[SOLVED] Dual boot: Windows not showing up on Grub menu
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I have installed Linux Mint 14 xcfe on a friend's desktop machine, previously running Windows XP. They wanted to do it dual-boot, so they still had access to their files stored on the Windows partition, and could still go into XP if they needed to.
However, even though I installed as dual-boot, no Windows option appear in Grub upon boot-up. So they can't go into Windows at all.
I checked grub.cfg and there is no Windows XP entry in there at all. The files are still accessible on the Windows partition; just that it won't boot into Windows anymore.
How can I correct this, without using the original Windows installation disc to fix the boot sector (and render Linux inoperable)? I do not know the text to enter into grub.cfg (or /etc/default/grub) to make a valid XP entry in the file...
We are both rather panicky at the moment, as I appear to have rendered her Windows installation on the machine inoperable, despite my assurances that this wouldn't happen! (She has several programs that only run in Windows, which is why she still needs XP, for the moment, so running Linux only is not an option).
Success. I did "sudo update-grub2" as suggested, then rebooted. Windows XP then appeared as an OS at the bottom of the menu.
Other people with the same problem who may find this thread: please note it was "grub2" at the end, not "grub". I don't know whether "grub" would have worked as well, but as I understand it, grub2 is used more on distros these days.
syg00: "Why not Mint 16 (petra)?"
Version 14 was just what I had on a memory stick from a previous install. Although I wonder how supported it is still, since when I ran the updates most of them came up as "Fail" and "Not found".