Quote Originally Posted by Hermes14 View Post
I then tried to re-install open suse 12.1 from scratch & dual boot it with windows 7 basic
It looks like linux tried to install itself on top of my windows
No. It doesn't do that - unless you tell it explicitely to use the whole disk - although I don't know what you mean by "from scratch". Most likely it took the boot flag to its root partition (or the extended partition), wherever it did install the Grub boot loader (it depends if the root partition is primary or logical). Anyway, if you reset the boot flag to your Windows partition, you will be able to boot Windows again, probably. Dunno why openSUSE installation didn't complete - there are several possible explanations. In any case, it won't certainly hurt to boot a live system, open a root terminal and post the output of :
# fdisk -l