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I installed Linux but no longer want it installed. So I removed the partitions it created, but the GRUB bootloader still appears at startup.

Most of the instructions I've read involve my Windows 7 boot disc, but I moved recently and am not sure where it is. Is there a way to fix this from within Windows 7?

asked May 21 '11 at 10:23

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closed May 21 '11 at 19:44

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Duodave May 21 '11 at 19:44

This is what you can do if you have the disc: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-safely-uninstall-ubuntu-in-windows-dual-boot-environment/

However, if you don't have the Windows CD the author of the site above suggests using HBCD I however have never been able to find a link to download this program that was from the source. And there are instances of people getting viruses from other downloads.

EDIT you can download the Windows 7 recover disc http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/ (If you don't want the torrent there are direct downloads list a bit lower on the page). This basically is part of the Windows 7 install disc but it only has the recover tools. I used this companies Windows Vista one a while ago when I couldn't find my Vista disc.

answered May 21 '11 at 10:48

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edited May 21 '11 at 10:55

Thank you. I downloaded HBCD and it had a utility on it called WizMBR or MBRWiz or something like that, and it was able to fix the issue.

(May 21 '11 at 19:45) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Purly theoretical:

You could use Clonezilla to save an image of the Windows partition to an external Hard Drive After that, re-install Windows, that will get rid of previous boot loaders. Them use Clonezilla to copy the image back. Hopefully the copy back process doesn't touch the present boot loader and it should boot fine.

If it doesn't work, your files are still safe on the external drive, just copy them over using Windows. You'll have to start from scratch to get your settings and programs back to what they used to be. A great place to download and install a lot of programs at one is Ninite.com.

Another way to secure your files if you dont have an external drive is to embrace the cloud. Put all your documents in Google Docs, your music in Amazon Cloud Drive, your videos on YouTube (make sure it is set to private), put all your pictures in Picasa (again private), put anything else in Dropbox. They are all free for basic and cheap for premium. And they all let you re- download when needed.

answered May 21 '11 at 10:49

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Steve Martinez

Boot from the Windows install disk. Switch to repair your computer, open up the console, and type BOOTREC /fixmbr. That will solve your problem.

answered May 21 '11 at 11:14

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"I moved recently and am not sure where it is."

He doesn't have it.

(May 21 '11 at 11:18) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

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