Uninstalling a second OS Ubuntu from Computer

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Hannibal Lecter, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    I have basically the same problem that was mentioned in another thread, and I am pissed off with myself that I let myself become convinced to try a Linux installation once again, after 10 years. Their Grub does not allow to change the boot order to make Windows the default, which makes it now a never ending nuisance.
    I am using Win 7 ultimate with DAZ loader.....

    I found the video on how to get rid of it, by using easyBCD and then getting rid off the partitions, but I was afraid that replacing the Linux Bootsystem would have the consequence of disabling the DAZ loader. And this thread has shown me that was i right about this. As I am not too good with these things, can you tell me in what way to proceed, please? I want to make sure to do this in the right order, so I will not end up getting blue screen or other disasters, and then not even be able to ask here how to fix the mess I got myself into......
    In what order do I proceed to remove the Ubuntu Grub booting with easyBCD, get rid of the Ubuntu partition and re-installing the loader?

    Thank you
     
  2. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    Well, you don't want to re-install the Daz loader unless it is damaged as you're hoping it won't be, so do that dead last.

    But my vague memory tells me you can reorder the boot menu options within Ubuntu. Of course that was with version 8 or 9 maybe and it involved simply editing a file in Terminal. A web search pointed me to the necessary edits. Might work for you too.

    Do you have a system image you can restore? That's always worked perfectly for me. Not after polluting my system with Ubuntu, but it did put things back to that point in time where I made the image on more than one occasion.
     
  3. sandman117

    sandman117 MDL Novice

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    I have had the same problems as you, however your best solution is to boot into ubuntu, I asume you're using Oneiric and google and download a program called 'grub customizer' . When installed run the customizer and you can move windows to the top of the list which will boot it automatically via your existing windows boot settings, there are several other options such as delay time and boot screen you can experiment with as well

    Good luck
     
  4. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    I have been working with the ubuntu boot menu options for the last 9 days. Their forum gives you one false method after the other on how to change the boot order. I do not care if Ubuntu stays where it is or gets uninstalled.. I simply want Windows 7 to be the default. I must have wasted 12 to 15 hours following their advice... nothing works.
     
  5. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    Do I download grub customizer while in Windows or in Ubuntu?
     
  6. sandman117

    sandman117 MDL Novice

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    You download grub customizer whilst in ubuntu, then run it from the icon in the dash and then reorder your start menu to move windows to the top and untiany entries you don't need.
    If you decide to uninstall ubuntu completely make sure you have your windows 7 iso disk or have burnt a repair disk as you may have to boot from it initially, select repair rather than install then select start up repair. This will repair your windows boot to start windows 7, then download easyBCD, choose edit boot menu tab and select the os's you want to boot and which one to be the default, then select bcd backup/repair tab, tick recreate/repair boot files and perform action.
    I also use easyBCD to give a multi boot menu at startup as I can boot into win 7, win 8(dp), and ubuntu oneiric and ubuntu precise.
     
  7. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    We all have different experiences, mine was I could rearrange the order in the menu.
     
  8. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    dear hannibal lecter,

    i don`t know how you can safely get rid
    of your dual boot. especially if it is on
    your only machine, so you cannot acces the
    internet if things go wrong..looks like
    russian roulette to me..i would not even try,,

    but if you have been digging around for 9 days
    you have wasted enough time, imho..

    if it had happened to me, i would do the following.

    -1. buy myself a lovely ssd disk.
    -2. buy myself a housing to make my current hhd
    accesible from usb.
    -3. take out the current harddisk for the time being,
    fit the ssd, and make a clean install of w7
    on it,
    -4. get back my data from the old disk, or put it
    back as slave, booting from ssd only.

    it will cost some money, agreed, but it won`t cost
    9 days, or getting an ulcer from sheer ubuntu
    irritation..
    [if i work 9 extra days, i can buy 9 new disks..]

    AND your machine will be better than before..
    plus if things don`t work out you can still
    boot from the dual boot harddisk, and acces the
    internet.

    just my two cents, and sorry i can`t solve your issue..
    :eek:
    respectfull greetings,
    nodnar
     
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  9. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    As I wrote, I spent 15 hours trying all kinds of things that were recommended by the Linux "specialists", nothing did work.

    So now I need to know, at which step I have to re-install DAZ loader again, when I un-install Ubuntu completely....
     
  10. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    Thank you for your attempt at help ;)
    It had occurred to me to buy a new computer, but I am/was quite happy with this one. I simply forgot that old rule: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I wanted to play around with Linux a little after reading a long article in a usual reliable magazine about Ubuntu 11/10. But as it turns out, nothing much has changed since my attempt at Linux about 10 years ago. It is still an OS for people who most importantly want to consider themselves special, whereas I want to use a computer.

    It is not that hard to un-install, just a little more complicated with the DAZ loader....
     
  11. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    it is i who must thank you,
    you just saved me the trouble of
    giving linux a third try myself..:)
     
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