I installed elementary OS Freya from a LiveUSB (I didn't have to disable anything in the bios, I just pressed F12 and chose the USB option) after shrinking my Windows partition by 100GB. I allocated 12GB (2x my RAM) for the swap space and the rest for "/" (root).

I was following this guide up until it tells you to reboot into Windows:

Reboot your computer … and most likely your computer will boot straight into Windows …

However, my laptop boots straight into elementary OS. Any idea how to get Windows back as a boot option?


Additional information: Alienware M14xR2, with Windows 7

[Output from Boot Repair] (1)

GParted screenshot

edit: I have [these options] (2) available in "Advanced" option in Boot Repair. I can change the "OS to boot by default". However, that does nothing. [Shows "Windows 7 loader" as an option] (3) but selecting it simply restarts the computer.

Output of parted -l:

Model: ATA WDC WD7500BPKT-7 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 750GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system     Flags
 1      32.3kB  41.1MB  41.1MB  primary   fat16           diag
 2      41.9MB  21.2GB  21.2GB  primary   ntfs            boot
 3      21.2GB  645GB   624GB   primary   ntfs
 4      645GB   750GB   105GB   extended
 5      645GB   738GB   92.9GB  logical   ext4
 6      738GB   750GB   12.0GB  logical   linux-swap(v1)
  • Can't post more than 2 links. So posting them here. Link (1) Link (2) Link (3)
    – Sofie
    Jul 27, 2015 at 17:10
  • The link to guide already states that you will be able to destroy your pc, i do hope you followed the review attentively and did create a recovery disk Jul 27, 2015 at 17:33
  • What do you mean "destroy your PC"? I'm very well aware that things could go wrong if that's what you mean. Does that mean I shouldn't ask for assistance when something does break?
    – Sofie
    Jul 27, 2015 at 17:41
  • Did you allocate swap space on you Windows partition? If so, it's likely that Windows partition is reformatted.
    – Duong Pham
    Jul 28, 2015 at 5:27
  • Would you mind to open Terminal on elementary OS, run sudo parted -l (it will ask for your password, that's fine!) and add the output to your question?
    – embik
    Jul 28, 2015 at 5:34

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I think your windows partition is /dev/sda3. /dev/sda2 seems to be the dell recovery partition, so can you just try editing grub entry by hitting e on the windows grub entry and change sda2 to sda3, F10 afterwards and post back please. :)

  • Thanks for your help :)I edited it like so and then pressed F10. Same thing happens though, I get a "Windows is loading files..." progress bar but the laptop restarts once that finishes and I'm back at the same screen again.
    – Sofie
    Jul 27, 2015 at 18:54

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