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  How do I get rid of Ubuntu 12.04 on a preinstalled  Windows 8 PC?
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Sincerely,
Keith D. Lee

Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?
On 8/2/2013 6:33 PM, Keith D. Lee wrote:
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By a Windows 8 PC, do you mean a PC with windows 8 and Ubuntu on it, or  
a Windows 8 capable PC that only has ubuntu on it?



Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?
On Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:04:27 -0700, miso wrote:

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All:  
 I meant the former.




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Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?
On 8/3/2013 3:11 AM, Keith D. Lee wrote:
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So you have a dual boot system. I'm hesitant to describe how to fix this  
since I can't give a step by step procedure.

Getting rid of Ubuntu is easy. You just burn a copy of Parted Magic,  
then delete the Ubuntu partitions. You could possibly do that right from  
win8. The partitions should be "ext".

The problem is fixing the boot loader. While I have done that before, it  
was never easy nor straightforward. Boot loader issues are just the worst.

Before you do anything to the PC, I suggest getting a boot CD. What you  
do is set up your PC to boot from a CD. Then boot from the CD. The CD  
will find operating systems on your hard drive. Use the CD to boot to  
windows.

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I think the Parted Magic CD can also be used to boot to an OS.

Once you can boot to windows from a CD, it is very unlikely you will  
mess up your PC to the point where windows can't be used. You might be  
stuck using the boot CD trick for a while until you fix the problem.

You should probably ask this question on a PC group rather than the  
wireless internet group. But no matter what crap they tell you, do not  
do a thing until you can boot to windows from a CD.

The big problem is Microsoft treats everyone like a criminal. You don't  
get the installation DVD when you purchase commercial PCs. So it isn't  
like you can just install the windows OS and start over. You need to  
never destroy the window OS nor the repair partition for the life of the  
computer.

Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?

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Removing boot loader (GRUB) is easy.  Boot a Windoze 8 upgrade or new
install DVD.  Do NOT use a recovery DVD as supplied by the unspecified
hardware vendor.  If you don't have a Windoze 8 DVD, a Windoze 7 DVD
will work.  

1. Shove the Win 7 installation/Upgrade disc in the disc drive, and
then boot from the DVD.  You may have to hit F12 or something to
select the boot device.

2. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard, input method, or
any other details that MS demands.  Hit Next.

3. Select "Repair your computer".

4. Select the operating system that you want to repair (Windows 7 in
this case), and then hit Next.

5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

6. At the command prompt, inscribe:
   BOOTREC.EXE /FIXMBR
and hit ENTER.  You should see "operation completed successfully."
It's very quick so don't panic if it looks like nothing happened.  

Disclaimer:  If you didn't do an image backup of your existing Windoze
partition and you make a mistake, you deserve the consequences.


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Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?
I still suggest learning to use a boot CD, especially if this is your  
only computer.

I don't own an UEFI computers, so does win7  works on them?

I haven't run ubuntu lately except on arm. But I don't think they use  
GRUB on intel hardware. Ubuntu is infamous for doing things their way,  
not to mention it is not a community project, so I avoid using Ubuntu.

I build my own PCs and pay the windows tax. I've been using OEM windows,  
which in theory doesn't allow it to be moved between machines, but in  
practice it just phones home and you feed some long code to get it  
running again. I still have a copy of X64 I never bothered to upgrade.

My notebook is dual boot, so I just used the grub repair on Parted  
Magic. It it a Dell ATG that myseriously came with the OS DVD. I think  
it was a government purchase that went back to the Dell refurb store.  
[Years later, Dell is still sending me pork.]

Simcards cost around a dollar. I really don't see why Microsoft and  
Intel don't get together and devise some simcard security scheme and be  
done with all this argravation. Give everyone an install DVD and a  
simcard with computer purchase.


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If UEFI is disabled in the BIOS, Win 7 should work.  I haven't tried
it yet.  If UEFI is enabled in the BIOS, maybe.  This looks useful:
<http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2011/05/31/installing-windows-7-on-uefi-based-computer.aspx

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Ubuntu uses GRUB.  My 12.04LTS laptop uses GRUB.  You might be
thinking of LILO, which is essentially dead.

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When you're number one, you can do that.  I have plenty of issues with
what Ubuntu is doing.  I don't like the Unity desktop.  I can do
without the needless bloat.  For all the their faults, they seem to do
be doing what the multitudes want them to do, which is simplify the
user experience.  While this pisses off the hackers and experts, it's
great for the beginners.

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I do much the same thing.  However, OEM Windoze has a big advantage.
On name brand hardware (Dell, HP, Compaq, Sony, Acer(?), Gateway,
etc), you don't have to type in the serial number or do the online
activation ceremony, IF YOU USE THE OEM CD's TO DO THE INSTALL.  If
you try to install a retail version, it will ask for the serial
number.

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I like Dell.  Plenty of complaints, issues and problems, but easy to
work on, lots of parts available on eBay, and decent quality,
especially the mechanics on some units.  Not the best, but good enough
for me.

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That would work.  No clue on the cost and maintenance requirements.
We're still in the Wild West of computing.  Such things my come in the
future, but only after someone pays for the added security.

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Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?
On 8/3/2013 6:11 PM, Jeff Liebermann wrote:
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I think Red Hat would argue who is number one. Red Hat is a billion  
dollar corporation. Canonical was last stated at $30 million.
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Suse is way bigger:
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Centos is a rip off of Red Hat Enterprise. I don't think they are  
allowed to bill themselves as such, but they just duplicate the Red Hat  
distro.

I see ubuntu is on grub2, just like suse.
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Personally, I find opensuse to be the right mix of professionalism and  
ease of use. Red Hat is kind of hard to run on the desktop. Opensuse is  
pretty bonehead as far as the user is concerned. Run KDE and it feels  
like windows. Yast2 duplicates the windows control panel.

Suse has been working on embedded. It is tough to go head to head with  
Red Hat.





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<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/16/ubuntu_gaining_ground_in_web_servers/
  When the figures are limited to include only those websites that  
  use some flavor of Linux, Ubuntu now commands 21.4 per cent of  
  the market, with Red Hat, Fedora, and Suse trailing with 10.5  
  per cent, 3.7 per cent, and 2.4 per cent, respectively.

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Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?
On 8/3/2013 9:01 PM, Jeff Liebermann wrote:
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But web serving isn't the entire linux market. You can't pick one market  
to justify the claim. I still stand by the claim that Red Hat is number  
one overall. [If we limit the market to point of sale terminals, Suse  
wins.]

Canonical is barely profitable, while Red Hat is a billion dollar  
corporation.

If I were web serving, I'd go BSD. You want as few updates as possible  
since uptime is king in web serving.




Re: How do I get rid of Ubuntu Linux?

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That's the way I like to do it, with nothing open or running off the
drive to screw things up.  However, you can edit the boot record from
Windoze with the free version of:
<http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
Note that EasyBCD requires Vista, Win 7, or Win 8 and won't play on
XP.

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Guilty as charged.  I fight evil with more evil.

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You can order "recovery" DVD's from the OEM manufacturers for about
$15 plus shipping.  An image backup of the recovery partition is quite
helpful.

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Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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