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I have successfully loaded ubuntu alongside windows xp but when I start up my computer there is no choice to boot into windows,why not?

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Please use Boot Repair and post a link to it's log. – Danatela Apr 8 '14 at 9:25
I would love to use Boot Repair but don't have the foggiest idea how to do it :-( – user266597 Apr 8 '14 at 18:45
possible duplicate of How do I set up a dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu? – Jorge Castro Apr 10 '14 at 14:01

Sounds like your grub loader is messed up? Use nano & have a look here: /boot/grub/grub.cfg you should see both of your OS's;

A quick search has found this answer on how to repair:
Open the terminal and run the command

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update

Then install boot repair by running the command

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

Launch the boot repair after installing. For example, from the menu, use System→Administration→Boot-Repair

Good Luck!

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I'm going to need it.That sounds like rocket science or Martian to me.Why can't any of these damn things be easy!Thanks for trying. – user266597 Apr 8 '14 at 9:58
hmm perhaps it was the way you installed it? I know it's possible to install Ubuntu within Windows, but I am guessing you did not choose this option. When I installed it alongside Windows 7 I got a nice bootloader that lets me choose either Win7 or Ubuntu at bootup. – heronro Apr 8 '14 at 10:06
I just restarted again & I do get the blue hp invent screen flash up for a second or two.On it it says "<ESC=Boot Menu> <F1+setup>"Should I do something at this stage? – user266597 Apr 8 '14 at 10:36 are correct I did not install it with the windows installer thing.Maybe that's where I went wrong? – user266597 Apr 8 '14 at 10:40
Not really, there are just different ways of installing and using Ubuntu with or in Windows. If you attempt a re-install of Ubuntu using a USB key it will hopefully repair the issue with the bootloader, just make sure not to select the "wipe drive" option if you want to keep XP. – heronro Apr 8 '14 at 10:51

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