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    Partition / Windows Installation

    I currently have Ubuntu 10 installed on my girlfriend's laptop and want to revert it back to Windows.

    When I try to boot from the recovery disc I get the following pop-up message:

    "Error FAIL to get Disk 0 partition 1 drive letter"

    I have done some research and have read this is a partition related issue but to be honest I am not that advanced at using partitions on Ubuntiu beyond GPARTEd.

    Any advice on how I can resolve would be appreciated.

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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    so you're trying to boot to a windows xp install disc and completely wipe out ubuntu? It sounds like you didn't choose in the BIOS to boot to the windows xp install disc

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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    Yeah I am trying to completely wipe Ubuntu using a the machines recovery disc (Acer laptop originally Windows Vista). I have booted from this disc then it starts to loads the files then the message appears.

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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    Windows only understands NTFS partitions. Normal installs also want a boot flag on the install partition. Windows does not "see" Linux formated partitions.

    Disk 0 partition 1 would be sda1, so is that not a NTFS partition? The recovery will want to restore to the original partition structure and maybe the original partition structure & sizes?
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    At the moment SDA is not a NTFS partition. I will set to NTFS type and flag as boot and see if that works.

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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    Now after running the windows recovery disc on the NTFS partition I get the following message:

    error: unknown filesystem
    grub rescue>

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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    thats because grub is still installed into the MBR. I am not sure a computer restore disk will work unless the hard disk is returned to how it was formatted/partitioned like it was when it was purchased. you may need to use a live cd of gparted and wipe out the mbr and partition table before the recovery cd will work.

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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    If restore otherwise worked, it may not restore MBR as it "knows" it still is the Windows boot loader.

    You can use a Windows repairCD or Linux to put in a Windows work alike boot loader into the MBR.

    How to restore the Ubuntu/XP/Vista/7 bootloader (Updated for Ubuntu 9.10 - grub2) - talsemgeest
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ta/7Bootloader
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    Re: Partition / Windows Installation

    Managed to get Windows up and running - thanks for the help!

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