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cliff 04-30-2007 01:03 PM

uninstalling grub from vista
 
I want to uninstall grub and ubuntu so that i'm only running vista. i can edit grub so that other operating systems is my only option, but i still have that extra step before booting to vista. how can i eliminate grub from my system?

GrapefruiTgirl 04-30-2007 01:35 PM

Easiest way would be to use Vista's recovery console from the CD, if it has one, and repair the MBR (Master Boot Record). As for removing Ubuntu, just delete or format the partition.

bsdunix 04-30-2007 01:48 PM

Uninstalling Linux
http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/lin...ing-linux.html

cliff 05-01-2007 07:53 AM

thanks for the suggestions. i've tried the recovery console, easyBCD 1.52, VistaBoot 3.2, Bootcfg /rebuild, fixmbr, fixboot c:, just to name things that hsve not deleted GRUB on my machine. i think that grub runs before vista, so all the suggestions are for how to fix the BCD (old mbr) and not how to eliminate GRUB. i tried loading grub on a memory stick, but that didn't work. i will say that grub works well, but i want that bad boy off my machine. i know that grub is stored in linux and that the grub instruction merely refers the user to the files which are the grub boot options and i can edit those so that only vista is an os choice, but i'm tired of that extra step before logging into vista...... still need a solution.

GrapefruiTgirl 05-01-2007 08:01 AM

Hmm.. It looks like GRUB is more durable that I had imagined. :p I don't know what to suggest specifically, but I entered 'uninstalling GRUB' into Gooooogle and got a whack of promising looking results on the first page. Perhaps the exact and proper method is right there?
Quote:

Originally Posted by http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/grub-legacy-faq.en.html#q12
12. How to uninstall GRUB from my hard disk drive?

There is no concept uninstall in boot loaders, because if you uninstall a boot loader, an unbootable machine would simply remain. So all you need to do is overwrite another boot loader you like to your disk, that is, install the boot loader without uninstalling GRUB.

For example, if you want to install the boot loader for Windows, just run FDISK /MBR on Windows. If you want to install LILO (I can't imagine why you want to do such a thing, though), run /sbin/lilo on GNU/Linux.


cliff 05-01-2007 05:33 PM

hey GrapefruiTgirl and others,

i finally found the solution to over-writing vista's bootloader. the fdisk /mbr people keep suggesting as a fix for vista only works for XP and earlier OS. the program i've discovered {Mbrfix} discussion can be found at: http://www.sysint.no/Nedlasting/MbrFix.htm
This is a good utility (MBRFix.exe) for vista. the program should be run from command prompt and the directory that contains the program. for example c:\Users\username\folders...\mbrfix.

To download the file: http://www.sysint.no/en/Download.aspx thanks for your efforts cliff

syg00 05-01-2007 05:40 PM

Sounds like you have more than one hard disk.
I guess you don't care now .... ;)

rico001 04-24-2008 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cliff (Post 2730894)
I want to uninstall grub and ubuntu so that i'm only running vista. i can edit grub so that other operating systems is my only option, but i still have that extra step before booting to vista. how can i eliminate grub from my system?

Here's another way.


I downloaded Super Grub ISO and created a bootable CD with it. You can read about it here:

users.bigpond.net.au/her...rubDiskPage.html

Using Super Grub program, I loaded the Windows section and told it to Fix Windows Boot. It didnt have Vista as an option when doing this, so I chose the Windows 2000/XP Option.

And that totally wiped Grub, and reinstalled Vista MBR. Partition table and boot sectors.

