how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Questions about Grub, the liveCD and the installer
Forum rules
Before you post please read how to get help

how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby newbie_noob on Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:57 pm

Hi, I bought a laptop and I installed linuxmint in dualboot beside the windows7.
I need to return the computer to the store because a better one is on sale right now.
I need to remove linux mint and grub from the computer.

Here is what I did and what is my problem:

I booted from a live lmde usb and I used gparted to remove the ext4 and swap partitions I made for lmde.
I increased the size of the windows7 ntfs partition to take back the space for it.

Now when I boot I'm in the "grub rescue" mode... How can I completly remove grub to have the mbr to boot the windows bootloader directly??
Thank you very much!!
newbie_noob
Level 2
Level 2
 
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:25 pm

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.
 

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby karlchen on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:12 pm

Hello, newbie_noob.

As you are going to return the whole machine to the store, you may wish to consult the machine manual. It should hold a step by step instruction on how to return the installed software to the state it had when you bought it.
This means there will be some (easy) way of resetting the machine to the state it was in when you bought it, Windows 7 only.

Kind regards,
Karl
Last edited by karlchen on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:19 pm, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
karlchen
Level 12
Level 12
 
Posts: 4150
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby newbie_noob on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:14 pm

Beside,
I am reconsidering installing lmde on my future laptop.
When I close the lid on my current laptop, lmde doesnt go to "sleep", it just try to, the screen becomes black, but it doesnt stop, and reopening the lid do nothing, I have to use the "power button".
Can lmde "use" HD3000 (sandy-bridge) and HD4000 (ivy-bridge) from the second and third gen intel core mobile cpus? If not, can another distro use them?
newbie_noob
Level 2
Level 2
 
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:25 pm

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby newbie_noob on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:16 pm

karlchen wrote:Hello, newbie_noob.

As you are going to return the whole machine to the store, you may wish to consult the machine manual. It should hold a step by step instruction on how to return the installed software to the state it had when you bought it.
This means there will be some (easy) way of resetting the machine to the state it was in when you bought, Windows 7 only.

Kind regards,
Karl


ATM I am burning a rescue dvd from a backupiso I did. I'll see if it works (4 recovery dvds to burn...).
If not, is there a quick way to remove grub from the mbr using a live-lmde from a usb stick? Thank you.
newbie_noob
Level 2
Level 2
 
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:25 pm

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:23 pm

is there a quick way to remove grub from the mbr
Use win7 DVD

Boot off the windows 7 installation DVD
Proceed to the screen "Windows 7 / Install Now" BUT DO NOT click to install
Select to "Repair your computer"
Select/put the radio button/dot next to "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems" --> Next
Select "command prompt"
enter this command: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
enter this command: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
enter this command: exit
Click to Restart
Image
Mint 16 Cinnamon_64
User avatar
caf4926
Level 7
Level 7
 
Posts: 1786
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:21 pm
Location: UK Lake District

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby karlchen on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:29 pm

Caf4926,

you beat me by a few minutes. :) Was just going to suggest following this instruction: Windows 7 - MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record. Same approach, just longer and with screenshots.

Karl
User avatar
karlchen
Level 12
Level 12
 
Posts: 4150
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:23 pm

karlchen wrote:Caf4926,

you beat me by a few minutes. :) Was just going to suggest following this instruction: Windows 7 - MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record. Same approach, just longer and with screenshots.

Karl

Trouble is Karl, most people don't have a windows DVD
All these machines ship with it pre-installed and that's it!
Up the creek without a paddle..
Image
Mint 16 Cinnamon_64
User avatar
caf4926
Level 7
Level 7
 
Posts: 1786
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:21 pm
Location: UK Lake District

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby karlchen on Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:35 pm

Hello, caf4926.
Trouble is Karl, most people don't have a windows DVD
I am afraid you are right. Therefore pointing them to the recovery CD as you have done is smarter.

Cheers,
Karl
User avatar
karlchen
Level 12
Level 12
 
Posts: 4150
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby newbie_noob on Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:59 pm

Recovery dvds worked well :)

Thank you all.

Do someone has clues about these considerations:

newbie_noob wrote:Beside,
I am reconsidering installing lmde on my future laptop.
When I close the lid on my current laptop, lmde doesnt go to "sleep", it just try to, the screen becomes black, but it doesnt stop, and reopening the lid do nothing, I have to use the "power button".
Can lmde "use" HD3000 (sandy-bridge) and HD4000 (ivy-bridge) from the second and third gen intel core mobile cpus? If not, can another distro use them?


Would linuxmint13kde work better on a laptop than lmde?
newbie_noob
Level 2
Level 2
 
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:25 pm

Re: how to uninstall grub and linuxmint?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:38 pm

Can't really answer those questions

It sounds potentially frustrating - I would probably use trial and error.

However, it's extremely unlikely I would have purchased such hardware
Image
Mint 16 Cinnamon_64
User avatar
caf4926
Level 7
Level 7
 
Posts: 1786
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:21 pm
Location: UK Lake District

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.
 

Return to Installation & Boot

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests