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    Default Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    I installed Windows 7 first, then Windows 8.1. With just those 2 operating systems installed, when I turned on my computer the Windows Boot Manager gave me the option to boot Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. That was convenient, but then I installed OpenSuse. The Grub Boot Manager came up when I turned my computer on now. Well that works until I want to boot Windows 7, because I only have the option to boot Windows 8.1 and OpenSuse. While scouring the internet some websites said that the Windows 8.1 option should bring up the Windows Boot Manager, but it doesn't. I can't boot to my Windows 7 installation at all and that's my issue. I don't care if I have to add OpenSuse to the Windows Boot Manager and disable the Grub Boot Manager altogether, or if I have to replace them both. I just want a way to boot my Windows 7 installation. I should add that I have very little experience using the Linux Terminal or really anything pertaining to OpenSuse at all. Please help me in finding a way to boot Windows 7, and make sure a noob like myself understands what to do. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by Burklow View Post
    While scouring the internet some websites said that the Windows 8.1 option should bring up the Windows Boot Manager, but it doesn't.
    Yes, it should.

    On my laptop, the grub menu has two different entries to boot Windows 7. Does your grub menu have two different entries for Windows 8? If it does, have you tried them both? The point being that the Windows boot manager can have different options for the two different grub menu entries.

    In any case, what you probably want, is to be able to boot linux from the Windows boot manager. I'm doing that on my laptop. I don't think it is possible with UEFI, but since you started with Windows 7, you probably don't have UEFI.

    Please provide the output from:
    Code:
    # fdisk -l
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    We need that information to give more detailed advice.
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    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    On 2014-04-26 08:36, Burklow wrote:
    >
    > I installed Windows 7 first, then Windows 8.1. With just those 2
    > operating systems installed, when I turned on my computer the Windows
    > Boot Manager gave me the option to boot Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. That
    > was convenient, but then I installed OpenSuse. The Grub Boot Manager
    > came up when I turned my computer on now. Well that works until I want
    > to boot Windows 7, because I only have the option to boot Windows 8.1
    > and OpenSuse. While scouring the internet some websites said that the
    > Windows 8.1 option should bring up the Windows Boot Manager, but it
    > doesn't. I can't boot to my Windows 7 installation at all and that's my
    > issue. I don't care if I have to add OpenSuse to the Windows Boot
    > Manager and disable the Grub Boot Manager altogether, or if I have to
    > replace them both. I just want a way to boot my Windows 7 installation.
    > I should add that I have very little experience using the Linux
    > Terminal or really anything pertaining to OpenSuse at all. Please help
    > me in finding a way to boot Windows 7, and make sure a noob like myself
    > understands what to do. Thanks!


    I still need some coffee to be fully awake and understand all that you
    said, but I'll have a go :-)

    In order to have Windows boot manager, with traditional BIOS+MBR boot
    (ie, not UEFI+GPT), control the situation when you install Linux, or
    rather openSUSE, you have to tell the Linux install to boot from its
    root partition and do not touch the MBR.

    Once things are wrong, we have to found how they went wrong. Assuming it
    is an MBR system, you have to change Linux in that way (it will no
    longer boot till next step), then restore Windows booting using windows
    tools, and configure Windows boot using, for instance, EasyBCD. There
    you tell it to offer linux grub as an extra entry.

    You could try running this script to find out a lot of information about
    your system boot:


    bootinfoscript



    However, if you are using UEFI+GPT, as is probable where Windows 8 and a
    new computer are involved, scratch all the above and wait for someone
    with UEFI knowledge to come by ;-)

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    You could try running this script to find out a lot of information about
    your system boot:


    bootinfoscript
    Code:
                      Boot Info Script 0.61      [1 April 2012]
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => Windows 7/8/2012 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows 8/2012: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /bootmgr /Boot/BCD
    
