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by SkepTones / April 22, 2013 11:50 PM PDT

Recently I was wanting to try Ubuntu alongside win7 just out of interest. I downloaded the iso and made a bootable flash drive and proceeded to use the wubi installer. I have 2 hard drives in my computer, the primary (where windows 7 is kept ) and a secondary (empty). I attempted to install Ubuntu specifically to my secondary hard drive to AVOID interfering with windows 7, but somehow that didn't work and Windows was ruined. I've installed ubuntu and other linux OS's many times before but never tried to install it to a secondary hard drive, and apparently that wasn't a good idea. I tried recovery but couldn't manage to get it back. After that I decided to just accept the loss and try to stick with Ubuntu. So pretty much what I have now is a freshly wiped clean computer that once had win7 and is now running only Ubuntu.

Now here's the problem: I want windows back like crazy. I mean Ubuntu is alright, but compared to windows its terrible. Is there any way to get it back at this point??? Am I going to be forced to put up with Ubuntu until I buy a new version of windows????

Here is my computer model and everything-

The secondary hard drive is one I installed myself, its a 7200 rpm Seagate 200gb.

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If you don't have the recovery discs, order from HP
by wpgwpg / April 23, 2013 12:19 AM PDT
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You should've burned the recovery discs when you first got the computer, but if you didn't, you should be able to get HP to send them to you for a small fee.
When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $70 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free which you can download from . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.
Good luck.

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Re: Windows
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 23, 2013 12:13 AM PDT
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Just re-install Windows from your recovery disks. Should work.
And in your story I miss where you wiped the disk.


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Without knowing
by Jimmy Greystone / April 23, 2013 12:25 AM PDT
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Without knowing how Ubuntu "ruined" Windows, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that all you need to do is restore the Windows 7 bootloader. There should be something in the documentation provided with Ubuntu on how to remove it and restore Windows.

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