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Old 06-27-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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How do you remove Fedora 7

I am currently running Fedora 7 and now I would like to switch back to Windows XP. When I enter bios I select the CD-rom with the windows xp disk, but Fedora continues to boot. I dont want to save any of the information on Linux just reload windows. Thanks 4 any help
Old 06-27-2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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You remove Fedora 7 the same way you remove any other operating system:

- replace the current bootloader, if needed, with a bootloader used by the OS you preserve
- delete partitions used by the operating system to-be-deleted
- re-use the space of the deleted partitions by creating new partitions for your preserved/new operating system, or extend existing partitions to fill the disk

That's it, shortly. If you have backed up your Windows data, you can just delete Linux partitions (using a live-cd, Windows' partitioning tools or 3rd party software) and reinstall Windows. If you don't want to do that, first get Windows' bootloader back to MBR (you'll need Windows XP recovery console for this, found either on disk -- in XP's boot menu -- or the setup disc of XP), then delete partitions, then extend Windows partitions.
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When you try to boot to the CD are you getting that accomplished or is that when you are booting to Fedora anyway? Or do you mean you finish the XP install and then Fedora boots anyway?
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So I need to find some Partition software? My XP disk after I change the bios to boot from CD-rom doesnt do anything.
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Fedora boots everytime. I cannot get the xp cd to intialize
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When your PC starts up, press the key that takes you to your BIOS.

In your BIOS (Most likely under advanced settings) there should be a boot sequence order.

brief example of what it sort of looks like:

Boot 1 [hdd 0]
Boot 2 [floppy]
Boot 3 [cdrom]
Boot 4 [hdd 1]


Fedora would be on that first harddrive...

When your computer boots up it checks that sequence to look for the boot record.
When in the BIOS you can change that boot sequence, since you're trying to load
that XP cd, change the boot sequence to this:

Boot 1 [cdrom]
Boot 2 [hdd 0]
Boot 3 [floppy]
Boot 4 [hdd 1]

(just make sure the cdrom is the first in boot sequence.)

Now the cd should be the first thing your computer recognizes. The XP cd should
offer the tools you need to reformat and repartition your hard drive and allow
you to install XP onto your computer. I'm assuming since you wanted to get rid
of all of Fedora just partition your whole drive to a windows format and then
actually format it.

When you're done installing windows, don't forget to change the boot order back
to your primary hard disk drive, otherwise it will load whatever cd you have in

Old 06-27-2008, 02:20 PM   #7
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Ok, that means it is not a Fedora issue. The bios decides what should boot before Fedora even gets involved. There are a few things that are possible. Hardware issue with CD drive (drive, cable, etc). The CD itself its bad. You have missed a bios setting.

The most likely is that you have missed a bios setting. Many of the newer (last 3-4 years) boards have two(or more) places that you need to change. Some have both boot order and bootable(or similiar). If the drive is not marked first in boot order and bootable, it skips to the next drive on the list.

Edit: I have to learn to type faster.
Old 06-27-2008, 03:00 PM   #8
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I did change bios and the screen came up and said press any key to boot from the CD.... so i press any key and the computer stop blank screen. Maybe the disk i have is only an upgrade xp disk.


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