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Old 10-18-2004, 02:53 PM   #1
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remove linux and GRUB

im having alot of problems with suse 9.1 and i want to know exactly how to remove the linux partition, remove grub, and have it boot back into windows, which currently is on the system but cannot start through grub (see other post if you need more info)
Old 10-18-2004, 03:14 PM   #2
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Removing Linux and Grub

The main fix is to boot off a floppy or into windows and run
fdisk /mbr
to restore your master boot record to a normal windows boot.

to get rid of the partitions just run fdisk and delete the linux (non dos) partitions.

The only exception I've had is if you're using an entire drive for linux in which case
I've sometimes had to do a low-level format of the drive with maxblast, seatools
or the like
Old 10-18-2004, 03:19 PM   #3
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i have no floppy drive and i cannot boot into windows, another solution ive herd was to run the recovery console off the windows xp disk and type "fixmbr" but when i get into the recovery console, it prompst me for a administrators password and after i input the pasword, it tells me it is incorect, despite the fact it isnt.. is there an ISO i can burn or somthing to fix the MBR?
Old 10-18-2004, 03:42 PM   #4
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If it's telling you the admin password is wrong then somehow you're putting in something it won't accept (obvious I know but windows knows what the password is and unfortunately is not always what you think you typed)

just do it with a win98 cdrom. the MBR is not part of the NTFS partition so you can
write over it with a Win98 MBR and it will still boot back into WinXP.

another option is to use a recovery disk like NTRECOVERY
but I warn you - once you use a recovery disk like that to write anything to an NTFS partition it will never allow you to edit that again in WinXP. So you can force a change of Admin's password but it will never let you change it again and some registry keys won't allow you to change them again.
Old 10-29-2004, 05:49 PM   #5
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There is a tool out there that is Linux based that will let you hack the SAM database in Windows and change the Admin password without having to know it. It's Linux-based (ironically) and there is an ISO of it that you can build a bootable CD with it to use. Currently, I can't get to this site because my work place blocks such stuff, but I think you might find it here.

I've used the tool before, and it works great. I hope this helps.
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For Windows XP, you need to boot into the 'Windows Safe Mode' to access the Administrator Account.


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