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Old 09-24-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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Exclamation Need instructions to delete corrupted Linux Mint from partition


Using Windows XP and Google Chrome - Chrome is also corrupted with Aw Snap errors, but I can still use IE. Purchased laptop from direct deals, but never received any CDs to reload any Dell or Microsoft software. Need the space anyway, so I need to remove the bad code. Thanks.
 
Old 09-24-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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What boot manager comes up when you start up the machine?
 
Old 09-24-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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Using Windows XP and Google Chrome - Chrome is also corrupted with Aw Snap errors, but I can still use IE. Purchased laptop from direct deals, but never received any CDs to reload any Dell or Microsoft software. Need the space anyway, so I need to remove the bad code. Thanks.
How does Mint come into this scenario?? You bought a laptop with Windows on it...so contact whoever you bought it from to get the CD's if you need them. If you want to format a drive, then if you load ANY operating system, you can delete/format partitions when you're loading the OS. The instructions for doing this are going to be different for ANY OS you load...Mint is different from Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Windows, etc. So get an OS CD/DVD from whatever source you'd like, boot from it, and follow the instructions.
 
Old 09-24-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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Apparently Chrome's "Aw snap!" errors can be diagnosed by disabling any extensions in Chrome (I wouldn't recommend disabling antivirus as you're apparently running an obsolete version of a proprietary OS and MsIE to boot) or creating and testing with a new profile. If that's all the signs of corruption then fine (except for the obsoleteness issue of course). Now it's not clear to me if you want to reinstall Linux or something else: if you want to reinstall Linux then just make a backup to external media and pop in any Linux distributions installer CD. Elif you want to install a proprietary OS then this thread should be moved to the /General forum RSN.
 
Old 09-24-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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Exclamation How To Remove Linux and grub from Partition and Registry--It is Corrupted

I want to remove Linux Mint from my hard drive on my laptop. It does not recognize my password or username. It has been corrupted. I need to recapture some hard drive space, too. I am very low on available space and laptop running slow. I thought I had Linux placed on a separate partition, but Linux does not appear in any program files listing. so that I can delete it. I can always reinstall on my PC that Dell runs on 2 partitions and XP on another. However, when I view the partitions with EaseUS Partition,rd it is not clear which ones are which except that one of the primary partitions is on the hard drive. I am not using Linux, because it has not worked in a year. Besides, I need to recapture space. I need to delete it. Would the two logical partitions be Linux or are they Dell? There are two primary partitions and two logicals. A friend partitioned my hard drive 2 years ago.
 
Old 09-24-2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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Linux is not installed inside Windows, it's a completely separate operating system that Windows isn't even aware of. That's why it won't show up in Program Files, or Add/Remove Programs, or any other Windows utilities. You don't remove operating systems the same way you remove installed programs. To remove an operating system, just delete the partition where it's installed. You can usually do this by looking at the size of each partition, or by looking at what the filesystem type is.

Windows XP does not have very good partitioning software built in though, so while you may be able to delete the Linux partition, chances are you aren't going to be able to absorb the space into Windows without using some 3rd party partitioning software.
 
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:49 PM   #7
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I will try to use EaseUS Partition to recapture space. To unSpawn: I am aware that Linux is not part of Windows. I am not an idiot. Just wnated some info and help. Thanks. Mint comes into this, because I formatted the hard drive, but had an experienced Linux user to add Linux Mint in a Separate partition. I wnat to delet the partiiton. It's a Dell laptop. I asked Dell for the Windows CD, but never received them!! I apprecaiet all teh help. Just wanted to delete the partition with Linux. Not trying to install anything else. I have Red Hat--never installed it. I have access to Ubuntu. Used to have it on my PC. PC not accessible to me from my wheelchair currently. Just wnat to be able to sue my laptop for business without slow speeds and software that I don't need to use right now.

I will figure it out.
 
Old 09-24-2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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Boot to a Live CD or Windows boot disk and format the partition that Mint's installed on.

BE VERY CAREFUL TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU FORMAT THE RIGHT PARTITION.

Then boot the a Windows boot disk and fdisk the MBR as described here to remove GRUB: http://frenchge.hubpages.com/hub/FIX...disk-MBR-Tool\

If you don't have a Windows boot disk, you can use the dd command to clear the MBR. http://linuxgazette.net/issue63/okopnik.html

And remember the carpenter's motto: Measure twice, cut once.
 
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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Indeed measuring twice cutting once
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I am not an idiot.
.. plus saying something about making backups first.
 
Old 09-26-2012, 12:53 PM   #10
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Thanks to frankbell and unSpawn. I had to do something in time for an online board meeting. I did back up everything first (actually thrice--even craeted a bootabble disk using EASEUS). I used EaseUS TODO to BackUp, also Norton Security Suite and My Passport software on my WD external hard drive to create backups. I used EaseUS Partition to delete Linux partitions and resize Windows partition to recapture unallocated space. Then used a Windows boot disk, but still could not get a command prompt to access fdisk to repair MBR. So after the Windows boot disk (balck edition) did not allow me to repair the MBR and get me back in so I could do an fdisk/mbr a friend brought over a master GRUB unloader so I could boot. It worked and I am grateful.

Had I checked emails first, maybe I would have seen your reply frankbell and avoided a lot of delays and saved time yesterday (9-25-12).

Good looking out.
 
Old 09-26-2012, 01:06 PM   #11
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Note: The Linux Mint problem is solved. On Google Chrome issue, I decided to just use IE for rthe tiem being even though I can't do all I want. I will repost the Google Chrome "Aw Snaps" (crash) error issue in a differenet forum and maybe even at bleepingcomputer.com or worldstart.com or geekstogo.com.
 
  


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