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Old 07-19-2011, 08:05 AM   #16
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Thank you Eddy
I am a more than a little thick I think, but in restoring Windows- how does that allow Linux to come back as well?
Is it the the various DOS commands that Help in the Win R mode are not actually Windows to but actions on the hard drive root therefore the command Fixboot reapairs/replaces the boot file of the hard disk thus bringing Win and Linux back into play?

You mentioned 'Wubi'
What is that and its function please

For your interest here is a screen shot of the dual system selector as mentioned above in other posts.
Eelse where it had been suggested achieving a dual system was complx and doubt was express I had it.
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http://i56.tinypic.com/zjc8x1.jpg
 
Old 07-19-2011, 08:26 AM   #17
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I am a more than a little thick I think, but in restoring Windows- how does that allow Linux to come back as well?
Because a Linux Wubi Install runs Ubuntu as a program file inside of Windows.

A screenshot of your programs file tree in Windows XP will show if you are using Wubi.

Image of Wubi in XP

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For your interest here is a screen shot of the dual system selector as mentioned above in other posts.
Looks Like a Wubi boot menu to me.

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:44 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jackboy View Post
Thank you Eddy
I am a more than a little thick I think, but in restoring Windows- how does that allow Linux to come back as well?
Is it the the various DOS commands that Help in the Win R mode are not actually Windows to but actions on the hard drive root therefore the command Fixboot reapairs/replaces the boot file of the hard disk thus bringing Win and Linux back into play?
Fixboot fixes the MBR (Master Boot Record) and sets it to point at Windows by Default. Windows uses its own boot loader to show you different operating systems on your disk. Somehow Windows detected your Ubuntu install and automatically added it to the list of available operating systems.

The screen you saw before was the Linux bootloader (which is a program named grub). This essentially does the same thing. It writes to the MBR to point at it so that it can show you a list of operating systems.

Basically fixboot changed which list to point at and that's why they look different. As far as operation goes Linux and Windows do not interact at all.
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You mentioned 'Wubi'
What is that and its function please

For your interest here is a screen shot of the dual system selector as mentioned above in other posts.
Eelse where it had been suggested achieving a dual system was complx and doubt was express I had it.
>


http://i56.tinypic.com/zjc8x1.jpg
Wubi stands for Windows-based Ubuntu Installer. When you open the Ubuntu CD in Windows the autorun opens wubi which gives you the option of installing Ubuntu as a software package within your Windows machine. Personally I've never used it so I can't give you any more information than that. Though I found a Wikipedia article on the subject.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_%2...u_installer%29

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Now that I think about it if you installed Ubuntu via wubi then Ubuntu likely added itself to the Windows boot list instead of using Grub. So Windows repairing its own boot process with fixmbr would make sense that Ubuntu would show up in that list. The best way to run Ubuntu is from its own dedicated partition and you do that by restarting the computer with the disk in the tray, changing the boot sequence for the CDROM, and then booting Ubuntu up. From there you can partition the rest of the free space on your drive. If you do not have free space on your drive then I don't recommend repartitioning using Ubuntu but instead going into the Windows Disk Management utility and resizing the partitions. Then proceed with booting into Ubuntu again to install. If your Windows disk is heavily fragmented (meaning you won't be able to resize the partition much) then I recommend installing mydefrag and running the monthly task on the disk. After your disk is defragmented and optimized then try to resize your parition again.

SAM

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