I FIXED IT! Easy-peasy! (See previous post)
If you are like me and have deleted your linux partition and instead of having your computer boot into Windows 8.1 are prompted with a “Grub rescue" screen here’s what you do:
❀ Locate your Windows 8.0 install disk/usb/whatever (8.1 was a free download, therefore there was no disk for it) Don’t worry about serial codes or anything “flash” just find the bloody thing!
❀ Boot your computer using said disk/usb/whatever.
You may need to change your bios settings to boot from the install disk/usb/whatever as first priority rather than the hdd your trapped windows install is on, if you haven’t already done so and these settings differ from pc to pc. My pc is automatically set to boot from a cd or usb if inserted because I muck around with live disks A LOT!
❀ The windows install disk will load (It takes a while), after it is finished, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to pick a language. Pick your language, click next, which will take you to a “install windows” screen.
You don’t want to “install windows” as you already have Windows silly! (I’m assuming if you are reading this) It’s just hiding! In smaller writing, in the bottom left corner of the screen is the option “repair your computer”. Click this instead… I don’t know why the disk was designed to look this way but it is rather annoying.
❀ You will then be taken to a “choose an option" screen. Click “Troubleshoot" (The obvious choice given you don’t want to turn off your pc at this point).
❀ On the “Troubleshoot” screen, click “Advanced options”. Refreshing or resetting your pc is not going to help you so don’t bother clicking them.
❀ On the “Advanced options” screen, click “Command prompt”.
- Don’t be put off by the fact your going into the “command prompt screen” (because that is what we’re doing here, incase you haven’t noticed :P) as some people, particularly n00bs do get daunted by this. Just don’t go mucking around in here! Do as I say or rather “type” and everything will be peachy keen.
…I am assuming if you are reading this anyway that since you installed a linux distro with a grub bootloader in the first place that you won’t be too phased by a command prompt anyway considering- I could be wrong about that but anyway MOVING ON…
❀ The command prompt screen will pop up in a new window of it’s own. In said command prompt screen, type exactly as I have written here (within the quotation marks):
“bootrec.exe /FixMbr" -This includes a space and capitals.
Then press enter. The command prompt will reply with “The operation completed successfully.” -Assuming you typed in exactly what I said and there aren’t any further issues other than what this tutorial covers.
By doing this, you are writing a windows master boot record (Mbr) to your system’s partition. This will remove the Grub bootloader, which was looking for the missing linux partition. You should be booting from your windows partition once again! Yay! There are no repercussions of using this command, even if there is no problem with your mbr in the first place, this just overwrites it, but if that’s the case, I’d be asking “why are you here in the first place?”. Just letting you know.
❀ To exit the command prompt, simply type “exit”. This will take you back to the “Troubleshoot" screen, where you can turn off your computer in order to restart it.
Make sure at some point during the shut down process you take out the Windows disk/usb/whatever, then once turning back on the computer, change the boot order back to the partition in which the Windows os was installed on in the first place, otherwise you’ll either just boot through the disk again or Windows still won’t boot.
AND WALLAH! You should now boot back into your Window’s 8.1 partition!
This may not work for everyone, in which case you may need to dig further across the internetz to find your answer. Hopefully though, this comes across as easy enough to understand and does in fact work for you as it did for me. I do ramble a lot though >.<