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#1 blainjj58

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 01:57 PM

I installed ubuntu 14.04.1 alongside windows server 2008. When I restart my system, it loads windows server 2008 without displaying an option to choose which os to load. It automatically loads windows server 2008. What do I need to do to fix so I can have the option to select which os I want to load? Thanks in advance for your help.

 

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#2 JohnnyJammer

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 06:51 PM

did you go through msconfig/boot tab and then select the boot partition and set as default?



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:36 PM

I haven't setup a  dual boot system in a long time but in the past, it was usually easier to install Windows first, then when you install Linux, regardless of distribution,  the Linux bootloader, usually LILO or GRUB would recognize your Windows installation and write it as an option to your boot menu.  If you aren't seeing the LILO or GRUB boot menu and just going straight into Windows, you might be able to boot to your Ubuntu DVD and either do a bootloader repair from there, or boot Linux from there then run your bootloader config tool once in Linux.  It's been quite a few years since I've done this and that may have all changed but may be worth a try.


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 10:37 AM

I haven't setup a  dual boot system in a long time but in the past, it was usually easier to install Windows first, then when you install Linux, regardless of distribution,  the Linux bootloader, usually LILO or GRUB would recognize your Windows installation and write it as an option to your boot menu.  If you aren't seeing the LILO or GRUB boot menu and just going straight into Windows, you might be able to boot to your Ubuntu DVD and either do a bootloader repair from there, or boot Linux from there then run your bootloader config tool once in Linux.  It's been quite a few years since I've done this and that may have all changed but may be worth a try.

 

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 11:51 AM

In Windows go to disk management and shrink the volume of C give it like 20-30 gigs. Leave the new volume blank don't format it. Boot off linux cd and choose install and then choose to install side by side Windows. It should be pre selected. Then it will install to that blank volume automatically. Once installed reboot and you should get the grub2 loader with everything on it. If you boot into windows it may ask to repair don't this will mess up the MBR. Just select normal boot. It should be ok after that.






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