Sunday, June 9, 2013

2 Minute Challenge - Remove Linux Distribution from a Dual Boot PC!!

These are the quickest steps to remove linux distribution installed alongside Windows 7 in your PC:

Before Removing Linux:
  1. Make sure that you have a Bootable Disc of Windows 7 OS. You shall also use your Pendrive to make Windows 7 Bootable by using a software called Win2Flash.
  2. The other alternative is to use the option "Create a System Repair Disc" from Windows 7. It creates the bootable disc with the exact content that is needed here. But the point to note here is, you cannot use a USB Flash Drive for this!

Removing Linux:
  1. Right Click My Computer -> Manage.
  2. Click "Disk Management" and you'll see the partitions listed like this:

  3. You may note the unnamed partitions which are nothing but the linux distributions.
  4. Right Click both of them and just select "Delete Partitions" and your linux partitions are gone.
After Removing Linux:
  1. You need to restart here and you'll see a console window called "GRUB Rescue".
  2. Insert your Bootable Disc / System Repair Disc and select "Repair your computer".
  3. In the list of System Recovery Options, select "Command Prompt" and type the following command:   'bootrec.exe /fixmbr' (Quotes for clarity and MBR stands for Master Boot Record)
  4. Remove the Bootable disc and restart. Linux is now gone leaving Windows unaffected!

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