However, interestingly, Vista still wouldnt boot, but after 1 hour, I realises why. For some strange reason, Super Grub's Windows Restore function, altered my "Active" partition to another partition. So I had to make the initial partition that contains Vista as "Active". If I didnt, Vista complained that it couldnt find BOOTMGR and couldnt find C:/windows/winload.exe

http://supergrub.forjamari.linex.org/?section=download

pixellany 04-24-2008 09:32 PM

rico;
OP has not been here for 1 year, and therefore may not be listening.....;)

ngcooper23 05-17-2008 12:20 AM

Ok, Your all wrong, stop thinking XP and think Vista
 
Put the Vista Install Disk into the drive and boot it up, select your language, select repair, select which partition/instalation to repair, click open Dos (last option on the list)(2bit - black screen with white text for you newbs), type the following:

"bootrec.exe /FixMbr"

do not include the quotes!

Hope this helps, cause it just worked for me and I have been trying to fix this GRUB Error 2 for days! Ahhhh my baby is back in action!

X-Wired Service Inc.
N. Cooper
xwired.service@gmail.com

dkc.com 05-31-2008 06:25 PM

Confusion of Newbees
 
Plz read my query carefully friends.

I am a common user of windows and because of curiosity I installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my system with multiboot option. I like that very much but it was installed on a very small partition of 4.5 gb so i felt it wasn't enouh. As a result I bought a 320 GB external hard drive and decided to install ubuntu on it. so I deleted the ubuntu partition from hard drive.

One more thing, I haven't received any installation cd from my laptop manufacturer but they have provided the os files on a small partition of the hard drive itself.

So, after uninstalling ubuntu from my hard drive, i faced the GRUB error.I couldn't find a way, so I installed ubuntu again on the same partition and then it worked. Then checked this forum which suggested to have a bootable disc for Vista, which I haven't got.

I also downloaded and tried auto_super_grub_disk_1.0.exe but it is very difficult for the primary user like me.

The situation now is first of all I have to face grub and afterwards I have to face another option manu for vista and auto super grub disc.

Is there any way out? Can I make a bootacle cd rom from my os? Is there any easy method for removing ubuntu and Grub? Preferably no command lines, step by step information to follow.

I will be very thankful.

rmurphyxxx 06-11-2008 04:10 PM

I had similar problems trying to remove GRUB. I was finally able to remove it using the recovery console | command prompt | bootrec command.

> bootrec /FixBoot
> bootrec /FixMbr

I had to do this a couple of time in various order for it to work for some reason.

ngcooper23 06-15-2008 12:23 PM

Another answer
 
The is a way to access the recovery partition, which is usually the same set up as the Windows CD, if you are in Vista. Acess the recovery, find the command prompt, and enter

bootrec.exe /FixMbr

that works for me, if you are in XP then you have to use the old Mbr command which is something similar but IDK, i am a vista guy... and every needs to upgrade any cause they are wasting time and money on XP updates and security stuff! MS needs to focus as much as possible on Vista, to kill the evil competition! MAC!!!! Ahhhhh!!!

will101 06-22-2008 02:18 PM

a thousand thankyous
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ngcooper23 (Post 3155935)
Put the Vista Install Disk into the drive and boot it up, select your language, select repair, select which partition/instalation to repair, click open Dos (last option on the list)(2bit - black screen with white text for you newbs), type the following:

"bootrec.exe /FixMbr"

do not include the quotes!

Hope this helps, cause it just worked for me and I have been trying to fix this GRUB Error 2 for days! Ahhhh my baby is back in action!

X-Wired Service Inc.
N. Cooper
xwired.service@gmail.com


that worked for me. and saved me HOURS of work. Thanks

matt dwamon 07-26-2008 06:48 PM

another way to uninstall GRUB
 
There's another way that I found that lets you uninstall the GRUB loader.

1. download EasyBCD
2. install it
3. go to 'Manage Bootloader' tab
4. select 'reinstall the vista bootloader' (this may be different)
5. click on 'Write MBR'
6. go to 'Add/Remove entries' tab
7. select Linux tab
(should be)
type: grub
name: neosmart grub
drive: (select drive that says something like 'Linux native')
8. Add entry
9. repeat 7 & 8 but the drive should be 'linux swap'

I hope this helped because it worked on mine & now I don't have the GRUB loader


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