Here's the quick story: I bought an hp mini for some little kids I know last year, and when I went to check on it they had done a number on it. They had lost the admin password, and it seemed there were serious viruses because XP barely functioned. I tried using ophcrack etc to get at the admin password so that I could fix things within XP. Then i realized that ophcrack was running linux in parallel with XP, so why not install Linux?! A good reason is that little kids can't code at all, and this was going to be way over their heads to keep it free of rootkits etc. (lol and mine, too!) i did however install Ubuntu for a while because it was my only option and it's a great OS. Then I got a copy of Windows 7, and went to install that in addition. It informed me that the disk wasn't formatted to NTFS.
Following forums (imperfectly, I guess), I used Gparted to reformat the main disk partition as NTFS, and deleted the Linux-Swap one (I think that was my major mistake, but I can't go back now!!).
Now I want to be able to reinsert the USB with the Windows 7 boot files and install it, but it's not recognizing the USB, and just telling me:
error: unknown filesystem.
I tried reinserting the USB with the Ubuntu live disk, but that didn't work either.
My thought now is to try:
Using SupergrubDisk to ummm fix something? Then try reinstalling windows.
I'm clearly clueless, so thanks for your patience
What I've got now: no OS, disk drive as NTFS and error: unknown filesystem.
What I'd like to do: install Windows 7
Thanks friendly folks!!