View Full Version : [wubi] Wubi Boot Menu Won't Appear

January 8th, 2010, 04:26 AM
I installed Xubuntu 9.10 with Wubi and it worked fine until a recent kernel update broke my install. I uninstalled through Windows and reinstalled Xubuntu 9.10 with Wubi with no apparent problems.

When I look in C:\ubuntu\disks, root.disk, swap.disk, and the boot folder are both present. The C:\ubuntu\disks\boot\grub folder is empty; I don't know whether or not it should be that way.

But when my computer starts, it just boots Windows Vista without displaying the menu asking me to select my OS.

Does anyone know how I can fix this? Thanks.

January 10th, 2010, 11:58 PM
I have the exact same problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

January 11th, 2010, 07:56 AM
This is the solution by the author of Wubi:


January 11th, 2010, 08:34 AM
Go to Vista command line and Code:

"bcdedit" without quotes and see if there is menu item like wubiblder or something like
that. That will be your attached Ubuntu to the dos4grub. If there is not one there. If there
is one there is there check the time in Vista in"msconfig" without qoutes in boot tab you will see that you can put 10 seconds to make choice not 0. Also there is a systems tab that tells you if there
is a vista and and ubuntu boot and which one you want first. Cannot quite remember where it is at. If you need I can find it, let me know.

Fix Wubi when will not boot

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Fix Wubi when will not boot

How can I access my Wubi install and repair my install if it won't boot?

Boot the Ubuntu Desktop CD, or another LiveCD, then mount the windows partition:

sudo mkdir /win
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /win

Replace sda1 with the appropriate device (a = disk, 1 = partition number), then mount the virtual disk therein

sudo mkdir /vdisk
sudo mount -o loop /win/ubuntu/disks/root.disk /vdisk

Now the content of the virtual disk will be visible under /vdisk. 7.04 users will have to install ntfs-3g first and specify it as fstype to gain r/w access.

To check the filesystem you can use:

sudo fsck /win/ubuntu/disks/root.disk