Originally Posted by jefro
There are loaders for both windows and linux. There are boot managers for both. Some can do both.
To start with, we might need to know exactly how you installed kubuntu. If you installed it from windows we need to know that.
I used the Gparted live boot disk to take space from the one physical drive the laptop has and to create available space that Kubuntu could use. I then ran the Kubuntu install program, choosing "manual" and used it to create partitions. The whole process, including screen shots, is documented here:
However, since that thread, I tried again. I used Gparted to wipe out all the Linux partitions. Then I installed Ubuntu (13.04), opting for the "side by side" option that is designed to create all your partitions for you and set up the dual boot for you (or so I thought). I ended up with a similar situation where the computer would simply boot up to Windows 7 without offering to let you choose anything else. Like before, the OS apparently was on the PC. You could boot to the K/ubuntu live disk and see it all there.
When I used the Easy BCD tool, I was able to create a menu that came up offering Windows or Linux. If you chose Windows, Win 7 would boot up just fine. If you chose Linux, you would not get Kubuntu (or later Ubuntu when I tried that). Instead, you would get a command line named Grub4DOS.
The option I chose in Easy BCD was "Grub2". That's what both Kubuntu and Ubuntu 13.04 use, right?
Later another utility trashed the system. Not a disaster. I have this thing ghosted. That ghost is being restored as I type this. So pretty soon I'll have my Lenovo laptop back as just a Windows 7 PC with no other OS installed. I'll be able to proceed any way I see fit. It seems to me maybe I should be concentrating on learning how to edit Grub2 with a Windows 7 and a Kubuntu entry, right? Or would I be better off learning how to accomplish this via the Windows boot loader?
Both times, Kubuntu or Ubuntu apparently installed and was there waiting to run, but I just could not access it. I've found a Grub2 tutorial video here:
However, that one does not show you how to put in a Windows 7 entry.
Or would I be better off trying to do this with the Windows bootloader?
If anyone knows of any relevant Grub and/or Windows bootloader articles or tutorials that I should be reading, I will definitely read them.