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    Hi all, please bare with me. I am quite new to Linux and will try to explain my problem as well as I can.

    I recently got a new laptop and wanted to install Ubuntu on it after enjoying so much on my old laptop. I installed it via USB and everything went fine, until I tried booting into Windows 7 from the Grub menu. I got an error message regarding an incorrect EFI path. After a bit of searching I found out that the Boot Repair programme should be able to fix it. So I ran that in Ubuntu and it created 3 new options on the Grub menu, two of which allowed me to boot into Windows.

    However, Windows froze up earlier today and I thought I had no option but to hold the power button and reset. When I tried to boot into Windows again I was met with a "Boot into Windows Normally" or "Repair Start Up" option. I tried starting Windows normally but it just hung at the "Starting Windows" screen. So I tried to repair, which sent me into an Asus repair page, but I was met with a massive "ERROR" logo in red letters.

    I then got a grub error message. So I reinstalled Ubuntu and ran the Repair Boot programme again so that I could access Windows. I am still getting the exact same problem.

    I do not have a Windows recovery DVD because the laptop is only a few days old. Also, it does not have a disk drive (it is an Asus X501A). I am now completely unable to access my Windows partition. I am wondering if any of you guys would be able to suggest something I could do or help me?

    I have downloaded a Windows recovery ISO to copy to a USB, though I'm not sure if that will help.

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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    I have downloaded a Windows recovery ISO to copy to a USB, though I'm not sure if that will help.
    If your laptop can boot from USB (access options in BIOS, usually something like F12 while computer is booting), then maybe the Windows recovery tool can help you. This might destroy any GRUB settings you had, and possibly the Ubuntu partitions as well.

    I am now completely unable to access my Windows partition. I am wondering if any of you guys would be able to suggest something I could do or help me?
    I would try a live CD. You probably used a live CD, or a live USB, to install Ubuntu. Rather than selecting "install Ubuntu," you just select "Try Ubuntu" to run as a live distro. Then, go into any files folder, find the "Computer" option. This will let you see the other partitions. You should be able to dig through the Windows folders and copy whatever you want to an external hard drive, or send something via email, FTP, scp, something like that.

    I don't know if a "fix" in the current state is possible. In general, you want to install Windows first because it has this little partition at the "front" of the disc. edit: also, because GRUB supports multiple operating systems, and I don't think the Windows bootloader will support multiple OSs.

    | random windows partition | regular windows partion | other hard disk space |

    and you can put Ubuntu and its swap partition in your other hard disk space.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning%20issues

    Also I think Nixie Pixel has a good video about partitioning. Godspeed Craig, and good luck.
    Last edited by heyandy889; September 17th, 2012 at 11:50 PM.

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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    You should have a repairCD or USB or liveCD for the current version of every system you have installed.

    We used to have a site that offered free Windows repairCD ISO. But they now charge $10 when you can make it yourself. But now you need another system with the same 64bit Windows to make the CD.

    The vendor recovery DVDs are just an image of your drive as purchased. If you have housecleaned a lot of cruft normally included, run many updates with many reboots, and added software you may want a full back up.
    Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2040149
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1626990
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
    Another suggestion by srs5694
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

    Make your own Windows repairCD (not vendor recovery):
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/w...em-repair-disc
    http://forums.techarena.in/guides-tutorials/1114725.htm

    Windows 7 repair USB, Also Vista if service pack installed
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-re...tion-dvd-disc/
    http://www.webupd8.org/2010/10/creat...usb-drive.html

    Be sure to boot Windows in efi mode, and Ubuntu in efi mode as once system is efi booting in MBR mode will mess it up.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    Hi, thanks for the tips. I made a Windows Recovery USB with an ISO I found, but it was not compatible with my set up. I am now stuck as I don't know where to find a recovery image that is compatible with my hardware (Asus X501A).
    I would have made a recovery image in due course but the laptop is only a few days old. Is there somewhere else I can find a compatible Windows Repair ISO for free? Or is there a way I can make the recovery partition accessible with Boot Repair? (It is currently inaccessible because of the EFI path problem - edit: here is the URL from my Boot Repair http://paste.ubuntu.com/1213172/)

    If none of this is possible, would it be okay to do a clean install of Windows with an ISO from here http://www.mydigitallife.info/downlo...ownload-links/ ? I am not worried about losing data from my hard drive as this is a new laptop.
    Last edited by CraigD92; September 18th, 2012 at 04:57 PM.

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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    This is just a thought. If you have a hidden partition where the recovery for windows is residing it maybe possible to hit a key or combination of keys to boot into the hidden partition to restore your Windows. Check any instruction you might have received with the computer. You might check online at the manufactures website. Just somethings I thought of after reading your posts.
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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    Quote Originally Posted by irv View Post
    This is just a thought. If you have a hidden partition where the recovery for windows is residing it maybe possible to hit a key or combination of keys to boot into the hidden partition to restore your Windows. Check any instruction you might have received with the computer. You might check online at the manufactures website. Just somethings I thought of after reading your posts.
    Yes, I read in the manual that you need to hit F9 in order to get into recovery. However, when I launch Windows 7 in grub, it jumps straight to the "Windows Error Recovery" page, whether I hit F9 or not. From here I can either select "Start Windows Normally", which just hangs at the "Starting Windows" logo, or the alternative option, which then sends me to "Asus Preload Wizard" (not the standard recovery I've seen in normal Windows 7 installations). There are only 3 options here: Recover Windows to first partition only, Recover Windows to entire HD and Recover windows entire HD with two partitons. On every option, it begins to run some commands in a terminal, then goes to a white page with a huge red "ERORR" sign.

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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    Usually the vendor recovery are just images of the hard drive as purchased. Since you have modified partitions then it may have issues as it expects the standard partitions and sizes?

    A new install of Windows from the download will not work with your serial number. You would have to purchase a new serial number (Buy Windows again).

    Asus should be able to support you. Then may have to send new install set of DVDs and may charge you a nominal fee for that.

    They may have changed to the new UEFI, but the tools to repair the efi partitions are not up to date?

    Just do not tell them you installed another system. Just state that it crashed and will not repair like it should.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    I believe oldfred is right on this one. But what you said about trying to press F9 after the grub loads is to late. As soon as you turn the computer on you should be hitting the F9 even before the grub. If this doesn't work than you will have to do what oldfred posted. Windows recovery always run before boot up.
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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Usually the vendor recovery are just images of the hard drive as purchased. Since you have modified partitions then it may have issues as it expects the standard partitions and sizes?

    A new install of Windows from the download will not work with your serial number. You would have to purchase a new serial number (Buy Windows again).

    Asus should be able to support you. Then may have to send new install set of DVDs and may charge you a nominal fee for that.

    They may have changed to the new UEFI, but the tools to repair the efi partitions are not up to date?

    Just do not tell them you installed another system. Just state that it crashed and will not repair like it should.
    Okay, I will contact Asus and just tell them that it won't repair. Hopefully they won't ask me to return the laptop to the store.

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    Re: Totally messed up my Windows partiton

    there is a chance if you boot a ubuntu live usb, choose the try option, then open gparted, swap-off the swap partition if necessary by right-clicking it, then delete the partitions which are ext4 and swap by right-clicking them, click apply.

    shutdown, switch on, press F9 repeatedly, and try Windows recovery again.
    Last edited by black veils; September 18th, 2012 at 06:12 PM.

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