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Windows won't boot or f11 recovery, boots straight to ubuntu


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#1 wrightsim

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:43 PM

Hi all,
Hope someone can assist me with this headache.
I have an HP dv5 1232 with vista home premium and recovery partition still intact ( i hope. )
I installed ubuntu to a partition of the hdd so on bootup I select windows of ubuntu from the grub menu.

When I upgraded to ubuntu 10.04 I chose to install grub file from the upgrade and followed instruction to tick all partitions to install it do ( maybe not the best move?)
To begin grub detected all OS but would only load Ubuntu - when I selected to load windows it sat in idle for a few seconds then just booted ubuntu instead.

however ....
Since trying to remedy this problem I have tried various methods of changing the mbr (bootrec.exe, bcdrebuild) but have actually gone back a step and now I don't even get the grub menu.
I have a vista recovery iso burnt to disc to get into command prompt, and can get into ubuntu via a live cd for terminal, however I've got no recovery or vista install discs to work with.

The partitions seem to be all intact If I could access the recovery partition and reinstall whole system to start over this would be great.- or any other suggestions welcomed.

Thanks in advance. :huh:

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