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Installed Fedora 26 - Windows Boot Loader is now completely gone.

asked 2017-09-11 19:58:44 -0500

jbyler gravatar image

I'm running a Dell Inspiron Gaming Laptop and I wanted Linux on my computer and decided to use Fedora. I went through the installation process of Fedora and I think I screwed up the boot partition, but I am curious on how to fix it. Here is my fdisk -l:

Device Start End Sectors Size Type

/dev/sda1 2048 1026047 1024000 500M EFI System
/dev/sda2 1026048 1288191 262144 128M Microsoft reserved
/dev/sda3 1288192 1614561279 1613273088 769.3G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda4 1722148864 1724246015 2097152 1G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda5 1926952960 1928708095 1755136 857M Windows recovery environment
/dev/sda6 1928708096 1951248383 22540288 10.8G Windows recovery environment
/dev/sda7 1951250432 1953523711 2273280 1.1G Windows recovery environment
/dev/sda8 1724246016 1726343167 2097152 1G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda9 1726343168 1926952959 200609792 95.7G Linux LVM
/dev/sda10 1614561280 1614563327 2048 1M BIOS boot
/dev/sda11 1614563328 1616660479 2097152 1G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda12 1616660480 1722148863 105488384 50.3G Linux LVM

Please help as this is a new laptop and I am very upset that this happened. I just want my Windows back!

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As long as you haven't reformatted your EFI System Partition (ESP) nothing is lost. You can always boot Windows 10 by using the boot manager of your laptop (by pressing F12 during POST screen), and also change the boot order (Windows 10 vs. Fedora) in your BIOS setup.

Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar imageAxel Sommerfeldt ( 2017-09-13 09:59:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-09-13 13:16:35 -0500

ssieb gravatar image

I wonder if you reformatted the EFI partition. What is in /boot/efi/EFI? If it's only fedora with no windows files then you'll have to follow the recovery methods that have been posted here several times in other questions.

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answered 2017-09-12 08:29:17 -0500

Sardathrion gravatar image

You should re-run grub's configuration and see if it detects the windows partition. This way, you can use grub to boot windows or Linux.

GRUB 2 documentation and An introduction to Grub2 should help.

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