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How do I remove a second operating system?


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#1 kg305

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 06:17 PM

(I'm not completely sure if this is under the right forum or not, but I'm just going to continue to post it.)

Okay, so the problem I'm facing is basically this:

I wanted to try out a different OS on my computer so I downloaded Ubuntu and proceeded
to burn it onto a CD (for the LIVE CD). After doing that, I went ahead and installed the
OS onto my hard drive. Well, it seems something went wrong during my installation
and my password for Ubuntu wasn't correct (although I'm almost positive I entered
all my information in correctly). In any case, seeing as it doesn't let me on, I figured
I'd just uninstall it and try it again another day.

However, I'm not too sure how exactly I go about doing that. All I do know is that
I'm supposed to edit the BOOT.INI file. What I've done so far is open the file by going
to My Computer > System Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery > Edit.
I then went ahead and created a backup. From this point on, I'm completely lost.
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do to the BOOT file that removes Ubuntu.

Here's what the file contains:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"


An explanation on what to do would be highly appreciated.
Please and thank you.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 06:52 PM

Hi kg305, welcome to BleepingComputer :thumbsup:

It seems that you have installed Ubuntu through WUBI. The steps for uninstalling this kind of of Ubuntu installation are :

Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. You will find someting like Wubi or Ubuntu listed. Select it by clicking on it and choose Remove. This would remove Ubuntu files from your computer.

Wubi/Ubuntu leaves boot.ini entry unremoved. You have to remove t manually. Here is how :
Open Start Menu > Run, type cmd and Enter. Then type in the command prompt window the following, pressing Enter after each line :
cd \
attrib -s -h -r boot.ini
notepad boot.ini
This would open boot.ini in Notepad. Remove the last line that reads C:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu". Save the file by pressing Ctrl-S and close Notepad. Now, back to command-prompt again, type this line pressing Enter after it.
attrib +s +h +r boot.ini
Close the command prompt window and you are done.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:23 PM

Thank you :D !
It worked! I appreciate the help a lot.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:47 PM

You are welcome :thumbsup:




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