Linux is a great operating system and more often than not, it’s the installation of Linux that is the matter of discussion.
For a change, I will be talking about how to uninstall Linux Ubuntu (or other operating systems) from a dual boot windows pc, and still being able to boot into other OS without much work. So let’s get started right away.
Alternatively if you somehow managed to mess up and can’t boot into Linux, you can use ext2 IFS which allows you access to your Linux paritions. It can only read ext2 and ext3 filesystems though. If you are using other filesystems, you would have to look around a bit for a similar application. In any case, you can always boot from a Linux live CD to backup files if everything else fails.
Delete Linux PartitionsNext step: delete every Linux partition. That would include everything – boot, swap, home, whatever way you set up your system, it is time to delete all Linux partitions. There are a couple of ways to achieve this, easiest being from within Windows’ Computer Management.
You need to:
- Log in to an account with administrative privileges.
- Right click on My Computer, click ‘Manage’.
- Choose ‘Disk Management’ listed under ‘Storage’ and you will see all of your partitions listed there.
Restore MBRAs we noted, GRUB is gone and so is the ability to boot into Windows. You would now need to boot from the Windows CD/DVD to restore the Master Boot Record. You can also use other Live CDs like one of my absolute favorites and highly recommended HBCD just in case you don’t have Windows installation media handy. Here are the steps:
- Boot from Windows CD/DVD and choose “Repair” when it shows up.
- Choose command prompt on the resulting screen and run the following two commands:
- bootrec /fixmbr
- bootrec /fixboot
Reclaim free spaceRestart now, remove the CD and you should be able to boot into your Windows installation. Once there, you should go ahead and reclaim the unpartitioned free space which was previously occupied by Linux. Doing so is simple and straight forward:
- Fire up Disk Management as before.
- Right-click on the unparitioned space, choose new partition or new logical drive.
- Specify the size and other options according to your needs and you are done.