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crumb 07-17-2003 05:43 PM

How do I uninstall M$ Windows?
Can anybody please tell me how I can uninstall Windows98first-edition? I have found no need for it.:D Erm...oh yes...I've lost the manual but still have the installation CD.

frieza 07-17-2003 05:53 PM

simple, you don't really have to, if you have linux installed already, just mount your windows partition with a
mount /dev/hd(number of windows partition) /mnt/mountpoint

copy any information you need off the windows partition, then unmount the windows partition
then do an mkfs -t ext2 (same partition)
then edit your bootloader configuration to remove the windows option (/etc/lilo.conf or /etc/grub.conf) if it is lilo then you will have to run lilo at this point (all of this must be done as root)
[user@hostname /pwd]#lilo then edit your /etc/fstab to include your new drive, creating a mountpoint somewhere to put it
that shoud get rid of win98 for good :) and you don't have to mess with the M$ uninstaller, which i think has some 'glitch' that prevents it from working anyways.

crumb 07-17-2003 05:56 PM

thats all well and good but tell me how to uninstall WITHOUT have to use linux.
there is a greater deal of problems that i have on my computer that i dont want to talk about right at the moment.:cry:...IE: kernel errors

v3rb0 07-17-2003 06:02 PM


Originally posted by crumb
thats all well and good but tell me how to uninstall WITHOUT have to use linux.

hmm.. boot from windows bootable floppy (or what was their oficial name, i dunno) and do `format C:`
as far i know window has no such uninstall feature..

bigjohn 07-17-2003 06:08 PM

Not sure which distro you are using, but with the mandrake install, when you are going through the install proceedure, it asks you which bit do you want to use? existing partitions? and it includes the "entire hard disc" option.

I would have thought that something like that should nuke the windows install!



crumb 07-17-2003 06:13 PM

:cry: again uninstall WITHOUT linux.... i need windows to be out of my computer if i want to do anything...i mean this literally

slakmagik 07-17-2003 06:30 PM

This doesn't make any sense. Linux or Windows can completely remove Windows. Format c: will remove Windows with Windows. But what difference does it make? Gone's gone.

len 07-17-2003 07:58 PM

please explain your circumstances better.

Bruce Hill 07-17-2003 10:14 PM

You're using Windoze 98. Boot into it, and then restart with dos prompt. Something like that is one of the options. Then when you get to the a:>, type format c:\q

About 30 seconds later you'll be Windoze FREE!

Then you should really read these posts above and format and partition properly with Linux. Ask them for help with your kernel problems.

crumb 07-29-2003 06:20 PM


Originally posted by len
please explain your circumstances better.

Well to tell you the whole story... I originally bought my computer at a store and it was pre-installed with linux (and it was cheaper when it had linux instead of BLING BLING$Windows$). So common sense drove me to buy the linux box. I happily took it home and canned my old 233Mhz computer into the garage. I put my new computer together and happily watched "INVADER ZIM", which my friend gave me copies of, on it. I started to get bored of it so I called internet company and got DSL. I felt jiggly. 4 to 5 days later i got the modem. I hooked it up, and nieve, linux newbie, me tried to run the *.exe setup file in linux. I was mad. I tried to find an answer for my problem but i was to no avail. The only solution left for me to do was to get windows. I got $winodws$ (the circumstance of me getting it will not be talked about) and installed it.... waited a hour.... and it was installed, but i did not make a partition so linux was off of my computer. I rebooted and there ... came the alerts... all drivers for my hardware was gone so I had to use $windows$ drivers. CD-ROM drive work but not very well. I could not install the needed drivers that I had on another disk. I got mad again. So I turned it completely off and turn it back on again, like that would work. It started up and right before the startup screen would come up, the computer told me that it did not have 5 different *.vxd files that it needed. So I kept on pushing on the keyboard to go on, that was all I was able to do. As soon as it was done telling me that I continued on and there it came on the screen "KERNEL ERROR".....S**T!!, and now here I am, with only one question: HOW DO I UNINSTALL M$ WINDOWS?

frieza 07-29-2003 07:59 PM

have you tried booting from the install cd? i know at least redhat can do that, if not, some distros have boot floppies that will boot and then access the cd to begin installation of teh os

crumb 07-29-2003 08:16 PM

yes, I can boot off of cd... but what good will that do?

DrOzz 07-29-2003 08:28 PM

d00d, do you have a bootdisk or bootable windows cd?
if yes then read on..
so you put the disk in, there will be three options, that is if its a default bootdisk, if its modified then it will have more or less, but anyways it will have 3 just for arguments sake, pick the option that says, boot with cdrom will boot up and after all that gibberish is done being printed on your screen you will be presented with the a:> prompt:
so now you sit there and all you see is A:>
so to kill everything type :
a screen will pop up, and you will hit enter (who cares what it says, as in the end you will be hitting enter if you wanna sit there and read it) then select from the menu to delete the partition..
if memory serves me correct this is option 4.....then another menu will be popped up, and again if memory serves me correct you will select option 1, to delete primary partition...
then you press 1 as this will be the primary partition, then you will press enter for the volume label if there is none, and if there is a label then you type what it is, you will see it in the list above if there is a label....and then you press "Y" for yes to confirm it...bam a screen pops up and tells you to reboot...
if that doesn't killl windows, then you got one messed up computer :D

as of your vxd question, it wasn't saying you didnt' have them, it was saying there was reference to them either in your system.ini file or in the registry, so all you would have had to do, is just check for entries in either A) your system.ini file, or B) your registry by going to start--> run --> type regedit and do a search for the vxds that were errors at bootup and delete them entries...and you wouldn't have them issues....
i can't think on how i could possibly explain this any better, and i am sorry if i have made any mistakes in my choice on what menu options to pick when using fdisk, but they are common sense anyways...first pick delete partition, and then select primary partition in the next menu...if they are not options 4 and 1 respectively, then you can figure it out yourself by reading the options and selecting them as i said :D have fun !!

crumb 07-29-2003 08:41 PM

hmmm...problem with that...
I put Windows boot CD in...
reboot...I only get two options...
boot off of CD of boot off of hard disk

DrOzz 07-29-2003 09:06 PM

k boot of cd then, and tehn you will get that menu that i mentioned :D

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