uninstall ubuntu linux and grub bootloader


G

Guest

Hi,

my computer 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: 1x 250GB SATA
RAM: 2x 512MB DDR2 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 a Vista RC1, XP, Ubuntu Linux 6.06LTS triple-boot system. My Windows
Partitions are:

C:/ - (Windows XP) NTFS 100GB
E:/ - (Windows Vista RC1) NTFS 90GB
F:/ - FAT32 10GB

My Linux partitions are:

/dev/sda6 - Linux installation- ext3 format-35GB
/dev/sda7 - linux-swap 5GB

I wanted to uninstall Ubuntu. So is formatting the 2 linux partitions all I
have to do? Will formatting them remove the GRUB bootloader?
 
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C

cs

Hi,

my computer 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: 1x 250GB SATA
RAM: 2x 512MB DDR2 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 a Vista RC1, XP, Ubuntu Linux 6.06LTS triple-boot system. My Windows
Partitions are:

C:/ - (Windows XP) NTFS 100GB
E:/ - (Windows Vista RC1) NTFS 90GB
F:/ - FAT32 10GB

My Linux partitions are:

/dev/sda6 - Linux installation- ext3 format-35GB
/dev/sda7 - linux-swap 5GB

I wanted to uninstall Ubuntu. So is formatting the 2 linux partitions all I
have to do? Will formatting them remove the GRUB bootloader?

That depends where the GRUB bootloader was installed in the first
place. Did you install it to the MBR of your master drive (C) or to
the root of sda6? Ubuntu will usually default to installing GRUB to
the MBR of the master drive. If GRUB was installed to (C), formatting
sda6 and sda7 will not remove it.
 
A

arachnid

Hi,

my computer 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: 1x 250GB SATA
RAM: 2x 512MB DDR2 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 a Vista RC1, XP, Ubuntu Linux 6.06LTS triple-boot system. My Windows
Partitions are:

C:/ - (Windows XP) NTFS 100GB
E:/ - (Windows Vista RC1) NTFS 90GB
F:/ - FAT32 10GB

My Linux partitions are:

/dev/sda6 - Linux installation- ext3 format-35GB
/dev/sda7 - linux-swap 5GB

I wanted to uninstall Ubuntu. So is formatting the 2 linux partitions all I
have to do? Will formatting them remove the GRUB bootloader?

Grub's configuration files are probably located on the Ubuntu partition.
If you delete the linux partition first then you'll destroy those files
and won't be able to boot your system at all. So you need to install the
WIndows bootloader BEFORE wiping the Ubuntu partitions. I'm not familiar
with Vista so I'll leave the details of that to someone else.

Once you're sure you can boot Windows with its own bootloader, just delete
or reformat the Ubuntu partition. I'm not familiar with Vista so it's best
if someone else advises you on a Windows bootloader.

If you need a partition manager for deleting and reformatting the Ubuntu
partition, you can get one here:

http://gparted.sourceforge.net

This is a Linux livecd but boots directly into a GUI and automatically
runs gparted for you.
 
G

Guest

There is a folder called grub on the <root>/boot/ folder of my Linux
partition. I'm assuming that then GRUB is on the Linux partition? To restore
the Windows bootloader (reset the MBR) I think there is a fixmbr command for
the recovery console on the Windows XP CD. Anyone have any info on that?
 
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C

cs

On Tue, 10 Oct 2006 14:40:02 -0700, xpgenius

That folder will be placed there regardless of where the bootloader
itself was put. I suspect GRUB was installed to "C:". Follow the
directions the other poster gave you and use fixmbr. Good luck.
 
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