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Old 02-17-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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uninstalling opensuse 10.3 on dual boot system


I have opensuse10.3 & windows xp on different partition of single hard drive.But I want to remove opensuse 10.3.I think if I will format the ext3 partition in windows then GRUB bootloader will not function & I will not be able to boot even in xp.can anybody tell me what is the process to remove opensuse without making system unbootable.
 
Old 02-17-2009, 01:50 AM   #2
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First boot from xp cd and go to recovery mode. On command prompt type FIXMBR.
This will erase grub and install windows boot loader. Once this has been fixed you can safely remove Suse and still boot into windows.
 
Old 02-17-2009, 02:31 AM   #3
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after fixing the windows boot loader are you going to reinstall linux at all?
 
Old 02-17-2009, 03:43 AM   #4
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after fixing the windows boot loader are you going to reinstall linux at all?
I dont think he wants to reinstall. Thats what I assumed and answered. If he is to reinstall Linux, question of fixing the mbr from windows does not arise.
 
Old 02-20-2009, 08:18 AM   #5
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I have a windows xp cd which is not genuine one so when i boot with it it gives option of automated system recovery(by pressing f2) using a floppy disk and it never asks to repair through recovery console instead takes me straight to setting up windows on one of partition.So is there a software in windows or linux to edit master boot record so that it points to bootsector of my c drive and needs no background image unlike openSUSE which has a green backgroung image titled SUSE.
 
Old 02-20-2009, 09:26 AM   #6
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I'm not clear about what you are trying to accomplish? If you have Opensue and don't want to see the green image on boot, put a hash mark to the left of the line beginning with 'gfxmenu' in your /boot/grub/menu.lst file. If you want to boot windows by default, you just put its entry number at the 'default' entry at the top of the menu.lst file. Grub counts from zero so count down to your windows title entry and enter that number?
 
Old 02-21-2009, 12:07 AM   #7
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I dont know why did you press F2 for automated system recovery. You should allow it to boot completely from the cd and then when it detects the windows installed it will ask you what you need to do with it? Install a new copy or recover the one already installed.
At that point choose to recover. It will give you a command prompt where you need to type

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