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    Grub won't load Windows 7

    I sent this to boot.repair@gmail.com, still no response thought I could get a faster solution here.
    I am running Windows 7 64-bit and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on separate partitions.
    The message is sent is:
    Boot-Repair URL: http://paste.ubuntu.com/1365163/
    Originally I was unable to access Ubuntu after a windows update (Ubuntu was installed using wubi). Rather than logging into Ubuntu from the Windows 7 Bootloader, it lead to the grub> command prompt. No matter what I did here, it would not log me into linux. As a result I uninstalled Ubuntu from the Add/Remove Programs application in Windows 7. I then re-installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS using a liveCD-USB. This time however, I created a partition. I then restarted and got the GRUB bootloader which loads Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with no problems, however when I select windows (listed as "Windows 7 (loader)"), it just refreshes the grub bootloader instead of loading Windows 7. I then used the Windows 7 repair disk to run bootrec/fixmbr and bootrec/fixboot. This led to no bootloader coming up when I started my computer. Instead I got a blank black screen with a flashing white cursor. I went on to do a bootrec/buildbcd and bootrec/scanos. These did nothing to change the situation. When I ran bootrec/scanos it said that no Windows 7 installations were present. After this I decided to reinstall WIndows 7 only for this to do nothing to change the situation. Afterwards I did a boot-repair in which I began to get the GRUB bootloader, which would load ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but still would not load Windows 7. I also did a sudo update-grub which recognized Windows 7 as being installed, but still didn't fix the issue of loading Windows 7. While running Ubuntu I have no problem accessing my WIndows 7 partition which is formatted as NTFS. It shows all the files and folders reflecting that the re-install did take place, and it also shows all of my old applications and folders in the Windows.old folder. I am completely stuck at this point and have no clue what I should do next. Any help you can offer me will be greatly appreciate. Thank You --gap

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    Re: Discussion - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vista/7Bootloader

    Quote Originally Posted by RAJESHKSV View Post
    Hi All,

    I just wanted to add a small point here. Sometimes before restoring Windows 7 Bootloader, i.e., before running those two commands, One has to check if main partition (C drive for most people) is active or not. If not first we need to set it active and then run the two commands given in the page. Then only it will work. Can we please add this line as well that one has to check the partition if its active or not and provide a link for the same ? This sceanario(marking C partition active) is important when user have windows recovery partition(Say D drive) and he deleted it to install Ubuntu on it

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    Rajesh KSV
    I have tried these commands AT LEAST 20 times(literally) and they have not worked. Instead of leaving me with a Windows Bootloader I get a black screen with a flashing cursor. I'm hoping that this is because my C drive is not active as you said. How am I supposed to check to make sure it is active, and make it active? Also I can access all my files on windows through ubuntu by clicking and mounting the Windows partition.

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    Re: Discussion - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vista/7Bootloader

    Quote Originally Posted by Elfy View Post
    Please use this thread for discussion regarding

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ta/7Bootloader

    Support threads should be posted in normal forums.

    Thank you.
    I have tried this many many many times and it leaves me with a black screen and a flashing cursor. No bootloader at all. What should I do next?

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    Re: Grub won't load Windows 7

    @Chill713, I have moved your two posts from this thread:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2012409

    ... into your own thread. The Community Wiki Discussions forum is not for technical support. Please note what was said in the OP of that thread:

    Please use this thread for discussion regarding

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ta/7Bootloader

    Support threads should be posted in normal forums.

    Please do not PM me about your forum account unless you have been asked to. The correct place to contact an admin about your account is here.

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    Re: Grub won't load Windows 7

    Ok so where do I post my questions now?

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    Re: Grub won't load Windows 7

    Here - you've already done so and someone may be able to help.

    Please do not PM me about your forum account unless you have been asked to. The correct place to contact an admin about your account is here.

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    Re: Discussion - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vista/7Bootloader

    Quote Originally Posted by Chill713 View Post
    I have tried this many many many times and it leaves me with a black screen and a flashing cursor. No bootloader at all. What should I do next?
    The link clearly says you have to boot from your Windows 7 Installation DVD -- so ...

    When you boot from that DVD, what do you see on the screen?

    Is there an option to repair the installation?

    Have you tried that -- and if so, what has been the result?
    Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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    Re: Discussion - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vista/7Bootloader

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    The link clearly says you have to boot from your Windows 7 Installation DVD -- so ...

    When you boot from that DVD, what do you see on the screen?

    Is there an option to repair the installation?

    Have you tried that -- and if so, what has been the result?
    Yes I have booted from the Windows 7 Installation DVD, like I said earlier 20+ times. I have done start up repairs which result in no obvious change to my system. I have also gone in and ran the command prompt and have used the bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /rebuildbcd which results in my system giving me a black screen with a blinking cursor that does not go away no matter what I press or how long I wait. I have also gone into Ubuntu using a liveUSB and used boot-repair which only restores the Grub Bootloader, but once I select Windows 7 (loader) from the bootloader I get the same black screen and blinking cursor. So now that it is clear, what suggestion(s) do you have? FYI I already attempted to do a reinstall on Windows 7 and even this did not fix the problem.

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    Re: Discussion - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vista/7Bootloader

    Sorry if it seems as though I have an attitude but if you read the very first post everything I have done and everything that has resulted is carefully explained.

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