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Old 01-06-2005, 04:08 PM   #1
TRUSTpunk
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How to safely remove linux :(


I hate linux , its the most unreliable OS I ever found , I want to remove it and I need your help to do this , I know you guy's been through Windows before so please tell me step by step how to remove linux so I can reinstall windows , im running Mandrake 10.1 , Thank You!

I paid alot of money on this upgrade that averages to about $400 and Im
not wasting my money any more so please tell me how to remove linux. :/

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Old 01-06-2005, 05:21 PM   #2
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? All you have to do is delete the linux partition with the Windows installer and make a new partition. However, I think that you find Linux unreliable only because it does exactly what the user tells it to do, almost always. I'm still very much a n00b, and have hosed my Linux install a couple of times already. I know it was my fault though. I don't think I would use Linux as my primary OS until I get to know it a lot better.
 
Old 01-06-2005, 05:22 PM   #3
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I'm sorry you feel that way. I think you should be asking us how to fix your linux problems than just giving up completely. :-)
 
Old 01-06-2005, 05:24 PM   #4
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Hello TRUSTpunk!

When you do the fresh install of Windows, boot from the Windows cd, and before the installation you can choose the partition for it. There you have the option to create or delete partitions. They will appear as unknow partitions. Just delete all of them and create a new one or more for Windows.
That's all! They will now be formatet as FAT or NTFS and the normal installation continues.

Boby
 
Old 01-06-2005, 07:49 PM   #5
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i don't know whether you deleted linux yet but what i would do if i was having trouble with linux is to dual boot with windows so that you could try to get linux working while still being able to have the windows operating system
 
Old 01-06-2005, 08:00 PM   #6
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Not to distro bash, but Mandrake has always struck me as a bit brain-dead with not much to do once you set it up. I would suggest trying another one, such as Slackware, Debian, or Gentoo, and take the time to learn Linux from the command line. So before you just dump Linux completely I'd give something else a shot.
 
Old 01-06-2005, 08:18 PM   #7
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I'd like to know where he paid $400.00 for a copy of Mandrake 10.1 !!! Even the boxed-sets on their site aren't that much.

From personal experience, yes, the learning curve is steep for most people, but the outcome was ever so sweet.
 
Old 01-06-2005, 08:19 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Chrax
Not to distro bash, but Mandrake has always struck me as a bit brain-dead with not much to do once you set it up. I would suggest trying another one, such as Slackware, Debian, or Gentoo, and take the time to learn Linux from the command line. So before you just dump Linux completely I'd give something else a shot.
I agree, not to bash mandrake either I would suggest Fedora Core 3 if you don't think your ready for one of the distros he recommended.
 
Old 01-06-2005, 08:21 PM   #9
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I appreciate the help from you all but id rather do a dual boot like your saying but in the near
future when im ready , I don't exactly hate linux , its like it hates me for not wanting to install
all the stuff that I tell it to such as PHP & MySQL and a whole lot of other things. Thank You!
 
Old 01-06-2005, 08:30 PM   #10
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I dont know about Mandrake but Fedora Core is the most Windows-like distribution I've ever used (my first when migrating to Linux). To Chrax: from what I've heard Mandrake is also very GUI-based and user friendly, and I think if he's not liking that throwing Slackware and command line at him will scare him away beyond return. As tamoneya suggested, dual booting is the way to go if you absolutely NEED to get certain things done on that PC. However, if you have another PC that can run Windows or you don't have any real commitments at the moment, I found just jumping into Linux completely was the best way to learn because you force yourself to learn how to do things on Linux and the more you do them, the more you'll learn how to do things faster and more efficiently than you did on Windows. With a basic, Windows-like distro like Fedora Core you could say copy all of the .html files from one directory to another, but only copy the files that do not already exist in that directory or have been editted more recently than the version of the file in the destination directory through the file manager (graphically based), but as in Windows it would take a year. As you become more and more fluent in command, you would realize you could just open up the console, or Terminal or Konsole, and simply enter:

Code:
cp -u *.html destination
I definitely wouldn't give up on Linux just yet. Once you learn how much differently it operates from Windows (as Richochet put, "it does what you say"), you will learn to love it and wonder how you ever lived without it. There are many new concepts in Linux, including manually mounting and unmounting drives, file and folder permissions (you might be familiar with these if you are experienced in web development), and building applications among the most basic, but once you get the basics down, the rest will come easy.

And you have a whole community ready to answer any questions you might have concerning Linux and helping you through and problems you encounter.

EDIT: (Trustpunk made a post before I finished typing mine ) If you do end up trying out Fedora, things like Apache, PHP, and MySQL are set up automatically if you choose to install them during the main installation. Also, as an afterthought, if it is apps that your having problems with (possibly dependencies) Debian is a great distro to try when you are starting out because you are sure everything you are getting is stable (maybe a little to stable at times), and it does dependancy checking for you--VERY usefuly when first starting out with Linux.

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Old 01-06-2005, 10:00 PM   #11
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Slayer, I tried Mandrake long before I tried Slackware, and my thoughts as soon as I was done were "So what now?" It gave me no reason to learn anything about Linux, as it did everything for me. So I went back to Windows, where at least I could play games.

And I suggested Debian or Gentoo as well, because anybody can install Gentoo and get it going, and Debian is (from what I've heard) very nice except for the installer.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 12:55 AM   #12
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Im back on Windows 98 thanks to one of my online friends sending me a boot cd image like partition magic , sorry it didn't work out but I couldn't do anything about it not supporting PHP and MySQL and to pay for a club member pass really sucks , I will be back some day to explore linux but for now I need a break from linux , you guy's did your best to help. LateR!

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