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So I upgraded my ubuntu to 12.10 but the Windows 7 problem seems to have happened not after doing the upgrade but later. I am not sure. Ubuntu is running fine, but how can I recover my Windows7? I tried running BootRepair in Ubuntu but it keeps scanning system endlessly... If I recover Windows with the Windows DVD I assume I will lose the GRUB menu and then not possible to start Ubuntu. How do i then proceed to recover the GRUB? Can I recover using the Ubuntu DVD?

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You have to run boot-repair from a live CD/DVD/USB. You can do it again (run boot-repair from a Live DVD) after recovering Windows with Windows DVD. – user68186 Oct 30 '12 at 22:29
So basically use both windows and ubunto dvds to recover is that it? – Maxrunner Oct 30 '12 at 23:51
@Maxrunner That would probably the best course of action, indeed. First Windows, then Ubuntu. Ubuntu should usually, when booted from a live CD , have no problems accessing the installed version for the repair. – user98085 Oct 31 '12 at 0:11
Ok thanks. Ill do it tomorrow. – Maxrunner Oct 31 '12 at 1:03
Forgot to ask, but i've seen some procedures for windows recovery that use the command prompt instead of the menu options is there a reason for this? – Maxrunner Oct 31 '12 at 12:16
  1. Fix Windows via a Windows disk this way: , until you get direct access to Windows. (if this fails, you may need to reinstall Windows)
  2. then recover the GRUB menu via Boot-Repair
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Did this, but after trying to use the liveCD 12.10 installing the boot-repair kept scanning the system forever. I used the livecd 12.04 and after that the windows went back to the previous state. heres the url: – Maxrunner Nov 1 '12 at 20:34
Going to recover windows again. It seems boot repair under 12.10 keeps scanning the disk endlessly. – Maxrunner Nov 1 '12 at 20:54
No solution. Can anyone help? – Maxrunner Nov 4 '12 at 19:28
You may need a separate /boot partition. See – LovinBuntu Nov 7 '12 at 10:47
Hi there! Need to see this. regards, – Maxrunner Nov 8 '12 at 20:03

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