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Old 11-09-2005, 10:29 AM   #1
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Removing GRUB boot loader

I have a dual boot Windows 2000/Fedora machine. Win 2000 is on my primary HD and Fedora is on my secondary HD. I'd like to remove my copy of Fedora and put on SUSE, but I keep running into snags, and I think it is because of the boot loader. How do I get rid of the boot loader so that it will just boot into Windows? I saw another thread that suggested fdisk /mbr, but Windows 2000 doesn't come with fdisk. Any thoughts?
Old 11-09-2005, 10:39 AM   #2
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I think any version of windows come with fdisk.
But if you don't find fdisk in windows 2000, you can keep reinstall windows and it will overwrite grub.

But you don't need to do so. If you want to try SUSE, just installed SUSE and Fedora'grub will be replace by SUSE's one.
Old 11-09-2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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i thought it did? just boot the CD to the command console or whatever, and do fdisk /mbr. if not, you can probably find a win98 boot disk online somewhere.

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Old 11-09-2005, 11:00 AM   #4
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Figured it out. You need to boot into the recovery console off the Windows 2000 CD and run fixmbr. The same is true for Windows XP.
Old 11-09-2005, 11:16 AM   #5
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Originally posted by fredclown
Figured it out. You need to boot into the recovery console off the Windows 2000 CD and run fixmbr. The same is true for Windows XP.
that's it, the recovery console. and yep, the command is fixmbr in 2k/xp, thanks for the reminder.
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GRUB and LILO always conflict with Windows. And GNU GRUB is not so robust, causing many problems during boot.

So try GRUB for DOS please. It is a cross-platform boot loader based on GNU GRUB. The GRUB.EXE can be started from DOS/Win9x; and GRLDR can be started from BOOT.INI of Windows NT/2K/XP/2003; and even more, the GRUB.EXE can be started from LINUX via the KEXEC tool.

By using GRUB.EXE or GRLDR, you don't have to touch your MBR. It is the safest way coexisting with DOS/Windows.

You needn't install GRUB for DOS. Just run GRUB.EXE from DOS, or append a line of "C:\GRLDR=START GRUB" into your BOOT.INI(restart and select the "START GRUB" menu item), that will do.

Download GRUB for DOS here:

There is a fat12grldr.img file with the GRUB for DOS release. You can create a GRUB bootable floppy with this fat12grldr.img file.

Or, you can just copy GRUB.EXE to your DOS floppy and run GRUB.EXE to enter the GRUB environment.
Old 12-03-2005, 12:18 PM   #7
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Using fdisk /mbr

I have used fdisk /mbr several times to restore the bootloader information. I use a bootable floppy with windows 98 that has the fdisk command on it.

Just boot from the floppy, then at the A:/ prompt, enter fidsk /mbr.
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That's interesting... I've used the regular grub to boot into Windows for quite some time, just by religiously following the detailed directions in their documentation.

The "master boot record," or MBR, is what points the system to whatever boot-loader you want .. be it Windows', Grub, or LILO. In the case of Grub, you can (in my experience) boot into Windows from that point without problems.

Windows' boot-loader must be used to get into Windows, but Grub can set-up the environment that Windows BL needs to see.
Old 01-18-2006, 02:27 PM   #9
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Just decided I hate Grub.

I've got a new hard Disk and I'm trying to clone XP across. Despite doing a sector by sector copy I just get the chainloader error message. Sadly Suse 10.1 needs re-installing anyway as a Hardware change has killed it effectively so I can't use that to see what it's looking for to boot. The bios detects the drive as CHs and this cannot be changed which maybe one of the reasons.

Anyway I booted into recovery Console and did a fixmbr and then fixboot hoping to get Windows Xp to load normal. Instead I just got missing operating system instead. I then tried a clean install of XP deleting the old partition and starting afresh and got the same message.

So at the moment I'm stuffed. Any Ideas???


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