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    cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    I am really scared here. I wanted ti try ubuntu so I put it on a usb like instructed. I switched my boot to usb and tried it out. I never installed ubuntu. Now when I start up I get startup repair screen. I need my windows back. Please someine point me in the right direction. I trued my install disk and repair disk still wont boot. I tried in command prompt bootrec.exe/fixmbr and /fixboot bit nothing still. Please help me.

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    Is it this screen: http://cdn.howtogeek.com/wp-content/...1217020232.png

    If so, doesn't it help to select "start windows normally"?
    Please remember to mark the thread "solved" if we have success helping you out. This helps people to look for help later on.

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    Quote Originally Posted by kesman View Post
    Is it this screen: http://cdn.howtogeek.com/wp-content/...1217020232.png

    If so, doesn't it help to select "start windows normally"?
    It just goes directly to the startup repair no matter if I select repair or start normaly. I cant use my computer now and will loose everything with a reformat. So there is no way to fix this or no one cares? Whats the forum for. I searched the forum and cant find a solution that works.

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    Did you switch the boot settings in your BIOS back to your HDD (or SSD, as the case may be)?
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    Quote Originally Posted by chris90 View Post
    It just goes directly to the startup repair no matter if I select repair or start normaly. I cant use my computer now and will loose everything with a reformat. So there is no way to fix this or no one cares? Whats the forum for. I searched the forum and cant find a solution that works.
    Actually we do care, trying linux is supposed to be a good experience, and a live usb/cd should not break your windows installation, but we need some more information to know how to help you.

    First tell us what kind of computer you are using, desktop or laptop? What brand/model is it?
    What version of Windows do you have installed? Win XP/Vista/7/8?

    Where you able to load Ubuntu from your usb-stick without any problem? If so then start Ubuntu from your USB again and run the following command from Terminal:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    This will list all harddrives on your computer and all partitions on those harddrives.

    Then copy that information and post back in this thread, it will help us figure out what the problem might be.
    Help me help you, by reading these suggestions before asking for help!
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    I'm currently running Kubuntu 13.04 on my laptop and Debian 7 on my desktop pc.

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    +1 live OS does not touch the hard disk on boot.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    But the live OS does very little to stop you from using something like gparted. Check your bios like newb85 suggested. Make sure the drive with Windows 7 is first. If that doesn't work. list your partitions with the above instructions. Windows should be the partition with the NTFS file system (under system). (or if you can access it from the live OS desktop) If you got that you should still have windows . First try Startup Repair (first option in system recovery on install disk). if that doesn't work then boot with your install disk, be sure to click repair, then choose command and prompt type

    bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd


    The above command will scan all your disks for other operating systems compatible with Windows 7 (including Windows) and allow you to add them to your system's boot list.

    Here are some other options:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/win...mbr,10036.html
    Last edited by sceptre78; August 28th, 2013 at 04:52 PM.

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    Quote Originally Posted by sceptre78 View Post
    But the live OS does very little to stop you from using something like gparted. Check your bios like newb85 suggested. Make sure the drive with Windows 7 is first. If that doesn't work. list your partitions with the above instructions. Windows should be the partition with the NTFS file system (under system). (or if you can access it from the live OS desktop) If you got that you should still have windows . First try Startup Repair (first option in system recovery on install disk). if that doesn't work then boot with your install disk, be sure to click repair, then choose command and prompt type

    bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd


    The above command will scan all your disks for other operating systems compatible with Windows 7 (including Windows) and allow you to add them to your system's boot list.

    Here are some other options:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/win...mbr,10036.html
    Tried all this and my partition is only showing the storage of 598 not the windows partition. Still cant boot

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    Quote Originally Posted by eternal243 View Post
    Actually we do care, trying linux is supposed to be a good experience, and a live usb/cd should not break your windows installation, but we need some more information to know how to help you.

    First tell us what kind of computer you are using, desktop or laptop? What brand/model is it?
    What version of Windows do you have installed? Win XP/Vista/7/8?

    Where you able to load Ubuntu from your usb-stick without any problem? If so then start Ubuntu from your USB again and run the following command from Terminal:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    This will list all harddrives on your computer and all partitions on those harddrives.

    Then copy that information and post back in this thread, it will help us figure out what the problem might be.

    Can you copy and past the output from the instructions above. It will look something like this:

    root@uplink:/# fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 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: 0x0002e136

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 234440703 117219328 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdb: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders, total 1250263728 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: 0x0004875d

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 2048 1250263039 625130496 8e Linux LVM

    Disk /dev/sdc: 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 / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0008e732

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 953335808 976773119 11718656 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdc2 758024192 953335807 97655808 b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sdc3 2048 758024191 379011072 8e Linux LVM

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/mapper/home-home: 1028.2 GB, 1028233625600 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 125008 cylinders, total 2008268800 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: 0x00000000

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    Re: cant boot windows 7 after trial usb

    I followed the link above. Did everythin step by step. Now my pc is showing a error and wont start. The windows 7 shows up but wont boot.

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