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Old 10-02-2001, 01:07 PM   #1
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Angry deleting linux os

I had linux mandrake 8 installed on a 30 gig hardrive. I had to reformat the drive and decided to install windows instead. However every time i try to install windows it goes through it's initial stage then restarts the drive. When the drive restarts the linux password screen appears and the windows cd won't install any further. I have tried this several times and the same thing happens. How the heck do you get rid of a linux install and go just with a windows operating system. HELP!!!
Old 10-02-2001, 01:19 PM   #2
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i feel like kevorkian...

*sigh*... what version of windows are you trying to install?
Old 10-02-2001, 02:26 PM   #3
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Old 10-02-2001, 02:31 PM   #4
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isajera.. don't get cheeky, that's my job! :-P

ok, so presuming you had a 100% MD80m system and you want to go to a 100% WIN9X system.. something I had to do this morning.. strange the way this always seems to happen.

firstly you need to nuke the partitions i'd say. hmm.. maybe do the MBR first not sure...

well to do the MBR boot on a win floppy which contains fdisk and run good old nasty old 'fdisk /MBR' which should put a win9x boot sector on the drivfe, making linux inacessible. not suer what a fat32less drive with a windoze MBR will do but.. well that's irrelevant.

ok, so you should have lost linux.. WHY??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Traitor :-)

begin to reinstall MD80 from cdrom, and choose expert install. when you get as far as choosing partition sizes wihth diskdrake, remove the linux partitions completely. Going on to the next screen should wriet the partition table. pull the power socket out of the wall.

You need to do this as windows is bobbins and can't even vageuly recognise linux partitions, let alone delete them. There's probably a less erm.. ungraceful way to do this, but it's very very easy, and doesn't involve partition magic. Anyone gonna suggest a way that's as simple? would be nice to know.

now boot on your floppy again and run fdisk, and add a primary partition.

reboot on fd again and format the drive. then go back to fdisk and set the primary partition to bootable. reboot.... regret you're nistalling windows yet again...
Old 10-02-2001, 03:06 PM   #5
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Thankyou... i appreciate the help. I really want to use linux i have severeal of their operating systems. I just am not educated enough with the linux o/s to use it correctly. When i installed mandrake 8 i must of installed it incorrectly because i never got it to work correctly and it just got too frustrating. I understand windows and have been using it for many years hence the reason for going back to it.. even though i hate gates and would love to use linux .....maybe one day..... I will, however, use your advice tommorrow and see if this will fix my problem. Once again thanks for your help.


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