Ubuntu removal?

By Marty7n
Jul 15, 2011
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  1. i have one 40gb hard drive with unbuntu installed on it,how do i completely remove it and install my windows xp?i put in my windows xp and it will not allow it to auto run the cd??
    any ideas or help on this matter?
  2. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    You mean you cannot boot from the XP cd? Have you tried to boot from any other (bootable) cd, like the Ubuntu Live CD? You can also find a few solutions on booting from CDs here. If you are able to boot from other CDs but not the XP cd, maybe you have a bad disk?
  3. Marty7n

    Marty7n Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    yes the xp cd will not boot up at all and i set the cd drive as the 1st boot drive!
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,287   +225

    Thats not an Ubuntu related problem then. Just sounds like your disk isn't bootable.

    If you had a DOS floppy you could boot off that then enter something like this:
    D:\i386\winnt.exe

    D:\setup.exe should exist, but it won't run from a DOS prompt.
  5. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 616

    Just to check if the CD is ok; you could try booting up the computer with no HDD attached at all. That will presumably rule out the disc (at least).
  6. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    I would try any other bootable cd to check if something's wrong with your computer, and try your XP disc on another computer (if possible).
    And just in case: Remember that you have 8 seconds to press a key to boot from the XP cd, if you don't press anything it will just start from your hdd. And make sure the disk is in the right drive if you have several cd/dvd drives.
  7. Marty7n

    Marty7n Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    :D hahahahahahahahahahaha several cd drives good 1!
    all sorted got a new 2TB hard drive to start from scratch with thanks!!! ;)
  8. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    Good thing you got it sorted out.
    I don't see why it's so funny with several cd drives, I admit that most computers today come with only 1 (or none), but I had 3 on one of my computers, I bought it with a CD reader, later I added a CD burner, and eventually a DVD reader/burner. But that's history now, anyways.


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