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Old 03-09-2007, 09:52 AM   #1
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Problems removing ubuntu


I installed linux (kubuntu version 6.06) a while back, I have only used it a couple of times. Does anyone know how I can remove kubuntu and the grub as well.

I tried removing it in Windows, but I got an error on boot saying something about the grub could not be found, so I had to reinstall linux again which took an even larger chunk off my hard drive.

Now I am to afraid to remove the partition whilst running linux incase the same thing happens again plz forgive me I am a total noob when it comes to linux and I don't have a clue about unix command syntax

I would really love to get the disk space back much help would be appreciated thnx.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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I haven't done this myself, but there appears to be a workable solution towards the bottom of this post:

http://www.ntcompatible.com/How_to_r...er_t28242.html

Hope this helps.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 10:08 AM   #3
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You really should be keeping Kubuntu and removing Windows---oh well...

If you simply delete the Linux partition then you lose GRUB's configuration file--that is probably what caused the error you saw.

You can use just about any partition editor to remove the Linux partition(s). If your Linux installer is a "live CD", you can boot from that and remove the partitions from there.** And I think you said that you can remove the partitions from Windows.

You will then need to boot from your Windows intall disk---rescue mode, and run "fix mbr" to put back the Winodws bootloader.



**If there is no GUI tool, open a terminal and type fdisk -l. This will show you all your partitions. Let's assume you have one IDE drive--you will see several entries with hdaX, where X is the partition #. Now do fdisk /dev/hda. Enter "p" to list the partitions, and then "d" for delete. enter the partition number to be deleted. When done, enter "w" to save the changes and exit.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 11:22 PM   #4
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You really should be keeping Kubuntu and removing Windows---oh well...
lol I thought I'd get that reply, and when my new PC arrives in may there should be enough room on my HDD for a *nix OS might try gnome next time wasn't to sure about the KDE interface found it to be a bit buggy in places. also I could not get an internet connection when I booted from the HDD yet it worked perfectly booting from the live cd.

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If you simply delete the Linux partition then you lose GRUB's configuration file--that is probably what caused the error you saw.

You can use just about any partition editor to remove the Linux partition(s). If your Linux installer is a "live CD", you can boot from that and remove the partitions from there.** And I think you said that you can remove the partitions from Windows.

You will then need to boot from your Windows intall disk---rescue mode, and run "fix mbr" to put back the Winodws bootloader.



**If there is no GUI tool, open a terminal and type fdisk -l. This will show you all your partitions. Let's assume you have one IDE drive--you will see several entries with hdaX, where X is the partition #. Now do fdisk /dev/hda. Enter "p" to list the partitions, and then "d" for delete. enter the partition number to be deleted. When done, enter "w" to save the changes and exit.
OK thnx once again just made a boot cd and will try
 
Old 03-10-2007, 01:30 AM   #5
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You don't need to make a boot CD - just use your XP (install) CD.
BTW the command is fixmbr (no imbedded space).
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:51 AM   #6
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You don't need to make a boot CD - just use your XP (install) CD.
BTW the command is fixmbr (no imbedded space).
OOOPS!!!! That's what happens when you get involved with Linux---you forget all the Windows stuff...

embedded, not imbedded---So there!!!
 
  


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