Today I installed openSUSE and then it's boot interface took over my GRUB boot interface. It also did not give me the ability to boot Ubuntu and came up with an error when trying to boot windows 7. So I deleted the openSUSE partion through the Disk Utility tool in Ubuntu (I used a LiveCD to do this) and then decided that I didn't really need Ubuntu any more, so I deleted that the same way aswell.
Now when I start my computer, I am greeted with the following message: No Boot device available - Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility and F5 for Diagnostics. I am pretty sure this is a DELL error as I have a Dell Inspiron 1545. I then inserted my Windows 7 installation disk and followed the prompts, then clicked repair my computer. It came with two options, on asking me to select my operating system from the list and the other asking for a system restore file. From other threads people have been told to go into the first option. My operating system (Windows 7) was not detected but I proceded anyway. At the next screen I clicked command prompt and typed the following as per instructions in other threads
This Worked and displayed the message: Windows has completed the operation sucessfully
Next, As per instructions I typed
And to my dismay this message showed up: Element Not Found
I explored the other commands in the bootrec.exe function and found the command
It searched for Windows installation files and actually found them in the D:/ drive. I discovered that when openSUSE was installed or Ubuntu or openSUSE was deleted, it changed my Windows and my Work Files, Games, Work etc. drive from C:/ to D:/
I then tried the command
It searched for the Windows Instillation Files and once again found them in D:/
It then asked if I wanted to add these files to the boot menu Yes (Y) No (N) or All (A)
I typed Y for Yes and it popped up with the error element not found. I also tried Yes but came out with the same error.
I am now totally unable to access my Windows and can only boot Ubuntu from a live CD.
I have followed advice from another forum such as: Run TestDisk, chkdsk etc.. But I haven't got anywhere. Now all I really want to do is to re-install my Windows. Will this work? I have already backed up all my files could and I was also wondering how I could put all my programs back onto my computer without needing the reinstall them.
Now when I boot my computer I get Boot Diagnostics window.
The link for the other forum so you can see what advice they offered me is here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1521530