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows 7/2008: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows 7
        Boot files:        /Windows/System32/winload.exe
    
    sda3: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows 7/2008: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /bootmgr /Windows/System32/winload.exe
    
    sda4: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Grub2 (v1.99-2.00)
        Boot sector info:  Grub2 (v2.00) is installed in the boot sector of sda4 
                           and looks at sector 952058272 of the same hard drive 
                           for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
                           for (,msdos6)/boot/grub2.
    
    sda5: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
    
    sda6: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  Welcome to openSUSE 13.1 "Bottle" - Kernel ().
        Boot files:        /boot/grub2/grub.cfg /etc/fstab 
                           /boot/grub2/i386-pc/core.img
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1               2,048       206,847       204,800   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda2             206,848   452,483,071   452,276,224   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda3         452,483,072   871,913,471   419,430,400   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda4    *    871,913,472   976,773,119   104,859,648   f W95 Extended (LBA)
    /dev/sda5         871,915,520   876,136,447     4,220,928  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6         876,138,496   976,752,639   100,614,144  83 Linux
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/sda1        F2B63E1FB63DE4AF                       ntfs       System Reserved
    /dev/sda2        8EBA4A4FBA4A344D                       ntfs       
    /dev/sda3        DABE4BB5BE4B8949                       ntfs       
    /dev/sda5        00d201f4-1746-481e-ba0e-52184af7540f   swap       
    /dev/sda6        2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a   ext4       
    
    ========================= "ls -l /dev/disk/by-id" output: ======================
    
    total 0
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M -> ../../sda
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part1 -> ../../sda1
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part2 -> ../../sda2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part3 -> ../../sda3
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part4 -> ../../sda4
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 -> ../../sda5
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part6 -> ../../sda6
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 Apr 26 13:18 ata-hp_DVD-RAM_UJ8D1_SAD1609559 -> ../../sr0
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M -> ../../sda
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part1 -> ../../sda1
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part2 -> ../../sda2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part3 -> ../../sda3
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part4 -> ../../sda4
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 -> ../../sda5
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-1ATA_HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part6 -> ../../sda6
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M -> ../../sda
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part1 -> ../../sda1
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part2 -> ../../sda2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part3 -> ../../sda3
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part4 -> ../../sda4
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 -> ../../sda5
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 scsi-SATA_HGST_HTS725050A7_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part6 -> ../../sda6
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1 -> ../../sda
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1-part1 -> ../../sda1
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1-part2 -> ../../sda2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1-part3 -> ../../sda3
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1-part4 -> ../../sda4
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1-part5 -> ../../sda5
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Apr 26 13:18 wwn-0x5000cca77fdc0ed1-part6 -> ../../sda6
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda2        /mnt/8EBA4A4FBA4A344D    fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,allow_other,blksize=4096)
    /dev/sda3        /mnt/DABE4BB5BE4B8949    fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,allow_other,blksize=4096)
    /dev/sda6        /                        ext4       (rw,relatime,data=ordered)
    
    
    ========================== sda6/boot/grub2/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub2-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      load_env
    fi
    if [ "${next_entry}" ] ; then
       set default="${next_entry}"
       set next_entry=
       save_env next_entry
       set boot_once=true
    else
       set default="${saved_entry}"
    fi
    
    if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
      menuentry_id_option="--id"
    else
      menuentry_id_option=""
    fi
    
    export menuentry_id_option
    
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
        insmod all_video
      else
        insmod efi_gop
        insmod efi_uga
        insmod ieee1275_fb
        insmod vbe
        insmod vga
        insmod video_bochs
        insmod video_cirrus
      fi
    }
    
    if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
       font=unicode
    else
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='hd0,msdos6'
    if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
    else
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
    fi
        font="/usr/share/grub2/unicode.pf2"
    fi
    
