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Old 06-13-2007, 09:02 AM   #1
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Unhappy Removing Ubuntu from a Dual Boot Dell Laptop

I installed the latest version of Ubuntu on my Inspiron and have benn operation with a dual boot system; either Ubuntu or XP. I have now got a new laptop and am giving my previousone to my sister. I was hoping to remove the Linux partition of 15GB in order to create more space on the XP partitoon for her to use.
Is it a simple matter of deleting the linux partition which i created using partition magic or will i still be faced with the grub loader when a start up?
Old 06-13-2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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Yes, deleting the Linux partition won't remove GRUB from the MBR. There is a simple solution though: boot off your windows install cd, select Repair and type the command fixmbr - this will restore the windows MBR.
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Why not delete the XP partition so she has more room for Linux

Ok I assume that originally you reduced the XP partition size, installed Ubuntu and setup GRUB as the boot loader?

If so, you can delete the Ubuntu partition and resize the XP partition back to full size. At this point your machine will be unbootable as GRUB will try and start but fall over as it can't find the next stage of the boot loader (it was in the Ubuntu partition).

To make the XP partition bootable, you need to boot from your XP install disk, go to the recovery console and then repair the Master Boot Record (the MBR). You might want to Google around for more info on that as it's a Windows thing.

Usual warnings; back up everything and double check the instructions before you start.

Good luck.
Old 06-13-2007, 04:35 PM   #4
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It was my first time using a dual boot up system and it wasnt so much that i set up the grub loader, it just sort of did it itself. I didnt need to install it.


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