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I recently tried to use EasyBCD to edit some things and apparently ended up corrupting it some how. I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu.

Windows boot manager pops up, now, and says:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. 
To fix the problem:

 1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer. 
 2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next." 
 3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you don't have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. 

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc0000098
Info: The boot config data file doesn't contain valid information for an operating system.

I was wondering if there is any way inside the Ubuntu CD to restore Windows and Ubuntu bootloaders.

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What you can do is to get Boot-repair on your linux live cd, and install grub using that. Then you can either work with that, or login to windows and redo your EasyBCD setup.

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Okay. That did work for ubuntu, but Windows still brings up the same screen when I go into it using grub. – Jack Jan 25 '13 at 2:02
@Jack When you were dual booting, Was EasyBCD your main Bootloader or Grub? You would need to rewrite grub over whereever easy bcd was installed, either in the MBR or (now seems more likely) the partition that windows was installed on. – Karthik T Jan 25 '13 at 2:15
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How I did it: 1. Put in my Ubuntu disk and loaded up Boot-repair. Used reccomended settings to get Grub back. 2. Created a Windows 8 disk and went into command prompt with it. Used the commands listed here.

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What do you mean by "Created a Windows 8 disk"? I'm in a similar situation. I've 2 hard disk. One has Windows 8, the other Linux. Windows upgraded to 8.1 and erased my previous setting (I coudln't boot in Linux anymore). I decided to try easyBSD to setup the boot chain to grub. I added the entry for linux, rebooted: entry for linux didn't worked. I went again on easyBSD, removed the Linux entry, re-created it.... at reboot I didn't have windows anymore in the list (good job easyBSD, good job). – Daniele Segato Jun 18 '15 at 21:14
I've now installed grub on the second disk and set bios to boot from it but there's no way I can boot in Windows anymore now. Even chaining from grub I get the option to start Linux or Linux (windows is gone). I do not have the Windows 8 DVD cause this is a laptop with stupid one key recovery. – Daniele Segato Jun 18 '15 at 21:19

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