Uninstalling Ubuntu

Phil Sexton philsexton at skybest.com
Fri Apr 18 07:12:50 BST 2008


Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-04-17 at 21:58 -0700, Jeffrey Tooker wrote:
>> The whole procedure for uninstalling Ubuntu is quite involved and not
>> very public.  Is there a reason for this?  It seems to be a bit un
>> user friendly for an OS which is touted for being user friendly. 
> 
> Because the notion of "uninstalling an operating system" is not really
> correct. It is only a matter of removing the Ubuntu boot loader (grub)
> from the Master Boot Record, and instead put the boot manager of the
> other OS there. 
> 
> Then you still have a hard disk with one or more partitions that
> contain the OS that you want to remove. If you want to reuse this disk,
> you simply repartition and format it in the OS that you do want to keep
> (or install another OS over it).
> 
> The whole operation has little to do with Ubuntu, but more with the
> other OS. (Compare how Windows has no "uninstall Windows" instructions
> either; not so much out of spite, but because the concept, again, makes
> little sense and the operation rather is about how to install another
> OS).
> 
> Nevertheless, "uninstall Ubuntu" gives me 20,000 Google hits (even with
> the quotes), same for "remove ubuntu". I won't reiterate what you can
> read there.

Microsoft knows how to do it!
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314458

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