    if loadfont $font ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
      set lang=en_US
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ x${boot_once} = xtrue ]; then
      set timeout=0
    elif sleep --interruptible 0 ; then
      set timeout=8
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry 'openSUSE 13.1' --class 'opensuse-13-1' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a' {
        load_video
        set gfxpayload=keep
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='hd0,msdos6'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
        else
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
        fi
        echo    'Loading Linux 3.11.10-7-desktop ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.10-7-desktop root=UUID=2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a   devfs=mount,dall   resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd-3.11.10-7-desktop
    }
    submenu 'Advanced options for openSUSE 13.1' $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-advanced-2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a' {
        menuentry 'openSUSE 13.1, with Linux 3.11.10-7-desktop' --class 'opensuse-13-1' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.10-7-desktop-advanced-2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a' {
            load_video
            set gfxpayload=keep
            insmod gzio
            insmod part_msdos
            insmod ext2
            set root='hd0,msdos6'
            if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            else
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            fi
            echo    'Loading Linux 3.11.10-7-desktop ...'
            linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.10-7-desktop root=UUID=2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a   devfs=mount,dall   resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts
            echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
            initrd    /boot/initrd-3.11.10-7-desktop
        }
        menuentry 'openSUSE 13.1, with Linux 3.11.10-7-desktop (recovery mode)' --class 'opensuse-13-1' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.10-7-desktop-recovery-2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a' {
            load_video
            set gfxpayload=keep
            insmod gzio
            insmod part_msdos
            insmod ext2
            set root='hd0,msdos6'
            if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            else
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            fi
            echo    'Loading Linux 3.11.10-7-desktop ...'
            linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.10-7-desktop root=UUID=2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a  showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset  x11failsafe
            echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
            initrd    /boot/initrd-3.11.10-7-desktop
        }
        menuentry 'openSUSE 13.1, with Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop' --class 'opensuse-13-1' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.6-4-desktop-advanced-2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a' {
            load_video
            set gfxpayload=keep
            insmod gzio
            insmod part_msdos
            insmod ext2
            set root='hd0,msdos6'
            if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            else
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            fi
            echo    'Loading Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop ...'
            linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.6-4-desktop root=UUID=2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a   devfs=mount,dall   resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts
            echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
            initrd    /boot/initrd-3.11.6-4-desktop
        }
        menuentry 'openSUSE 13.1, with Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop (recovery mode)' --class 'opensuse-13-1' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.6-4-desktop-recovery-2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a' {
            load_video
            set gfxpayload=keep
            insmod gzio
            insmod part_msdos
            insmod ext2
            set root='hd0,msdos6'
            if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            else
              search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a
            fi
            echo    'Loading Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop ...'
            linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.6-4-desktop root=UUID=2cb07381-d15f-402f-b7db-5eac0fd53b6a  showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset  x11failsafe
            echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
            initrd    /boot/initrd-3.11.6-4-desktop
        }
    }

  5. #5

    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    Code:
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_ppc_terminfo ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_ppc_terminfo ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry 'Windows 8 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)' --class windows --class os  $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-F2B63E1FB63DE4AF' {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ntfs
        set root='hd0,msdos1'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1  --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1 --hint='hd0,msdos1'   F2B63E1FB63DE4AF
        else
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root F2B63E1FB63DE4AF
        fi
        drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
        chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
      source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
    elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/90_persistent ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/90_persistent ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sda6/etc/fstab: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part5 swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-HGST_HTS725050A7E630_TF1500WHHZRE5M-part6 /                    ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 1
    /dev/disk/by-uuid/DABE4BB5BE4B8949 /mnt/DABE4BB5BE4B8949 auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show,x-gvfs-name=Windows%208.1 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-uuid/8EBA4A4FBA4A344D /mnt/8EBA4A4FBA4A344D auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show,x-gvfs-name=Windows%207 0 0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sda6: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
    
    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
    cat: /tmp/BootInfo-CiO9VGea/Tmp_Log: No such file or directory
      /dev/cdrom: open failed: No medium found
      No volume groups found
    mdadm: No arrays found in config file or automatically
    Once things are wrong, we have to found how they went wrong. Assuming it
    is an MBR system, you have to change Linux in that way (it will no
    longer boot till next step), then restore Windows booting using windows
    tools, and configure Windows boot using, for instance, EasyBCD. There
    you tell it to offer linux grub as an extra entry.
    I've already tried disabling the Grub boot manager, but it still came up when I booted the computer.

