please help to uninstall uninstall uninstall ubuntu 8.10

Asked by david suess on 2009-02-20

does anyone in the great ubuntu world understand the word ---uninstall-- is there a conspiracy to prevent uninstall from happening-- i am desparate to uninstall--

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ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #1

I do not know of an "uninstall", but can give a suggestion on how to make it unavailable.

Some caveats however, if Linux is installed on a Windows disk drive, the partition originally assigned will be lost, only format will regain it. You may not want to format your Windows C:\ drive at this point. If Linux is on a different disk no problem.

Go to Question 61139, there you will find a Windows XP method of removing Linux, it is somewhat crude, but works.

david suess (suess-1) said : #2

i installed ubuntu 8.10 on a new hard drive so how do i uninstall it

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM, ealthuis <
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> Your question #61701 on Ubuntu Documentation changed:
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> Status: Open => Answered
>
> ealthuis proposed the following answer:
> I do not know of an "uninstall", but can give a suggestion on how to
> make it unavailable.
>
> Some caveats however, if Linux is installed on a Windows disk drive, the
> partition originally assigned will be lost, only format will regain it.
> You may not want to format your Windows C:\ drive at this point. If
> Linux is on a different disk no problem.
>
> Go to Question 61139, there you will find a Windows XP method of
> removing Linux, it is somewhat crude, but works.
>
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ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #3

Apart from uninstall, what do you want to accomplish?
also a bit more info about your equipment and other software would help

david suess (suess-1) said : #4

the only thing iwant to accomplish is to get rid of ubuntu 8.10 off my hard drive which is on a dell dimension l866r

ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #5

When you start the computer, does it start Linux or wonderful Vista???

david suess (suess-1) said : #6

computer starts with ubuntu 8.10

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM, ealthuis <
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> Your question #61701 on Ubuntu Documentation changed:
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>
> ealthuis proposed the following answer:
> When you start the computer, does it start Linux or wonderful Vista???
>
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ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #7

I am trying to help you, but you must help me a bit too, so tell me this:
how old is this l866r
does your computer have a CD or DVD drive
do you have any operating system disks like Ubuntu or Windows
or floppy disks with MS-Dos
did you install Ubuntu
any experience messing with computers

Now I don't want a one line answer, give me as much as you can

I will try to help, but from what I know so far I cannot

david suess (suess-1) said : #8

my dell is about 6 yrs--has acd anddvd drive --i installed ubuntu with a
disk--and i have a xp disk and ubuntu is the only os on the hard drive and
i dont have computer expertise and when i ask to uninstall a program i
assume its like a windows problem where i just hit a button and presto it g

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM, ealthuis <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #61701 on Ubuntu Documentation changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu-doc/+question/61701
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> ealthuis proposed the following answer:
> I am trying to help you, but you must help me a bit too, so tell me this:
> how old is this l866r
> does your computer have a CD or DVD drive
> do you have any operating system disks like Ubuntu or Windows
> or floppy disks with MS-Dos
> did you install Ubuntu
> any experience messing with computers
>
> Now I don't want a one line answer, give me as much as you can
>
> I will try to help, but from what I know so far I cannot
>
> --
> If this answers your question, please go to the following page to let us
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ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #9

OK, thanks for that info. You should know that operating systems by nature do not provide an option to uninstall, after all a lot of stuff can be lost

Now do this:

Get the XP disk and insert it in the cd drive, then start the computer.
One of two things will happen, either a Windows or an Ubunto startup screen will show. I'll assume Windows

Windows will present you with a choice, either install, or repair
choose r for repair
next screen will have a 1 and some question, enter 1
now there should be a prompt c:\
enter help
a long list of activities should show, move to the end of the list and at the prompt enter help diskpart
you should get a report on your hard drive and some info what you can do, delete partitions is one of those.

if you like you can delete the Linux partitions, that will get rid of Ubuntu

then if you want to clean the disk off completely you can at the prompt enter help once again and find the format activity, enter that at the prompt and your disk will be formatted and no more ubuntu nor anything else.

