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Old 05-18-2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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Safe and complete removal of Linux from multi-boot Windows PC


I have 3 XP installations on my computer for emergencies and data recovery if and when needed. Then I installed SUSE Linux 10.0. My computer now starts with the GRUB Boot menu. How do I safely and completely remove Linux from my computer? Your help will be highly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2007, 08:43 PM   #2
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Step 1 : Restore XP's MBR, Task B1 and B2 of the last link in my signature refer.

Step 2 : On a reboot you will see XP back to normal.

Step 3 : In Xp right click "My computer", in desktop or menu, then double click Manage, then storage, then Disk Management, select Suse partitions one at the time, highlight it and cleck delete.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #3
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The easiest way is to just boot into windows, delete the Linux partitions, and then c:\>fdisk /mbr on the drive(s) and that should do it.

Though I have to ask why would you install it just to delete it?
 
Old 05-19-2007, 10:07 PM   #4
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Might be that he doesn't actually want to remove Linux, rather he needs to reconfigure GRUB to allow booting to the 3 XP partitions.

But why have 3 XP partitions/bootables? Are they on separate drives, or configured for different things?
 
Old 05-21-2007, 09:36 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for your help. I will follow your advice.
Here are my answers to your question:
Why 3 XP installations?
Because XP creates problems quite often. If the installation I am currently using crashes I can access my files by booting into another XP installation. They are all on separate partitions. The 3rd one for additional (perhaps unnecessary) safety. I also wanted to see how many times I could activate online the XP Pro I bought. Three times on same computer had no problem. But it was a College volume licensed version.

Why remove Linux?
1. I found SUSE Linux acted slower on my computer (1.8 GHz processor speed with 2 GB RAM) compared to XP!
2. I could find only a generic driver for my Lexmark 4039 laser printer that does not allow me to use some of its useful options which I need from time to time.
3. With XP I use Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recording (and converting to text) or dictation software. I could not find any comparable quality software for Linux.
4. I found a 1600 page $60 book called Windows XP Resource Kit (with which people say you can solve any XP problems) brand new for under $15 post paid from capusi.com! (If you buy books this is the place to go. Some one on Internet mentioned it on a Forum a few years ago. I have saved probably a $1000 through capusi.com since then!)
 
Old 05-21-2007, 04:03 PM   #6
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wazir,

Hopefully you won't completely forget about Linux.

I would like to make a point about Suse. Though I don't use Suse myself I have seen multiple threads here about how that specific distro seems to have performance problems.

Did you try other distros? Ubuntu is good for beginners. I personally love Fedora. Others love Slackware ... etc. Most distros have a LiveCD you can use for a checkout.

Oh, and more about your 3 XP partitions ... hehe. Used properly (not rooting unnecessarily, tinkering where you shouldn't), Linux has a tendency to last forever, on its original partition. If desired, you can also dual/triple/quad boot into different distros to see which you like best, and still access all your data from any of them!

You can also consider virtualizing your XP installation with something like VMWare. Once virtualized and set up as you want, you can back up your entire XP VM to a DVD. That way, when XP dies again, you can simply restore the backed up VM.

Just some more tidbits to think about ...
 
Old 05-21-2007, 09:51 PM   #7
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I wrote an elaborate respond to your kind comments a few minutes ago. But when i tried to preview it i got the message that said "Invalid Thread specified"! I don't understand. I sent a note to administrator to that effect. Thanks
 
Old 05-21-2007, 10:07 PM   #8
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I wrote an elaborate respond to your kind comments a few minutes ago. But when i tried to preview it i got the message that said "Invalid Thread specified"! I don't understand. I sent a note to administrator to that effect. Thanks
No prob ... Just knowing you were thinking of me is enough.
 
  


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