Grub loading...; error: file not found; grub rescue>

Asked by help on 2009-12-15

I have two hard disk one with windows vista and other Ubuntu 9.10, due to insufficient space from hard disk so, I deleted ubuntu partition after rebooted and got the message:

GRUB loading.
error: file not found
grub rescue>

tried obvious commands but none seem to work, wont allow me to access my windows vista.

what do i do to remove it?

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wojox (wojox) said : #1

Download and it will restore order.

help (farmsn17) said : #2

from the homepage looks like this tool is for recovering linux boot, i don't want to recover it i want to remove it or does it do both?

wojox (wojox) said : #3

XP Users:

   1. Boot your PC with Windows XP CD and select Repair.
   2. Then select the OS, once you are there you'll have a command line.
   3. Type Administrator password. If Admin password is blank, just press Enter.
   4. Type fixmbr, and then press Enter.
   5. Restart PC.
   6. Delete Ubuntu Partitions.

Vista Users:

   1. Boot PC with Windows Vista installation disc.
   2. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
   3. Click Repair your computer.
   4. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
   5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
   6. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press Enter.
   7. Delete Ubuntu Partitions.

This will also overwrite GRUB with Windows boot loader.

help (farmsn17) said : #4

Im using vista, tried what you suggested but the command didn't work, it showed other commands which were available but none of them worked.

Best GD (glenniss) said : #5

"help" if you still have this problem be advised that "wojox" provided the answer. I had the similar problem.
6. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press Enter--the result tells you what commands you must enter. Probably Bootrec.exe/fixmbr will do the trick. If no-just try them all. Note that the full command includes Bootrec.exe then a / then the command. Also sometimes you might need to use the "Repair you computer" from Vista installation disc 2 or 3 times.

GD (glenniss) said : #6

GD (Old Snowman) just about forgot:
Thanks "wojox" you helped solve my problem.

help (farmsn17) said : #7

Thanks GD, that solved my question.

help (farmsn17) said : #8

Thanks guys I appreciate the help