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ubuntu 14.04.3 not recognized by windows 10


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#1 purikyaru

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 06:13 PM

hi. so, i've tried multiple solutions on these forums to fix my problems with ubuntu 14.04.3 - which share my hdd with windows 10. 
my problem is that windows 10 doesn't seem to recognize ubuntu as an operating system. it goes straight to windows on boot - but it could recognize a program like unetbootin before. ubuntu is successfully installed on my laptop - it is residing in a 200gb partition with about 5gb of swap area. windows 10 is allocating about 600gb on my other partition, and i'm saving 50gb or so for a future mac os x or linux distro. 

i have a dell inspiron 15 i5558 with 1tb hdd. primarily runs windows 10, hoping to tri-boot mac os x (yosemite or el capitan), win10, and ubuntu 14. i need to be able to do this for my school's robotics program (i'm on the programming/CAD team), and we are using windows and linux for programming, mac os x so it is compatible with ipads/airplay. 

if it helps, ubuntu also didn't recognize win10 during the installation process, which is why i had to manually set up my partitions (which, honestly, was no hassle). 
but, here is what i have tried to do so far to get this to work:

1) reinstalling multiple times. the first time, it said i installed ubuntu on legacy boot. so, i reinstalled that onto uefi boot, but windows doesn't recognize it still. the installations were successful each time with no errors, and updates were downloaded during the installations. i installed from a boot disk (i don't have a usb), and i had difficulties with the wubi.exe installer before, but windows recognized it then but would not launch it.
2) boot repair via linux terminal. i started up from disk, and then selected the "try linux" option. i ran boot repair, but it failed and would not fix the recommended method because i run from uefi boot. that is when i reinstalled ubuntu after i remembered i installed it on legacy boot. still did not work.
3) windows control panel > boot manager. i tried seeing if windows recognized ubuntu as an operating system also residing within my laptop, and it did not. 
4) creating/deleting/formatting partitions. i reformatted the partitions ubuntu was previously installed on, and deleted unnecessary partitions, while creating a new one for the swap area. windows recognizes the partitions as allocated, but does not recognize ubuntu on them.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - at this point, i will be willing to try anything. thank you very much! (:



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 10:22 PM

I believe this is a Grub issue but you would have a better response if you had this post moved to the Linux Forum. PM a moderator and have them move it.



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:54 AM

You can edit the BCD to include Linux OS's

I recently used this YouTube video: 

Also, you can use this tool (I haven't tried it in a long time, so it may have changed):  http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:36 AM

thank you to the both of you for your help, it's working now :)

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 01:08 PM

Glad you solved the problem. Did you get it working using usamsa's link?


Edited by JohnC_21, 09 December 2015 - 01:08 PM.





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