Okay guys, this is the situation. I tried the chkdsk option and it doesn't work. I tried to use the "repair windows method" and that didn't work. It couldn't find anything to repair. I did the bootrec.exe and that didn't work. Each time I booted windows I would get "there's no operating system" thus I would have to reinstall ubuntu again after the mbr was changed. Finally, I tried the last resort by using the windows 7 installation cd to do a clean install. During the install, I was able to see my partition drive windows 7 OS is on that I'm trying to access and next to it "system" is displayed. I chose the partition but I did not format the partition in hopes that I could do an install without erasing my prorams and settings. Turns out an error message popped up not allowing me to install windows 7 OS stating I did not have all of the files. Is there any software available that can jump and open another partition? I also wanted to note that my partition in windows 7 OS is installed on is encrypted. When I installed ubuntu, I remembered not being prompted to enter my encryption password for my drive. If my partition is showing there has to be a fix. The bios is just somehow not recognizing it. Hopefully someone could help me with this issue. Thanks!
First of all, Win7 does not come on a CD. That's too small to hold the installation files. Instead, it comes on a DVD. So, if it really is a CD, then it's likely just a Recovery CD, which means it can be used to REPAIR Win7, and together with a Recovery partition, to RESTORE Win7. But, if your Recovery partition is missing or damaged, then you won't be able to restore Win7.
Second, for Win7 problems, you should really go to the Win7 forum (sevenforums.com). They have a tutorial that will walk you through doing what you wanted to do -- reinstall Win7 without removing the files or apps. But, once again, you must have Installation media to do that.
And finally, you are probably NOT going to be able to do what you want to an encrypted partition. You should ask about this on the Win7 forums to be sure.
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If running encrypted Windows you will not be able to install grub to MBR and dual boot. The encryption software installs a custom MBR that works with the encryption.
You can see if ewstoring the MBR & first sectors that Boot-Repair backed up works to let you boot Windows again.
Some have just installed grub2's boot loader to the MBR of a flash drive and then booted that to load & run an Ubuntu install on a hard drive. There may be other ways if Windows encryption software allows it, but I do not think so as the entire idea of encryption is to prevent other systems from seeing data.
Okay, so how do I use the boot repair that backed up my MBR and first sectors to boot windows again?You can see if ewstoring the MBR & first sectors that Boot-Repair backed up works to let you boot Windows again.
I have not done it, but there is a restore MBR chkbox.
It is showing the partition as NTFS, but is not showing any of the normal Windows boot files which should show?
Windows Boot files:
/boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM
Vista/7 (with 7 the first two files are usually in a separate 100MB boot partition)
/bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe