Unistalling ubuntu on a single boot machine and then reinstalling windows xp

Asked by Becka on 2010-05-15

Ubuntu will not let me remove it! I have an acer netbook AOD250 and I have ubuntu on a single boot machine! Eveytime I boot from the acer eRecovery cd i get to the part where it is copying something and it doesn't ever get to 1% and it pops up a notice that says "One of the services DiskPart uses returned a failure.ErrorCode=3,The system cannot find the path specified." WHAT DO I DO!? WHAT IS WRONG??! And it doesn't sat anything about a partition label..

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Download Parted Magic: http://partedmagic.com/download.html , put it on an USB, or CD, restart PC, set USB/CD as a first boot device in BIOS, start Parted Magic, and format the Ubuntu partition with it.

zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #2

If you can boot Windows before you remove Ubuntu do http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p18.html#MbrFix.exe You can also download Gparted live CD at http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php and remove Ubuntu with it.

He said he has single boot machine. So there is no Windows on his netbook.

You can remove Ubuntu with GParted too. If you want to put Windows after it, don´t forget to format that partition into NTFS filesystem.

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #4

Thanks to everyone! But how would you format this stuff? I'm sorry I am usually really good at this stuff but this prob has really blown me away! And btw I am a woman.

Sorry Becka:-(

How many partitions do you have on your netbook? On which is Ubuntu installed? Do you have any important data on your netbook? And what operating system do you plan to install after you delete Ubuntu?

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #6

Oh it's okay. And can tell me what a partition is? And I don't have any important files. I plan to install windows xp and I have the acer erecovery discs.

And you said you were good at this stuff:-)

On Windows OS, partitions are marked with letter, like Local Disc C:, D:, E:. On Linux partitions are marked like this: sda1, sda2... For example, on my laptop I have 4 partitions. Windows 7 is on first partition. Ubuntu is on the second. And all my files are on the other two partitions.

If you plan to install Windows after Ubuntu, and you have no important data, the best thing is to delete all the partitions, leave all space unpartitioned, and make partitions again when you install Windows. Then it would be the best to make 2 partitions, one for Windows, and the second for your data.

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #8

Okay. So how would I delete all of the partitions?

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #9

Okay. So how would I delete all of the partitions?

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #10

Thanks Mario Tomljenović, that solved my question.

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #11

no its not solved!! i accidentally pressed that button!!!!!

What button did you press?

If you have any important data on you netbook you should back it up, before you change your partitions, or install/delete operating system. That is the golden rule. Actually you should always have all your data backed up, because you never know what can go wrong.

You said, that you have no important data on your netbook, so I sugessted to you that you can delete your partitions. If you have done anything wrong with your netbook, don´t blame me. You asked someone for advice, and I gave it to you. You choose will you do it or not.

As I said earlier: If you can´t delete Ubuntu with your Acer eRecovery CD, you should download either Parted Magic, or GParted Live (or any other software that manages partitions), put it on a CD/USB (with Unetbootin), boot it, and delete Ubuntu with it. I assume you know how to format partitions. You should format the partitions into NTFS filesystem, because you want to install Windows XP.

When you have done deleting Ubuntu, use your Windows XP CD to install it on your netbook. Put BIOS to boot CD first, and install your XP.

By the way, why do you want to delete Ubuntu? Windows is very vunerable, and you will always have to fight with viruses, and have very unstable operating system. Ubuntu is very stable, and very safe.

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #14

well the reason i dont want ubuntu is because i cant download itunes or anything because most of the stuff you need is for windows and mac but thanks but i figured it out and i now have windows xp!! thanks for the help though. see told ya i was good at this stuff :)

Becka (beckalynn14) said : #15

well the reason i dont want ubuntu is because i cant download itunes or anything because most of the stuff you need is for windows and mac but thanks but i figured it out and i now have windows xp!! thanks for the help though. see told ya i was good at this stuff :)

I´m happy you managed to solve your problem. Can you please describe how you solved your problem? And mark this question as solved.

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