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Uninstall Ubuntu from XP Vista Ubuntu Triple Boot

by pcwiz100 / July 27, 2007 10:17 AM PDT

My specs are as follows:

OSes: Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista RC1, Ubuntu Linux 6.06LTS
Motherboard: ASUS P5ND2-SLI
Processor: Intel Pentium D 830 3.0GHz
Hard Drive: 250GB SATA
RAM: 2x 512MB DDR 667MHz
Video Card: ATI Radeon X1300 PRO
Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-110D DVD-RW
USB: 4x USB 2.0
Sound Card: 7.1 Channel
Ethernet Adapter: Intel 10/100/100 Gigabit

I have 3 Windows partitions and 2 linux partitions

C: (Windows XP) NTFS
E: (Windows Vista) NTFS
F: (Documents partition) NTFS

sda5 (?) - Ubuntu linux partition - ext3
sda6 (?) - linux swap

I am using the GRUB bootloader, which is stored on the sda5 Ubuntu partition. My question is how do I remove Ubuntu safely without damaging XP or Vista?

I've heard that all I have to do is boot the XP recovery console, use the FIXMBR and FIXBOOT commands and delete the linux partitions. Is this correct??

Thanx

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In theory yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2007 10:41 AM PDT

But we always make a copy of what we can't lose before we commit to this.

http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/grub-legacy-faq.en.html#q12 notes the idea of uninstall is slightly incorrect and discusses how to install the new boot loader. However I'm working on just such a task right now and am on my 3rd disk clone trying to install and get the old Windows up and booting.

I'm getting a feeling I'm going to use G4U COPYDISK to copy the Windows Partition over soon onto a blank drive.

Bob

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Ok, what worked here is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2007 10:46 PM PDT
In reply to: In theory yes.

I haven't removed grub yet on this setup. I'm wondering if this one is not normal so if someone writes to use FIXBOOT and such be assured I've done that and that resulted in a dead system (no boot of anything.) Even a boot to the (retail) Windows CD and a repair install didn't help.

To what I have so far and I can live with it.

I installed PCLINUXOS 2007 to some space on the drive I wanted to run on it's own. Then I set grub to default to my install of Windows.

Now this drive can boot without the second drive.

Bob

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Any idea
by tubaloth / October 27, 2007 1:54 PM PDT

I'm in the same boat here. I build a new machine this Summer. I always planed on having some fun with one of the Linux versions (on played around with some of Red Hat before).
So I partitioned my drive to have 3 different parts.
I first installed XP (32) worked fine.
Then I installed Vista (64) and that has worked fine.
With this new Ubunto 7.10 I thought I would give it a try.
Took a couple of ties and it was up and running. But I can't get my Asus P5K-Delux WIFI to work. I have gone through different things to get it installed. Its more I don't want to hasell with it now.
The problem I have is this Grub. (trying to get back into XP which I use the most takes two steps now.)

SO what do I do. I am pretty sure Vista was the old Boot loader that was in charge. It sounds like I need to restore that first before I uninstall anything!?!
Any Help!!!!!!

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That was quick
by tubaloth / October 27, 2007 2:10 PM PDT
In reply to: Any idea

After a little bit more searching, I saw some people suggest some Vista Boot loader Pro program (its free). There was an option to install the vista boot loader again. I tried that but it didn't work for me. (there might be some other uses for this program).
Then after a couple more jumps in web pages I found what the command is now for Vista to fix the MBR.
its bootrec /fixmbr

Boot of the Vista CD, Repair computer, Command Prompt. I typed that in. Its working fine now! (I guessing there is no way for me to even try to get into Ubunto.
Hope that helps!

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The MS stuff
by tubaloth / October 27, 2007 2:11 PM PDT
In reply to: That was quick
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maybe
by Dango517 / October 27, 2007 2:38 PM PDT
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