View Full Version : [ubuntu] How do I load Windows now that I have loaded Ubuntu?

February 14th, 2010, 08:47 AM
I'm sure this is a common problem but I can't find the thread. Maybe someone can direct me.

I have downloaded linux Ubuntu, and it has become the default OS program that boots up. How do I boot up Windows which was the OS before I loaded Ubuntu?



February 14th, 2010, 09:05 AM
you can choose between them at startup.

February 14th, 2010, 09:08 AM
When start your machine,you should see a menu list which is called grub there you can select which system to boot up.(Maybe need to press ESC to see the grub)

February 14th, 2010, 10:26 AM
Hi, thanks for that

I pressed ESC and got
Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic (rm)
Ubuntu 7.10, memtest86*

February 14th, 2010, 11:06 AM
I see you have an old version of Ubuntu (7.10 from Oct 2007 ... the latest version is 9.10). Did you mean to download that version?

Once you have booted into Ubuntu, please open a terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), enter
df -h and post the results in a new post here. Use [ code ][/ code ] tags to preserve the formatting.

Also post the results of
sudo fdisk -l
- this command will require your login password, which won't display anything while you type it.

February 14th, 2010, 11:48 AM
Try running

sudo update-grub

Then restart, and see what happens.

Since your grub menu only displays Ubuntu 7.10 stuff, I'm thinking it missed your Windows OS. Running update-grub will have it check other OS's you have installed, so it'll add options for those systems into the grub menu the next time you boot up.

February 14th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Go into the terminal. Type "sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst"

It will open a text editor. One of the first lines is "Default 0"

Changing the number from 0 to 1 or 2 will change it to the next operating system.

To find which one is Windows, go to the bottom of the file, and you will see your options listed. Remember that it starts counting at 0.

So if it says:

title Ubuntu blah blah
blah blah
blah blah

title Something Else blah blah
blah blah
blah blah

title Windows blah blah
blah blah
blah blah

You would set it to "default 2" for Windows.

February 14th, 2010, 12:49 PM
sorry I really dont know what I am doing, but here is the log that you requested.

gail@mumslaptop:~$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 142G 2.1G 132G 2% /
varrun 1010M 100K 1010M 1% /var/run
varlock 1010M 0 1010M 0% /var/lock
udev 1010M 92K 1010M 1% /dev
devshm 1010M 0 1010M 0% /dev/shm
lrm 1010M 34M 976M 4% /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/volatile
gail@mumslaptop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for gail:

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x41ab2316

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 18704 150239848+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 18705 19457 6048472+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 18705 19457 6048441 82 Linux swap / Solaris

February 14th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Your HDD has already messed up. There are no Windows inside.

da burger
February 14th, 2010, 01:15 PM
According to fdisk you haven't got windows installed. You may have accidentally overwritten it when you installed Ubuntu. Was all your important data on windows backed up??

February 14th, 2010, 01:19 PM
I was afraid of this.

Your hard disk only has Linux on it - there are no windows partitions in this machine.

I'm scared to ask - but did you have important files in your windows installation? Do you have any backups?

da burger
February 14th, 2010, 01:34 PM
It might be to late but this is worth a try if you don't have backups of important data: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/recoverdeletedfiles/

Give it a shot and post back here if it works.