how do I erase windows on a dual boot machine

Asked by Ian Brownlie on 2009-12-18

 Help needed please guys. I recently purchased a new hp desktop with windows Vista on it. I installed Ubuntu 9.1 off your disc and now find I never use Vista and all its doing is taking up space. From what I can understand, Ubuntu is installed 'inside' Vista? My earnest question is, now that I've got Ubuntu set up and running to my satisfaction and delight. How can I get rid of Vista without mucking up my set-up and files in Ubuntu???
    Hope you guys can help. Thanks in advance, Ian

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Best Charles Profitt (cprofitt) said : #1

There are two ways that Ubuntu could have been setup -- the standard dual boot install or via Wubi.

Can you tell me which install method you used?

If you have all your 'data' backed up you could do a simple install and just select 'use entire' disk to get rid of Vista. ((important: ensure all your data is backed up)).

Charles Profitt (cprofitt) said : #3

Just booting from the CD is not enough -- we need to now how it was setup before and then what you want to do with the extra space.

Ian Brownlie (ibrownlie) said : #4

Thanks Charles Profitt, that solved my question.