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Thread: Can't boot Windows 7 after installing Kali on USB and HDD

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    Can't boot Windows 7 after installing Kali on USB and HDD

    Hi everyone, I'm a new Kali Linux user and having problems with booting Windows 7 after installing Kali Linux on my HDD and USB.

    I am using a Lenovo ThinkPad, and recently after installing Kali, I can't seem to boot back to Windows. I have tried playing around with boot settings and order in BIOS but couldn't seem to fix the problem.

    I'm running Linux kali 4.13.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.13.4-2kali1 (2017-10-16) x86_64 GNU/Linux

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    That is probably due to you install kali in Legacy BIOS and your Windows 7 was in UEFI mode.

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    Changed BIOS settings to Boot UEFI only, looks like my hard disk drive isn't showing up on list of boot devices? When select either of the two options, the screen flashes and nothing happen

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    Can you boot Windows in UEFI mode?

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    As i said it doesn't let me select a disk drive

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    Boot into kali-live and show the output of fdisk -l.

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    This is what it gave me:
    Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disklabel type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x61ca25a6

    Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 968566783 968564736 461.9G 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 968568830 976771071 8202242 3.9G 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 968568832 976771071 8202240 3.9G 82 Linux swap / Solaris

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    I can't see windows partition in your output. /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda4 are also missing. Open Gparted in kali live and see what happens to your other partitions. There is no EFI partition either.

    What firmware does your PC have - UEFI or BIOS?
    Last edited by _defalt; 2017-11-12 at 16:41.

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    looks like you may have wiped windows out.

    Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB

    /dev/sda1 461.9G 83 Linux
    Skype: aanarchyy01

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    Quote Originally Posted by aanarchyy View Post
    looks like you may have wiped windows out.

    Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB

    /dev/sda1 461.9G 83 Linux
    Yeah. He chose the wrong option while installing. Instead of choosing manually, he might have chosen Use Entire Disk option, wiping everything that was stored earlier.

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    Should have live booted kali from a usb, used gparted, shrunk your entire windows partions. Then while installing kali chosen use entire -free partion space- on disk. Oops. Hopefully you didn't have any inportant info on windows:-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by _defalt View Post
    Yeah. He chose the wrong option while installing. Instead of choosing manually, he might have chosen Use Entire Disk option, wiping everything that was stored earlier.
    Quote Originally Posted by aanarchyy View Post
    looks like you may have wiped windows out.

    Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB

    /dev/sda1 461.9G 83 Linux
    So what you're telling me is i'm f*****
    Last edited by maiki; 2017-11-14 at 09:20. Reason: Foul Language

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    Quote Originally Posted by rice fungus View Post
    So what you're telling me is i'm f*****
    lol, yeah pretty much. Kali is made for professionals and pentesters. You must have understanding of what is going on the screen.
    Last edited by maiki; 2017-11-14 at 09:20. Reason: Foul Language

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