How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

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How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

Postby ingridf on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:25 am

I've installed Linux Mint 11 on my Acer Aspire Timeline 4810 TZ, but I can't get comfortable with it.
Tried to install Windows 7 back on the computer (booting from cd), but it can't use the partitions created by Linux. Can it be explained to me very carefully how to delete the partitions or uninstall mint?
I seem to be quite a Linuxdummie...
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Re: How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

Postby Anakinholland on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:35 am

ingridf wrote:I've installed Linux Mint 11 on my Acer Aspire Timeline 4810 TZ, but I can't get comfortable with it.
Tried to install Windows 7 back on the computer (booting from cd), but it can't use the partitions created by Linux. Can it be explained to me very carefully how to delete the partitions or uninstall mint?
I seem to be quite a Linuxdummie...

You're not a linuxdummie because you run into this snag. Windows just cannot read the language that Linux used to format the hard drive or partition. It's like giving somebody a Cyrillic manual when they only know the Latin alphabet :)

What you'll have to do is to reformat. Looking at this manual, when you get to "Where do you want to install Windows?" you will have to click "Drive options (advanced)", select the partition you installed Linux Mint to, and reformat it to NTFS.

Mind you, be very careful here if you have more stuff on the drive. A couple of miss-clicks can result in loss of all data!!

Good luck and too bad Linux didn't cut it for your.

Anakin
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Re: How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

Postby ingridf on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:21 am

I tried this, and "Windows can't be installed on this harddiskarea. It has to be installed on a partition that is formatted as NTFS. The partition is unknown".

Only available option is to install a driver which can read/format/convert the linuxpartition. What kind of driver is that? Easybcd?
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Re: How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

Postby Anakinholland on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:45 pm

Don't you get either a Format or Delete option after you click "Drive options (advanced)"?

That error makes it sounds as if you click "next" to install windows on a partition that is formatted as (most likely) ext4.
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Re: How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

Postby oobetimer on Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:32 pm

Delete linux partitions and create NTFS partition(s). There are an advanced options on the bottom right.

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Re: How do I remove Linux Mint 11 from my computer?

Postby ingridf on Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:15 am

Didn't realize I had to make a new partition...

Thanks for the help! I'm sorry too, that I couldn't make it with Linux :(
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