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    You are using the Windows MBR code but you have the boot flog on the extended partition where I assume the grub boot is. So to get to Windows as default boot you need to set the boot flag to a Windows boot partition. I'm guessing sda1 (first partition) is a boot partition




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    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Please provide the output from:
    Code:
    # fdisk -l
    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk label type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x68265a5d
    
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 206848 452483071 226138112 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3 452483072 871913471 209715200 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda4 * 871913472 976773119 52429824 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 871915520 876136447 2110464 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 876138496 976752639 50307072 83 Linux

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    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by Burklow View Post
    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk label type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x68265a5d
    
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 206848 452483071 226138112 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3 452483072 871913471 209715200 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda4 * 871913472 976773119 52429824 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 871915520 876136447 2110464 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 876138496 976752639 50307072 83 Linux
    You have three Windows partitions there.

    Currently, partition 4 (the extended partition) is set as active. And it looks as if you are booting partition 1 to get to Windows 8.

    One of the other Windows partitions, probably partition 3 (or "/dev/sda3") will get you to Windows 7 and the old boot manager prompt.

    I should have asked for this before. Can you provide the output from:
    Code:
    df
    Here's my plan:

    1. We mount a Windows partition (if not already mounted);
    2. We copy the partition boot sector (that boots grub) into a file in the Windows partition;
    3. We change the active partition, so that you get back to booting Windows the same way as before
    4. We add an entry to the Windows boot manager to boot opensuse.


    I'm looking for that "df" output to see if you have a Windows partition already mounted.

    It will also be useful to know how you installed opensuse. Did you install from the install DVD, or from live media? The reason for wanting to know this, is that when following the plan I suggest, you may lose the ability to boot opensuse. So I need to know if you can at least boot from the install media that you used.

    Waiting for your response.
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    Default Re: Triple Booting Windows 7, 8.1 and Opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by Burklow View Post
    [CODE]
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
    ...
    I have one more question for you.

    On your opensuse system, there is very likely a file: "/boot/backup_mbr".

    If that file exists, can you provide the output from:
    Code:
    /sbin/fdisk -l   /boot/backup_mbr
    You can probably run that command as an ordinary user (no need to be root).

    I think that will tell us what was the active partition before you installed opensuse, and knowing that will help.
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    I should have asked for this before. Can you provide the output from:
    Code:
    df
    Code:
    Filesystem     1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda6       49386288   4257144  44056312   9% /
    devtmpfs         4022364        16   4022348   1% /dev
    tmpfs            4035272        84   4035188   1% /dev/shm
    tmpfs            4035272      5784   4029488   1% /run
    tmpfs            4035272         0   4035272   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    tmpfs            4035272      5784   4029488   1% /var/run
    tmpfs            4035272      5784   4029488   1% /var/lock
    /dev/sda2      226138108 107347364 118790744  48% /mnt/8EBA4A4FBA4A344D
    /dev/sda3      209715196  19596188 190119008  10% /mnt/DABE4BB5BE4B8949

    It will also be useful to know how you installed opensuse. Did you install from the install DVD, or from live media? The reason for wanting to know this, is that when following the plan I suggest, you may lose the ability to boot opensuse. So I need to know if you can at least boot from the install media that you used.
    I installed from a cd but I could use a flash drive if that's needed.

    If that file exists, can you provide the output from:
    Code:
    /sbin/fdisk -l   /boot/backup_mbr
    Code:
    Disk /boot/backup_mbr: 0 MB, 512 bytes, 1 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk label type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x68265a5d
    
               Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /boot/backup_mbr1            2048      206847      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /boot/backup_mbr2          206848   452483071   226138112    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /boot/backup_mbr3       452483072   871913471   209715200    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /boot/backup_mbr4   *   871913472   976773119    52429824    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)

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