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    No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Hello,

    today I used the Windows-based Ubuntu Installer (Wubi) as per Ubuntu Documentation.

    I get as far as Completing the Ubuntu Setup Wizard and Reboot Now. But after rebooting I don't get the Windows Boot Manager to finish the installation. I always get back to Windows XP which operates as if nothing had happened. Or to use another installation guide (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...u-with-windows), I get through 1 to 6 but 7 never comes, I'm just back to Win XP.

    Please note that I don't want a clean install as for the time being I stick with Windows but want to try and use occasionnally some programs on Ubuntu (and do a little programming, maybe).

    Anyone an idea what might have gone wrong?

    My basic OS: Windows XP SP3
    Wubi: downloaded yesterday from here
    Intended Ubuntu: Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 LTS

    Thanks anyone reading and trying to help!

    P.S. A small explanation of the difference between the Windows Boot Manager and the Windows (NT) Boot Loader (ntldr) would be appreciated.
    Last edited by HolgerBurghardt; October 6th, 2012 at 09:30 AM. Reason: Added a phrase to better show the problem.
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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Check the "Time to display operating systems". It's probably at zero, when it should have been changed to 10.

    Otherwise post the contents of your C:\boot.ini file.

    To get there, right click, My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup & Recovery settings.

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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Thank you, after checking the boot.ini file I already found the source of my problem - now all I need is the way out.

    Wubi (and you) assume that it is always the drive C that is the boot partition but in my case this isn't so.

    Code:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=1
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    C:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"
    My PC boots from the drive G.

    I guess change the timeout to 10 or 15 is step 1 of solving my problem. For step 2 I wonder whether simply copying the wubildr file to drive and change the drive in the boot.ini file would do the trick.

    I'll try and come back to you...
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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Okay, no need to copy the wubildr file just changing timeout and the drive got my a major step farther.

    Code:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    G:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"
    I get to make the choice between Windows or Ubuntu.

    But now it claims that the hal.dll file in the system32 (the Hardware Abstruction Layer DLL) can not be found. I looked and it is there.

    My guess it's again linked to the drive?
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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Quote Originally Posted by HolgerBurghardt View Post
    Okay, no need to copy the wubildr file just changing timeout and the drive got my a major step farther.

    Code:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    G:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"
    I get to make the choice between Windows or Ubuntu.

    But now it claims that the hal.dll file in the system32 (the Hardware Abstruction Layer DLL) can not be found. I looked and it is there.

    My guess it's again linked to the drive?
    Wubi (and you) assume that it is always the drive C that is the boot partition but in my case this isn't so.
    Probably because C is the Windows default and the owner is the only one that knows for sure. It's assumed the owner will know the correct drive. The C:\boot.ini file isn't the same thing as the boot partition.

    Speaking of drives. Wubi is installed into the same drive and partition as Windows. System32 that contains the hal.dll is in system32 which is in Windows. Changing its drive on your own is a bad idea unless you know what you're doing. It may not boot.
    Last edited by critin; October 7th, 2012 at 05:55 PM.
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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Quote Originally Posted by HolgerBurghardt View Post
    Okay, no need to copy the wubildr file just changing timeout and the drive got my a major step farther.

    Code:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    G:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"
    I get to make the choice between Windows or Ubuntu.

    But now it claims that the hal.dll file in the system32 (the Hardware Abstruction Layer DLL) can not be found. I looked and it is there.

    My guess it's again linked to the drive?
    You can get hal.dll errors if you make a mistake while editing the boot.ini. It doesn't mean there's a hal.dll problem. You just need to recheck the boot.ini and (if you used windows facilities to edit it) there should be a backup.

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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    All I did was change the timeout (actually using the GUI found under My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup & Recovery settings, as per instruction) and eventually the URI to the wubildr.mbr as Wubi wrote the C drive instead of the G drive into the boot.ini (though it correctly installed Ubuntu on the G drive).

    If I kept the C address I'd be back to square as I'd see nothing during the boot, if I use the G address I can perfectly boot into WinXP but not Ubuntu.

    By now I have posted both versions of the boot.ini file and I don't see the error.

    I guessed as much that my hal.dll is neither corrupted nor missing else I probably could not boot Windows.

    @critin: I guess you've misunderstood me (or I misunderstand you). Neither way would be the first nor will be the last time.
    The boot.ini and boot partition are not the same things (file vs partition - not even in the same category). But during the installation Wubi changed the boot.ini and added the line C:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu" to my boot.ini despite installing to the G drive (which is my boot partition).

    Maybe you have an idea of how to achieve what I need?
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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    Windows only boots from the primary NTFS partition with the boot flag.

    Boot.ini must then relate to that partition, but is very sensitive to typos, line endings or even extra spaces. If you used a Linux editor to change boot.ini you may have changed the line endings.

    Fix WinXP hal.dll
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1410696
    Missing hal.dll not always missing, but other errors or boot.ini wrong partition
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman5...ing_or_corrupt
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findby...singhaldll.htm

    If editing windows files like boot.ini
    (Use nano instead of gedit, it's better for dos-style linebreaks)
    Linux, of course, uses only LF as newline and DOS is expecting CR/LF so text files look wrong in DOS.
    New versions of gedit have an combo box under save as to cchoose windows format.


    One of the main advantage of wubi is that you do not have to create separate partitions for Ubuntu. If you were willing to use a separate partition then a full install may make more sense.

    From the developer of wubi:
    http://howsoftwareisbuilt.com/2009/0...o-wubi-ubuntu/
    Agostino: Wubi actually wasn’t designed to do long-term installations. The main aim was really to let people try out Ubuntu with confidence. Normally, users that start with Wubi tend to upgrade to a full installation to a dedicated partition at the next release cycle.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    hal.dll missing when trying to boot Ubuntu

    I don't use any Linux tools as I don't get Ubuntu running - I'm still using Windows XP only. The hal.dll error appears only when I chose Ubuntu from the OS list but not when I chose Windows XP.

    I did my edits using Windows own Notepad.

    I did not create a partition but used the same one where Windows is installed on to install Ubuntu using Wubi. (Else I wouldn't have used Wubi...)
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    Re: No Windows Boot Manager after Installation & Restart

    It sounds like the bootmanager has an issue with "G:" - maybe something like this would work:
    Code:
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"
    Caution: I haven't tried this so use at own risk. i.e. backup of boot.ini and a live CD or windows repair disk.

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