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Old 29. Jul 2012, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ah, am new to playing with operating systems that too Linux. I'd like to know how to uninstall Linux Mint and reclaim the space back. In fact I didn't actually partition the space properly and I'm left with just 160GB out of 320GB for Windows which is definitely not what I want.
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Old 29. Jul 2012, 03:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is this Windows 7?
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Old 29. Jul 2012, 04:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I suggest booting with W7 (?) disc, follw fixmbr routine (I'm sure you're OK with that?) and then use Windows partition tool to recaim your space.
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I suggest booting with W7 (?) disc, follw fixmbr routine (I'm sure you're OK with that?) and then use Windows partition tool to recaim your space.
Let me try this. I believe no documents/files will be lost this way?
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Old 29. Jul 2012, 06:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd like to know how to uninstall Linux Mint and reclaim the space back.
Most Linux distros modify the MBR so that it points to the boot record in your Linux partition. Removing this partition without some tweaks might result in a non-bootable PC.

In my case, I used to do this way, without needing a Windows DVD.

When in Windows Vista/7:
Run EasyBCD, then go to "BCD Deployment" > "Write MBR". This will install Vista/7 bootloader back to the MBR.

When in XP:
Run this command line utiltiy: MBRFix
In a DOS prompt, type mbrfix /drive 0 fixmbr /yes (assuming one hard drive)

After the above, the Linux partition can be removed. A reboot will go to Windows directly. Warning: Improper tweaking could result in a non-bootable PC!

See also:
A Guide to the Multiboot Process
Uninstall Linux: Fix MBR from within Windows XP
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I too use EasyBCD which is just a one click operation to restore the Windows boot. Once this is done, and booted into windows 7, I go Control Panel/System/Create or Format Partitions, delete the non NTFS ones listed and reboot. After that, I use the same facility to extend the Windows partition to take up the whole drive and reboot again. Lastly, back with the same feature, I then shrink the Windows partition again to leave room for the next Linux. I appreciate you can do this by other means too, but this one works for me every time so I stick with it.
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Old 29. Jul 2012, 08:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Jojo and MC. I'll try that out and it sounds easy too.
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Let me try this. I believe no documents/files will be lost this way?
That's right. I prefer to use Windows disc & windows partition tool for Windows rather than 3rd party progs - just my paranoia though !!
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Old 30. Jul 2012, 03:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, that's the main reason, why I have not yet tried installing Linux with Windows in double boot... fear of locking out Windows, and losing data. I do not have multiple hard disks, or external hard disk, on which I can back my data up, and then play around. And the data on the hard disk can be huge .

Therefore, I just simply avoid double booting. I have dabbled with Linux on my old PC, but it's just too old, for modern Linux systems. It's said that Linux is quite good for reviving old PCs, but what they do not tell is that the modern Linux systems do not play well with the hardware, and distros like Ubuntu are very bad at providing support for older hardware. So, you can only install lightweight distros like the Puppy Linux, and the likes. Or, you have to go for the lighter versions like Xfce, etc.

I am interested in Linux though, having worked on Solaris/Unix for quite sometime in my job.. so I keep a watch on the Linux forum, and read posts. And I see all these issues of drivers, and newer versions of distros not working, or, issues with Gnome, etc, plus the ocean of distros to choose from... I just dont have the time and patience for it.

I will dabble with Linux though, whenever I can, in the future. I hope to see it developed into a great OS. It is, but still, it is still far behind Windows, and is still considered somewhat an OS for geeks.

Sorry, went a little off-topic there
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Old 30. Jul 2012, 04:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks guys fixmbr just did the trick for one of my laptops. I will try using easybcd on the other for practice.

Anupam, don't be shy . I got locked out but it was easy for me to get out of it. My Windows is intact and Linux was gone and I reinstalled it again.
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