I just installed Ubuntu as a second OS on my system on a different drive than my Windows installation. But now, whenever I try and boot the windows installation, I get a blue screen saying that Windows couldn't load winload.exe. This error persists even when I unplug the hard drive that Ubuntu is installed on.
I had this error once before a few weeks ago (When I only had Windows installed), and that time just unplugging all my other hard drives and rebooting worked fine. This fix does not work now.
I'd love to follow the instructions on screen and press F8 to change boot settings or Enter to try again, but both buttons just make the screen refresh and don't actually change anything.
So, I tried to go in Ubuntu and at least recover files from the windows disk, so I could do a clean install of Windows. But then I noticed that Ubuntu didn't have access to the drive.. At first I thought it was because it was ntfs, but then I realized that this made no sense and remembered I had fast boot turned on in Windows (I think that's it), so the drive was locked and I couldn't get in without first disabling that setting in Windows. Too bad I couldn't do that.
Any help with resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated!
Oh, I almost forgot. Here's some specs on the pc:
- Windows 8.1 Pro (Single user license, not OEM)
- Windows is installed on a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
- Ubuntu is installed on a 500 GB WD hard disk (pretty old disk)