I have ubuntu, linux mint and windows 8 on my computer.

A few days ago my windows installation failed, so I reinstalled it on the 500GB partition.

My hard drive is 1TB. Windows is 500GB, Ubuntu is 250GB and Mint is 250GB.

Now whenever I turn on PC, it boots straoght into Windows, and does not show me the Grub menu, so I cannot boot into Ubuntu/Mint.

Is there any way to restore the Grub bootloader without having to reinstall one of the Linux OSs?


That's normal, Windows has wrote on the MBR of your disk and now, at boot time, the bios goes straight to its boot loader. To recover your installation, all you have to do is to boot on a Linux live system, chroot on your mint, and re run grub-install.

You can for example use this walkthrough : http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-repair-restore-reinstall-grub-2-with-a-ubuntu-live-cd

  • Maybe a solution without live cd is preferrable for him. – Tatsuyuki Ishi May 17 '15 at 9:22
  • Well, I can do it with a live cd, but it is preferrable without – techgenius101 May 17 '15 at 9:46
  • I've always used the live-cd method, but if you have an alternative could share it ? Thanks ! – Toine42 May 17 '15 at 9:49

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