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Old 06-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Question Linux to Windows Xp


Hi, I have this Acer Aspire One Computer and what I need help with is changing it from Linux to Windows XP. About 2 years ago my brother got my computer because I wanted him to install some sort of virus protection, instead he changed it to Linux Mint (I believe its 11). Its a great program but its not for me. I have read many threads around here about how to reset it to windows but all I can find is about Linpus Linux and others, YES i know it came with Windows cuz I used to use it. NO it never came with Linux and the last thing is people keep saying go to the root. I have no idea how to get there because I don't know Linux but I can open up the terminal. Someone said that to use -l but all it says is "-l: Command not found". I even tried "fdisk" then "-l <disk>" but then it tells me "Bash: Syntax error near unexpected token 'new line'" and if you guys know how to help, PLEASE!!!! I ask you explain as if you would a 10 year old I don't know this system. thank you
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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Does the system still have Windows installed on it? When you boot it up, you should be presented with a boot menu, is Windows an option?

If Windows is still installed then you can change the boot priority to make it the default, then wipe the Linux partition and expand the Windows partition to fill the whole disk.

If Windows is not installed, then just back up what you want to save and install Windows, it'll wipe the disk in the process.

You should be able to tell if Windows is still installed by running "sudo fdisk -l" on the command line. That's a lowercase L, not a number one or a capital i.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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So, you want to install Windows XP on the laptop?

I'd advise against it, if only because Microsoft is stopping their security updates very soon.

Anyhow,

Get a Windows XP CD and boot from it (you may have to change your system's boot order) and follow the prompts given to you by the installer.

Very important, be sure to back up your data; this process will delete everything.

You will likely need to install drivers for Windows.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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No, when I turn on the computer it goes to the Acer loading screen for about 1.5 seconds allowing that limited time to push F2 for setup but when I do it asks for a password but anything i put for a password is not accepted only rejected and it says system halt.

I tried the Sudo thing but every time I try any Sudo command it ask for a password and as I try to put it in, it leaves every space blank as if i never pushed anything then a "sorry Try again" message appears
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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The only problem with that Shane is that the Aspire One's never came with a CD drive or anything they were to small for any of it
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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No, when I turn on the computer it goes to the Acer loading screen for about 1.5 seconds allowing that limited time to push F2 for setup but when I do it asks for a password but anything i put for a password is not accepted only rejected and it says system halt.
So ask your brother for the BIOS password.

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I tried the Sudo thing but every time I try any Sudo command it ask for a password and as I try to put it in, it leaves every space blank as if i never pushed anything then a "sorry Try again" message appears
Linux doesn't echo out the characters you type for passwords. Just type the password and hit enter like normal.

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The only problem with that Shane is that the Aspire One's never came with a CD drive or anything they were to small for any of it
Then buy/borrow a USB CD drive.

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Old 06-21-2013, 03:31 PM   #7
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Linux doesn't echo out the characters you type for passwords. Just type the password and hit enter like normal.[COLOR="Silver"]
I tried it again and this is what it gave me

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000c9fd7

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 19328 155250688 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 19329 19458 1037313 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 19329 19458 1037312 82 Linux swap / Solaris

---------- Post added 06-21-13 at 03:32 PM ----------

I also apologize for any errors with my post this is my first time using a Forum
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:34 PM   #8
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Looks like Windows was completely overwritten. In that case just back up what you want, and then use a USB CD drive and the Windows install disk to re-install Windows. It'll format the drive and wipe Linux in the process.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:37 PM   #9
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Oh ok, Then I will do that thank you shane and suicidealeggroll, this helped me understand my problem a lot better and, for suggesting the USB CD DRIVE.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #10
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Happy to help. Let us know if you encounter any more problems.
 
  


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