[Nottingham] Dual Boot - Windows updates and Linux boot failures

Jason Irwin jasonirwin73 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 27 09:21:33 UTC 2013

On 26/11/13 21:56, David Aldred wrote:
> There were errors, but by the time they stopped scrolling up the screen
> I was only left with the end of a trace.  Is there any way to get at a
> boot log from a failed boot? 
Yes, in /var/log/boot.log, /var/log/dmesg or maybe /var/log/syslog.
Depends where exactly it falls flat on it's face I guess. Hopefully a
failure message in there would give you something to search for.
Maybe Grub/Grub2/Lilo/etc need to be able to spot this flag and
(somehow) directly reboot back into Windows?
Bit crap really.

I tried the same thing last night on a dual-boot lappy and had no issue.
However the Windows updates I could put on did not demand a reboot, so
not really a fair test.

On 26/11/13 22:25, Michael Quaintance wrote:> I was
> thinking that Windows modifies the MBR with something for the Windows
> boot process to recognize and take a different action on with
> absolutely no regard to any other operating systems that might be
> present.
Well, what other operating system would one ever want to run? :-)
This is a good point, Windows has form for thinking it's the only game
in town.
Maybe log a bug with Microsoft? HA! I crack me up sometimes.

> Windows in a VM for me.
This is fine unless you need access to decent graphics (games) or
underlying hardware features (power management, diagnostics)

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