how to remove Ubuntu from vista

Asked by mcleod7 on 2008-08-26

I am runing ubuntu from Wubi and I want to know how to remove it before making a full installation . I looked around and it is unclear and not simple (to me) . does any body can tell me how to remove ubuntu from Vista.

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2008-09-09
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Andrew (and471) said : #1

Don't worry, I believe we've all done this at one point :-)

First of all I can only help you if you give me all details, first of all, you will need to ask your son how he put Ubuntu on.

Did he put it on, while Windows was running (using a thing called Wubi)

Or did he boot from the LiveCD and install that way?

Don't worry, we'll get out of this problem together (and tell him not to worry either :-] )

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #2

Good morning,

Thanks for getting back to me, and thanks for the positive vibes, we are
both feeling a whole lot better about this situation now.

I aksed him this morning and he said he did it directly from the Live CD.
He also said he might have missed out the step where you back up the Windows
Portion of the installation ??? means nothing to me but it might help.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Tracy & Luke (<email address hidden>)

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Don't worry, I believe we've all done this at one point :-)

First of all I can only help you if you give me all details, first of
all, you will need to ask your son how he put Ubuntu on.

Did he put it on, while Windows was running (using a thing called Wubi)

Or did he boot from the LiveCD and install that way?

Don't worry, we'll get out of this problem together (and tell him not to
worry either :-] )

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Andrew (and471) said : #3

Right, what I need you know to do is put the Ubuntu LiveCD in the drive of your laptop and boot from it (no I'm not joking :-] )

If you don't know how to do this, your son should, as he must have done it to install. When you boot up, you will be given a menu with languages to use, select English by clicking Enter, and then you should be greeted with a screen like this

http://cache.lifehacker.com/assets/resources/2008/03/ubuntu_load.jpg

Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, navigate to the option that says, 'Try Ubuntu Without Any Change to Your Computer'. Then click enter and Ubuntu should boot form the CD (don't worry it won't even think of touching your Hard Disk unless you explicity tell it to)

Once it has booted completely, go to (on the top panel) System > Administration > Partition Editor. When the partition editor loads, make a screenshot of what it shows (the PrintScrn button on the keyboard) and then upload that here

To upload it here, you will need to come to the answer page

https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/43232

And make a reply, and attach the screenshot.

Once I see the screenshot, I can see what next to do.

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #4

I dont know how to upload from my USB as I'm on my other computer sending this. I'm also new to this site and I might need your help here too. I'll try to send it thru email as an attachment... Tracy

Andrew (and471) said : #5

If you send it as an attachment to the bug page, it won't get attached, if you can't upload it, send it to me, I shall send you an email so you know my email address

Andrew (and471) said : #6

Okay, it does look like Windows is still there, however now we need to get it to boot Vista. (guh, i thought I would never have to say that :-] )

Right, could you boot Ubuntu (without the LiveCD, from the hard disk, you will need to take the LiveCD out ), open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and type in the following command:

cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

Then can you paste the output (highlight it all, right click, press Copy) of that (or a screenshot if you can't paste, some people before have had trouble)

Andrew (and471) said : #7

Hmm.. according to what this file says, the boot menu for ubuntu (GRUB) had created a menu item for Vista.

Right, if this works you should be able to boot into Vista easily.

When your computer starts up, quite early on, a message should flash up on your screen, it says along the lines of the following:

'Grub Loading

Press Esc to See the Menu'

When this comes up, press the Escape key on your keyboard, and the boot menu should come up, now it seems you have Vista installed twice on the latop (is this correct?), so GRUB has created two entries for both Vista installations, navigate to either of the two 'Windows Vista/Longhorn (loader)' entries and then click enter, the laptop should then boot into Vista!

Once you have confirmed this works, we can start to get rid of ubuntu (if that is really what you want, we can leave it on there but tell GRUB to boot into Vista by default etc.)

So what I need form you now is confirmation of whther this works, an what you want to do next.

