I have install Fedora 20 before, a few days ago , I just install Window 7, and now I can not boot to Fedora because I don't have a boot menu. Is there anyway to recover the Fedora boot menu, is there any free software to do it without using the Fedora CD to recover it.

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You need to install Windows before you install Fedora (or any other *NIX). Windows and its boot loader don't recognise *NIX installations. However, most *NIX setup programs will recognise a Windows installation.

  • I know Window dont recognise *nix, but current I have install Fedora first, dont you want me re-install both OS, I need solution to solve this issue.
    – Sang Pham
    Mar 18, 2014 at 7:08
  • That is the solution, because that's the way it's got to be done. Complain to Microsoft about that if it makes you feel better. Mar 18, 2014 at 12:05
  • I didnt think re-install OS is smart solution, btw thank you :)
    – Sang Pham
    Mar 19, 2014 at 3:03

You just have to boot with Fedora Live CD and reinstall the grub. Nothing else is required.

Or at the max, for legacy grub. you may have to create /boot/grub/grub.conf file with one symlink /boot/grub/menu.lst, which will have entry for both OS.

grub-mkconfig command of grub2 will do this, if you are using grub2

  • thanks for your help. I knew this, just want to know there's a solution like a software on window 7 to do it, not need Fedora Live CD. Btw thank you, I will use Live CD for resolve this issue :).
    – Sang Pham
    Mar 19, 2014 at 3:02
  • From windows, Yes it is possible. You have to use grub4dos along with grldr and little modification in bootmgr
    – SHW
    Mar 19, 2014 at 7:14

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