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I used family machine to test drive Linux (dual boot with Windows 98). I love Linux and have since built my own machine with only Linux on it. This morning I tried to rededicate the old machine to windows for the kids. Using Partition Magic, I removed the partitions for Linux. When rebooting, Grub prompt comes up and I can't seem to get around it.
Anyone have suggestions? This is a pretty serious situation here as far as the kids are concerned.
Grub was in your MBR and now cannot find its files it had put on the now-deleted Linux partitions. You want to put your Windows computer back to the way it was. It is as simple as having Windows put its boot loader back in the MBR.
If you have a Windows boot disk, use it to start the computer and type this:
Windows will overwrite the non-working Grub with its original, working boot loader.
If you don't have a boot disk, use the Windows 98 CD and have it do a Rescue boot (I think it does that). You do not want to reinstall the program, though! This would start your computer and allow you to access fdisk from the hard drive.
Your computer will work, the kids will be happy, you will be a hero!
Yeah, reinstalling Red Hat, put Grubs configuration files back on and will now let you start both programs. If you still want to remove Red Hat from the computer, first, use Windows to fix the MBR, then delete the partitions. With Windows now working, load it and at a DOS prompt type:
This will overwrite Grub and then you can delete the Red Hat partitions and rededicate that space to Win98.
Glad to hear you are at least out of the dog house now!
Deadbug, I have my courage back and so I did the fdisk /mbr at DOS prompt. I then thought I'd reboot to see the effect. My assumption was that it would boot Windows. Instead it says "Missing operating system"
What now, mate?
Should I boot with Partition Magic disk and just delete the partitions? It doesn't feel right...
A couple of things... First: I am having trouble with affero. Don't know why. I have used it before, but can't seem to today. I will get it straightened out and I won't forget you for the help with smartes' post.
Second: I am back to square one--a dual boot system that I'd like to re-dedicate to windows exclusively. The last thing you told me was to fdisk /mbr and then remove linux partitions with Partition Magic, but I am a little gun shy as a result of what I just went through. I can only assume that I should do it again and carry on to the second step which is remove the linux partitions, but I am very weary, as Linux was what enabled me to fix the missing operating system problem. If it's gone I fear I will be hopelessly lost.