View Full Version : [ubuntu] windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

May 24th, 2008, 02:24 PM
Hey guys

i have 4 partitions

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 4847 38933496 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 4848 6671 14651280 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 6672 6707 289170 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4 6708 9729 24274215 7 HPFS/NTFS

sda1 is the one with windows xp on it

when grub loads up, i can select windows xp. When i choose windows, it gives me another boot menu(as normal), a windows boot menu with 2 choices

-Windows xp media center
-Windows recovery console

When i choose windows xp my computer just reboots.

Any help?

May 24th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Boot into the live Ubuntu cd.

When you get to the desktop open a terminal and enter.

sudo grub

This will get you a "grub>" prompt (i.e. the grub shell). At grub>. enter these commands

grub >find /boot/grub/stage1

Whatever was returned for the find command use it in the next step (you are still at grub>.

grub >root (hd?,?)

Again use the value from the find command i.e. if find returned (hd0,1) then you would enter root (hd0,1)

Next enter the command to install grub to the mbr

grub >setup (hd0)

Then exit the grub shell

grub> quit

Hope this helps.......

May 24th, 2008, 02:45 PM
I only have 7.10 ubuntu cd, is that ok?

May 24th, 2008, 02:53 PM

May 25th, 2008, 01:29 PM
this does not work, i still have the same problem

other ideas?

May 25th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Don't think the Hardy update has anything to do with with windows failure to boot. Once you get to the Windows menu Grub has done its job and transfered control to Windows.

What happens when you try to loead the recovery console?
The next thing I would try is to boot windows in safe mode.
or if thats not an option boot to the recovery console and run chkdisk.
May be you have a windows virus are you running a virus scanner in Windows?
Can you see your folders and files in your windows partition from Ubuntu?

May 26th, 2008, 10:30 AM
Whatever option i chose, a reboot is the result. The windows partition is mounted in ubuntu as usual, and i don't have a virus.

May 26th, 2008, 06:35 PM
The only other choice I can think of is to fixmbr on the Windows MBR to see if your Windows will boot on it's own. This will remove the GRUB bootloader from the MBR of the NTFS (primary Windows disk) so you'll be able to boot right into Windows. GRUB can be reinstalled once you've corrected your Windows problem.

Hope this helps......