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Old 09-15-2004, 08:32 AM   #1
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Question How to remove linux....yet leave Windows XP?

We have a dual boot of RH9 and Win XP booting through grub. I need to remove linux, yet leave XP and have XP boot as the only OS. How do I do this?

P.S. we are not giving up on linux, just switching linux over to another computer where we can "play" with it without worries
Old 09-15-2004, 08:34 AM   #2
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you should remove the partition containing Linux (in the control center I gues (i'm not using RH)) .

When using lilo; go to /etc/lilo.conf

edit the bootloader config there, and run 'lilo'

Using grub, it's the same but you don't have to run 'grub'
Old 09-15-2004, 08:38 AM   #3
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Use fdisk to delete the partition, use a Windows boot disk and run the command fdisk /mbr. That will remove the bootloader and boot directly into Windows. Then either format the old Linux partition or use Partition Magic to delete the Linux partition and resize the Win partition.

Old 09-15-2004, 08:54 AM   #4
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Hi glenn69,
to "delete" one operating system, you best format the partition it was on to a file system supported by the operating system you want use it for from then on.
In your case this means: format the partition you have linux on right now to be of type NTFS.

- Have backups of your data
- apply basic laws of logic
- understand what you are doing (comments)
- double check

Here's what you want to do, step by step:
Disclaimer: Don't blame me for mistakes, I have not done this myself (obviously). Plus, I am only human too.
fdisk -l       figure out what partitions you need to get rid of
fdisk /dev/hdx replace with identifier for the hard drive you have linux on
d       to delete partitions
?       select a number [refer to step 1 for information on what partitions you want deleted]
?       repeat as necessary to delete all linux partitions (there should be at least one boot and one swap partition)
n       to create a new partition
t       to change the partition type of your new partition
7       NTFS
x       exit and write to disk - THIS STEP WILL DELETE YOUR LINUX PARTITION
Last you need to get rid of grub and have the computer use the windows bootloader again: format the Master Boot Record (MBR) (use DOS fdisk):
fdisk /mbr
The result is the following:
You have an additional Windows NT partition (for Windows XP) which should show up in windows.
Your linux parititions have vanished.
GRUB is gone.

Good luck,
- drowstar


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