View Full Version : [ubuntu] I had to install ubuntu on the whole hard drive

August 13th, 2009, 07:24 PM
I had been having too many problems trying to dual boot, and I ended up having way to many extra partitions and I couldn't even get into windows, so the only thing I could do without having a guide on the internet was install ubuntu and replace the whole hard drive. It fixed everything, but I am really uncomfortable with ubuntu, everything just seems so complicated on it. So my question is this, since I only have one partition now, if I were to reinstall windows over ubuntu, would I get the grub error 22 again? Or is there an english version of a guide on how to make an extra partition for vista? Id prefer to just wipe ubuntu pff, but the guides are so damn complicated. I really hope reinstalling windows is the solution. Please help!

August 13th, 2009, 07:31 PM
If you reinstall Windows, it will replace GRUB for his own bootloader.

August 13th, 2009, 07:34 PM
Just reinstall Windows, using a CD/DVD. Enjoy setting it up. You will not get grub errors though.

You should note, that Ubuntu uses a live cd. You could have browsed the web from there and not need to install on the entire disk.

If you want to try Ubuntu, I recommend using WUBI. WUBI installs Ubuntu on a virtual partition that boots like a normal system. There is no risk to Windows when you install with WUBI.

To use WUBI just insert an Ubuntu CD while you are running Windows. Then you can choose to "Install inside Windows". Setup is very easy.

Please ask if you need any help or have more specific issues.

August 13th, 2009, 07:37 PM
I don't think that Windows will automatically overwrite the MBR... You need to "fix the MBR" which can be done a variety of ways. Google:fix mbr

August 13th, 2009, 07:45 PM
If you do a complete reinstall of windows from the disks, it will rewrite the MBR.

August 13th, 2009, 07:55 PM
I don't think that Windows will automatically overwrite the MBR...

Yes it jolly well does.

August 13th, 2009, 07:55 PM
You can also fix the Windows bootloader from a Super Grub disk.


August 13th, 2009, 07:59 PM
It fixed everything

Sorry you had so much difficulty... But I find it amusing that wiping Windows and installing Ubuntu fixed everything

Seriously, though. I would reiterate (almost) everyone else: installing Windows will fix everything back. In fact, you could have just installed Windows instead of Ubuntu wehn things started to go wrong.