd.img                                     2
      27.151432991 = 29.153629184   vmlinuz                                        1
    
    ======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sdb1
    
    00000000  eb 58 90 4d 53 44 4f 53  35 2e 30 00 02 08 c0 03  |.X.MSDOS5.0.....|
    00000010  02 00 00 00 00 f8 00 00  3f 00 ff 00 20 00 00 00  |........?... ...|
    00000020  e0 bf 78 00 20 1e 00 00  00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00  |..x. ...........|
    00000030  01 00 06 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    00000040  80 00 29 06 a6 8a c6 4e  4f 20 4e 41 4d 45 20 20  |..)....NO NAME  |
    00000050  20 20 46 41 54 33 32 20  20 20 33 c9 8e d1 bc f4  |  FAT32   3.....|
    00000060  7b 8e c1 8e d9 bd 00 7c  88 4e 02 8a 56 40 b4 41  |{......|.N..V@.A|
    00000070  bb aa 55 cd 13 72 10 81  fb 55 aa 75 0a f6 c1 01  |..U..r...U.u....|
    00000080  74 05 fe 46 02 eb 2d 8a  56 40 b4 08 cd 13 73 05  |t..F..-.V@....s.|
    00000090  b9 ff ff 8a f1 66 0f b6  c6 40 66 0f b6 d1 80 e2  |.....f...@f.....|
    000000a0  3f f7 e2 86 cd c0 ed 06  41 66 0f b7 c9 66 f7 e1  |?.......Af...f..|
    000000b0  66 89 46 f8 83 7e 16 00  75 38 83 7e 2a 00 77 32  |f.F..~..u8.~*.w2|
    000000c0  66 8b 46 1c 66 83 c0 0c  bb 00 80 b9 01 00 e8 2b  |f.F.f..........+|
    000000d0  00 e9 2c 03 a0 fa 7d b4  7d 8b f0 ac 84 c0 74 17  |..,...}.}.....t.|
    000000e0  3c ff 74 09 b4 0e bb 07  00 cd 10 eb ee a0 fb 7d  |<.t............}|
    000000f0  eb e5 a0 f9 7d eb e0 98  cd 16 cd 19 66 60 80 7e  |....}.......f`.~|
    00000100  02 00 0f 84 20 00 66 6a  00 66 50 06 53 66 68 10  |.... .fj.fP.Sfh.|
    00000110  00 01 00 b4 42 8a 56 40  8b f4 cd 13 66 58 66 58  |....B.V@....fXfX|
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    00000130  33 d2 66 0f b7 4e 18 66  f7 f1 fe c2 8a ca 66 8b  |3.f..N.f......f.|
    00000140  d0 66 c1 ea 10 f7 76 1a  86 d6 8a 56 40 8a e8 c0  |.f....v....V@...|
    00000150  e4 06 0a cc b8 01 02 cd  13 66 61 0f 82 75 ff 81  |.........fa..u..|
    00000160  c3 00 02 66 40 49 75 94  c3 42 4f 4f 54 4d 47 52  |...f@Iu..BOOTMGR|
    00000170  20 20 20 20 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |    ............|
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    000001a0  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 0d 0a 52 65  |..............Re|
    000001b0  6d 6f 76 65 20 64 69 73  6b 73 20 6f 72 20 6f 74  |move disks or ot|
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    00000200
    
    
    ========= Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive: =========
    
    sdc 
    
    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
    unlzma: Decoder error

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    Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    According to the output, there two installations of Ubuntu, one inside Windows, the other on a dedicated partition (sda5). However, you seem to have overwritten the boot sector of the Windows partition (sda1), which is likely what causes the problem.
    I suggest you wait for a Windows boot expert, or, perhaps, ask your friend. It's his advice that got you in trouble in the first place.

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    Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    Isn't there any other way to rebuild the bootsector for Windows...!
    Should i remove Ubuntu installed at Windows partition...? is there any way of knowing which of the ubuntu installation i'm using currently..?

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    Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    To find out which Ubuntu installation you are using, look at the output of cat /etc/fstab. As for rebuilding the boot sector, I am sure there are many ways, so don't know what you mean by 'any other'.

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    Question Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    i was using the standalone installation...!
    Have repaired the master Bootsector but it removed the grub laoder and now i have runing windows.

    but now i can't use my standalone Ubuntu installation...as grub is not there!

    and

    the Ubuntu installed at windows partition was incomplete hence removed it by using Add and Remove Programs from Control Panel.

    Is there any way to add a entry to the boot.ini file in xp to boot Ubuntu.. or i have to reinstall the grub loader to be able to use the Ubuntu ?

    And thanx for ur analysis it had really hepled me out.

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    Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(

    Windows fixBoot or this will store the PBR or partition boot sector:

    Fix for most, a few have other issues, better than windows fix in many cases as it also fixes other parameters:
    This has instructions on using testdisk to repair the install of grub to the boot sector for windows from Ubuntu or Linux LiveCD.
    http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawik...ms:Boot_Sector

    You then have to install grub2's boot loader to the MBR of sda:

    #Comments are anything after the #, enter commands in terminal session
    #Install MBR from LiveCD, Ubuntu install on sda5 and want grub2's bootloader in drive sda's MBR:
    #Find linux partition, change sda5 if not correct:
    sudo fdisk -l
    #confirm that linux is sda5
    sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt
    sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
    If grub 1.99 with Natty uses boot not root
    sudo grub-install --boot-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
    #If that returns any errors run:
    sudo grub-install --recheck --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
    # If no errors on previous commands reboot into working system and run this:
    sudo update-grub

    #More info here
    How to restore the Ubuntu/XP/Vista/7 bootloader (Updated for Ubuntu 9.10)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708
    Reinstall grub2 - Short version
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...ing%20GRUB%202
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Unable to Boot into Windows Xp From GNU GRUB Listing. :(


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