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Old 09-28-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Dual booting Vista and RedHat, how to get rid of RedHat?

Okay, at the moment I'm dual booting RedHat 5 and Vista, with the GRUB loader. I want to get rid of RedHat (don't worry, I got a new computer I'm using it on), but I'm not sure how to go about it without breaking Vista. So how do I return to pre-RedHat (no GRUB or anything)?
Old 09-28-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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See if VisDuh still has the "fixmbr" tool; it should be accessible from a command prompt:

fixmbr /?

Then reformat the partition that RH is on.
Old 09-28-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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No, fixmbr appears to have been superseeded by something newer. Someone posted an example some time ago. I would suggest trying the search function of this site.
Old 09-28-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
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As a temporary fix, why not change menu.lst to have
assuming default=0 points to the Vista boot entry. Tat way booting will only cost a couple of extra seconds, and if you ever want to re-install anothe distro you want have to re-install grub.

Just an option.
Old 09-29-2008, 12:25 AM   #5
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I don't remember it off the top of my head, but Microsoft has instructions for removing Grub. You need the Vista install disk.
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You need to go into the BIOS and set the CD to be the first device to boot, put the hard drive second.
Do you have Windows installed already? If so, boot from the CD, enter the recovery console (press R when it asks you whether you want to install windows etc.) When you're at the console, type:
and that will remove GRUB from your system.
If you don't have Windows installed, GRUB will be overwritten as part of the installation.

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Old 09-29-2008, 09:27 AM   #7
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But, fear not. From

1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type Bootrec.exe /FixMbr, and then press ENTER.
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or just insert any windows cd that has the fixmbr and run it.
i don't really think that you need a windows vista cd to do this.

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Old 09-29-2008, 08:24 PM   #9
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You do - Vista no longer uses the DOS MBR with boot.ini to load - it has a new system.


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