uninstall and reinstall ubuntu

Asked by fahmko

I have a new hard drive and I installed Ubuntu on it. It works great but now I also need windows xp too, not all programs I use are available on linux.

I tried everything I found online. First I put in win xp cd (bootable and not restore cd) but it still wont load up. Ubuntu will always load first, even if I have boot set up to start with cd-rom before hard drive.

Also, I try fdisk command, and fix mbr. Both return command not found.

Please help, I love ubuntu, but I need to use both OS.


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Joe Smith (yasumoto7) said :

Try typing sudo fdisk -l

That'll actually list out your drives and how they're partitioned. Did you delete your windows partitions too?

And I'm not sure why the Windows XP CD won't start up, are you sure you saved the BIOS settings?

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Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said :

Couple of things. One, if your bios is set to boot CD first and the CD won't boot then there is a problem with the CD. It may be damaged or not a bootable media. Ubuntu will boot after the CD fails. It won't preempt the CD (if the bios is set right).

Second, it is generally advised to install windows first and then Ubuntu. Windows is notorious for it's inability to play nice with multiboot systems. MS seems to think they are the only show in town. You can do it the other way around but it's a hassle and not really something for new users to mess with. If you are comfortable with doing some command line edits it's not that hard, but if you are just setting things up I'd go back and install windows first and then Ubuntu.

As Joe suggests, boot Ubuntu and run the fdisk command in a terminal. Post the out put here and we can help you understand the current state of your system.

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