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Old 16th July 2012, 03:13 AM
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Unhappy Need help with fedora and GRUB, major mistake made.

I was using GRUB to dual boot fedora and windows 7, but I removed fedora. Now I cannot boot windows. I downloaded fedora to a usb so I could reinstall it, but when trying to boot from it, GRUB cannot find the kernel. All I can do is get into recovery mode or enter the kernel to boot from. My fedora is the bootable 32 bit, that is about 3.6 gigs if that matters. Please help.
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Old 16th July 2012, 03:57 AM
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Re: Need help with fedora and GRUB, major mistake made.

I did that once The problem is that when you installed fedora, grub overwrote the windows bootloader (which is called 'NTLDR' IIRC). And when you got rid of the fedora partition the grub config files went with it.

Assuming you don't actually want fedora on your system, I think the best way is to just repair the windows bootloader. EasyBCD seems to do the job (download link is at the bottom of the page). You'll have to burn it to a USB on another computer though.

And if you do want to keep fedora then try verifying the ISO. In any case, try reburning it.

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Old 16th July 2012, 04:09 AM
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Re: Need help with fedora and GRUB, major mistake made.

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You'll have to burn it to a USB on another computer though.
I downloaded it and put in on the usb, now what? Sorry if I'm dumb ^.^ do i just plug it in and run my usb? or download it to the other computer and do something then? Thank you so much, I think you just made my whole week
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Old 16th July 2012, 04:40 AM
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I downloaded it and put in on the usb, now what? Sorry if I'm dumb ^.^ do i just plug it in and run my usb?
If you actually burnt it to the USB, yes Once you've booted into it then there should be an option to repair the windows bootloader. If there are options between different bootloaders make sure you choose the right one for your system, because between XP and 7 there were a lotta changes.
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Old 16th July 2012, 04:47 AM
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If you actually burnt it to the USB, yes
Apparently my winload.exe is missing or corrupt, and I don't have a disk for it, any tips? Thanks for the help so far.
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