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Hey guys I'm new to this forum, so I'm sorry if I say something stupid.
I recently bought a new computer, and I'm giving my old one to my mom for her to use for web browsing and email and stuff like that. The computer had a dual boot with Ubuntu as the default and XP Professional. She already knows how to use Windows, and didn't want to learn how to use the new interface, so I decided to just remove it and let her use XP Pro. I then proceeded to simply reformat the partition containing Ubuntu using the Windows device manager, thinking that with only one operating system, it would default boot that one. Instead, when I rebooted, I got a GRUB Error 17, which apparently means it can't find the partition that it was told to boot from. I used the Ubuntu live cd to look at the partitions and make sure the NTFS formatted windows partition was set to boot, and it was. So what do I need to do to completely remove Linux from the machine and just run Windows?
PS I realize that Linux is not difficult to use and that it is better than Windows in quite a few ways, but my mother wants to just use what she is used to.
Go get a Knoppix disk, and do a "install-mbr /dev/hda" (sda if appropriate).
This installs a generic loader by the looks of it. It will boot the partition marked active/bootable. Doesn't have to be NTFS/fat, but presumably will be in your case.