Make Windows bootable if things go wrong during Ubuntu installation

Sometimes resizing the Windows partition during the installation of Ubuntu can make it unbootable. You'll know if this is the case because Windows will appear to boot but will just sit there forever, with the boot-time progress bar scrolling. You'll need to run chkdsk from within Windows to fix it, but how do you do this if Windows won't boot (even into Safe Mode)?

You'll need to use the Windows recovery console. Boot from the Windows installation CD/DVD and, at the menu, hit Q to enter the recovery console. Select your Windows partition when prompted and enter your administrator password when prompted (just hit (Enter) if you with anybody who disagrees. However, they usually don't mind smileys typed as text.

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didn't set an administrator password). Then, at the command-prompt, type chkdsk C: /r (assuming C: is the drive on which you have Windows installed). Once it's completed, type exit to reboot the computer.

You can also try repairing the Windows file system from within Ubuntu: see Tip 38, on page 98.

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