EMERGENCY, Can't boot back into Windows Vista

I installed opensuse through a dvd installer today. I didn’t have any clue what I was doing. I just did what the installer told me to do. I wasn’t aware about all of this partition business. I’m afraid that all my files and documents I had on Vista is erased now. Everytime I try to boot into Windows, the system recovery keeps on popping up!! Here’s my info…please help me. If you could give step by step instructions, much would be appreciated!!


Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x61fe017a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 8160 13868 45857511+ f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 8160 8421 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 8422 8683 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 8684 10777 16820023+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 10778 13868 24828426 83 Linux

menu.lst:

Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Tue Nov 25 23:54:14 PST 2008

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,6)/boot/message

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.0
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST9120821AS_5PL4XZ6Z-part7 devfs=mount,dall resume=/dev/sda6 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title windows 1
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 2###
title windows 2
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe – openSUSE 11.0
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST9120821AS_5PL4XZ6Z-part7 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume edd=off x11failsafe
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Kernel-2.6.25.5-1.1-default###
title Kernel-2.6.25.5-1.1-default
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST9120821AS_5PL4XZ6Z-part7 devfs=mount,dall resume=/dev/sda6 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!

Try changing this:

title windows 1
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

to

title windows 1
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

depending on if you use gnome or kde use the following:

kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
gnomesu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

So when the menu option pops up to choose which os to boot into it looks like this:

opensuse 11.0
windows 1
windows 2
opensuse 11.0 (failsafe)
kernel-2.6.26.6-1.1-default

which one do i choose to go into windows???

Has all my files from windows been deleted?

i tried changing it like you said and it does not work…it just go back to the installation menu for installing opensuse for both window options

did you install from within windows??

i think so. i put the install cd in my computer and restarted and followed the installation guide

I installed opensuse through a dvd installer today. I didn’t have any clue what I was doing. I just did what the installer told me to do. I wasn’t aware about all of this partition business. I’m afraid that all my files and documents I had on Vista is erased now. Everytime I try to boot into Windows, the system recovery keeps on popping up!! Here’s my info…please help me. If you could give step by step instructions, much would be appreciated!!


Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x61fe017a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 8160 13868 45857511+ f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 8160 8421 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 8422 8683 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 8684 10777 16820023+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 10778 13868 24828426 83 Linux

menu.lst:

Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Tue Nov 25 23:54:14 PST 2008

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,6)/boot/message

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.0
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST9120821AS_5PL4XZ6Z-part7 devfs=mount,dall resume=/dev/sda6 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title windows 1
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 2###
title windows 2
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe – openSUSE 11.0
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST9120821AS_5PL4XZ6Z-part7 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume edd=off x11failsafe
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Kernel-2.6.25.5-1.1-default###
title Kernel-2.6.25.5-1.1-default
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST9120821AS_5PL4XZ6Z-part7 devfs=mount,dall resume=/dev/sda6 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!

I am fairly certain you have not lost your windows files. So DON’T panic.

Here is a info page: GRUB Boot Multiboot openSUSE Windows (2000, XP, Vista) using the Grub bootloader.

Try this:

**title windows 1
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader (hd0,1)+1
**

If this fails. I would consider re-installing anyway. For some reason you have 2 swap partitions

/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 8160 13868 45857511+ f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 8160 8421 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 8422 8683 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sda7 8684 10777 16820023+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 10778 13868 24828426 83 Linux

If it were me I would delete:

/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 8160 13868 45857511+ f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 8160 8421 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 8422 8683 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 8684 10777 16820023+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 10778 13868 24828426 83 Linux

Then add as follows:

/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

/ (root) partition Primary ext3 you need it to be 20GB
Next create a Extended Partition with all the space remaining
Then inside that Extended partition create:
/home ext3 logical partition as large as possible but to leave swap space
swap = 1GB is plenty

Now make sure that when you install the bootloader goes to the MBR
you can double check before the install takes place - when you get to the install summary proposal: click on the ‘Booting’ section and make sure only ‘boot from MBR’ is checked. http://img247.imageshack.us/my.php?image=xp74rq4.png

These 2
/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

in the partitioner should be ‘Do Not Format’
set a mount point for sda1 as: /windows

then install

I just replied to your earlier post of the same topic!
EMERGENCY, Can’t boot back into Windows Vista - openSUSE Forums

Topics merged as they are about the same thing from the same poster

Andy

how do you delete those partitions and reinstall? if it is possible could u give step by step instrutions

Install/Partitioning: Partitioning/Install Guide - openSUSE Forums

Just boot from the DVD
at his page:ImageShack - Image Hosting :: xp53qp0.png
chose the left one ‘Create Partition Setup’

Then choose: ImageShack - Image Hosting :: xp54oc2.png

Now you can use the Yast Partitioner to delete. You should not do anything with the NTFS partitions:
/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

all this can go:
/dev/sda3 8160 13868 45857511+ f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 8160 8421 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 8422 8683 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 8684 10777 16820023+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 10778 13868 24828426 83 Linux

Now you do as I said before:

/ (root) partition Primary ext3 you need it to be 20GB
Next create a Extended Partition with all the space remaining
Then inside that Extended partition create:
/home ext3 logical partition as large as possible but to leave swap space
swap = 1GB is plenty

Now make sure that when you install the bootloader goes to the MBR
you can double check before the install takes place - when you get to the install summary proposal: click on the ‘Booting’ section and make sure only ‘boot from MBR’ is checked. ImageShack - Image Hosting :: xp74rq4.png

These 2
in the partitioner should be ‘Do Not Format’
set a mount point for sda1 as: /windows
/dev/sda1 * 1 8160 65537167 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13869 14593 5823562+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

*Nothing actually happens until you install, so don’t panic. You can always back out if your not sure.