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    Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    Hi there, I just installed Ubuntu 12.10. When I want to boot up Windows 7, it automatically boot to Ubuntu. When I install Ubuntu, I clicked install Ubuntu INSIDE Windows 7 and this problem came up. Can I ask why is it like this and how do I fix this problem? All your help are much appreciated. Thanks =)

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    Hello and Welcome

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

    The problem has been addressed on this thread but it may take some reading.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1639198
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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    When Wubi installs fail, it is usually the OPPOSITE problem -- booting into Win7 by default and not into Ubuntu.

    Are you SURE you installed inside Windows?
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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    Yes, I am sure i install Ubuntu inside Windows 7.

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    Quote Originally Posted by chee siong View Post
    Yes, I am sure i install Ubuntu inside Windows 7.
    In Ubuntu, open a terminal by pressing Control-Alt-T and type in the following:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    (that's a lowercase L, not a number one)

    It'll ask for your password; type it and press Enter.

    Copy and paste what it tells you into a post here, so we can see exactly how you installed your system.

    Normally the install should go all okay and you'd never need to do this, but something strange has happened and we need to know what it is.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    (note to people reading this thread later to help: I don't think the poster used Wubi. When the poster tells us the output from fdisk we'll know for sure. Please read their fdisk output before trying to help)
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00006bb5

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 97656831 48827392 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 97658878 195313663 48827393 5 Extended
    Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary.
    /dev/sda5 97658880 195313663 48827392 83 Linux

    that's what it wrote on the terminal after i copy and paste it.

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    I really hope you made backups....
    Because I am also sorry to tell you that you did NOT install ubuntu within Windows, but rather installed Ubuntu in place of Windows. So your Windows 7 partition has gone.

    @3rdalbum: good call
    I'm thinking about it

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    Oh.. Thanks for the info. Can I ask a question? Can i re-install Windows 7 back?

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    Re: Can't load Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.10

    If you have the recovery discs that came with the computer then yes, it should be easy to reinstall Windows.

    If you want to have Ubuntu and Windows on your computer then you should read up on how to dual boot.

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