I installed Linux from the installation disk - I want to be able to switch back to Windows. How is this done?

Asked by Ben san pedro on 2010-10-18

Question 1
After installing Linux from an installation disk, my computer boots up with the Linux system. I want to be able to switch back to Windows Operating system to access some of my files. How is this done?

Question 2
The linux does not seem to recognize my WiFi. It can only access the internet if an ethernet cable is directly attached. How can this be done?

Question 3
Linux does not want to play video or You Tube videos. A message saying down load "Flash Player" shows up in a box.
 I downloaded all Adobe Flash Player but Linux still does not play videos. What Adobe Flash Player is appropriate?

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2010-10-26
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2010-10-24
François Tissandier (baloo) said : #1

1.
Two solutions:
-you can access to your Windows partition from Ubuntu. It should appear in "Places", maybe with a weird name, but it should be there
-if you installed it side by side with Windows, you should have a boot menu where you can choose between Windows & Ubuntu

2. You probably need a driver for your wireless card. If you plug your ethernet cable and check for hardware drivers in System>Administration, does it find anything ?
If it does not, could you open a terminal and type "lspci" and copy paste the ouput here please ? This way we can know the brand & model of your card and help you.

3. To install Flash, you should follow the instruction in Firefox. I think Firefox is displaying a message to install Flash. If it does not, open the Software Center, and look for Flash, it should be in there.

The generally rule here is to made a single question into a single thread
Please split aggregate questions here into simple one

Ben san pedro (bsanpedro2006) said : #3

Thank you for your reply. I could not find anything on Ubundu's menu to access
Windows. However, I was able to access my computer hardware using F2 and F12.
F12 gave me three choices. I tried booting from each one but all of them boots
up Ubundu. I would interpret that as the whole Windows, program and files have
been overridden by Ubuntu. That spells disaster for me. But that is what I get
for monkeying with something I do not fully understand.

I will try to install Windows once more so I have the option of going back and
forth.

I found the step by step procedure to install the Flash Driver. I will try that
sometime in the next few days. Will let you know.

for the Internet, I will foll;ow your suggestion too. Will let you know.

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Subject: Re: [Question #130087]: I installed Linux from the installation disk -
I want to be able to switch back to Windows. How is this done?

Your question #130087 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/130087

    Status: Open => Answered

François Tissandier proposed the following answer:
1.
Two solutions:
-you can access to your Windows partition from Ubuntu. It should appear in
"Places", maybe with a weird name, but it should be there
-if you installed it side by side with Windows, you should have a boot menu
where you can choose between Windows & Ubuntu

2. You probably need a driver for your wireless card. If you plug your ethernet
cable and check for hardware drivers in System>Administration, does it find
anything ?
If it does not, could you open a terminal and type "lspci" and copy paste the
ouput here please ? This way we can know the brand & model of your card and help
you.

3. To install Flash, you should follow the instruction in Firefox. I
think Firefox is displaying a message to install Flash. If it does not,
open the Software Center, and look for Flash, it should be in there.

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marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #4

switching back to windoze depends on whether you overwrote it or not.

press CTL+ALT+T and another screen will open up. in that screen, type

sudo fdisk -l

that's a lowercase L

enter your password when it asks for it

paste the output here and we can see if windoze had been erased or not.

Ben san pedro (bsanpedro2006) said : #5

Mr. Marcus Aurelius

thank you for your reply, following your suggestion for the sudo command, I am
pasting the output

Usage:
 fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
 fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
 fdisk -s <partition> give partition size(s) in blocks

Options:
 -b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
 -c switch off DOS-compatible mode
 -h print help
 -u <size> give sizes in sectors instead of cylinders
 -v print version
 -C <number> specify the number of cylinders
 -H <number> specify the number of heads
 -S <number> specify the number of sectors per track

ben@ben-Aspire-5532:~$

This is greek to me. What does this mean?

 Benito San Pedro

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Subject: Re: [Question #130087]: I installed Linux from the installation disk -
I want to be able to switch back to Windows. How is this done?

Your question #130087 on grub in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/grub/+question/130087

    Status: Open => Answered

marcus aurelius proposed the following answer:
switching back to windoze depends on whether you overwrote it or not.

press CTL+ALT+T and another screen will open up. in that screen, type

sudo fdisk -l

that's a lowercase L

enter your password when it asks for it

paste the output here and we can see if windoze had been erased or not.

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François Tissandier (baloo) said : #6

Make sure you type the complete command:

sudo fdisk -l

(including the minus and L letter)

Ben san pedro (bsanpedro2006) said : #7

Sorry I had to go out of town. Ok. I did it again. Typed sudo fdisk -l. Here's the output

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0002c8af

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 18663 149903360 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 18663 19458 6384641 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 18663 19458 6384640 82 Linux swap / Solaris

What does this mean? Please explain. Thanks, Ben

The windows partition is gone, so you must reinstall Windows but i suggest you to install it into Virtualbox inside Ubuntu

Ben san pedro (bsanpedro2006) said : #9

I guess, that answers the question. My windows files are gone. This step confirms my worst fear but I just have to learn from this mistake. This ends my query 1.

For my question 2 - I was able to download Adobe Flash player. It did not work initially but when I transferred it from "downloads" to "desktop", the program worked. So This question is solved.

For my question # 3, I will install the appropriate driver and expect to be able to go WiFi. This should also end my query 3.

Thank you very much, guys! You are tremendous.

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