Help! Ubuntu won't start after upgrade from 14.04.3 to 15.04

I upgraded via command line from Kubuntu 14.04.3 amd64 to 15.04 by the do-release-upgrade command.

I don't know why do-release-upgrade skipped 14.10. I expected to have to go through it to get to the latest.

There were some errors during upgrade in about six packages, but they looked non-critical and it said the upgrade was complete so I tried to reboot. It would not shutdown because /bin/shutdown was missing.  So I hard powered off.

Boot hangs on "/proc/self/fd/9: 31: /proc/self/fd/9: telinit: not found"

Tried booting into recovery, got kernel panic: init not found.

Same result with all  previous kernels installed.

There are more grub options now. There are three options for each kernel: normal, upstart, and recovery. I have tried them all.
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Jeff swicegoodTechnicianAsked:
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ivan rosaCommented:
If the upgrade was not complete, It would be a pain trying to figure what did, get the upgrade and what didn't

My best advise, get a working computer and create a USB/CD distro for kubuntu then start from scratch

I had a similar issues in the past where I spend even 3 weeks moving files and doing all kind of commands and nothing
Jeff swicegoodTechnicianAuthor Commented:
Well is was very complicated what I had to do, but I got it back. I had to boot from a live CD, go in and download the correct package upstart-sysv and take each file and place it in the file system of the broken computer. Whoo Hoo it worked!
ivan rosaCommented:
Nice, Congrats!
gheistCommented:
If you have separate /home partition you can just install any ubuntu on / partition, make your user with same name and user ID (asy when you are only user) and you are all set.

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