Dual Booting? Lost Windows? Workaround

For this to work you need two HDD/SSDs:

  • One with Manjaro.
  • The other with Windows.
  1. In the UEFI firmware settings, set the Windows drive to boot 2nd.
  2. Save & exit.
  3. to get into the missing Windows entry from grub connect a NON bootable USB stick.
  4. Boot up & boot from the USB NON bootable stick.
    (Depending on your hardware, you need to press a function key at boot to bring up a list of connected devices. Most hardware uses F8 or F10 or F12 to accomplish this)
  5. Select the Non bootable USB stick.

The bios will then choose the 2nd boot drive getting you straight into Windows. Easy as.

Next boot without the USB stick connected you go straight to grub.

:+1: Thank you for sharing! :+1:

As this is a workaround , and this one has a permanent fix for the same issue:

Your workaround is not really in the right spot, so could you do me a favour and:

  • edit your question by pressing the 3 dots and the pencil icon
  • make it into a real question
  • cut and paste the solution into a reply to your own question
  • click the 3 dots below your own answer to mark a solution like this:
    so that the next person that has the exact same problem you just had will benefit from your post as your question will now be in the “solved” status.


P.S. As I’ve recategorized your workaround back to the support channel… :bowing_man: