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Old 08-02-2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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How do I delete my Linux partitions?

I tried with my Fedora Core 4 CD and I guess changes don't apply unless you install or upgrade, because I pressed erase on all my partitions associated with Linux and nothing happened when I rebooted. I tried my Windows XP installation CD but nothing comes up on the screen after it says "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration...". The reason I want to delete my Linux partition is because I need to get to my Windows partition and, from the replies in the other topic I made, I am still not able to get onto it.
Old 08-02-2005, 11:51 PM   #2
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if Windows still installed on the primary partition or disk?

If so, get a Win98 Bootdisk (

Boot the bootdisk and the run

fdisk /mbr

That should restore your Windows boot record
Old 08-03-2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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So this will allow me to get into my Windows account?
And also... I should use a Windows 98 boot disk even though I have XP Pro?

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Old 08-03-2005, 03:15 AM   #4
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Yes, a Win98 boot disk will be fine for this.

I'm guessing that you installed the Linux bootloader into what's called the Master Boot Record of your disk (the very first part) - now Linux is gone, the MBR is looking at a deleted partition to boot your computer and therefore nothing works.

By using fdisk to create a new MBR (as the above post instructs) it should correctly point to Windows once more and allow you to access it.

Last edited by shamrock_uk; 08-03-2005 at 03:21 AM.


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