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    Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

    I installed Windows 7, then Ubuntu 13.04, but GRUB can't seem to see my Windows partition.
    I ran 'update-grub' but it didn't seem to find Windows.
    Other forums seem to suggest editing /boot/grub/menu.lst but I can't even find that file.
    I have tried a recommended repair using boot repair but then it boots grub into recovery mode.
    Here is the boot repair link http://paste.ubuntu.com/5844303/
    Here is the info I get from the 'boot_info_script'
    Code:
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 
        487954864 of the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this 
        location and looks in partition 94 for .
     => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  Windows 7: FAT32
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /efi/Boot/bkpbootx64.efi /efi/Boot/bootx64.efi 
                           /efi/ubuntu/grubx64.efi
    
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 13.04
        Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab
    
    sda3: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows Vista/7: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows 7
        Boot files:        /Windows/System32/winload.exe
    
    sdb1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows Vista/7: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 256.1 GB, 256060514304 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 31130 cylinders, total 500118192 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1                   1   500,118,191   500,118,191  ee GPT
    
    
    GUID Partition Table detected.
    
    Partition    Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors System
    /dev/sda1           2,048       206,847       204,800 EFI System partition
    /dev/sda2     365,899,776   500,117,503   134,217,728 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
    /dev/sda3         468,992   365,899,775   365,430,784 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
    
    Drive: sdb _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204885504 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525167 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sdb1               2,048 1,953,525,163 1,953,523,116   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/sda1        EC0C-B43B                              vfat       
    /dev/sda2        8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56   ext4       
    /dev/sda3        28842C64842C372A                       ntfs       
    /dev/sdb1        92E47501E474E93D                       ntfs       Seagate Backup Plus Drive
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda2        /                        ext4       (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    /dev/sdb1        /media/kraw/Seagate Backup Plus Drive1 fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096)
    
    
    =========================== sda2/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    
    if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
      menuentry_id_option="--id"
    else
      menuentry_id_option=""
    fi
    
    export menuentry_id_option
    
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
        insmod all_video
      else
        insmod efi_gop
        insmod efi_uga
        insmod ieee1275_fb
        insmod vbe
        insmod vga
        insmod video_bochs
        insmod video_cirrus
      fi
    }
    
    if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
       font=unicode
    else
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='hd0,gpt2'
    if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
    else
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
    fi
        font="/usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2"
    fi
    
    if loadfont $font ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
      set lang=en_US
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    if background_color 44,0,30; then
      clear
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
        set gfxpayload="${1}"
        if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
            set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
        else
            set vt_handoff=
        fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
      if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
        if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
          if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
            set linux_gfx_mode=keep
          else
            set linux_gfx_mode=text
          fi
        else
          set linux_gfx_mode=text
        fi
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    menuentry 'Ubuntu' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56' {
    recordfail
        load_video
        gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_gpt
        insmod ext2
        set root='hd0,gpt2'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
        else
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
        fi
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic root=UUID=8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56 ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic
    }
    submenu 'Advanced options for Ubuntu' $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-advanced-8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56' {
        menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.8.0-19-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.8.0-19-generic-advanced-8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56' {
        recordfail
            load_video
            gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
            insmod gzio
            insmod part_gpt
            insmod ext2
            set root='hd0,gpt2'
            if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
            else
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
            fi
            echo    'Loading Linux 3.8.0-19-generic ...'
            linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic root=UUID=8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56 ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
            echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
            initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic
        }
        menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.8.0-19-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.8.0-19-generic-recovery-8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56' {
        recordfail
            load_video
            insmod gzio
            insmod part_gpt
            insmod ext2
            set root='hd0,gpt2'
            if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
            else
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
            fi
            echo    'Loading Linux 3.8.0-19-generic ...'
            linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic root=UUID=8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56 ro recovery nomodeset 
            echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
            initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic
        }
    }
    
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
        insmod part_gpt
        insmod ext2
        set root='hd0,gpt2'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
        else
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
        fi
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_gpt
        insmod ext2
        set root='hd0,gpt2'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
        else
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56
        fi
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
      if keystatus; then
        if keystatus --shift; then
          set timeout=-1
        else
          set timeout=0
        fi
      else
        if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
          set timeout=0
        fi
      fi
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
      source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
    elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sda2/etc/fstab: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    # / was on /dev/sda2 during installation
    UUID=8d45a21c-f624-4ebb-bcfd-36a67c614b56 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sda2: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
     232.767795563 = 249.932517376  boot/grub/grub.cfg                             1
     175.911525726 = 188.883562496  boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic               1
     175.064453125 = 187.974025216  boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic                  2
     175.911525726 = 188.883562496  initrd.img                                     1
     175.911525726 = 188.883562496  initrd.img.old                                 1
     175.064453125 = 187.974025216  vmlinuz                                        2
    And fdisk

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    
    WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.
    
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 256.1 GB, 256060514304 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 31130 cylinders, total 500118192 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xe4ae0a98
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1               1   500118191   250059095+  ee  GPT
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204885504 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525167 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x1387aa67
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1            2048  1953525163   976761558    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

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    Re: Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

    You can run Boot-Repair and apply 'Recommended Repair' this time. Also create a SWAP partition of about 2GB (SWAP wont necessarily affect the boot but may help Ubuntu perform better).
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    You can run Boot-Repair and apply 'Recommended Repair' this time. Also create a SWAP partition of about 2GB (SWAP wont necessarily affect the boot but may help Ubuntu perform better).
    I tried recommended repair. It forces grub into recovery mode and i cant boot into linux then either. As for the swap file, isnt that bad for solid state hard drives? I have 16gb of ram so I dont really think I need the swap partition.

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    Re: Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

    I don't think SWAP is an absolute must but having a small one is not a bad idea. Also, I don't think SSD is any different to NOT have SWAP on it.
    Your Summary from Boot-Repair says, "No change has been performed on your computer", perhaps you didn't 'apply' Boot-Repair. Try again.

    Try re-installing Ubuntu, just make sure you boot in EFI mode. If the installer boots in EFI mode then it will show a black screen with options.
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

    I didnt on that time getting the file, I just ran the summary. Every time I did that before I ended up in grub recovery mode.

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    Re: Unable to boot to windows partition 13.04/win7

    You need to do more reading on Grub2, there are a lot of changes from 1 and 2. If you can boot to Linux then adding a entry and having it point to the right partition should be cake. sounds mean but, RTFM. When in doubt FIND DOCUMENTATION!

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

    3) No /boot/grub/menu.lst. It has been replaced by /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

    8) The user can create a custom file in which the user can place his own menu entries. This file will not be overwritten. By default, a custom file named 40_custom is available for use in the /etc/grub.d folder.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/CustomMenus

    3) A sample entry for Windows.

    Try-

    menuentry "Windows 7" {
    set root='(hd0,2)'
    chainloader +1
    }

    And dont use a swap "partition" on an SSD, swap file, maybe.

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