View Full Version : [ubuntu] Reinstallation & upgrade

June 1st, 2009, 05:01 PM
I had a dual boot with v9.04 and Windows Vista.

I built a new PC, saving my old HDs. I lost my dual boot menu.
Can I simply use my Ubuntu DVD and reinstall it? Will it re-create the boot menu again? Will it keep my user files on the Ubuntu drive in tact?

I had the 32-bit Ubuntu version installed, can I easily reinstall with Ubuntu 64-bit instead?


June 1st, 2009, 05:11 PM
I assume that you had to reinstall Vista, doing that would have overwritten the grub bootloader - you can reinstall with the livecd. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringUbuntuAfterInstallingWindows

To change to 64bit you would have to install over the top of the existing install or install to a new partition.

June 2nd, 2009, 07:36 AM
i need to reinstall windows xp...but i have a lot of data etc in my ubuntu.....how can i do this without losing that data........i hope this will not overwrite my uubuntu partition...
i have ubuntu installed in my external usb hard disk.....

June 2nd, 2009, 07:41 AM
reinstalling grub just does that - it won't be overwriting data

installing 64bit over the top of the 32bit install will overwrite data

if ubuntu is on the external remove it before you reinstall xp and it will not be able to overwrite any data - you will need to reinstall grub then or you won;t be able to boot ubuntu after xp has installed.