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Old 11-01-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
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how to uninstall linux


I installed Ubuntu this afternoon and have had enough of trying to get my wlan card to work. I want to uninstall linux, reclaim my space and have windows load without GRUB.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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Install Windows, just tell it to take the full drive, it will erase the MBR where grub is located.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 03:53 PM   #3
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Assuming you use Windows XP you can format the partition you have Linux on to be NTFS or FAT32 (it will show up as unknown probably) in the logical disk manager. At this point Linux is uninstalled. You can then get Windows to restore its boot loader (search for 'restore mbr' or 'restore Windows bootloader').
 
Old 11-01-2005, 05:11 PM   #4
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Just load a Linux Live CD and use cfdisk to change the partition type to any one you fancy, format it and it will be as good as new.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 05:18 PM   #5
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If you're going to use a LiveCD you may as well get one that has a nicer partitioning program like PCLinuxOS (diskdrake) or Knoppix (qtparted).
 
Old 11-01-2005, 05:42 PM   #6
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I still recommend cfdisk and fdisk because the important thing about partitioning is to know what you are doing and simple programs can minimize the risk of damaging the work.

I use Diskdrake, diskdruid and qtparted only when with the installer because none of them are universally bulit into the distro like fdisk. Cfdisk is available in nearly all distros except those use sfdisk (Red Hat family).

Many a time one may let down by a distro and forced into the terminal mode. Expert in using Diskdrake, diskdruid and qtparted can't go very far as these programs need GUI to run.

cfdisk is the main tool I used to create the 123 partitions (4 hdds) in my box, including rebuilding the partition table (40+ entries) a few times without suffering a major loss.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 05:58 PM   #7
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Far from not knowing what you're doing with GUI partition programs you can see the partitions laid out in front of you, when you shrink them you drag them to make them smaller, etc. At all times you can see what's going on in a way that's understandable by most people.

Now with fdisk its a rather cryptic and very simple interface, the average user would have no idea what it means or how to use it. Even though with *fdisk you can go into a lot more detail and have a lot more finer control over what you're doing.

Anyway the real problem with *fdisk is that it cannot preserve data when resizing partitions.

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Many a time one may let down by a distro and forced into the terminal mode. Expert in using Diskdrake, diskdruid and qtparted can't go very far as these programs need GUI to run.
You would do any partitioning from a LiveCD anyway, so it doesn't matter if you break your distro. Any computer which doesn't/can't have X windows on it is only going to be usable by people skilled in the Linux shells anyway so they'll be able to use *fdisk.

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Old 11-01-2005, 06:30 PM   #8
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*fdisk does not resize a partition.

I have to admit that I seldom resize a Linux partition because I never mix my data with an operating system. The latter thus seldom grows in size in its own partition.

Another factor is I always used up all 3 primary partitions and one extended partitions in a hard drive. As the space squeezed out of a primary partition cannot be combined with a logical partition of my choice the resizing has little application in a fully populated disk. The vacated space is dead and not always usable in my case.

Lastly a partition with a Lilo boot loader will become unbootable if its root partition address is changed after a resizing, as Lilo uses the real address of the hard disk. This causes Lilo displaying L and 99 on a previously workable system.
 
  


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