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #8

Hi Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday, needed a break from this. I
have done the boot to get to the load screen, I have tried to boot from the
2 for vista and both bring me to a screen saying " windows failed to start.
A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1 Insert your windows installation disk
2 choose language settings and press next ( ?? )
3 click "repair your computer"

If your don't have disk contact system admin or comp manufacturer etc

File: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
Status: xc000000e
Info : the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
missing or corrupt.

If I hit entry to continue it brings me to the next screen to choose an
operating system to start; only one there is Acer recovery
When I press enter to continue it just goes back to the previous windows
failed screen.

Tracy

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Subject: RE: [Question #43232]: Help to remove Ubuntu

Your question #43232 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/43232

rugby471 proposed the following answer:
Hmm.. according to what this file says, the boot menu for ubuntu (GRUB)
had created a menu item for Vista.

Right, if this works you should be able to boot into Vista easily.

When your computer starts up, quite early on, a message should flash up
on your screen, it says along the lines of the following:

'Grub Loading

Press Esc to See the Menu'

When this comes up, press the Escape key on your keyboard, and the boot
menu should come up, now it seems you have Vista installed twice on the
latop (is this correct?), so GRUB has created two entries for both Vista
installations, navigate to either of the two 'Windows Vista/Longhorn
(loader)' entries and then click enter, the laptop should then boot into
Vista!

Once you have confirmed this works, we can start to get rid of ubuntu
(if that is really what you want, we can leave it on there but tell GRUB
to boot into Vista by default etc.)

So what I need form you now is confirmation of whther this works, an
what you want to do next.

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Andrew (and471) said : #9

Hmmm...

Well it means Windows Vista is there, it just won't boot because of something, Windows related.

Do you have a Vista install disk? If so, you could boot it up and try the repair option.

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #10

No we don't but I have a friend that has a copy of Vista we could use. Do I
have to completely wipe the hard disk to do this. If we have to that is ok.
There is not that much on it really.

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rugby471 proposed the following answer:
Hmmm...

Well it means Windows Vista is there, it just won't boot because of
something, Windows related.

Do you have a Vista install disk? If so, you could boot it up and try
the repair option.

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Andrew (and471) said : #11

Nope, you won't have to reformat, so long as you select the repair option, it will work as it did before. I recommend therefore that you borrow this installation disc form you friend if it isn't too much trouble.

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #12

Will do It might take me a couple of days but I'll let you know when I have
it so we can see what we can do then, Cheers Tracy

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rugby471 proposed the following answer:
Nope, you won't have to reformat, so long as you select the repair
option, it will work as it did before. I recommend therefore that you
borrow this installation disc form you friend if it isn't too much
trouble.

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mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #13

Hi ,

Have just spoken to my friend, He will be here on Wednesday arvo with the
Repair disc. Will have a go and let you know how we go... Wish me luck..
Tracy

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rugby471 proposed the following answer:
Nope, you won't have to reformat, so long as you select the repair
option, it will work as it did before. I recommend therefore that you
borrow this installation disc form you friend if it isn't too much
trouble.

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Best Andrew (and471) said : #14

Problem was solved by a friend

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #15

Thanks to Rugby471. You offered amazing assistance.
This launchpad is now on my favourites section.

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mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #16

Thanks to Rugby471 for valuable and helpful information at really nasty hours of the night and morning. With this help and my friend our problem has been solved

mcleod7 (mcleod7) said : #17

Hi We tried to remove ubuntu with the help of some great advice from another friendly computer buff , but all attempts failed even with expert advice. We ended up having to completely crash the computer and start again. Sorry hope you hae better luck than we did. Needless to say we won't be trying ubuntu again... Cheers Tracy and Luke

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I am runing ubuntu from Wubi and I want to know how to remove it before
making a full installation . I looked around and it is unclear and not
simple (to me) . does any body can tell me how to remove ubuntu from
Vista.

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