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Old 08-04-2003, 09:26 AM   #1
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Removing Linux ... Yes i have Searched ;)

Before you all start panicing, no im not leaving the way of the penguin quite the opposite actually

I think im finally ready to have a Dedicated Linux system, I have just bought myself a shiny new 200gig drive so im am giving this 120gig to my brother. Trouble is its Dual booting Suse 8.0 pro, with WinXP Pro and my brother doesn't want any thing to do with linux just yet (you can't change em all huh ) So im going to delete linux from the HDD. To make it simple for him i would like to keep the XP installation in tact, you guys know what a pain the M$ OS is when you have to install it .. then spend 2days updating it and so on, well some of you probably don't

I have searched the forum and have found a couple of usefull solutions, however i have come up with my own and just wanted clarification from you guys to see if it might work.

only a couple of dead simple tasks
1) Delete the linux, and linux swap partitions using partition magic (since thats what i created them with)
2) Restart with the XP boot CD in, and when it gets to the installation bit .. just hit "R" to run recovery, this will change the MBR back to the Default one, dunno what else it changes though.

The reason i thought of using the installation disk is because curently my floppy's on the blink so i can't boot from floppy and do.
fdisk /mbr
And i would like to say thanks to all you guys, over the past 13 months (ive been prowling, just not posting) you guys have helped me out more than you could know, and turned me into a Now M$ free user

Old 08-04-2003, 09:46 AM   #2
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Do you have to do "fdisk /mbr" from a boot floppy? I am not sure about this but maybe you could just do it inside windows? I said this becoz I think it can get even more messy if you try to repair windows with the installation disk, as you yourself said:

this will change the MBR back to the Default one, dunno what else it changes though.
Old 08-04-2003, 10:48 AM   #3
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You may not have to use PM, XP can make and delete partitions with its Disk Mangement. Here's a guide for using it:;en-us;309000
Here's a guide for removing lilo:;en-us;315224
To install the XP bootloader, you can start the Recovery Console and use its fixmbr command. Here's a guide for the Recovery Console:;en-us;314058
Old 08-04-2003, 11:39 AM   #4
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koyi: Nope i tried that it just screwed up the MBR, instead of displaying a LILO or the standard Windows MBR .. it displayed nowt ... i just fixed my floppy (needed a new cable) and then did
fdisk /mbr
aaa: Thanks for the links, id say id read through em, but since i no longer use windows theres no point might check em out though incase anyone else needs help.

Cheers, its sorted now


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