I had installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a separate partition, in ext4 format in my comp, which initially had only Windows 7. I had done the installation from a Live USB, which gave me the option Install on boot, in a GRUB menu.

I had chosen the option of "Installing Ubuntu alongside Windows". I had chosen the particular partition during the install, and in mount part, I had given /.

And I chose my only hard disk drive as the location to install the bootloader. The whole install process was over, and I was asked to restart, and while doing to it asked me to remove my installation media, which in my case was a Live USB.

I acted accordingly and removed it. While booting however, it booted directly in Windows, and no menu or option came for me to choose from both.

  • First thing to try is to hold down the Shift key while booting. It's a long shot, but if Grub (the bootloader) is installed, just not appearing that should force it out of hiding..
    – agc93
    May 24, 2012 at 2:02
  • Put the USB back in and boot and see what happens, as well.
    – wojox
    May 24, 2012 at 2:16
  • agc93 , I have tried holding down the shift key with negative results. @wojox , it gives me a menu to install ubuntu, or to try without instlling, or to check disc for error. i tried the third one, and it said 0 errors
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 2:56
  • Do one thing , If you still have your Live Usb, please run Ubuntu .Start installation (But don't install), then at the Gparted Partition Menu ,take the screenshot and post it here, if you cant post screenshot ,post it somewhere and provide the link here.
    – atenz
    May 24, 2012 at 7:43
  • @tijybba , the live usb booted ubuntu does not detect my Micromax 3G stick, which i've posted in another question on <askubuntu.com> I tried taking screenshots in ubuntu, pasting it in a common drive and then uploading it from windows, however, it says the image format is not supported, eventhough it is simple png format. kinda freaking out cos i need this installed within 2 days cos my net pack gets over in 2. What queries you have regarding my partitions kindly ask i'll explain.
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 9:39

4 Answers 4


Maybe there is a Windows recovery environment (just maybe) and you chose that place as the place to install GBUB.

Whatever reason, follow these steps to restore GRUB.

Keep in mind that it doesn't overwrite the MBR, instead it adds a GRUB entry to the windows Bootloader.


  1. Download Easybcd here. It's a tool that can edit the windows bootloader and it is a very popular program along Windows-Ubuntu users.
  2. Open EasyBCD.
  3. Go to "Add new entry"> Linux/BSD and then select GRUB2 from the dropdown menu. Name the entry whatever you want, like "I love linux" or "Ubuntu GRUB".

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That's it! You should see a GRUB entry in the Windows boot menu when you reboot. Select it and choose "Ubuntu generic . . . . . .pae" from the GRUB menu(if the installation failed then you might not see it).

Good Luck!

  • I'll try that and tell you whether i was successful, however i have one query, will doing this affect in anyway my windows OS? or will it be difficult to uninstall in future? (I'm gonna do this anyway, however just wanted to know)
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 2:57
  • I didnt choose any place to install GRUB, i just used '/' in mount and chose dev/sda which is my only harddisc to install the bootloader
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 3:00
  • I tried it, and the mentioned option came in windows boot menu, however,it goes to a dos like scree, called GRUB-(SOME VERSION)-DOS, asking me to type some path or command, similar to bash, which i dont know, i also dont know where the bootloader file is. So wat should i do now?
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 3:35
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    listen, i'm getting a screen with nothing but grub>
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 7:53
  • there is a windows recovery environment, however i had given the location of the harddisc and not the partition of windows recovery as the location to install bootloader
    – arjith
    May 24, 2012 at 8:45

It worked for me. I had installed Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 7. But in boot menu there was just Windows 7. By using easyBCD I have it solved and now I have Ubuntu in boot menu. Notice that I wrote Ubuntu 12.04 instead of Ubuntu 10.04 which is seen above.


My bad. I had downloaded the 64 bit version, since I had an x64 Windows OS. But then I tried the i386 32-bit one, and it is working perfectly. I thank you all for your help.


You can also create GRUB Boot Menu entry using Boot Repair.
Prepare a Live boot USB or CD. Live Boot your computer. Instead of Installing Ubuntu, Select Try Ubuntu. When Ubuntu OS boots up and ready for use. Go Terminal, Type the following commands.

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

Once installation is finished. Type boot-repair.
You will get the window like this.

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Click Recommended Repair. It will create all Boot Menu entries.
For more details,visit Boot Repair.

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