Grub (a bootloader for linux) won't let me through to vista bootloader

kautzken

New Member
I installed linux ubuntu onto my new laptop which was originally rinning windows vista ultimat 64-bit, in order to dual boot them, I chose in the llinux install to install grub, a bootloader designed for linux. I decided I didn't want linux anymore and deleted it's partitions. This was stupid, I turned on my computer the next day and apparently the grub bootloader was dependant on files on the partition so, now it won't let me boot to just windows, and I can't just exit grub and get to the vista bootloader either; once grub opens, it says it's starting, then displays

After that, I'm forced to shutdown. I've tried to use the startup repair feature in the vista os dvd, but it says nothing is wrong, since you can boot vista perfectly fine after you get past the grub bootloader, which I believe the startup check this feature performs begins after the grub thing comes up. I've tried doing things in bcdedit, but haven't found anything that has worked.

I need a way to either uninstall the grub bootlaoder (yes, uninstall the bootloader, we can do this because the vista one is fully intact and would pop up after grub while I was still able to boot normally before I stupidly wiped the linux partitions) or I need a way to bypass the grub bootloader to get to the vista bootloader.

Also, please no idiots telling me to change my BIOS boot device priority to boot from cd first, obviously I'm able to boot from my Vista os dvd in order to get to the recovery features, I want to boot from the hd not a cd.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/TouchSmart tx2z Laptop
    CPU
    AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core-M60, 2.4Ghz
    Memory
    6Gb DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3200
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Capacitor Touchscreen 12.1"
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    320Gb SATA 5400RPM
    Internet Speed
    ISP say 6MB/S, but it's faster :]

lemur

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Also, please no idiots telling me to change my BIOS boot device priority to boot from cd first, obviously I'm able to boot from my Vista os dvd in order to get to the recovery features, I want to boot from the hd not a cd.
When requesting help from us, it's best to be polite.

1. download EasyBCD
2. install it
3. go to 'Manage Bootloader' tab
4. select 'reinstall the vista bootloader' (this may be different)
5. click on 'Write MBR'
6. go to 'Add/Remove entries' tab
7. select Linux tab
(should be)
type: grub
name: neosmart grub
drive: (select drive that says something like 'Linux native')
8. Add entry
9. repeat 7 & 8 but the drive should be 'linux swap'
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    AMD AM2 6000+
    Motherboard
    Nvidia M2N-E SLI
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 7600GT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WD
    Case
    Cooler Master
    Cooling
    Three fans
    Mouse
    Dell Optical
    Keyboard
    Dell Quietkey
    Internet Speed
    10 MBPS

kautzken

New Member
When requesting help from us, it's best to be polite.
I'm terribly sorry for any offense taken, but you're taking me wrong. It happens to be horribly difficult to express tonatation in writing. Believe me, I could be harsher. :] Also, overall I'm a really mellow person, so I'm not the fellow that's impolite like that.:p

Ok, so about the EasyBCD stuff. I can't access any partition on my hard disk at all so, how can I install the EasyBCD on it? Or is there a way to start-up into EasyBCD or something? Ugh, it feels like I shot myself in the foot with this computer and now I want to shoot myself in the other from the frustration. :cry: I was thinking I should maybe try reinstalling linux and removing grub in linux then, in windows, remove the partition like I did before. ALthough, I wouldn't know how to remove grub from inside of linux either, unless EasyBCD will work on linux.:geek: I'm a newbie to linux...and this forum(hence the overuse of smileys).

Thanks so much for replying, I only have this weekend to try and fix until I really need it and bad stuff starts happening (I need the docs on it). Again, I'm really sorry for any offense taken, I really didn't intend any, I was insulting theoretical people, not real ones. Oh and I also didn't realize you guys are so close knit that it's "us" otherwise I prolly wouldn't have worded it that way; I figured this was more of an open and random people forum.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/TouchSmart tx2z Laptop
    CPU
    AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core-M60, 2.4Ghz
    Memory
    6Gb DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3200
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Capacitor Touchscreen 12.1"
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    320Gb SATA 5400RPM
    Internet Speed
    ISP say 6MB/S, but it's faster :]

kautzken

New Member
Found my solution!

It was rewriting the mbr, just like all of the other forums explain, except they never happened to mention that, in vista, mbr commands are executed in bootrec, not by themselves. For example, fixmbr and fixboot. So, I finally found out about bootrec and was able to fix my problem in about 2 minutes. But, it's now 6am over here on the west coast and I'm exhausted. :sleepy:

lemur, thank you so much for the help! I really appreciate it. Being as I saw a similar solution in a few other forums while searching for the solution to my problem, I'm sure it's accurate for people able to boot anything, which I unfortunately wasn't. :D

:sleep:
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/TouchSmart tx2z Laptop
    CPU
    AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core-M60, 2.4Ghz
    Memory
    6Gb DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3200
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Capacitor Touchscreen 12.1"
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    320Gb SATA 5400RPM
    Internet Speed
    ISP say 6MB/S, but it's faster :]

lemur

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Glad to here it, and thank you for sharing your solution! Good luck.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    AMD AM2 6000+
    Motherboard
    Nvidia M2N-E SLI
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 7600GT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WD
    Case
    Cooler Master
    Cooling
    Three fans
    Mouse
    Dell Optical
    Keyboard
    Dell Quietkey
    Internet Speed
    10 MBPS
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