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I know questions like this have been asked before, but this is a bit different. I told it to install Ubuntu on the Partition that had Windows on it. After that, I couldn't start windows anymore. Can anyone help me?

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I have answered it here: – BigSack Jun 14 '12 at 4:52
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Indeed your question is different. If you really installed Ubuntu over your Windows partition then your Windows has been overwritten and is deleted.

In case you had non-backuped data on this partition you may be able to restore them (at least partly) with data recovery tools.

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If there is data you want off the former Windows install, STOP USING THE COMPUTER NOW and find another one (at a friends or a library, etc.) The more you use the computer, the more chance of overwriting stuff. – jwernerny Feb 18 '11 at 15:47
If I remember right, this was the problem. Again, if I remember right, I did do a scan and rescue, but it didn't have any of the folder structure what-so-ever, and I don't think I will ever use any of the data (thankfully it was one of those cases). – Arlen Beiler Jun 16 '12 at 17:31

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