0

I have a HP dv6000 laptop which originally (5 years ago) came with Windows Vista. The 250 GB hard disk is divided in 3 parts. One partition carries only data (A: 140 GB). Other partirion has Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits, that contains all my programs and personal configurations (B: 40 GB), and which I've been using since a couple of years (because Vista sucks). The third partition carries the old original Windows Vista (C: 70 GB), which I never use. Then every time I turn on the computer the system gave me the double boot option for Windows Vista or Windows 7. Yesterday I decided to start with Linux, so I burn a DVD containing Ubuntu 14.04 64 bits and installed it on the partition that contained the old out-of-use Windows Vista, of course formating that partition. After that, the Ubuntu boots and works fine, but sadly I can not boot from Windows 7 anymore.. All my precious programs were in that operating system, so it would be beautiful to recover the Windows 7 boot and even better to achieve a doble boot option (Ubuntu or Windows 7).

Things I've alredy tried unsuccesfully:

  • Burning an ISO with "Repair-Boot Disk" and running it twice (once with the automatic option and another choosing the advanced options -> restore MBR and selecting the partition with Windows 7 in it (sd5 in my case)
  • Also tried the Repair option after booting from my good Windows 7 DVD, but it doesn't even detect that there is any Windows in any partition...

Is there any way to recover my Windows 7 or I have to reinstall Windows 7 in that partition?

0

Test this:

Insert the Windows 7 installation disc into the DVD drive and restart the computer.

If prompted, press any key to boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD.

Select your language preferences and click on Next.

Click on Repair your computer.

Select which operating system you want to restore and the click on Next. If Windows 7 is not listed here, or it is blank, then it is ok. Click on Next anyway.

Select the system recovery option you want to do:

Startup Repair

System Restore

System Image Recovery

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Command Prompt

If you managed to recover Windows 7, will have lost Grub should reinstall.

Insert the Ubuntu Desktop live-disc into the DVD drive and restart the computer.

Select Try it.

Open a terminal.

Run it:

sudo -i
fdisk -l
#Suppose fdisk informs your partition / is /dev/sda3, continue running
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt
mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev 
mount --bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts
mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
chroot /mnt
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
grub-install --recheck /dev/sda
umount /mnt
reboot

That's it.

Sources:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/what-are-system-recovery-options#what-are-system-recovery-options=windows-7

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GRUB

  • I've already test that, but it didn't work, Windows 7 was not repaired by any of the options. – Juan Díaz Carrasco Sep 16 '14 at 13:48

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.