Every time I start a personal project of any magnitude, Windows destroys my computer. This is the worst case of software meltdown I’ve ever seen.
So whenever I shut down Windows had this bad habit of installing updates without asking. These often crashed my dopey little $250 computer, which I guess is fine because I’m just happy that it didn’t crash while I was working (roughly a 30% success rate). This is not the reason I typically work in Ubuntu- I avoid Windows because it’s shit, aside from being buggy- but it doesn’t help, y’know?
Anyway, Windows has this philosophy that there can be only one operating system. Or, in this case, no operating system. In attempting to assert its dominance over Ubuntu during one of these nonconsensual updates, Windows managed to mangle the bootloader beyond repair (apparently). I can’t even boot a live USB (there’s nothing in /dev anymore except console, null, and one other inaccessible directory I can’t remember).
Reinstalling GRUB fails because it can no longer find the kernel. I can’t format the partitions to reinstall anything else. Fucking Windows Update, what were you even trying to do?