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    windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    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?

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    Re: windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    Boot into the live Ubuntu cd.

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

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

    Code:
    grub >find /boot/grub/stage1
    Whatever was returned for the find command use it in the next step (you are still at grub>.

    Code:
    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

    Code:
    grub >setup (hd0)
    Then exit the grub shell

    Code:
    grub> quit
    Hope this helps.......

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    Re: windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    I only have 7.10 ubuntu cd, is that ok?

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    Re: windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    this does not work, i still have the same problem

    other ideas?

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    Re: windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    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?
    UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn
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    Re: windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    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.

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    Re: windows won't boot anymore after hardy update

    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......

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