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Uninstalling Ubuntu

by jis james / September 7, 2010 5:31 AM PDT

I recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 and want to delete it out of my computer. I Installed into windows xp. So i went to add/remove progs and uninstalled it. but when i restart my computer i get to the boot screen an have chose from xp or ubuntu? why is this? please help. I have partitioned 5 Gb for ubuntu how can I get it back and use it for xp? can i got to the file "boot.ini" found in C drive and erase the text where it says 'C:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"' and change the value of partition from 1 to 0 in that file? will this help ? or is there a better way?

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The good news is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2010 11:28 PM PDT
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Got it
by jis james / September 10, 2010 12:48 AM PDT
In reply to: The good news is

I found out that I had to edit the boot.ini file by erasing the line which said ubuntu. i had trouble editing it from my computer because it was a read only file . then i found out that i had to go through the properties in my computer.
Start>My Computer>Right Click>Properties>Advanced>Click on Settings under Startup and Recovery>Click on Edit under Start Up> Delete the line with the text called ubuntu.
This is what I did. Now I doubt about the partition i made for ubuntu weather it will automatically merge with Xp or not.

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After that's done.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2010 12:52 AM PDT
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You can look at tools to merge the empty space after you remove the Ubuntu partition. I don't suggest merging partitions.

Here's how I tackle this one.

1. Backup the hard drive to some external using Clonezilla. I don't clone but save the entire drive to a file. Neat part is this file can be on some NTFS USB drive.

2. Now I can boot GPARTED and extend my XP partition to use up the vacant space.
Bob

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Partitioning
by jis james / September 10, 2010 1:01 AM PDT
In reply to: After that's done.

OK before i do that is there a way to know if i have lost any space? because i installed ubuntu inside Windows like a program, so i guess that if ubuntu has been uninstalled the space taken by it should be returned....am i correct?

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I can't know this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2010 1:05 AM PDT
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Ubuntu can be installed in many ways. You claimed you used WUBI and installed it to some other partition. I have to take your word on this.
Bob

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Instalation
by jis james / September 10, 2010 1:30 AM PDT
In reply to: I can't know this.

Ubuntu gave me 2 option: 1) insert the cd and use it as a demo and then install it 2) install it in windows and then use it then uninstall it like any other application. I use the 2nd one.

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This doesn't jive with your first post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2010 1:33 AM PDT
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But we've covered how to backup and how to extend XP to use a partition you removed so you can extend the XP one.
Bob

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Thank You
by jis james / September 10, 2010 1:54 AM PDT

Yes. thx but i feel its a bit complicated for the lvl of my computer experience i have only 4yrs exp.

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Then don't do anything?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2010 4:18 AM PDT
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You can wait it out till you have time to think it all over.

Nothing wrong with that.
Bob

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Re: uninstalling Ubuntu.
by Kees Bakker / September 10, 2010 1:08 AM PDT
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Make a copy of boot.ini (keep carefully!) and make it as it was before you installed Ubuntu. Possibly it's enough to delete that one line. But check with another XP PC or with this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022 that gives an example of the standard way of filling it.

To delete a partition and extend the partition 'before' it with the space you need a third-party partition manager. XP itself doesn't offer tools for that. But you might be able to format it and use it for storage.

Kees

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