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Old 09-30-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Question Viability of deleting dual-booted OS?


I am wondering what means there are of deleting a dual-booted OS once it is installed. For instance, I once successfully dual-booted Windows XP and Linux Mint 12, but I simply deleted the Mint partition via the Parted Magic Live CD. Upon reboot, I was greeted with a grub rescue terminal prompt. I could not execute any commands from this terminal. Later, after I paid to have it repaired, the person that repaired it told me that I had screwed up the Master Boot Record (MBR). Is there a way to dual-boot two OSs (ideally Windows and Linux) and then delete the Linux partition without messing up the MBR?
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(I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I'm new to internet forum sites like LQ. If this is in the wrong area, I apologize.)
 
Old 09-30-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Yes. One just puts in the windows cd and goes to a repair screen and runs the necessary repairs on the MBR.

For windows XP: Fix MBR

And windows 7/Vista: Bootrec.exe

Both easily found with Google
 
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There are different ways to achieve that:
1. Don't let Linux install its bootloader to the MBR, install it to the Linux root partition and chainload from the Windows bootloader.
2. Do a standard dual-boot install, but repair the Windows bootloader before removing Linux. This can be done in different ways, either make a backup of the bootloader before installing Linux and restore it before you remove Linux or just use your Windows install disc to re-install the Windows bootloader when you remove Linux.

I wonder what you have paid for repairing the bootloader.
 
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:55 PM   #4
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Thank you. As for the solution being "easily found with google", I posted this question because my laptop did not come with a Windows XP CD. I have Googled this previously, and the best solutions I found on Google involved the Windows CD. I should have mentioned that, I apologize. TobiSGD, in response to your query, the actual reparation wasn't terribly costly-it was diagnosing the exact nature of the problem and how to correct it that drove up the cost to about $70 from about 1/4 of that.. Thanks a ton!
 
Old 09-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #5
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Wow, 70$ for a repair of that kind. Everyone who makes money with repairing computers should be able to diagnose the problem in 2 minutes and repair it in also two minutes. I wish I had that wage rate.
 
Old 10-01-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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I don't know why... Maybe the place doesn't get a lot of business. Also, I don't remember the exact cost, but I am fairly sure it was around $70.
 
  


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