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    Hi people.
    I have a Dell Dimension 2300 (XP home with sp3)with two 40 gb HDs. I put Ubantu on one drive.
    When I did this the drive disapeared from explorer(Still visible in device manger). I understand this is because of the file system.
    I now wish to uninstall Ubantu and claim the drive back.
    How do I uninstall Ubantu? and will the drive become visible once I do?

    Cheers
    Colin

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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    Delete the partition in Disk Management then rewrite the mbr file with somthing like EASY BCD


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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    Go into Control Panel/Admin tools/Computer Management/Storage/Disk management and right click the drive that has ubuntu, and format it.

    You prob have to alter the boot.ini file in windows as well as it may be set to dual boot windows & Ubuntu - do you get the option on start up to select either system ?
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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    Thanks WT. Did that and all good.
    Checked Boot.ini in msconfig. Looks like it needs to be edited. Did a search for file to edit.
    All I found was Boot.ini.backup. Have copied it below.

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

    Where do I find the working file, and what do I edit it to?

    Cheers
    Colin
    Last edited by Colpol; 04-07-2008 at 09:12 AM. Reason: Found Boot.ini in hidden files. Now I just need to edit it.

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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    No point in reinventing the wheel so to speak - go to This Microsoft site - tells you how to edit the boot file, as well as gives examples of a standard boot.ini.

    Mind you, if its not causing any problems and not asking for a dual boot you can also leave it alone.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 04-07-2008 at 09:38 AM.
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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    Now when I turn on I get a message saying

    "GRUB loading-please wait...
    Error 17

    and it stops. This is after the Dell Post? screen.
    I can still load it by pressing f12 to give boot options.

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    Got that wrong.
    Cant go through boot menu. Get error19.
    Can get into setup.

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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    That's because GRUB (the Ubuntu "loader") sits on the first hard drive. You'll need to start up from your Windows CD, go to the console (I think you press R at the first menu) and type "fixboot" to reinstall the Windows loader.

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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    Thanks Nermal.
    I reinstalled the system a few months ago and dont rember putting in a password but it keeps asking for one.
    Have treid all passwords I would have used.
    Is this where I need to remove the cmos battery?

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    Default Re: uninstall ubantu

    If its the administrator password its asking for, by default its blank, you simply hit <Enter> and it should go to the next stage/prompt.
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