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Mine is Dell xps 13 ultrabook shipped with windows 7. I thought of installing ubuntu, so I unknowingly deleted recovery partition, formatted it and installed ubuntu. Now ubuntu is working fine. But in grub, I am not able to see windows. So I followed this tutorial How to Manually Repair Windows 7 Boot Loader Problems - How-To Geek to fix my windows. But it didnt work

In second screenshot, Windows 7 option didnt appear. I clicked next and did Startup repair which didnt help and then went to command prompt to execute the two commands

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

The first command executed successfully but the second command gave me an error "the volume does not contain a recognized file system"

How can I recover my windows . Please help. I need windows badly


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Pretty sure deleting the recovery partition is incidental to the problem. – kotekzot Oct 6 '12 at 17:47
Can you confirm your windows partition still exists from linux? – Ben West Oct 6 '12 at 20:33
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Finally got the solution. In case if someone else also faces similar problem, here is the solution

1)Some times system repair may not work

2)Its because C partition may not be active - In my case atleast this happend - so fix is - First make it active -

3)Now try system repair. It works :)

So be careful while deleting recovery partition. If you delete it, make the main partition active and then try system repair.

Thanks guys :)

I just shared all my dual booting experience here - in case - it can help some one -

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