I have installed my Ubuntu onto a partition on the same drive where my windows is. I would like to install GRUB, but cannot access the Ubuntu installation as Windows starts instead. I am in the USB Live Version trying to install grub but I get this:

grub-install dev\sda4

cannot create directory /boot/grub/i386-pc permission denied

Please help me install GRUB.



You can use what is called a chroot to access your installed partition from a live CD. See How to chroot Ubuntu using Live CD to fix GRUB rescue prompt.

Basically how it works is you boot of the live CD and mount your Ubuntu install. You run chroot, and you are dropped into a command prompt for the installed Ubuntu instance instead of the CD. The guide above should tells you what you need to do.

  • boot-repair is an easier method, see the link I gave. It is a graphical solution so easy to use and if it fails generates a url more experienced users can review to assist debugging. – Panther Jul 1 '13 at 21:15

I thought that grub was installing automatically... Try re-installing. At the Ubuntu Set up choosing thing (where you can select dual-boot or replace windows) select the option with the gear. Now select the Ubuntu partition, remove it and re-create it. Re-install Ubuntu and grub will install automatically (I think, it did so with my installation).

The option with the gear is the bottom one (in ubuntu 12.04)

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    I would not advise re-installing Ubuntu to fix grub. – Panther Jul 1 '13 at 20:24

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