removing dual boot info needed

  Newuser2 14:54 30 May 2008
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Is it possible to remove the dual boot without running the recovery via the XP cd.
I have two HDS one with XP runs fine, the other with PCLinux which for some reason will not boot up.
I would idealy like to reformat the second HD and install either ubuntu of kubuntu.

  bobbybowls 15:29 30 May 2008

try putting the ubuntu disk in and installing to that drive it should over write the previous install.

  Newuser2 21:03 30 May 2008

I think something has gone wrong with the dual boot thats why I want to get ride of it etc.
Then I can start from scratch.

  rossgolf 22:15 30 May 2008

if u use ur xp cd. you can load the recovery console and when you get to the command line try typing. fixmbr
that should work. not tested it personally tho

  PO79 12:20 31 May 2008

click here for references to DOS submit linux.

  PO79 13:10 31 May 2008

Down load and install this

click here

Which allows for easy removal of an OS in dual boot configurations, without manually editing the boot.ini file, it may also help you to recover your dual boot system.

  Newuser2 13:20 31 May 2008

Thanks P079 I'll have a read up of the last link.
Looks good but I have XP so that may be an issue.
I'll post back with results.

  Newuser2 20:21 31 May 2008

As far as I can see click here is only for Vista.

  Ditch999 20:56 31 May 2008

If its just the boot you want to return to normal follow this MS article click here and put in the default boot settings or follow the instructions to "Remove an Operating System"

Your boot file will look something like this depending on it being XP Pro

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

  Newuser2 21:27 31 May 2008

Thanks Ditch999
I have XP Home.
I'll investigate your link and post back.

  Newuser2 20:30 02 Jun 2008

No joy there so far patch999.
I had the same prob ages ago when I tried another disto of Linux and getting rid of the duel boot was as I recall a real pain, and I can't remember how I did it.
I can reformat the second HD via Control Panel. Admin Tools. Computer management. Storage. Disc Management.
But that won't get rid of the dual boot.
I'm loathed to use XP recovery as its screwed up before.

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