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Old 07-22-2002, 02:09 PM   #1
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Smile how to uninstall friendly Lindows installation


I recently installed Lindows OS on my windows98 as a friendly install, which was really a Lindows only decision , as I wanted to install it on a separate partition, but anyway. Now I read at there website that there is a way to uninstall it, but they wont tell. So does anyone know how to do that as I have winxp and win98 installed and dont want to ruine them.
 
Old 07-22-2002, 02:19 PM   #2
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Easiest way is to load up your favorite partitioning software and just reformat those paritions it exists on.

And if you installed a boot loader on the MBR, you can:

fdisk /MBR

to wipe that off and your other OS's should be intact.

Yeah, I wouldn't recommend Lindows, if you want to try Linux and not familiar with it.. go with Mandrake.
 
Old 07-22-2002, 02:25 PM   #3
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Trickykid, it looks it wasn't installed on a separate partition...
I've not tried Lindows (and I'm not sure if I want to), but it may be installed into its own directory instead od a partition. Look for a folder called Lindows or something similar. If it's big it's a high chance it's Lindows install. BTW, have you tried Add/Remove programs (or whatever it is called..)?
 
Old 07-22-2002, 02:36 PM   #4
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I though fdisk /mbr deletes all the partition, are you sure it would only delete the partition I want to?
Answer to the second question yes I have tried add remove programs it is not there.
 
Old 07-22-2002, 02:40 PM   #5
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I though fdisk /mbr deletes all the partition, are you sure it would only delete the partition I want to?
Answer to the second question yes I have tried add remove programs it is not there.
fdisk /MBR will only remove contents on the Master Boot Record and will not affect any installation of Windows.
 
Old 07-22-2002, 09:45 PM   #6
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Doesnt the Master Boot Record contain information necessary for any winodows to boot? wont all the partitions become useless after that?
 
Old 07-22-2002, 09:49 PM   #7
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Sort of. Windows installs a copy of it's bootloader to both the MBR and on to the boot-sector of whichever partition it happen to reside. Doing a fdisk /mbr (from a dos box in Windows) should only replace the MBR with the previous copy... which is more than likely to be Windows' boot loader.

However, if your install of Lindows was not to a separate partition, but rather to a folder within Windows, then perhaps you should try Mara's suggestions first.
 
Old 07-22-2002, 10:23 PM   #8
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Well offcourse the Lindows folder is in my windows dierctory but what I really want to do is to get rid of the boot loader as well because boot loaders have given me trouble in the past. For example LILO one's failed to boot at all which again left me with the only choice of fromating all of my harddrive with fdisk /mbr. I also happen to have partition magic7 would it be able to remove the boot loader? My winxp is luckily installed in another partition which is not even the first partition or the primary partition, so what do you suggest isnt it highly likely that I would be able to save my winxp after all. Secondly this time around after deleting my win98se I am thinking of installing winME instead wouldnt it be better than win98? or not?
 
Old 07-22-2002, 10:35 PM   #9
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For example LILO one's failed to boot at all which again left me with the only choice of fromating all of my harddrive with fdisk /mbr.
fdisk /MBR will not wipe out your whole hard drive for the record. It will only wipe out the master boot record.
 
Old 07-22-2002, 10:37 PM   #10
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Doesnt the Master Boot Record contain information necessary for any winodows to boot? wont all the partitions become useless after that?
Windows will rewrite after a fdisk to it is performed.
 
Old 07-23-2002, 05:08 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by onlyhuman9
Well offcourse the Lindows folder is in my windows dierctory but what I really want to do is to get rid of the boot loader as well because boot loaders have given me trouble in the past. For example LILO one's failed to boot at all which again left me with the only choice of fromating all of my harddrive with fdisk /mbr.
How does it look like? Do you have lilo at boot or you first load Windows and then have chance to run Lindows? I just don't know how Lindows friendly install look like...
If you have lilo installed in MBR (and use it to choose Windows/Lindows), boot to Lindows and use
lilo -u
That's a command to uninstall lilo.
 
Old 07-23-2002, 06:08 PM   #12
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Thankyou everyone for helping me, the fdisk /MBR command did the trick for removing the boot loader for lindows which was installed on mbr and I deleted the rest of the directories in my win98 partition
 
Old 07-31-2002, 05:10 PM   #13
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I also installed Lindows....and hated it. I have Mandrake 8.2 and Win2K installed as well. Prior to Lindows, lilo could boot into either Manrake or Windows. After uninstalling Lindows from within Windows and using fdisk /mbr to delete lilo from the mbr, I of course no longer have lilo in the /etc dir. My question is, how do I reinstall lilo using the rescue CD so that it will once again give me the options at boot for Mandrake and Win2K?
 
Old 07-31-2002, 05:23 PM   #14
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I just figured it out......that was a little too easy.....not that I'm complaining

All I had to do was type /sbin/lilo.
 
Old 09-16-2002, 04:26 AM   #15
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help me

i need help badly
i got rid of my old operating system and im stuck with this how do i get it off it wont work
 
  


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