Need help restoring windows 7 boot after TW install.

Hi everyone,
After installing Tumbleweed in a HD that already had Windows 7 installed, I cannot boot from windows 7 as it is not listed.
What should I do in order to restore windows?

According to Boot Loader:

  • the only bootloader location that is checked is “Boot from Master Boot Record”.
  • Boot Loader: GRUB2

Some extra information, that might be useful

sda      8:0    0 465.8G  0 disk 
├─sda1   8:1    0     1K  0 part 
├─sda3   8:3    0 195.2G  0 part 
├─sda4   8:4    0   6.9G  0 part [SWAP]
├─sda5   8:5    0    40G  0 part /var/tmp
└─sda6   8:6    0 223.7G  0 part /home
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom  
sudo parted -l
Model: ATA TOSHIBA MK5065GS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system     Flags
 1      1049kB  283GB   283GB   extended                  boot, lba, type=0f
 5      2097kB  43.0GB  43.0GB  logical   btrfs           type=83
 6      43.0GB  283GB   240GB   logical   xfs             type=83
 3      283GB   493GB   210GB   primary   ntfs            type=07
 4      493GB   500GB   7340MB  primary   linux-swap(v1)  type=82

thanks in advance

… did you make a backup to another drive before you installed TW?

I didn’t do any back up as I didn’t have any valuable data on Windows 7.
If possible I want to avoid the burden of not only installing again W7, MS Office, etc, but also having to restore TW boot after a windows install.

The title of this thread is changed after a request of the OP.

I do not know if this has initiated your problem, but your partitioning is a bit strange.

Normally a disk starts with some primary partitions of which the last one is then the extended partition that covers the rest of the disk. Inside that extended there are then the logical partitions. In your case that should have been in the sequence: primary 1, primary 2, primary and extended 3 that then has logical 5 and logical 6.

In your case it the sequence is: primary and extended 1 that then has logical 5 and logical 6, primary 3, primary 4.

Now, I have seen more occasions of adventurous partitioning , but this disk must have quite a history of partitioning and re-partitioning to arrive at such a mixed up situation. :wink:

Can we assume btw that 3 is the Windows system?

The original title of this thread was confusing.

The questions is not to restore the Windows 7 OS on it’s partition(s) (it apparently is still there), but to make Grub showing it in it’s list and being able to boot it.

I know the partitioning is not very tidy. Before installing TW, I had another distro installed (I’m not very good at managing disks:()
Yes, sda3 is the windows system.

What about boot-repair?
Do you think is it worth giving a try?

There’s a couple of things you can do:

  1. Use YaST - System - Bootloader. Make sure the option “Probe for other OS’s” is checked and press OK, OK. Reboot and see if os-prober has found your Windows install
  2. Boot from an install medium in Rescue mode.

Yes, this is what threw me off. It certainly is not standard for a PC shipped with Windows, and guessing it was such a machine, I assumed somehow Windows was completely blown away. To me, it looked like even the Factory Recovery partition was blown out, along with the Windows System partition, so I knew of no other solution than restore from a backup (or completely re-install Windows from external media).

Can we assume btw that 3 is the Windows system?

You were ahead of me on this. I assumed it was a Windows Data partition, not Windows System.

Glad to hear from OP that sda3 is Windows System, can now be an easy recovery, when Knurpht’s latest suggestion gets an answer.