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Removing Linux (and keeping WinXP intact!)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wsbr, Jan 25, 2006.

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  1. wsbr

    wsbr Thread Starter

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    How to?

    I've looked for fdisk, so I can use the 'fdisk mbr' command, but it doesn't seem to be on the machine at all, as it was in previous editions of Windows.

    Is there another way? I've currently got Linux and WinXP dual-booted with a GRUB boot manager (the standard for Fedora Core 4). Before that, there was only WinXP. I just need to get the PC back to that state, is all.

    Any help is much appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. ramwire

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    Hi there,

    It's cool you know of "fdisk mbr" :)

    Anyway, on XP it's actually done using a command called "fixmbr" but this is only available using the 'recovery console' available on the XP bootable setup CD.

    Also, it's a good idea to use 'fixboot' after that which right now looks like what you really need but using both won't harm your PC (at least it never did with me).

    If you've never used the recovery console or don't know how to get to it from the XP CD then let me know here and I'll try to give as much details as I can.


    Good luck and ciao for now.

    PS: While waiting for the servers of TSG to finish the daily backup so I could submit this reply I found out that there is indeed an "fdisk /mbr" option in XP; you could try that in addition to the above 2 - this is also on the recovery console.

    This is where I found that info, take a look as it contains a lot of info on the subject:
    http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t292614.html
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Download a boot disk from www.bootdisk.com, the W98 boot disk should do it. Use FDISK /MBR, and you're back to the generic master boot record.
     
  4. wsbr

    wsbr Thread Starter

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    Thanks, this worked fine. (y)
     
  5. ramwire

    ramwire

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    Glad to be of any help :)

    Ciao for now.
     
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