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I have used Windows XP for years. I partitioned my HD with 300 GB for XP and 1 TB for Ubuntu. I installed v.14.04 successfully. When booting I get a menu choice defaulting to Ubuntu and then XP. Selecting XP only brings me back to the boot menu. Can the XP boot be repaired. As it is I can only get to my XP data through Ubuntu. I would like to have a choice that works. I could not install Ubuntu along side XP because the only given choice was another HD not the partition.


I ran boot-repair and TestDisk trying to repair bootup. Now I get grub recovery> and running my installation disk for Ubuntu gets to the Ubuntu window with the five moving dots and locks up. I have no idea what commands to use with grub recovery> and I can't get to a terminal without Ubuntu running.

I did try to recover Windows XP boot without reloading XP thinking it might repair the BIOS. I also ran chkdsk /R. None of this helped; I got the same result.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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You can usually open a text-only console from the Ubuntu window with the five moving dots and login and run terminal commands to fix your boot problem from the console. Look at this question: How to switch to a command-line console in order to run the commands in Low Graphics mode?. – karel Jul 11 '14 at 0:53

You should be able to restore XP by performing a "Chkdsk -f" from a Windows command prompt. Now of coarse since you are unable to open XP itself, you will need to get to the cp using a Windows installation disk, or a boot disk like Active@ Boot Disk by lsoft. Unfortunately you cannot perform a Chkdsk from Linux.

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This will remove Grub and prevent booting into Ubuntu. And you can perform chkdsk from linux; run the command fsck.ntfs /dev/<windows partition> – aroll605 Jun 30 '14 at 4:01

Probably something wrong with GRUB.

Try re-installing your bootloader (GRUB).

Run the following in your terminal on Ubuntu:

sudo grub-install /dev/sda
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