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polskimoose
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?

Pumalite
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.

polskimoose
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.

Pumalite
January 29th, 2009, 09:22 PM
OK; then get Gparted Live CD:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115843&package_id=271779
Burn to disk and boot from it. Erase the Ubuntu partitions.
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/documentation.php
If you need to fix your Windows MBR; you can use your Installation CD or Super Grub:
http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/supergrubdiskpage.html

polskimoose
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?

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

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

whats wrong with wubi?

Pumalite
January 29th, 2009, 09:40 PM
http://wubi-installer.org/faq.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_(Ubuntu)

boof1988
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.