I have a dual boot system, entering in Grub, with i could choose between Windows 10 and Ubuntu in one ssd. All was fine since november update of W10. The boot is UEFI and when i power the laptop it cant enter in grub and goes to windows ahead.

Ive a /boot partition in Ubuntu. I have some important documents in ubuntu and i need a step by step guide.

If i enter in BIOS and change UEFI to Legacy mode, it gets stuck waiting for a bootable disk. If i change again to UEFI mode it starts Windows 10.

Any help would be apreciated.


1. Boot from a live disk/usb

2. Mount the ubuntu root partition to /mnt. Find out ubuntu root partition by either



sudo fdisk -l

(Assuming its sda5)

sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt

3. Bind mount other necessary partitions

for i in /sys /proc /run /dev; do sudo mount --bind "$i" "/mnt$i"; done

4. Chroot into /mnt

sudo chroot /mnt

5. Install grub

grub-install /dev/sda

6. Update Grub

sudo update-grub

7. Exit

ctrl + D

8. Reboot

  • Thanks but it doesnt work Ive created an usb live:.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu. Every /dev/sda* appear mounted in /media/ubuntu/02bc.... large name. My boot partition is /dev/sda6, My / is /dev/sda8m swap is /dev/sda7....I can read all in gparted. It gives me error when i execute grub-install /dev/sda as root: Permission denied error /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/modinfo.sh doesnt exist. Pleease specify --target or --directory. I also tried to run grub-install --boot-directory=/media/ubuntu/02bcda.... /dev/sda . Any help would be apreciated – Eduardo Gutierrez Nov 20 '15 at 17:20
  • paste.ubuntu.com/13369587 All my information of boot repair i could get from the live usb. Hope it helps. – Eduardo Gutierrez Nov 20 '15 at 19:07

After many tries i got a solution, hope it helps other people... Similar to duplicated post suggested but bit different as i have an partition for EFI:

What worked for me:

0) If not installed ( i have 64 bits system):

sudo apt-get install grub-efi-amd64

( this solves problems like Permission denied error /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/modinfo.sh doesnt exist.Pleease specify --target or --directory).

1) Install gksudo:

sudo apt-get install gksu

2) It didnt work for me, but you dont loose anything to try it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install boot-repair

Execute boot-repair and use Recomended Repair.

If it doesnt work:

Observation: ( if live cd mounts any of this partitions, unmount them before mounting again in these folders):

4 ) As my / partition is /dev/sda8

sudo mount /dev/sda8 /mnt

5) This step Only if you have a separate boot partition ( my case /dev/sda6):

sudo mount /dev/sda6 /mnt/boot

Only if you have EFI in another partition also: mount the EFI partition . This solves errors like seems no efi partition

sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/boot/EFI

6) Mount the critical virtual filesystems:

sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev sudo mount --bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys

7) Chroot into your normal system device: sudo chroot /mnt

8) If there is no /boot/grub/grub.cfg or it's not correct, create one using


9) Reinstall GRUB 2:

Substitute the correct device - sda, sdb, etc. Do not specify a partition number. In my case /dev/sda

grub-install /dev/sdX

10) Verify the install (use the correct device, for example sda. Do not specify a partition):In my case /dev/sda

grub-install --recheck /dev/sdX

11) Exit chroot: CTRL-D on keyboard exit


Optional: install grub-customizer in order to alter names and position of the entries

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