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musiclover91 07-01-2009 07:56 AM

Loading GRUB...............................??
hi frnz..

i have a problem..

i first installed linux and then windows as seperate operating systms..

my system says at the beginning.. Loading GRUB and allows me to select which i want..

if i try to uninstall linux, am not able to work with windows as well!!!

i want to change my linux.. is it really possible without windows!!???

pls help

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pixellany 07-01-2009 08:41 AM

Welcome to LQ!!

Please describe exactly what steps you have followed---and the current state....For example, if you had "installed Linux and then Windows", you would have the Windows bootloader, and not GRUB.

In typical dual-boot setup, the GRUB config files are on the Linux partition, If you simply delete that partition, you will not be able to boot up. You can, however, do a new Linux installation which will almost always detect Windows and set everything up automatically.

business_kid 07-03-2009 03:10 AM


Originally Posted by musiclover91 (Post 3592893)
hi frnz..

i want to change my linux.. is it really possible without windows!!???

pls help

Yes. It helps if you dislike being ripped off by m$ for buggy software that squeals on you to 'big brother' and crashes frequently.

What can be a problem is getting some applications covered in linux. Discover the best way of doing things instead of expecting linux to look like windows, and do the same things windows does.

Larry Webb 07-03-2009 05:44 AM

Yes you can change your linux distros without loosing your grub or changing windows. Being careful with your new linux distro on the install it should ask you which partition you want to install and if it is ok to format. This is where you need to be careful and choose your linux partition(s). If you choose your windows partition you will loose your windows.

If you do have problems with your grub go to the grub link in pixellany's post.

jschiwal 07-03-2009 08:06 AM

If you have an XP install disk, you can boot into the recovery console and run "fixmbr" after uninstalling Linux. Also, some distro's save a backup of the original mbr. Mine saves it as /boot/backup_mbr. You could use dd from a linux live distro to replace the mbr. I have read of a Windows 7 users not being able to boot up to their install disk. I don't know how accurate this is, or if there was another problem besides an unknown mbr.

Using dd to replace the MBR could be dangerous however. The mbr contains your partition table as well as the boot code.
Also, if you reinstall Linux with a fresh install, you would have a backup grub mbr of your last installation. If you have the backup_mbr from your first Linux installation, I would recommend backing it up to CD. Listing your current partitions with "sudo /sbin/fdisk -lu" and printing it out would be a good idea. Do this in any event as part of your next backup. Even if you aren't planning to remove Linux.

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