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Uninstalling Ubuntu dual-booting Windows XP with Ubuntu installed first

By Corvdb ยท 6 replies
Jun 24, 2010
  1. A long title indeed, but it pretty much sums it all up. I have installed Ubuntu first and then dual booted windows XP. I soon found out that the fact Ubuntu wasn't compatible with many programs (even through wine) I wanted only Windows XP on my pc.
    I've searched many topics, but all described how to uninstall Ubuntu when Windows was the primary OS. In my case Ubuntu is the main OS and it dual boots with Windows and I want to rid myself of Ubuntu leaving only Windows.

    What do I need to do to get the desired computer setup? Or is it irrelevant which OS was installed first and will a guide describing how to remove Ubuntu from windows work as well for my case.

    Important addition: I could very well be the biggest computer-noob you've encountered thus far. So talk to me as though I am 4 year old :p
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    shouldn't matter the install sequence if you want to only have Windows. Boot into Windows and then delete (from disk management) the linux partitions. This may leave your computer in a state where you can not boot into Windows. To fix this you'll have to boot off the XP install disk and boot to the recovery console, once there type 'fixmbr' without the '
  3. Corvdb

    Corvdb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many thanks, I'll give this a go!
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    Also, worth pointing out that Virtualbox will allow you to run most things virtually on your Linux desktop.

    I use it all the time for Windows based diagnostic software, which i run using Oracle Virtualbox on my linux desktop.

    Essentially, its a genuine installation of whatever Windows OS, which runs in a window on your desktop. Ideal if you need to run older or non-supported software. :)

    I'm happy to supply more information and answer any questions if you feel its suitable for your needs.
  5. bobbitz2695

    bobbitz2695 TS Rookie

    This old lady doesn't know how to identify Ubu partition(s)

  6. bobbitz2695

    bobbitz2695 TS Rookie

    How to recognize Ubuntu partition in Disk Manager

    I have no idea how to recognize which partition is which. I was happy I was able to find them. Old gal needs help with specifics.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    I have sent you my email address Bobbitz, it will be in your private messages inbox (which can be found by clicking the private messages link near the top right of this page).

    Send me an email explaining what you need to do, and what operating systems you have and I'll talk you through it.
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