View Full Version : [ubuntu] how do i uninstall an ubuntu OS that doesnt work so i can try again?

January 29th, 2009, 08:45 PM
i currently dual boot xp and ubuntu on a dell desktop computer, and i NEED to uninstall ubuntu, but when i boot to ubuntu it doesnt work. what do i do?

January 29th, 2009, 09:00 PM
If you want to try again; all you have to do is boot your Live CD, install, go 'Manual' and use the old Ubuntu partitions. You can ignore /swap.

January 29th, 2009, 09:02 PM
see, my live CD doesnt work, which is the reason i need to uninstall this OS. i've tried making more, and they never work.

SO, i was gonna try and use wubi as my second try.

January 29th, 2009, 09:22 PM
OK; then get Gparted Live CD:
Burn to disk and boot from it. Erase the Ubuntu partitions.
If you need to fix your Windows MBR; you can use your Installation CD or Super Grub:

January 29th, 2009, 09:23 PM
whats the difference between the ubuntu live cd and the gparted cd?

will it install ubuntu or some other linux distro?

January 29th, 2009, 09:32 PM
The Gparted live cd will run the partitioner, and will not try to install any OS.

January 29th, 2009, 09:34 PM
to be honest. i have NO idea what any of this means

whats wrong with wubi?

January 29th, 2009, 09:40 PM

January 29th, 2009, 09:44 PM
whats the difference between the ubuntu live cd and the gparted cd?

The Ubuntu LiveCD is also known as a Desktop-Installer. It has a desktop live environment that allows (among other things) two features:

The option to use the OS without installing to the HDD (the OS loads [EDIT ADD: stuff as needed] to memory).
The option to install the OS (the OS is installed to a HDD/USB etc).

will it install ubuntu or some other linux distro?

I don't think the GPartEd LiveCD provides any Install options. It loads a Debian OS with basic utilities. GPartEd is one of the utilities included. It even provides a "load entirely to RAM" option so that the CD can be removed once the OS is loaded. This opens up the drive for other uses.