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JuCa 09-19-2006 09:17 PM

Uninstalling Ubuntu...

I am a Windows XP user, and I was told that Ubuntu was better than Windows. I love it, but it's just not for me. I have none of my files I had on Windows, and I really need them. I had no idea that Ubuntu wouldn't transfer them. I also cannot connect my iPod and play music from it. I want to uninstall Ubuntu like it was never there anyway to do this? :\


Justin C.

Eckstona 09-19-2006 09:48 PM

You could format the Ubuntu partition using a live disc or use your xp disc. You can also access your windows partition from ubuntu using the default file/web browser with it. And for your Ipod, you could install amarok, format the ipod as fat32(which it is supposed to do as soon as its connected to a windows box), and search ubuntu repositories for application for syncing up the ipod.

JuCa 09-19-2006 09:56 PM

What if I don't have my XP Disk...

noxious 09-19-2006 10:42 PM


Originally Posted by JuCa
I was told that Ubuntu was better than Windows. I love it, but it's just not for me.

It IS better than windows - you have to give it a chance. In Linux-land, you don't have to pay for a decent dvd player, or music player. IPods have interfaces with Linux now - do some searching and the answer is out there.

X.Cyclop 09-19-2006 11:12 PM

Relax. At the first time it looks like a guru's OS, but it's really for everyone.

Check these pages:


IBall 09-20-2006 02:26 AM

I think you should stick with it for a bit longer. There are plenty of people here ready and willing to help you out.

For the problems that you have at the moment:
1) To share files between Linux and Windows: It may be easier to reinstall Ubuntu, and create a FAT32 partition during installation. Windows will detect it automatically, and assign it a drive letter. When you create the partition during Ubuntu installation, you will have to select a directory to mount it at. Enter /data for this, and your partition will be available at /data for you. Any files you store here will be available on both Linux and Windows.

Also, Ubuntu normally detects your Windows partition during install. It should be automatically mounted (read only) at /media/hda1. You can copy files from Windows to Linux from here.

2) For your ipod, there are a number of utilities that work with ipods, such as gtkpod. You can install this using the add/remove programs utility.

3) If you must remove Ubuntu, you will need to format the partition from Windows using Fdisk (or Partition Magic if you have it). You then need to boot into the recovery console using the Windows disk, and use the fixmbr command to restore the windows boot loader.

I hope this helps

b0uncer 09-20-2006 03:04 AM


It IS better than windows - you have to give it a chance. In Linux-land, you don't have to pay for a decent dvd player, or music player. IPods have interfaces with Linux now - do some searching and the answer is out there.
Surely users themselves decide whether or not some distribution X is better than some operating system Y. If JuCa thinks Windows is better (in this case), then it is. Not for you of course, but this isn't about you right now.

To remove any Linux distribution, you need to

1) Install a new bootloader, if you don't like to keep the old (and hazzle a bit), preferably one that comes with the original operating system. With Windows XP you will want to restore the Windows bootloader.

2) Remove the Linux partitions to get free space and then resize or create new partitions on that space so it can be taken into use.

For the first you need either XP install cd, a set of boot diskettes or a preinstalled recovery console. When pressing F8 (if I remember correctly) during Windows boot, before it really starts, you get a boot menu -- if this menu includes the recovery console choice, take that. In other cases you need to boot from the install CD or from a boot disk (downloadable from the net), which gives you access to this utility. In recovery console, run fixmbr which overwrites MBR and restores the original Windows bootloader. After this you seem to only have Windows on board.

After that get rid of the Linux partitions. You can do so, in most cases, by starting the Windows' Computer Management; there you're able to see the disks in your system, partitions on them -- and remove the Linux ones ("unknown type"). Or use Partition Magic or similar app (preferable).

About the iPod matter..I had to search a bit, but after some time I figured out Amarok deals greatly with iPods. It takes a few configuration steps (very easy) in the beginning, which have to be done in the correct order (easy), and after that it works faster and, in my opinion, better than iTunes on Windows. But it is true, Amarok is a KDE app so it looks ugly on Gnome. Gnome has own apps too, but at the moment none of them works as well as Amarok.

I suggest that if you like to learn Linux, use bootable Live-CDs first, which you don't have to install on your harddisk; after a certain "test period" you'll see what you like and what not, and learn to do things "Linux-wise". Or, you can just hate it forever and use Windows, that's perfectly OK too - it's your choice, and if you've paid for Windows, it's not a bad idea at all. Linux is for those who like it, it's not "a must" like Windows was back in the time.

JuCa 09-20-2006 06:06 PM

Thanks everyone, I've decided to stick with Ubuntu, :)

I should've said that I have no clue what partitioning, FAT32, or any other stuff like that is, sorry. But I've decided to stick with it. But I am having a problem with Ubuntu reading discs. Maybe Ubuntu just doesn't run .exe apps.? Any idea how to make this happen?

Eckstona 09-20-2006 06:44 PM

You can get wine to run windows application, crossover office, win4lin or cedega depending on what you are trying to run. WineCVS is the easiest way to compile and install wine because it is all done for you, but it isn't always the newest version. You can dl it from this link . But the best os for running windows applications in windows, but I have had some success with wine and cedega.

JuCa 09-21-2006 04:55 PM


Yeah, I finnally got WiFi, and I can't get it to work on Ubuntu, and I'm really not that great with the whole "partitioning/boot disc" thing. So if anyone could give me maybe...a little tutorial almost, of how to get it off? This would be much appreciated.

robbbert 09-22-2006 12:31 PM

So, welcome to Ubuntu! :)

There is, of course, documentation available, i.e.,
How to install Windows Wireless Drivers (Ndiswrapper).
Probably, this (and getting into Linux anyway) won't be the simplest task you've ever done with a computer..., so let's start with the most basic advices:

1. Use Google.
2. Find, and bookmark, the Ubuntu documentation sites. (Ubuntu's very well-documented.)
3. Remember that Linux is not Windows. It provides a completely different approach to you as an end-user. First of all, it will never cheat. (Many people think it's more user-friendly than Windows because of that.)
4. Ask as much as you want. People love to answer. :) Doing so, remember: Often, the quality of your questions determine the results the most.
5. I'ld also suggest you to open a new, clean thread for your new issue. This one ("Uninstalling Ubuntu") has reached its goal, and that's great for a unit.

ronnyjosue 03-07-2007 05:35 PM

Can I Install Ubuntu with Windows Vista?

I question:Can I install Ubuntu in a 60 GB Hard Disc with Windows Vista installed?


UgoBoss 03-11-2007 06:23 AM


Originally Posted by ronnyjosue
I question:Can I install Ubuntu in a 60 GB Hard Disc with Windows Vista installed?

Yeah, but you have to make his own partition before installing ubuntu.

First of all, download the ubuntu iso and burn it (

When your ubuntu CD is ready, you only need to reboot your computer and in a few minutes you can get started with your new operating system. It is a live CD, so nothing will be written on your hard drive.

If you find it interesting, you can click on the install icon on the desktop, that will help you setting the installation (making partitions, setting language and time, making the dual boot with vista...) and writing ubuntu on the disk.

That's very easy :)

phantom_cyph 03-11-2007 09:52 AM

I know you have decided to stick w/Ubuntu, but I think before you installed it, you should have checked out what it would do to your computer. It is like buying a new car without looking in it and then wondering why it doesn't have the things you liked in your last car.

ronnyjosue 03-12-2007 11:43 AM

Some say that installing Ubuntu with Windows Vista is a disaster, is that true?

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