Remove Linux from a dual boot system without a windows disc

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Remove Linux from a dual boot system without a windows disc

Postby abrinton on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:52 pm

Let me begin by saying I think Mint 12 is a terrific OS, which I am using on several computers. But I have computers on which I use Music Bee in Windows 7 for my music files and want direct boot to Windows without any disk space devoted to Mint. I spent several days looking at complicated instructions for removing Grub and finally accidentally discovered a simple solution, which is as follows: In Windows, download Partition Wizard at http://download.cnet.com/MiniTool-Partition-Wizard-Home-Edition/3000-2094_4-10962200.html. Install. Partitioning will be blocked by Grub. But on your left hit Rebuild MBR. This will take only a few seconds. Reboot, and Windows 7 will boot. Then you can go into Partition Wizard and eliminate the Ubuntu partitions and expand your Windows data partition to take up the freed up space.

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Re: Remove Linux from a dual boot system without a windows d

Postby ElMugroso on Sat May 05, 2012 3:04 am

1. Boot-Repair iso burnt into a CD will boot and, if you opt for fix mbr, then only windows will boot, provied Windows is on the first partition, of course. Partitions are not deleted.

Download site:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

2. Another way, from Windows itself, run the free windows utility called mbrfix.

I used both, and both work great.
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Re: Remove Linux from a dual boot system without a windows d

Postby oobetimer on Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:39 pm

Much easier way: Remove Grub bootloader using LILO.

1. Open terminal and run commands

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lilo
sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr
# assuming that grub is installed to disk sda

A video about removing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB8NVzkgdEA&feature=plcp
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