If you want to keep whatever else is on the disk , find fixmbr and enter that at the prompt, and you next boot will be Windows if it was on the disk

david suess (suess-1) said : #10

hi--- i insert xp disk but ubuntu comes up but the disk icon is on screen
and i hit it and programs are on screen with --autopromt-- which does not
work because an error notice comes up-- i also hit i386 and a load of items
comes up but none work when ihit them-- error again--so what to

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 11:02 PM, ealthuis <
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> Your question #61701 on Ubuntu Documentation changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu-doc/+question/61701
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> ealthuis proposed the following answer:
> OK, thanks for that info. You should know that operating systems by
> nature do not provide an option to uninstall, after all a lot of stuff
> can be lost
>
> Now do this:
>
> Get the XP disk and insert it in the cd drive, then start the computer.
> One of two things will happen, either a Windows or an Ubunto startup screen
> will show. I'll assume Windows
>
> Windows will present you with a choice, either install, or repair
> choose r for repair
> next screen will have a 1 and some question, enter 1
> now there should be a prompt c:\
> enter help
> a long list of activities should show, move to the end of the list and at
> the prompt enter help diskpart
> you should get a report on your hard drive and some info what you can do,
> delete partitions is one of those.
>
> if you like you can delete the Linux partitions, that will get rid of
> Ubuntu
>
> then if you want to clean the disk off completely you can at the prompt
> enter help once again and find the format activity, enter that at the
> prompt and your disk will be formatted and no more ubuntu nor anything
> else.
>
> If you want to keep whatever else is on the disk , find fixmbr and enter
> that at the prompt, and you next boot will be Windows if it was on the
> disk
>
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ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #11

Well I just got up.
You installed linux on a blank disk, if so and you your system does not boot the CD, then you need to change the boot sequence in your system's BIOS from harddisk, floppy, cd drive to cd drive, HDD, floppy.

This will take a bit of work, but is not difficult
When the system first starts, theer should be a screen wit some info about the system, also a way to access this BIOS, either pressing del or F2 or some such thing, you need to press this before Ubuntu starts.

Go do this now and get back

david suess (suess-1) said : #12

On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 11:16 AM, ealthuis <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #61701 on Ubuntu Documentation changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu-doc/+question/61701
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> ealthuis proposed the following answer:
> Well I just got up.
> You installed linux on a blank disk, if so and you your system does not
> boot the CD, then you need to change the boot sequence in your system's BIOS
> from harddisk, floppy, cd drive to cd drive, HDD, floppy.
>
> This will take a bit of work, but is not difficult
> When the system first starts, theer should be a screen wit some info about
> the system, also a way to access this BIOS, either pressing del or F2 or
> some such thing, you need to press this before Ubuntu starts.
>
> Go do this now and get back
> this is what i did--- i put my xp disk in the cd drive and booted up but
> only ubuntu came on with the xp icon on the screen but the autoprompt doesnt
> work-- a error notice comes up---i cant do anything but ican get i386
> programfrom xp up but idont know what to do with it---in any case my
> mission in life is to get rid of ubuntu --for now anyway-- which is alone on
> the internal harddrive so i can put my xp back again by the way -where do
> you live-- i already downloaded the ubuntu onto disks so when i feel
> mentally strong i will go play with it but i am desperate to get ubuntu off
> because if you are not a programer you are in serious trouble with ubuntu so
> thanks again for your help- don
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ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #13

Further, when you get into the BIOS, using up and down arrows to get around find an item called "boot sequence" press enter, and look at the list. Within this list move cd drive to first position. then exit, the screen will tell you how, most likely the ESC key be very careful not to change anything else.

ealthuis (ealthuis) said : #14

When finished with the BIOS, restart the computer with the Windows CD in the CD drive.

Windows should now boot, and you can choose what to do either repair or install. Do the repai if allyou want is a clean disk, if you want WXP, install

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