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Thread: I borked my Vista install because I don't know what I am doing.

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    Just to be sure whether the Vista is FUBARRED or whether a dualboot was inadvertantly made, what do you see when the PC is booting up ?

    Do you see any menu advising Ubuntu etc etc with Windows at the bottom ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    Nick: You think it's likely that this guy installed GRUB over his windows bootloader and did not repartition and reformat his drive(s)?
    With the wealth of information the OP has provided thus far it's all speculation.
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    give us the output of fdisk -l as root and it will let us know if you erased vista or not


    i do happen to agree that it's a blessing in disguise

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    In Greece we have an expression for guys like xxgeronimoxx and in free translation goes like this: "He don't know where goes the 4" and 4 refers to (South - North -East -West)

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    There's been a few of these types of posts here recently - from people who have booted BackTrack, clicked the install icon on the desktop, followed all of the prompts, presumably clicked Next to the bit about repartitioning the disk, and then wondered why they cant boot Vista any more. Who would have guess that the "install" icon would actually install something....

    Told you we needed to make BackTrack more difficult to install.

    This would never have happened if that "install" icon wasn't there on the desktop, getting people all confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupin View Post
    There's been a few of these types of posts here recently - from people who have booted BackTrack, clicked the install icon on the desktop, followed all of the prompts, presumably clicked Next to the bit about repartitioning the disk, and then wondered why they cant boot Vista any more. Who would have guess that the "install" icon would actually install something....

    Told you we needed to make BackTrack more difficult to install.

    This would never have happened if that "install" icon wasn't there on the desktop, getting people all confused.
    Actually, I'd consider that Icon to be more of a "Darwin Effect".
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    xxgeronimoxx - It sounds like you have two options available to you:

    1. Thank God for this serendipitous event and learn how to unlock your inner geek by learning linux

    2. Ask uncle M$ to downgrade you to Windows 7 (for a not so nominal fee of course)
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxgeronimoxx View Post
    Hi,firstly I dont even know why did I installed this program to my laptop,I mean i dont know much about computing and now I cant use my vista .when I start the laptop bt4 comes on so I cant get my vista.PLEASE,PLEASE HELP I dont know how to get my vista back.
    It's an operating system actually... if you wanted program-like feel, you should have installed it to a VM. Hopefully this will be a lesson to you in the future to @ least have some clue about what your getting into before you go borking things.
    dd if=/dev/swc666 of=/dev/wyze

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