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royaloakpoland 02-16-2011 10:23 AM

uninstalling ubuntu, possibly installing fedora, need help please
i have recently installed the ubuntu os on my laptop, it is dual booting, and i believe i did it without partitioning any disk space. since then, i think i have gotten in over my head, i was never too good with computers, but since all of my friends are, and they use ubuntu it seemed pretty cool, however, i have been attempting to figure out how to work with it for 2 weeks now with no luck :( in fact, i cant even figure out how to get rid of it. i did look into fedora, which possibly seems to have an easier user interface... any suggestions how to uninstall an non partitioned version of ubuntu? please and thank you. i am also running windows 7

snowpine 02-16-2011 10:38 AM

Welcome to the forums!

Did you install Ubuntu using "Wubi"? If so, you might find this documentation helpful for uninstalling Ubuntu:

I have used both Ubuntu and Fedora extensively. In my experience, Ubuntu and Fedora have the same user interface (both use a desktop environment called "Gnome" by default) but Fedora is more of an intermediate distro compared with Ubuntu. Furthermore Fedora will require you to repartition your hard drive, running the risk you will destroy your Windows install. If you are serious about learning Linux, I would recommend that you stick with Ubuntu and ask some specific questions. A great place to ask for help is :)

TobiSGD 02-16-2011 11:15 AM

I don't know how to get rid of an Wubi-Install of Ubuntu.
But I would strongly recommend to test other Linux-Distributions in a virtual machine, like Virtualbox. This way you don't have to re-partition your drive and you can install many different distros for a direct comparison.
If you want an easy-to-use UI I would recommend to have a look at Linux Mint.

royaloakpoland 02-16-2011 12:00 PM

i did not use Wubi, and also could not find Ubuntu in the progam list to delete.

snowpine 02-16-2011 12:41 PM

Please open a terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal) and copy and paste the following command (typing your password when prompted).


sudo fdisk -l
Then copy & paste the results back here. This will tell us whether or not you have created a separate partition for Ubuntu.

PTrenholme 02-16-2011 01:23 PM

I would strongly second the comment above by snowpine, and suggest that you download (and burn) several different "LiveCD" distributions and try them to find one you like.

In addition to distributions, there are several different desktop interfaces available for most distributions. For example, the KDE desktop is much closer (in appearance) to the "traditional" desktop used by Windows. You might find that a better 'fix" for you than the default GNOME interface used by Ubuntu. (You can add the KDE desktop to your Ubuntu system from the "Add software" menu. After you add it, you should see a "Menu" item on your login screen where you can select the desktop to use,)

Oh, you should also be aware that Fedora is, by-in-large, a "testing" release to the commercial RHEL system, and that no Fedora release is supported for more than a year or so, and new releases are issued about every six months. Fedora users are expected to find bugs in the "cutting edge" software in the distribution, and report the bugs so they can be fixed before the new software is added to the RHEL system. I.e., it's a very up-to-date distribution, but not useful for everyone.

royaloakpoland 02-16-2011 03:57 PM

fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
fdisk -s <partition> give partition size(s) in blocks

-b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
-c switch off DOS-compatible mode
-h print help
-u <size> give sizes in sectors instead of cylinders
-v print version
-C <number> specify the number of cylinders
-H <number> specify the number of heads
-S <number> specify the number of sectors per track

this is what i got

snowpine 02-16-2011 04:18 PM

You're sure you copied and pasted the exact command:


sudo fdisk -l

royaloakpoland 02-16-2011 04:48 PM

no i did it wrong :(
here is what it says the correct way

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x06e281f1

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1447 11622996 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 1448 1460 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1460 30402 232471552 7 HPFS/NTFS

snowpine 02-16-2011 05:26 PM

I am not familiar with this type of Ubuntu installation, I'm sorry. :(

royaloakpoland 02-16-2011 05:43 PM

ha just my luck. oh well, thanks anyways i appreciate the help

yancek 02-16-2011 09:18 PM

Your fdisk output shows three windows partition so you don't have Ubuntu installed unless you did a wubi install which as I understand is just a folder in a windows partition. I've never done a wubi install so...? I'm not sure exactly what the problem is??

tommcd 02-16-2011 10:07 PM


Originally Posted by royaloakpoland (Post 4260381)
i have recently installed the ubuntu ... i have been attempting to figure out how to work with it for 2 weeks now with no luck ...

Here are 2 great websites for getting started in Ubuntu:
And for dual booting with Windows:
And here is the free Ubuntu manual:
I do not think you will find Fedora easier to use than Ubuntu. If anything, Fedora is perhaps more "geekier" than Ubuntu.

Originally Posted by royaloakpoland (Post 4260381)
did not use Wubi, and also could not find Ubuntu in the progam list to delete.

Your output from "sudo fdisk -l" indicates that you have no linux partitions. You must gave used Wubi then. Did you choose the option to install Ubuntu inside Windows?
If you did install Ubuntu inside Windows you should be able to remove it just the same as any software installed in Windows. In XP this would be from the control panel. I assume Windows 7 has a control panel or something similar.
See this for getting rid of a Wubi Ubuntu install:
Then install Ubuntu the real way. Install it to a dedicated linux partition on your hard drive.

royaloakpoland 02-17-2011 10:01 AM

Ok, so I did use a wubi installer, (I misunderstood this earlier) and to install Ubuntu I downloaded the image (?) and burned it to a dvd, then booted from that dvd, and when in Windows, in the remove program list, I cannot find Ubuntu there.

tommcd 02-17-2011 09:11 PM


Originally Posted by royaloakpoland (Post 4261650)
... to install Ubuntu I downloaded the image (?) and burned it to a dvd, then booted from that dvd,

Well, if you booted from the Ubuntu CD or DVD, this does not sound like a Wubi install. This sounds like a reqular linux install. Did you install Ubuntu using Ubuntu's partition manager to make a linux partition? Or did you install Ubuntu from within Windows, as is discussed here:
Did you possibly install Ubuntu to an external hard drive or using a virtual machine or something?

If you installed Ubuntu to a dedicated linux partition, then your output of "sudo fdisk -l" would show a linux partition.
If you installed Ubuntu inside Windows, there should be a Ubuntu folder inside Windows somewhere.

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