‘Boot Repair’ for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS can fix Bootloader issues

Boot-Repair is one of the must needed utilities while using Linux for the first time, especially when you are running Linux in a dual-boot configuration with Microsoft Windows. The utility helps fix booting issues.

It’s very easy to run into boot problems especially when you are trying Linux for the first time, and you were configuring your PC for dual-boot with Windows OS alongside a Linux distro like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, etc.. In such situations, Boot Repair utility helps you fix boot problems.

Boot Repair utility can be used to fix a non-bootable partition, for instance, you had Windows 10 on your PC, and you have installed Ubuntu alongside as dual-boot. For some reason, typically due to GRUB bootloader misconfiguration, your PC is not able to boot into Windows 10, but Ubuntu works just fine or vice versa. In this scenario, boot into an OS that works, and then use Boot-Repair Utility to fix the booting issues. The utility is available for Windows, and Ubuntu & its derivatives.

In the most unlikely case where no OS is not able to boot, you can use an Ubuntu or Linux Mint Live USB drive and boot into it. Then install Boot-Repair in a live environment and run it to fix boot issues.

Fix Boot Problems

The utility reinstalls GRUB and GRUB2 bootloader in a single click. Working with it is very simple. Just launch the Boot-Repair tool and then click on the “Recommended repair” button and proceed with on-screen instructions. At first step, it will ask whether to upload to pastebin server. You can just accept it. All this option does is make a ready URL for you so that you can post it in their support forum and get help from the forum members, just in case the utility couldn’t fix your PC.

Boot Repair Utility
Boot Repair Utility

GRUB Bootloader Reinstalled
GRUB Bootloader Reinstalled

For Linux experienced users, there are advanced settings which can be accessed by clicking on the Advanced Options and then selecting the “Other Options” tab. You can uncheck “Upload the report to a Pastebin” and manually troubleshoot yourselves. I don’t recommend playing with Advanced Options for beginners as any wrongdoing here may further worsen your PC’s problems.

Advanced Options
Advanced Options

Install Boot Repair on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

Elementary OS Loki and above users need to first enable PPA before proceeding further.

STEP 1: Launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Copy and paste the following in the Terminal and hit enter. This command will add the Boot Repair’s PPA repository sources to your PC.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair

STEP 3: Perform an update using the following command:

sudo apt-get update

STEP 4: Finally install Boot-Repair using following command:

sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

That’s it!

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities, especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. I hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

12 COMMENTS

  1. THank you for that… and i hasn-t worked here with linux mint 19 that after running well just dropped off into the grub minimal bash

    I can boot with the liveUSB and I can install the bootrepair, the bootrepair says its all well… but it goes back to the grub minimal bash

    It appears that I need to start bootrepair in superuser mode and I aint know how to do that in live mode.

    some one of you has any suggestions?

  2. now I know why Linux mint is free, it has great features and everythings; but to try and get it to work on a computer is stupid Operating system. I guess you have to be a computer scientist. I spent three months trying to enact this OS on my laptop

  3. Biiiig Thank You! My Netbook EFI was completely broken by a crashed installation and after many not working re installations this just solved it after booting Ubuntu from Stick. How nice!

  4. i cannot express how grateful i am for this article., it literally solve my grub issue, and my data was recovered which was my project data. Thankyou so much, because of this i didnt had to double and tedious job to do everything again, hardwork of 4 months. Cheers to you, for making such a beautiful article.Just simply thankyou,if icould n]know who u were , i would give you a big hug..:-). thankyou so much.

    • Thank you, everyone, in this thread, for your excellent feedback. Anju, I’m equally happy that your months of hard work didn’t go in vain. Thanks for your sweet back. Big hugs to you too!

  5. I have been using Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia since 1918 and after a long month of a blackout ended, my Linux does not
    work any more, it asked my password and did not remember it after various attempts every thing stopped and on the
    screen you can only read commands instruction that of course I cannot understand.
    Do I have to format the computer now?.
    Can anybody help me with this problem?
    José Utrera
    *****@gmail.com [Redacted for User Privacy]
    Thanks for helping me

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