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Thread: Remove Ubuntu and restore Win 7

  1. #11
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    Re: Factory restore

    I can't install the boot repair thingy. It just doesn't show up.

  2. #12
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    Re: Factory restore

    The output from fdisk is only showing a placeholder partition.
    Since this partition is GPT, we'll need to use parted instead. Please copy+paste the output of this command:

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    parted /dev/sda print
    I can't install the boot repair thingy. It just doesn't show up.
    Try this instead. Make sure to download the correct version for your Ubuntu installation (i.e. 32-bit or 64-bit)

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    Re: Factory restore

    Can you post

    Code:
    sudo parted -l
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  4. #14
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    How do I get to GRUB?

    I opened up GRUB once, and now I want to boot to an install disk for Windows 7 Ultimate, but I can't seem to get GRUB to open. Is there a special button I press? I thought I did it with f8 last time, but it doesn't work now.

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    Re: How do I get to GRUB?

    It isn't GRUB you're looking for, it's your computers BIOS settings.

    GRUB is loaded after the computer starts booting from your hard drive, at this point it is too late to boot from the Windows installation DVD.
    The method for accessing your BIOS varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but it involves pressing a certain key as soon as you switch on your machine. It's usually one of the function keys or delete but you'll have to check the instructions that came with your machine/motherboard to find out for sure. Usually a quick google for the model number of your machine and the word BIOS will let you know which key to press.
    Cheesemill

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    Getting Windows 7 back

    I finally found out how to get into my BIOS and boot from my install disk, but all of my hard drive partitions are formatted incorrectly. How can I reformat them? Also, there is only one with enough space, and it has Ubuntu on it. Is it safe to install over top of Ubuntu? How do I delete Ubuntu?

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    Re: Factory restore

    Several threads merged.


    Edited subject
    Last edited by QIII; March 3rd, 2013 at 10:40 PM.

  8. #18
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    Re: Remove Ubuntu and restore Win 7

    GENERAL UPDATE:

    I screwed up. I deleted any trace of Windows from my PC. Now I need to reformat my hard drive to NTFS format. Can I do that from my BIOS? It says I cannot partition or clear and reformat my hard drive while in Ubuntu because it's being used, and I don't have my Ubuntu CD. Help?

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    Re: Remove Ubuntu and restore Win 7

    You can use the Windows installation disc to reformat your drive.

    When you get to the stage of the installation where you choose where to install Windows just click on 'Advanced' and then delete the Ubuntu partitions. You can then select the now unallocated space to install Windows on to.
    Last edited by Cheesemill; March 3rd, 2013 at 10:54 PM.
    Cheesemill

  10. #20
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    Re: Remove Ubuntu and restore Win 7

    You can do it from either a Windows 7 install DVD or an Ubuntu live cd/dvd using Gparted. Unfortunately, the BIOS will not be able to help you in that regard.

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