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Last night my Ubuntu system was working fine but today its getting stuck at the start screen. I can tell you my system states that Grub is working fine. My system is dual boot with Windows 7 as my other OS. and I can work on it. I have tried recovery mode options, dkgp and fsck. but still no success. I don't have a graphics card.

I think that the only thing that is left for me to try is reinstall, but I have installed many package and spent so much time on it.

Is there a way to keep all those packages intact? Or is there any other alternative solution? I really don't want to spent time on installation of all those dependencies again.

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  • If you heavily customized your system without keeping backups or notes, then one hopes you have learned from the experience. Consider opening a much more detailed question about the boot problem - it may be easily fixable. – user535733 Feb 18 '17 at 13:44
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Install SystemBack and backup all your ubuntu system.

You save it as a .iso file and install it like usually (usb or cd).

Here you will keep all your applications, session, configurations, and if you want, your personal data (photos, files,etc).

In terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository --yes ppa:nemh/systemback
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install systemback
  • Ok so after I install system back I will be creating .iso save it in usb, reinstall my ubuntu and then install back my packages. Am I right? – Gopi Shankar Feb 18 '17 at 7:41
  • but i m not able to load my OS . – Gopi Shankar Feb 18 '17 at 7:45
  • Once systemback finished you save your new .iso into a usb stick or burn on a cd. It has to be booteable. I suggest you to use Linux Live USB Creator. You will install your new iso (your ubuntu+personal data and applications,etc). It`s a copy of your linux installed, so you already have all your applications installed and configurated in the iso file. Install it without remove windows, later on u can configure Grub to make dual boot. Follow this link: systemback tutorial – Etapas UseR Feb 18 '17 at 8:00
  • if the system is broken, what makes you think the image of it made by systemback will work? – Zanna Feb 18 '17 at 13:07
  • He wanted to know how to reinstall ubuntu without reinstalling all the applications he installed. So, if it doesn´t work when the systemback live cd is running, or when installation procces it´s done but with problems, that´s when it´s time to reinstall the Clean install Ubuntu Linux or think about other options to fix it. I just try to help! – Etapas UseR Feb 18 '17 at 18:39

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