Dual boot Linux with Windows 7

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Problem :

I am trying to recover an installation of Linux on my machine, preferably without having to reinstall Linux (and possibly Windows) altogether.

I have installed Pear OS first, and then installed Windows 7. I can no longer boot into Linux, presumably because Windows has overwritten the boot sector and/or master boot record.

I have tried to use EasyBCD to gain access to my Linux install, without much luck.

What can I do to fix this?

Solution :

Download a live DVD/CD/USB .iso file from one of the many Linux websites and install a new GRUB. It should detect all existing and installed operating systems and include them in the boot choices. There is a good tutorial on the GRUB here… http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/html_node/index.html#Top

If you have PearOS installation CD, I think there should be option to repair boot loader on that CD. So, boot from that CD and choose boot repair. I had similar situation with Ubuntu and GRUB loader.

I’ve had some problems with Ubuntu and Windows 7. I’ve accidentally deleted GRUB files from the C partition when (manually) cleaning my Windows. Since this time I was unable to boot.

So, you should do this:

  1. EasyBCD-Add partition where your PearOS is to the WindowsBootloader.
  2. Restart and choose your PearOS – You should receive a message why It can’t boot. Google this prompt or files.

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