Okay, so today I installed Ubuntu. At the start of the installation, the installer didn't recognise Windows so I had to choose 'Something else' and create swap and root partitions. I then installed and now Ubuntu is working perfectly. However when I restart it automatically starts Ubuntu! I'm not given a start-up menu.

I have no idea what to do as I realise that even with a start-up menu, Windows won't be recognised. Does anyone know what I can do?

Thank you!!

EDIT: I think the answer is here no windows 7 entry in grub after installing ubuntu but I just don't understand it.

From Vincenzo: "IN Grub Customiser use Preferences button, than choose Advanced. From there change a default entry to number which corresponds to your Windows partition. (a numbering begins from zero (0))"

Can anyone explain what he means? Where can I find this number? Pleease help!

  • Try Grub Customizer. – Mitch Jul 26 '13 at 17:50
  • @Mitch Okay, I'm in Grub customizer but Ubuntu doesn't recognise Windows so what should I do. – TheS Jul 26 '13 at 18:12
  • Take a look here. – Mitch Jul 26 '13 at 18:40
  • Forget Windows....use Ubuntu exclusively! :-) – mdpc Jul 26 '13 at 18:41
  • Yeah yeah. I just got into the Grub menu but there was no Windows option. How do I add it? – TheS Jul 26 '13 at 18:45

You should use the free tool Boot Repair. Create a live disc and boot from it. From there you can add windows to your grub menu.

You can also find boot repair in your ubuntu live disc (which is essentially the same as your ubuntu install disc).

To boot from a disc, insert the disc in your machine, reboot and go to your boot menu (key combination to enter the boot menu should be displayed on boot). Select boot from disc.

  • Right for a reason unknown, I can't get into my BIOS when live disc is in drive so is there another way to do it? Or couldn't I just use Vincenzo's method? – TheS Jul 26 '13 at 19:48
  • Updated my answer, it might help you. – Joren Jul 26 '13 at 19:52
  • Ok, I have no idea why but when I restarted it loaded Windows. So is there anything I can do on the Windows side of things before trying that method? – TheS Jul 26 '13 at 20:09
  • Using a live disc is OS independent. – Joren Jul 26 '13 at 20:11

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