I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my computer, that was already running Windows7 perfectly fine.

  • Windows is on /dev/sda3 and Ubuntu on /dev/sda6 - same HDD, but different partitions.

The problem is right now when i boot it goes into grub and i can choose:

  1. ubuntu
  2. memtest86
  3. windows7

but when i click Windows7 it return to grub again. Please help me, i really need this working.

  • Have you tried running "sudo update-grub" in a terminal when logged in to Ubuntu? After running that, try again and see if there is any difference. Apr 29, 2011 at 21:39
  • nah is the same Apr 29, 2011 at 21:50
  • i got this Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin Found Windows Recovery Environment (loader) on /dev/sda1 Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2 Apr 29, 2011 at 21:50
  • above you stated windows is in partition sda 3 the "found" statement says it is in sda 2. The reason??????
    – dago
    Mar 29, 2012 at 19:55

2 Answers 2


did you remove the loader for windows as i saw in many pre-configured windows 7 machines that it comes with partition for its boot loader and when you chose windows 7 from grub menu it will trigger the boot loader of windows. so the question is did you remove a small partition less than 100 MB which holds the windows loader or maybe there is something happened to it. if so then you got problem with windows and i quess this is the issue you can install the MBR for windows by using ubuntu live cd look here: http://blogs.deepal.org/2009/06/how-to-fix-mbr-using-ubuntu-live-cd.html

but this i think will replace the grub and you will boot to windows directly so you will not be able to see the ubuntu and then you need to follow another solution to bring ubuntu back by following this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringUbuntuAfterInstallingWindows

  • i didnt remove nothing, on ubuntu 11.04 instalations it asked if i wanted to each time computer started to ask for with operating system to run, each ubuntu or windows, ubuntu did everything automatically, i didnt touch nothing about making any partitions Apr 29, 2011 at 22:59
  • i will place here some pastebins maybe can help Apr 29, 2011 at 23:00
  • paste.ubuntu.com/601029 Apr 29, 2011 at 23:00
  • paste.ubuntu.com/601023 Apr 29, 2011 at 23:01

i cant see really any problem in the grub try to install windows MBR and see if it will boot and then install grub as i mention in the old post maybe it will be fixed

  • paste.ubuntu.com/601059 Apr 29, 2011 at 23:36
  • ok just dont this insert windows 7 or windows vista cd to repair, get on console prompt, write bootsec /fixboot and everything works nice :) i keep grub and get windows 7 working :D thanks for all help around Apr 30, 2011 at 0:12
  • it looks as i said before windows loader problem not grub thats why i suggested to you to fix the windows boot loader
    – nadeem
    Apr 30, 2011 at 0:15

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