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Old 08-21-2004, 06:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Removing Grub!!


Hi everyone!!
I was given a computer that had redhat 9.0 on it and I want to remove it and put windows back on it for my son. I have tried all different kinds of windows boot disk and all I get is the grub screen. I don't have any of the windows installation disk. Is there anyway to do this?
 
Old 08-21-2004, 06:56 PM   #2
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hi

i have done this only by some sort of windows CD

boot from a win98 cd/floppy
at the command prompt
#fdisk /mbr
will remve grub and rewrite the windows MBR to it

or boot from a winxp/200 cd in to recovery console
and use "fixmbr"

this can also be done by a linux ,but i am not aware of that

maybe someone will post that tooo.

regards
gaurav
 
Old 08-21-2004, 07:35 PM   #3
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OK, well I had a similar problem, although I had windows on the very first partition.

What I did, I just set up grub to boot by default into the windows partition.

Though not trivial, it's not too hard if you know how to use grub.

The question I suppose is, what can you do faster, find the the way to write over grub or learn how to use it. It could be a close call.

Your question contains a paradox. How can you install windows without having installation disks?
 
Old 08-21-2004, 07:51 PM   #4
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Still confused

Ok,Let me explain a little better. I have a windows xp disk but, I get an error when trying to install,It says I need a windows automated recovery disk which I don't have. should I just try to install redhat again then erase all patitions on the hard drive?
 
Old 08-21-2004, 09:51 PM   #5
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I see .. yes, well when it comes to confusion or FUD, nothing better than Microsoft to keep you in the shade.

I've come across all sorts of windows installation disks, with very generalised names, you never know what you have .. I feel sorry for you there. Anyhow, I can't say this is the best forum for finding out which windows installation disks might help you smother out old Redhat.

Remember that Windows mostly comes pre-installed, and not many people do installations themselves, so many installations disks many times don't cater for the normal individual.

Also what about the associated application software? I expect you want to show your son more than just windows. I suspect he may want something more, a game of Counterstirke, perhaps? There's quite a long path of installations and expenditure involved in that course of action, you should know that.

If you already have a working redhat and X setup with kde or gnome or some such, surely there's enough flashing lights to keep him happy for a day (hour?) or so. I'm surprised you haven't tried it.

In any case, it looks as if the Windows installation disks you have aren't the best, and you be best off going to a retailer and getting and home edition of some sort. I think those editions are quite good at wiping out all trace of anything previously on your hard drive.
 
Old 08-22-2004, 12:37 AM   #6
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hi there

in thuink somewhere in betwen when u use that win xp cd
it drops u to a recovery console even if u do not have any recovery disk

"choose to repair a installation "

then u can try out

#fixmbr


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