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Thread: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Iowan View Post
    That WAS intended as humor...
    We still use XP at work, and I use Ubuntu at home - so my experience with W7 is quite limited.
    I would expect the installer to have a formatting tool.

    [edit]...and outtyped again, too...
    Actually both of you were right.. However while the button is there it is nonclickable.. So I guess I'll have to do it while using linux. Is this even possible?

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    To make it even more fun, GParted will not allow me to reformat my harddrive or unmount it to reformat it.

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    You need to format the drive when booted from a second drive, say the Live CD.

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    I no longer have the live CD/DVD :\ All I have is the windows 7 iso and thats it.

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    I ran the command
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    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=521 count=1
    and it came out to this..

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    dd: opening `/dev/hda': Permission denied
    I was trying to remove the linux partition and try to install from my USB again. Obviously that didn't work.. I'm getting very frustrated.

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    Angry Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    Is there a way to wipe my hard drive without using a live CD/DVD?

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    If you can boot to your Windows 7 flash drive, this guide should help you.

    Though when I've installed Windows 7, I've never seen steps 2 and 3, it just skips from 1 to 4, but that may be because I'm never connected to the internet when I install.

    EDIT: Make sure you have a valid legal Windows 7 key before you install.

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    So a random thing popped up on my files application under devices:

    1.1 GB filesystem

    Because its mounted its not allowing me to make another partition table?
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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    Dual booting is so last century...

    Install Virtualbox and make a Windows VM. Then you can run Windows in a window where it belongs. In some respects Windows actually runs faster in Virtualbox than natively on the same hardware.

    There is a Virtualization forum for this.

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    Re: Replacing Ubuntu with windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanAB View Post
    Dual booting is so last century...

    Install Virtualbox and make a Windows VM. Then you can run Windows in a window where it belongs. In some respects Windows actually runs faster in Virtualbox than natively on the same hardware.

    There is a Virtualization forum for this.
    I can't use virtualization for what I'm wanting.

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