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I used Wubi to install Ubuntu without a CD or USB. I cannot get my (username - password) combination to work even though I'm 100% sure I typed them in correctly when installing via Wubi. I read this password-non-recognition is a common issue with wubi and that I can find out my username and password through some command line thing within recovery mode. I have a dual-booted setup with windows 7 and Ubuntu in separate partitions. So when trying to access recovery mode I hold down the left-shift-key as soon as a press enter when choosing "ubuntu" as my operating system. When I do this, nothing happens and I load in to the login screen (after around 15 seconds).

I cannot get to the screen that lets my choose to boot in recovery mode (I think this screen is called GRUB?) I read that "Boot-Repair" might somehow fix this issue, but I do not have access to a USB or CD that I can use to install "Boot-Repair."

Any ideas where I can go from here?

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Try holding down the left Shift key as your laptop starts to boot. if that doesn't display the menu try pressing the Esc key repeatedly. On a different note, I had the same issue in the past and ended up re-installing ubuntu by deleting it via windows and then using Universal USB Installer Universal USB Installer.. to boot up from a flash drive...

  • I have tried holding down the left-shift key and also tried pressing the esc key repeatedly. Also, I do not have access to a flash drive (hence why I'm using Wubi). – Steven Sagona May 26 '14 at 6:31
  • read this ==>> wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode – zee May 26 '14 at 6:33
  • Yes, you cant use flash drive,because you are locked out of the system. What I did - I started windows hard deleted ubuntu OS and then used the flash drive "method" for a fresh re-install. deleting Ubuntu is done by doing the following askubuntu.com/questions/281646/… . fyi, I am not saying delete your OS , that is just what I did after spending hours following posts and other resources ;] – zee May 26 '14 at 6:48

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