Ubuntu – Can’t boot Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu


I installed Ubuntu yesterday alongside Windows 7 and whenever I start my computer I don't have the option to boot Windows. When the computer starts it goes straight to Ubuntu without giving me an OS selection menu. When it goes to Ubuntu it gives me Ubuntu repair options and Ubuntu normal start option. I still have all of the Windows 7 files on my hard drive, but Windows 7 has no way to boot.

Best Answer

  • First thing first, you need to repair your WIn7 bootloader, and you can visit this page to learn how to do this. Write down on a piece of paper the required commands for fixing both boot and mbr. You'll be using those codes after getting to the Command Prompt screen.

    Next you can download Boot Repair iso image as suggested in the previous answer by 'user3005324'. Choose 64 bit iso image if you have installed Ubuntu 64 bit or choose 32 bit iso image if you have Ubuntu 32 bit. I hope Win7 is the same architecture with Ubuntu, I mean you have either Win7 32 bit and Ubuntu 32 bit, or you have Win7 64 bit and Ubuntu 64 bit.

    Burn the iso image, and restart your computer with the new Boot Repair CD in tray. You can write Boot Repair iso image on a USB pendrive with Unetbootin tool if you don't have a regular CD to use. Read instructions on how to use Unetbootin in Linux/Ubuntu, they are located at the middle of this page: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ .

    After Boot Repair cd or usb pendrive finish loading, you can press the 'Recommended Repair' option, wait to finish and after you get the message 'success' you can reboot and use Win7 and Ubuntu which will be present both in your start-up boot menu.

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