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Old 06-07-2010, 05:02 PM   #1
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How to recover windows if linux has crashed in a dual boot


Hi Friends,
I am new to LQ & wanted to know the solution that if my linux crashes then can I recover my windows in adual boot env.

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Old 06-07-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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The exist separately... basically unless the bootloader partition crashed also you could still access your windows even if the linux was unusable.
 
Old 06-07-2010, 05:56 PM   #3
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Hi Friends,
I am new to LQ & wanted to know the solution that if my linux crashes then can I recover my windows in adual boot env.

Thanks
If I am understanding you correctly are you saying that if you can't get to a grub screen how could you get to your windows screen? If that is correct you have two options.

1. To use a livecd and recover grub.
2. insert your xp cd, boot to recovery prompt and type fdisk /mbr (However this will blow away your grub and any dual booting configuration.)
 
Old 06-08-2010, 04:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info but Can you please tell me how can I recover my windows through option 2 & where I have to use fdisk /mbr

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Old 06-21-2010, 03:54 AM   #5
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so from the above option 2, I can recover my windows in a dual boot though not harming the other operating system as well ???
 
Old 06-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #6
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2. insert your xp cd, boot to recovery prompt and type fdisk /mbr
reboot with the xp cd & do exactly that.
you will get the xp working, but the linux <partition> won't be touched in any way.
you will have to re-install that Linux O/S to get it working again, anyway.
 
Old 06-21-2010, 07:53 AM   #7
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so from the above option 2, I can recover my windows in a dual boot though not harming the other operating system as well ???

I'd recommend going with option one. A live CD will let you boot from either partition.

From the sounds of it, you're not quite sure on the difference between a problem with grub and a problem in your linux OS. It is possible both are still working correctly and could be saved.

If you boot into a live recovery CD (System Rescue CD, whatever) most of them have boot loader. Try booting both partitions and see if you have any luck.

The other thing you can try before that is just re-installing the boot loader. This can ususally be done using the live CD for the distro you are using (google, for example, "re-installing grub ubuntu")
 
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