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I bought a used Dell tower from my school's surplus sale.
It has Ubuntu 9.04 installed on it.
I am utterly unfamiliar with Linux systems.
I have a Windows installation DVD that I'd like to replace Ubuntu with.
When I try to re-arrange the boot order to boot from the install DVD, for some reason my BIOS won't recognize the request.
My suspicion is that if I uninstall the Ubuntu OS that I will have better luck booting from the DVD.
Would someone be kind enough to please give me the appropriate commands to enter in the terminal so that I can:
-Give myself root access
-Figure out the name for the hard drive
-Wipe Ubuntu off the hard drive
Please understand that I have literally no experience with Linux, so if you could give me the idiot treatment on this one, I would really appreciate it.
Also, I know that nobody here is probably particularly fond of Windows, so I understand that this kind of help is given less than enthusiastically, and I appreciate it that much more for that being the case.
At least this tells you the basics. After that, come here for help. Don't come here just to get Windows back on your computer, because we're here to help you transition to Linux and actually be able to use Linux wisely.
And here's where to find even more information on the workings of Linux and be able to master it a little bit more: