I have a problem I have not found any solution to, I am not so familiar with ubuntu commands or ubuntu in general. My problem started when I chose in windows 7 settings/ bootloader settings as ubuntu default, and it boots straight into grub, and in grub if I choose windows, it goes to the loader for half a sec, and goes straight back to grub. So I have disabled my windows 7 completely. And I have not found any way to boot back to windows, so I could go to settings and set it to windows... My only option seems to be re-installing the whole Windows 7...thus loosing all my saved games etc... I am fine using ubuntu for basic needs, but I am getting desperate here...

  • Do you mean your dual boot install worked fine till you changed some settings in Win7? – igi Oct 21 '12 at 20:50
  • Yep, linux works like a charm, no problem there. But the very clever windows boot loader goes straight to grub, and when i choose windows in grub it goes to the windows oh so nice dual boot loader and as the default is set to Ubuntu it just skips right back to Grub. I would need a way to magically boot into my windows so i can change it back to win by default, and never touch that configuration again in my life... – noob Oct 25 '12 at 20:34

I have no clue how to change Win7 bootloader settings from Ubuntu. A possible workaround could be:

  1. Fix Win7 bootloader (excerpt from here):

    Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation CD/DVD

    Boot from Windows Vista installation disc, select language and keyboard or input method, click Next and choose to Repair your computer. Then you will need to select the operating system that you want to repair. In the System Recovery Options dialog box click Command Prompt and type the following:

    Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Bootrec.exe /FixBoot

    If you want to completely rebuild Windows Vista Boot Configuration Data, then you should issue the following command:

    Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

    This command scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option also allows select the installations that you want to add to the Boot Configuration Data store.

    Further information is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/ More information

    Please keep in mind that fixmbr is supported only on x86-based machines.

  2. Start Windows and restore previous boot settings;

  3. Start Ubuntu from LiveCD or LiveUSB are from type from terminal sudo update-grub

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