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Old 11-11-2004, 01:43 PM   #1
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Uninstalling Linux from a dual boot system

I will be building a new pc next year and am thinking about installing linux on it but first i plan to install it on my current pc as a dual boot so i can have a mess around and get used to it having never used it before. I havent decided whether to install it on my old 5400rpm 20gb hd or on my 7200rpm 80gb hd but i'd have to resize my xp paritition for that. The thing that confuses me is the boot loader, i'm planning to install fedora core 3 and i know the installation sets up the dual boot for you and installs a new boot loader. If i decided i didnt like linux and wanted to uninstall it how would i get the original windows xp boot loader back? If i formated the linux partition would that revert me back to the xp boot loader or would i have to do something else aswell?

Old 11-11-2004, 01:59 PM   #2
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You could boot your Windows install disk, get to a command prompt, and use:


to restore the windows boot loader.
Old 11-11-2004, 02:02 PM   #3
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If you get a Windows 98 boot disk (you can get one from and boot with that then you can type in the command fdisk /mbr . This will make it where the linux boot loader is removed from the MBR (Master Boot Record) of your harddrive. It will them make the MBR point to the windows partition. That will not remove the partitions that have linux on them.
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thanks a lot, sutleys way sounds easiest though, how would i get to a command prompt via my win xp cd?
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boot fronm the cd and select "recovery" mode typing "R"
Old 11-11-2004, 06:11 PM   #6
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if you had Windoz installed first, if you type lilo -u ,(uninstall lilo), this sould let windoz boot as before the instalation of linux
Old 11-12-2004, 12:58 PM   #7
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ok, thanks a lot for all your help, i'll probably be installing linux within the next few weeks, i hope all goes well and i wont have to uninstall it.


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