I have a Windows 7 laptop and about a year ago I installed Ubuntu to dual boot with. I struggled through it since I knew nothing of computers and eventually got it to work. I've been able to restart my computer and boot into either Windows or Ubuntu without any problems since then.

Now, for seemingly no reason, I went to restart my computer to switch to Ubuntu and it just went straight to Windows. It's been so long that I hardly remember anything about how I installed Ubuntu, so I feel kind of lost with what to do to try to fix this, or how to go about it. Any ideas how to get my Ubuntu back?


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I fixed it!

I held down f12 as I was rebooting my computer and selected ubuntu from the menu. Then, once I was in my old ubuntu partition, I ran the boot repair that reinstalled and updated grub. I'm not sure if this was a necessary step, since after that when I rebooted it again went straight to windows. From there though, I opened an admin command prompt, and typed:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi

After that, I rebooted and grub was back. I chose ubuntu to make sure it worked, then rebooted back to windows to check if that still worked, and finally back again to ubuntu. It looks like it's all back to normal. Thank you everyone for your responses. Hopefully this helps someone like me in the future :)


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