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Old 02-02-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
kimchiman05
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Hello. New here..
I'm trying to uninstall my Ubuntu. I tried doing a couple things, and I think I might have messed something up. I really don't want to resort to reformatting my computer, if at all possible. I have a 64-bit Windows 7 machine. The Ubuntu version I have is 11.10, I believe.

When I first tried uninstalling it on my own, I found all these websites saying I need to download EasyBCD, "Write MBR", etc. So I tried that, but then realized I don't have a separate partition for Ubuntu. And then somewhere along the way, I think I tried to remove the program from Add/Remove Programs, which I thought would have worked according to this: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Uninstallation, but apparently not.

Here's what I can see:
  • Looks like I didn't create a separate partition when first installing Ubuntu. When I run diskmgmt.msc, it doesn't show a blank partition of my hard drive.
  • When I go to Add/Remove Programs, I do not see Ubuntu.
  • Whenever I boot my system, it asks if I want to boot using Windows or Linux. When I click Windows, everything works fine. When I click Ubuntu, it says I'm missing something and I can't log in anymore. I imagine this happened when I tried to uninstall Ubuntu some other way.
  • From what I can tell, the Ubuntu was installed at "C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Virtual Machines\Ubuntu". I can see files such as: Ubuntu.nvram, Ubuntu.vmdk, Ubuntu.vmsd, Ubuntu.vmx, Ubuntu.vmxf, vmware.log, vprintproxy.log. I also have a folder called "caches"

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
 
Old 02-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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Uninstalling Ubuntu from my Windows 7 that didn't create its own partition

kimchiman05, did you notice you added this to an old, dead thread?

I would suggest you use the report button at the bottom of your post to ask a moderator to make your post the start of a new thread.

Can you add a link to the site from which you downloaded Ubuntu? That might help folks figure out what you have.

I have Wubi on Win7 and the path is C:\ubuntu; I just checked and there is no reference to it in \users\documents.
 
Old 02-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Uninstalling Ubuntu from my Windows 7 that didn't create its own partition

Hello. New here..
I'm trying to uninstall my Ubuntu. I tried doing a couple things, and I think I might have messed something up. I really don't want to resort to reformatting my computer, if at all possible. I have a 64-bit Windows 7 machine. The Ubuntu version I have is 11.10, I believe.

When I first tried uninstalling it on my own, I found all these websites saying I need to download EasyBCD, "Write MBR", etc. So I tried that, but then realized I don't have a separate partition for Ubuntu. And then somewhere along the way, I think I tried to remove the program from Add/Remove Programs, which I thought would have worked according to this: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Uninstallation, but apparently not.

Here's what I can see:
  • Looks like I didn't create a separate partition when first installing Ubuntu. When I run diskmgmt.msc, it doesn't show a blank partition of my hard drive.
  • When I go to Add/Remove Programs, I do not see Ubuntu.
  • Whenever I boot my system, it asks if I want to boot using Windows or Linux. When I click Windows, everything works fine. When I click Ubuntu, it says I'm missing something and I can't log in anymore. I imagine this happened when I tried to uninstall Ubuntu some other way.
  • From what I can tell, the Ubuntu was installed at "C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Virtual Machines\Ubuntu". I can see files such as: Ubuntu.nvram, Ubuntu.vmdk, Ubuntu.vmsd, Ubuntu.vmx, Ubuntu.vmxf, vmware.log, vprintproxy.log. I also have a folder called "caches"
  • I downloaded Wubi to install the OS from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/windows-installer.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
 
Old 02-03-2012, 05:12 AM   #4
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Hi there,

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I'm trying to uninstall my Ubuntu.
what a pity. Going back to Windows (especially Windows 7) from Ubuntu is like going back to a bobby car after you had a bicycle. Well, your choice.

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The Ubuntu version I have is 11.10, I believe.
That would be the most recent one, so this makes sense.

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Originally Posted by kimchiman05 View Post
When I first tried uninstalling it on my own, I found all these websites saying I need to download EasyBCD, "Write MBR", etc. So I tried that, but then realized I don't have a separate partition for Ubuntu. And then somewhere along the way, I think I tried to remove the program from Add/Remove Programs, which I thought would have worked according to this: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Uninstallation, but apparently not.
So apparently you installed Ubuntu using the Wubi installer that can be started from within Windows. This installation method is aimed at users who just want to test the new system for a while, but not at a permanent installation. In particular, you don't need an extra partition on your hard disk, because Wubi creates a small virtual machine, and the entire Ubuntu installation is done on a virtual hard disk which shows up as a huge file in Windows.

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Whenever I boot my system, it asks if I want to boot using Windows or Linux. When I click Windows, everything works fine. When I click Ubuntu, it says I'm missing something and I can't log in anymore. I imagine this happened when I tried to uninstall Ubuntu some other way.
Yes. To fix that, you should boot your PC from the Windows installation CD/DVD and choose to repair the Windows boot loader.

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From what I can tell, the Ubuntu was installed at "C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Virtual Machines\Ubuntu". I can see files such as: Ubuntu.nvram, Ubuntu.vmdk, Ubuntu.vmsd, Ubuntu.vmx, Ubuntu.vmxf, vmware.log, vprintproxy.log. I also have a folder called "caches"
That's the remains of the Wubi virtual machine. The Ubuntu.vmdk should be the largest of these files, I guess several gigabytes, and contains the virtual disk with Ubuntu installed on it. Since you don't seem to want Ubuntu any longer, you might as well delete all these files and free up the space they're wasting - given that Ubuntu doesn't boot anyway.

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Old 02-03-2012, 05:19 AM   #5
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Duplicate posting - reported for closure/merging.
 
Old 02-03-2012, 05:35 AM   #6
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Moderator note: thanks syg00 for reporting: I closed the other one (old thread hijacked) and merged posts. Discussion can follow here.

Last edited by colucix; 02-03-2012 at 05:40 AM.
 
Old 02-04-2012, 11:20 AM   #7
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Thanks, Doc CPU! It worked! I deleted the Ubuntu folder, repaired using the installation disc (on USB), and then ran the EasyBCD again to delete the Ubuntu boot menu. Maybe I'll consider installing Ubuntu again later, but properly.. with a separate partition. Heh
 
  


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