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Old 03-27-2010, 12:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Unable to remove Grub and install Windows OS!!


Hi Guys,

I am using Lenovo Laptop. Initially I had Dual boot with Windows Vista and RHEL 5. Accidentally I deleted Vista Partition. If I try to install Vista using Vista Bootable DVD, The Vista Bootable DVD is not getting detected!!
Now I want to remove everything (RHEL 5 & Grub Boot loader) from my laptop and install fresh OS.

Please help me to get out of this mess!!
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:04 AM   #2
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Use a livecd to remove the ntfs partition and create a blank area.
RHEL5 costs money, why do you want to throw it away for an insecure system?
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:19 AM   #3
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If you are not able to boot fron vista dvd, why blame RHEL and grub for that? I doubt they are playing any role. Linux is not programmed not to allow installing other systems.
Check if you can boot from vista dvd on other machines. Also check in BIOS if your first boot device is your optical media drive.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:27 AM   #4
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Is the bios set to detect a cd on boot?
(usually pressing delete or something like that.)
Also you don't need to get rid of your Linux to get
your win-dohs back. And you can always duo-boot using a
windows partition manager if you don't like grub.
Meanwhile you can use the gparted utility on a Ubuntu.livE cd to
fix your partitions and get the partitions back in order.
If none of this helps then I am not being very useful then am I?
Sorry bout that.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:28 AM   #5
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I am using the Licensed Vista DVD that came with the Laptop. At present I dont have ant NTFS partition . Only thing that i have on my laptop is RHEL 5 and Grub!!
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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If you are not able to boot fron vista dvd, why blame RHEL and grub for that? I doubt they are playing any role. Linux is not programmed not to allow installing other systems.
Check if you can boot from vista dvd on other machines. Also check in BIOS if your first boot device is your optical media drive.
Hi Chitanya...
I am not blaming RHEL. I just want to do a fresh installation of Vista and Linux.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:30 AM   #7
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Is your BIOS set to start on cdrom first?
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:35 AM   #8
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Is the bios set to detect a cd on boot?
(usually pressing delete or something like that.)
Also you don't need to get rid of your Linux to get
your win-dohs back. And you can always duo-boot using a
windows partition manager if you don't like grub.
Meanwhile you can use the gparted utility on a Ubuntu.livE cd to
fix your partitions and get the partitions back in order.
If none of this helps then I am not being very useful then am I?
Sorry bout that.
Yes, The default boot device is set to Boot from CD . I do like grub. The only thing I need is to install Vista back.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:38 AM   #9
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You say CD? And you have vista dvd? I am confused? Can your optical media read dvd?
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:40 AM   #10
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Is your BIOS set to start on cdrom first?
Yes, The BIOS is set to start on CD-ROM
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:42 AM   #11
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Sorry about that...Its a DVD-ROM and I have a Vista DVD.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:45 AM   #12
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Were you able to boot from any other cd.. try an ubuntu live cd?
If so then it may be a clue.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:47 AM   #13
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Were you able to boot from any other cd.. try an ubuntu live cd?
If so then it may be a clue.
Right now I dont have any Ubantu Live CD!!...Is it not possible to remove everything from my laptop?? I mean...A laptop with No OS!!
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:53 AM   #14
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Yes this is quite unfortunate. I wish I had some other immediate solution. I don't know what kind of resources you have at your disposal but do you have any other access to a computer so you could make a cd? You don't need an operating system if you have a live cd.
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:54 AM   #15
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Yes you can wipe the partition tables right out with a live cd and then reboot to nada...
The windows vista DVD may pick up then. Don't forget you will lose all your files and data and everything when you do this.
 
  


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