[Wubi] Computer saying missing file

Asked by Mark-John Clifford on 2012-11-26

When I installed Ubuntu and went to log in I received a message saying I needed the start up disk. It said there is a file missing or damaged. This is a brand new computer with Windows 8. So I don't know what is up.

This is what I am seeing when I click to boot ubuntu

File \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr
Status 0xc000007b
Note: required file missing or containing errors

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Mark-John Clifford (markjohn1) said : #1

This is what I am seeing when I click to boot ubuntu

File \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr
Status 0xc000007b
Note: required file missing or containing errors

Have you chkdsk'd your NTFS partition?

Mark-John Clifford (markjohn1) said : #3

No I haven't. What do I need to do for that? Sorry not that good at programming

bcbc (bcbc) said : #4

Wubi doesn't work on computers that boot with UEFI because they use GPT disks. All new Windows 8 computers fall into that category. There is no known workaround. (Other than disabling secure boot, switch to a MBR partition table, reinstall windows, which would be ridiculous).

So... no wubi. Use a virtual machine (VMWare or VirtualBox both work well) to try out Ubuntu, or install as a regular dual boot, in which case you have to use the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. I think you need 12.10 as well: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

Mark-John Clifford (markjohn1) said : #5

Thank you bcbc. I will use your way and see what I can do.

bcbc (bcbc) said : #6

Ok, you're welcome. Please research the topic before going ahead because UEFI and secure boot is very new. That link recommends boot-repair or the remix ISO, but personally I would stick with the main supported Ubuntu desktop ISO. Just follow instructions on booting the CDI in efi mode and let it install.

Prior to that I recommend:
1. Create a windows 8 repair CD from windows
2. Create windows restore disks if you don't have the installation DVD
3. Backup data
4. If you need to make space on your drive, shrink the main windows partition from within Windows 8's Disk Management tool.

Then when you install, the installer should use the free space.

bcbc (bcbc) said : #7

Typo in last post: CDI should be CD. As in... "Just follow instructions on booting the CD in efi mode".

I think that the desktop ISO is probably too large to fit on a CD so you can burn it on a DVD or create a bootable USB.

Its nothing to do with programming......

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