Re: Uninstall Ubuntu and GRUB by installing Windows 7?
You will have no choice in the matter -- MS Windows OS installs ALWAYS overwrite the MBR, without asking. This will effective remove GRUB from your MBR (in a single-drive system).
Originally Posted by roddhall
Haven't actually tried it your way, but my guess is that since Win7 can't read Linux-formatted partitions, it won't even "see" the Ext3 partition. Safer approach would be to boot from a GParted LiveCD first, remove the Ext3 partition, and leave it as unallocated space. Win7 will see that.
I read a suggestion saying that the most straightforward way to do what I want is to simply install Windows 7 and, during the install process, select my current Ubuntu ext3 partition as the Windows 7 system partition.
See my first comment, and yes, it will create an OS selection menu that will include XP -- but it will not call it "XP".
The suggestion said the Windows 7 install process would overwrite the MBR with the Windows boot loader, effectively “uninstalling” GRUB 2. The Windows boot loader will “find” the existing XP installation and give me a choice between Windows 7 and XP at boot time.
BTW, you will need to install Win7 in a Primary partition -- which it will create automatically if you select the unallocated space.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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