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I am currently running Fedora 7 and now I would like to switch back to Windows XP. When I enter bios I select the CD-rom with the windows xp disk, but Fedora continues to boot. I dont want to save any of the information on Linux just reload windows. Thanks 4 any help
You remove Fedora 7 the same way you remove any other operating system:
- replace the current bootloader, if needed, with a bootloader used by the OS you preserve
- delete partitions used by the operating system to-be-deleted
- re-use the space of the deleted partitions by creating new partitions for your preserved/new operating system, or extend existing partitions to fill the disk
That's it, shortly. If you have backed up your Windows data, you can just delete Linux partitions (using a live-cd, Windows' partitioning tools or 3rd party software) and reinstall Windows. If you don't want to do that, first get Windows' bootloader back to MBR (you'll need Windows XP recovery console for this, found either on disk -- in XP's boot menu -- or the setup disc of XP), then delete partitions, then extend Windows partitions.
When your computer boots up it checks that sequence to look for the boot record.
When in the BIOS you can change that boot sequence, since you're trying to load
that XP cd, change the boot sequence to this:
(just make sure the cdrom is the first in boot sequence.)
Now the cd should be the first thing your computer recognizes. The XP cd should
offer the tools you need to reformat and repartition your hard drive and allow
you to install XP onto your computer. I'm assuming since you wanted to get rid
of all of Fedora just partition your whole drive to a windows format and then
actually format it.
When you're done installing windows, don't forget to change the boot order back
to your primary hard disk drive, otherwise it will load whatever cd you have in
Ok, that means it is not a Fedora issue. The bios decides what should boot before Fedora even gets involved. There are a few things that are possible. Hardware issue with CD drive (drive, cable, etc). The CD itself its bad. You have missed a bios setting.
The most likely is that you have missed a bios setting. Many of the newer (last 3-4 years) boards have two(or more) places that you need to change. Some have both boot order and bootable(or similiar). If the drive is not marked first in boot order and bootable, it skips to the next drive on the list.