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So i went out and brought an HP DV6 laptop.

The laptop came pre-installed with windows 7 Home premium.

The laptop had several partitions.

A system partition which appears to be a boot loader only.
A Windows partition with, as you can guess the windows install.
A Recovery partition, which is used to run recovery if windows fails.
A HPTools partition, which im not sure what that is.

So, When I got the laptop I shrunk the windows partition as much as I could, and then created an empty partition using the unused space (using the windows partition manager).

I then installed ubuntu 11.04 using the live CD into the new partition.

ubuntu works fine, and in the boot loader I have
ubuntu, ubuntu (recovery), memory test, memory test (again), Windows 7 (Loader), Windows 7 (Loader).

If I choose the first Windows 7 (Loader) Windows starts to load, The boot animation gets to a certian point, then it gets the BSOD.

If I choose the second Windows 7 (Loader) I get told that windows failed to load as it does not have permission to access the drive.

I then get the option to Run windows repair.

But when I choose this option I simply get the grub loader.

How can I fix this?

Gparted shows View from Gparted

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Given that you should be able to mount (at least in read-only mode) the windows partition, you should be able to grab all the data you need of it, wipe the machine then re-install the OS's its a crude method, but certainly the easiest.

At any rate, have a clean install of windows without any of the pre-installed HP software will run better.

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What issues did it solve? –  Thomas Boxley Jun 21 '11 at 3:50
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I was able to easily remove unwanted entries from my grub menu and update the background image without too much fuss. But why I'm recommending it here is because it will correctly detect the windows boot partition and write the config file to the right place. –  Dirk Hartzer Waldeck Jun 21 '11 at 7:58
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