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Installing Ubuntu 14.0.1 LTS on Windows 8.1 PC

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  1. lucid_lunatic

    lucid_lunatic Thread Starter

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    I tried installing a Linux distribution by partitioning my hard drive... Near the end of the installation, I got an error message informing me that grub-install had failed. I canceled the install, and restarted my computer.

    Now when Windows 8.1 is trying to load, it stops, giving me this message: "Your computer ran into an error and needs to restart. We are collecting some info, and then we'll restart for you."

    There was another thread on this forum that had the same issue (http://forums.techguy.org/windows-8/1135019-windows-8-1-error-lenovo.html, but the thread is closed. The problem seems to be that the partition I created for Linux infringed on some invisible recovery partition... Assuming that is the problem, how do I fix it? I can't get back into Windows to look at things.
     
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    Did you mean Ubuntu 10.04.1 (EDIT: typo; I meant 14.04.1) LTS? The 64-bit version?

    What was the full error message about the attempted Grub install?

    If you can't get Grub installed and want to get back to Windows you'll probably have to boot to the Windows 8.1 installation DVD and try to repair the boot or else reinstall or re-image Windows.
     
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    I believe the OP means Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS.

    It's not much help, but I tried dual-booting Ubuntu on an older Windows 7 laptop I had and it ruined the master boot record of my harddrive. I was no longer able to boot into Windows and after some failed troubleshooting, I wiped Windows off the laptop and installed Ubuntu completely.

    Obviously this isn't what you want, but just a warning to heed when attempting to dual-boot - things can go wrong.

    Do you have your Windows 8.1 DVD or access to the Recovery Partition?
     
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    Thanks, Cody. I was thinking so hard about .10 or .04 that I typed 10. instead of 14. :(

    Recovery partition is probably not accessible after the attempt to install Grub.
     
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    No problem. Been there before. :D

    You're probably right about the recovery partition.

    lucid_lunatic, what is the make and model of the problem computer? I'd like to see if there are recovery disks available for your system.
     
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    Yes, I meant 14.04.1 LTS. :) I was tired when I finally decided to try and get an answer from a forum. lol

    I finally had to just re-install Windows. Lost everything.

    Such is life. :D
     
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    @TheShooter93: It's an HP Pavilion g7 laptop... Don't remember the exact model number, though I did find it eventually when I was searching for answers. Guess my brain's had a clean install just like my computer. :D

    Recovery CDs are available, but my laptop's no longer under warranty so I'd have had to pay for it.
     
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    The cost for the recovery disk usually isn't too bad.

    Besides, it may be either that or installing Ubuntu as your primary (and only) operating system at this point.
     
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