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When the bootloader (GRUB) is broken, I cannot access neither Ubuntu nor Windows.

I heard that an easy solution to fix this is to use the Boot-Repair tool from an Ubuntu liveCD (or liveUSB).

What are the steps to do this?

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  1. Insert or connect the Ubuntu live media (DVD or USB).
  2. Find out how to boot your computer from removable media.

    Note that there is a difference between booting of older computers (BIOS/MBR) and newer ones designed for Windows 8 and later releases (UEFI/GPT).

    Reboot the computer from live media and choose Try Ubuntu when asked.

    Try Ubuntu

  3. Connect to the internet, then open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+t, paste the following commands and run them by pressing Enter:

    sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair; \
    sudo apt-get update; \
    sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

    Note: You copy and run them all at once. If you want to run them individually just remove the trailing "; \".

    That's it, the Boot-Repair window will appear!

    Boot-Repair main window


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It would be awesome to get this pre-installed on the live dvd's for future releases, because this is such a critical tool with the latest window$8 UEFI mess :( – AmanicA Dec 5 '13 at 12:11
you can vote for this: – LovinBuntu Dec 5 '13 at 21:19
This gives me an error "must run in 64 bit session" – JohnMerlino Apr 27 '14 at 17:49
John, that message indicates you need to use a 64bit Ubuntu disc. – LovinBuntu Apr 27 '14 at 22:33
What if I don't have internet on the PC I want to repair? How can I get Boot Repair on the live usb? – becko Aug 1 '14 at 15:10

I am using Ubuntu 12.04.

You should use

sudo apt-get install -y --force-yes boot-repair && boot-repair

instead of

sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair
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No, --force-yes is not necessary. – LovinBuntu Dec 14 '14 at 23:15

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