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Old 02-24-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Need to add Windows 7 boot option to Debian Grub boot loader

I recently added a Debian (Ice Weasel?) partition to my existing Windows 7 system and Debian boots up and runs fine. However, I don't get a choice at boot up time to boot my Windows 7 system. My partition info:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5 40131 de Dell Utility
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 * 6 1723 13791232 8e Linux LVM
/dev/sda3 1723 38914 298737664 7 HPFS/NTFS

What do I put where to add an option to boot to my Windows NTFS partition?

Old 02-24-2012, 03:15 PM   #2
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The answer depends on if you're running GRUB2 or GRUB(1). Look at

$ apt-cache policy grub-common

If the 'Installed:' line shows a version close to 2.00 but less than 2.00 (1.99 or so), it's GRUB2 and I'd like to refer you to the excellent article in the Arch Linux wiki at with important references at the bottom.

If not, you have GRUB 1 and will find instructions at instead.

Even if it's in the Arch Linux wiki, things should work alike on Debian.

If all these resources do not provide you with all you need to know, please post the output of the above command and your version of Debian, which you can find out by running

$ cat /etc/debian_version

which makes it easier to figure things out.

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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Thanks, but...

Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately, being a linux newbie I found the information at the suggested links to be all but incomprehensible. The grub bootloader looks like something from the '60s when we would hand key a boot sequence into the cpu registers. My solution was to reformat my hard drive, removing grub and Debian. I'll put linux on a separate machine. I'm either not smart enough or not patient enough to deal with grub dual-boot configuration. I do appreciate your taking the time to reply however. Thanks again.
Old 03-05-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for your appreciation. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out as planned, but hearing there is going to be one more pure Linux machine out there sure is good news, too *^_^*.


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