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Thread: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    I see, well it isnīt from format.

    I will try to make a Grub boot loader instead of using a windows based one.
    Perhaps that will solve my problems.

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    Best to post Boot-Info report.
    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.

    If you resized a NTFS partition you need to run chkdsk on it. It has internal data that must match partition table & chkdsk updates that.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    Well i used it, it didnīt work as intended though. I needed to make a grub_bios partition, so i couldnīt install it on the Windows partition.
    And The windows appeared as unallocated space.

    But i was able to make a test, and get Ubuntu to work, and boot into the other boot manager i use currently.
    But it didnīt solve anything really, except that Ubuntu worked.

    I think i have really messes up so i canīt boot from my Windows, but i guess i can live with that, doesnīt really hurt anything i guess, as i can get into everything anyway.

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    If Ubuntu insisted on a bios_grub partition, you are installing in BIOS mode on a gpt partitioned drive. Windows XP cannot read gpt partitioned drives.
    I have gpt on several drives booting with BIOS and have the bios_grub. And I still have but do not use now my XP install on sda. I used to be able to dual boot without issue, other than XP not seeing gpt drive.
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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    Yeah seems so, i think itīs the Ubuntu drive thatīs gpt.
    I will have to fix it up sooner or later.

    But is there a way to clean all boot files from the drives?
    Cause i think i messed up while playing around, so i think some drives have boot files that canīt be used etc.

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    Post BootInfo report from Boot-Repair. Then we can see details.
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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    http://paste.ubuntu.com/5675766

    Hope this is correct.

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    This is what I did and it works just fine no problems at all. I installed Windows 8 on a SSD. Got it working the way I wanted. Then turned off the computer, disconnected the SSD. Installed a Second SATA Hard Drive (not SSD) and Installed Windows 7. Disconnected that Hard Drive and Installed a Third Hard Drive and Installed Ubuntu. Turned off the computer are reconnected all three Hard Drives.

    DID NOT install a boot loader. No need.

    When I turn on the Computer, I press the F12 Key and a menu comes up listing all the drives. I just select which HD to boot off of. Works great. Gigabyte MotherBoard, Intel Chipset, I7 processor.

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    But i do not really have problem with the booting itself.
    I have problem getting the boot loader to work on the SSD.

    I want to have a boot manager on the SSD that letīs me choose from Windows 8 (on the SSD) and my other OSes on other HDDs.
    It can be a Windows 8 Boot Loader, or GRUB, i donīt really care, as long as itīs working (and is not slow or something).

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    Re: Help - Windows 8 won boot - working through Ubuntu.

    I used to boot my sda XP from my gpt drive on sdb.

    So from current grub, cannot you boot all your installs? IF you set sdc as default.

    Which drive do you want to boot from.
    You can install grub to any MBR from you install if you want, but I prefer each system have its boot loader in the MBR of the drive with the install. Then when a drive fails you can boot another drive from BIOS or one time boot key as William D. does. It just is I normally use grub menu to boot and only do it that way in an emergency.

    #reinstall from working (not liveCD/DVD/USB) system - first find Ubuntu drive (example is drive sdb but use your drive not partitions):
    sudo fdisk -l
    #if it's "/dev/sdb" then just run:
    sudo grub-install /dev/sdb
    #If that returns any errors run:
    sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sdb
    sudo update-grub

    You can change sdb to any drive. I boot several installs in sdc from MBR in sda & sdb. My BIOS is set to default to sdd which is my SSD.
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