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This is what I have: Code: Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: ...
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    Can't boot Windows


    This is what I have:

    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x5e415e41
     
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       13054   104856223+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2           13055       24321    90502177+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5           13055       19581    52428096    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6           19582       24321    38074018+  83  Linux
    Code:
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
     
    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default		4
     
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout		10
     
    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    #hiddenmenu
     
    # Pretty colours
    #color cyan/blue white/blue
     
    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    #      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret
     
    #
    # examples
    #
    # title		Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root		(hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader	+1
    #
    # title		Linux
    # root		(hd0,1)
    # kernel	/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #
     
    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
     
    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
     
    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
     
    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=UUID=6d4a6e88-aefd-46e6-afd3-f816d537cf75 ro
     
    ## Setup crashdump menu entries
    ## e.g. crashdump=1
    # crashdump=0
     
    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=(hd0,5)
     
    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ##      alternative=false
    # alternative=true
     
    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ##      lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false
     
    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash
     
    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ##      lockold=true
    # lockold=false
     
    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=
     
    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0
     
    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ##      altoptions=(recovery) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single
     
    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ##      howmany=7
    # howmany=all
     
    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ##      memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true
     
    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false
     
    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false
     
    ## ## End Default Options ##
     
    title		Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
    root		(hd0,5)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=6d4a6e88-aefd-46e6-afd3-f816d537cf75 ro quiet splash
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
    quiet
     
    title		Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic (recovery mode)
    root		(hd0,5)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=6d4a6e88-aefd-46e6-afd3-f816d537cf75 ro single
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
     
    title		Ubuntu 8.04, memtest86+
    root		(hd0,5)
    kernel		/boot/memtest86+.bin
    quiet
     
    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
     
    # This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
    # ones.
    title Other operating systems:
    root
     
    # This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
    # on /dev/sda1
    title		Windows XP Media Center Edition
    root		(hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader	+1
    When I try to boot my Windows, it says that it's loading but then goes back to the boot menu.

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    restore mbr from your windows disk then see if you can boot windows,if yes then reinstall grub from ubuntu disk if not then reinstall windows and then ubuntu

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    How do I reinstall mbr/reinstall GRUB?


    Oh and here's what it literally says for loading the Windows:

    Code:
    Starting Up...
    GRUB Loading Stage 2
    After that, it goes to boot menu again.

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    Change this:

    root (hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader +1

    to this:

    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader +1

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    Have you tried to remove GRUB? Does Windows OS boot up by default after removing GRUB?
    If you havn't removed GRUB yet then boot up from SuperGRUB CD and select Fix Windows Boot Loader option. Or Boot up from Windows Installation CD and select repair. Execute fixmbr command at repair prompt.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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