potential newbie with questions (please be gentle)

Jordon Bedwell jordon at envygeeks.com
Tue Jul 13 23:12:22 UTC 2010

On 7/13/2010 6:08 PM, Jerry Bolt wrote:
> Hello,
> I am interested in learning more about the Linux/Ubuntu operating system.  I
> like what I have read and studied up to this point but before I take the
> plunge I have a couple questions.
> 1. I have read you can install a Linux OS and still keep the existing
> Windows OS, in my case I have Windows XP.  Please explain how this is done?
>  I think I understand but want to be sure.

The installer for Ubuntu will take care of this for you, pretty easy to
see from the installer how to do it.  It's not like it was a few years
ago when you had to fight to keep Linux and Windows side by side.  You
can even use the Windows bootloader to boot to Grub for Ubuntu leaving
Windows intact as is pretty much, though this requires a bit more work
than just using Grub.

> 2.  If, for some reason, a Linux OS is not to my liking can and how do I
> uninstall it?
> Thanks,
> JB

Login to Windows, destroy the partition, then use your Windows disk to
repair the MBR (if you chose to use Grub).  You can see "Repair Windows"
at the bottom of the start screen for Windows.  You should be able to
use Windows 7 or Windows Vista disks to make this far easier even if you
run Windows XP.


Jordon Bedwell

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