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I am sure its not a common problem as I have experienced it for the first time.
I have openSUSE and windows 7 dual boot on my Dell Studio 14.
Within last 2 hours I have re-installed grub more than 5 times.
Every time I boot into windows 7 the grub is wiped off and I have to re-install it using the repair tool.
can anybody please tell me why this is happening as this is some thing that had never happened while I dual booted xp and linux ?
Fixed issue with windows 7 wiping grub on every reboot
Step 1) Getting GRUB back
Get into your Linux system via CD-ROM. I used the rescue option in Open SooSie 11.4.
In bash type grub to load grub.... After a while (2 mins) grub will load.
You need to get grub back by writing to the MBR. My root partition was on the second partition so the first line tells grub where to find the grub configuration when it loads. The second line writes grub to the MBR.
* Alternatively you can do a re-install if your not comfortable with grub or new to Linux.
Step 2) Preventing Windows from wiping it again.
Make sure you have grub working at this step!
There is a Windows command line utility called diskpart. You need to tell windows your C: drive is not active or bootable.
Open a windows command line and then type diskpart
Type LIST DISK
Type SELECT DISK n (where is the drive in which Windows 7 resides)
Type LIST PARTITION
Type SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the active partition you wish to make inactive)
Type EXIT to exit DISKPART
Thats it. Reboot and Windows will not overrite your SooSie grub.
This may also make your computer non bootable if you stuff it up. So be careful! Make sure grub is working when you make your C: drive's MBR inactive.
I am curious if this has been resolved, but I just installed openSUSE with Win 7 without the issue that you have described.
Though I am usingg a AMD A6-3400M powered NV55S07u Gateway laptop, which just received a 8G DDR3-1333/PC3 10600 upgrade.
I will be running virtual machines on this rig is why I performed the upgrade.
I disagree. I usually always use grub - including Win7.
This issue is probably not a Win7 issue, but a Dell issue. They ship some handy-dandy tools (active by default) that restore the MBR on the fly for you.
I'll update this after I go boot my Dell laptop later.