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Old 10-11-2009, 04:05 AM   #1
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remove linux please read more


hi everyone,

i bought a new pc online which i will return for several reasons. the problem is that i installed ubuntu and now i have to delete it before returning the pc.

actually i already deleted the linux partition with gparted but i cant resize windows partition nor fix dual boot

any help would be mostly welcome
 
Old 10-11-2009, 04:45 AM   #2
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to fix your MBR (master boot record) boot with your windows cd and launch the recovery console (black DOS like screen). Select your drive and enter your administrator password. Issue the command

Code:
fixmbr

Now you windows has a new MBR setup it will boot windows.

I have written a short tutorial here if it helps http://wetalklinux.com/index.php?topic=15.0
 
Old 10-11-2009, 04:48 AM   #3
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hi, thanks for replying,

i dont have a windows cd, vista is always delivered with the pc...

is there another way? i used gparted from the live cd, it says that the linux partition is mounted...
 
Old 10-11-2009, 05:01 AM   #4
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I did do some research and found this

http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php

It may help



NOTE:
This could be damaging to your system considering its a 3rd party site and I have no knowledge of this being done this way
 
Old 10-11-2009, 08:23 AM   #5
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If you're returning the computer, then the supplier should reimage the disk anyway before giving it to another customer. Even if they're throwing it away, they should still wipe the disk. Personally, I'd wipe the hard disk and delete the partition before giving it back anyway.

I don't think you'll get into any trouble from changing the partition size, or even deleting Vista from the machine; I'd actually consider it a sensible precaution before returning a machine to ensure that the next owner didn't get any stuff that I'd installed (or worse, any of my data).

If you want to resize the disk, you can use the gparted live CD, but you need to unmount the partition. Boot the computer from the CD, open a terminal and type "umount /dev/sd* /dev/hd*", then you should be good to go.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 08:32 AM   #6
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hi, i already deleted linux. the problem is that i cant fix grub loader. i'm afraid they'll refuse to get it back for that reason
 
Old 10-11-2009, 08:53 AM   #7
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Water under the bridge perhaps, but I would advise anyone buying a PC to be sure that an installation CD comes with it.

I think you can use anyone's Windows install CD to restore the mbr, but I agree with the view that it should not matter. As long as you are within their return polices, I doubt if they will care what you installed or removed.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:04 AM   #8
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That is correct any windows xp cd will work. How ever do take pixellany advice. Anytime you buy a PC with a windows system always get the Resource CD the real manufacture copy so you don't end up with a boot leg copy or getting stuck in a spot where you need it but don't have it.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:48 AM   #9
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Hi,

'Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download';

Quote:
excerpt from 'Slackware-Links'
'If you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows Vista installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.'

Read more: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...#ixzz0TdQ4HZLI
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:49 AM   #10
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thanks everyone,

ive no windows cd. i erased linux with fdisk and followed http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351 to fix grub, but doesnt work no matter what sda# i type in sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sda6 /mnt/root (?)

anyway i agree that whatever i install or remove should make no difference. but i'm afraid that will be an excuse not to accept it back

Last edited by velouria; 10-11-2009 at 09:52 AM.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:55 AM   #11
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In case the others don't work...

Here is a recovery disk for Vista that may prove useful.

http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/

Once you can boot Vista again, you should be able to use Vista's partitioner to expand the partition you previously shrank without effecting the Vista boot loader.

I would restore the system to the state in which I purchased it, giving the seller/manufacturer no ground to question my right to return it because I had altered the OS.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:55 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by velouria View Post
thanks everyone,

ive no windows cd. i erased linux with fdisk and followed http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351 to fix grub, but doesnt work no matter what sda# i type in sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sda6 /mnt/root (?)

anyway i agree that whatever i install or remove should make no difference. but i'm afraid that will be an excuse not to accept it back
Commands to install grub using ubuntu live-cd:
Code:
sudo grub
find /boot/grub/stage1
root (hd?,?)
setup (hd0)
quit
 
Old 10-11-2009, 10:00 AM   #13
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you might actually have an iso of the install disk already. My sister brought a laptop with vista and no install disk, but i had a little look about and found the iso image on there. can't remember where but just search your harddrive and you might be lucky.

It seems that a lot of suppliers are trying to save as much money as possible by not forking out the small amount of money for a psychical cd. All for a little more profit.

 
Old 10-11-2009, 10:12 AM   #14
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If all else fails.

If you bought this system with vista pre-installed there should be a separate partition that contains the vista image for system restore. If so, do a system restore, there should be a certain keystroke to get into the system restore utility. I'm not sure what it would be on your system (You never said what kind of pc it is) but on a dell it is Ctrl + F11 this should put the system back to its original state.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 10:16 AM   #15
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it's TOSHIBA SATELLITE L350-23J. in that case the damage is already done cause there were 'two disks', but when i installed linux i used the second one...
 
  


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