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Windows 7: Removing Linux and Grub/Installing Windows 7 on Netbook

18 Aug 2010   #1
REEDandRAYact

Windows XP
 
 
Removing Linux and Grub/Installing Windows 7 on Netbook

I have a Samsung N120 Netbook that came with Windows XP. I tried to run Linux Mint as a 2nd operating system, but I kept getting errors and I became frustrated with it. Ever since then I have only used XP, but every time the computer starts up it goes into Grub and I have to choose to enter XP. Basically what I am looking to do is remove all traces of Mint and Grub and I suppose XP for that matter and upgrade to Windows 7. What is the best way to do that considering I have a netbook which does not have a CD/DVD drive? Sorry if this has been posted already and thank you in advance.


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18 Aug 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

You can boot off a usb and repartition/merge on your hd. I don't know what resources you have. You can do a remote install over a network.

Install Windows 7 from a USB Memory Stick | Remote Administration For Windows
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18 Aug 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello REEDandRAYact, welcome to Seven Forums!





Have a look at the 2 tutorials at the links below.


USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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25 Aug 2010   #4
REEDandRAYact

Windows XP
 
 
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Thank you so much for the quick replies. I didn't have a chance to work on this since I posted, but now I am getting started. I purchased a 4GB USB flash drive to put the files on and I purchased Windows 7 from the Microsoft site with the student discount. I was given an ISO.exe file and a .exe file from which I was told I could download one or the other or both. I downloaded both.

Now I am working on backing up my computer and I am trying to create the bootable USB. I downloaded the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, but when I try to browse for the needed ISO file nothing shows up. I'm thinking that is because the file I was given is ISO.exe, but I'm not sure and since I know little about this I don't want to do anything without double checking. Do I need to change that file and, if so, how do I go about doing that?
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25 Aug 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

RandR

I think we have a tutorial on this but putting an iso on a ufd is very simple.

Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files


If this doesn't work for you, let me know and I'll give you my procedure.
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26 Aug 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.





You will have better success using ImgBurn to burn the ISO once created, burn at 4x speed and select the verify box, at the link below.


ImgBurn - ISO Burning Software
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26 Aug 2010   #7
REEDandRAYact

Windows XP
 
 

So my netbook backup is finishing up and I have the Windows 7 USB ready to go. I do have a question though. This guide
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
seems to contain exactly what I am trying to do since I would like to remove all traces of my failed Linux experiment and start new with Windows 7. However, that guide seems to only explain how to go about this if you have a full installer DVD or a system repair CD, neither of which I have (my netbook doesn't even have a CD/DVD drive). Can I do the exact same thing as the full installer DVD with the USB I have created? Thank you all so much I'd be nowhere without these replies.
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26 Aug 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Howdy.





Yes you can, use Method One after you boot the USB stick.
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26 Aug 2010   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You definintely need to wipe the HD with at least one set of zeroes to overwrite GRUB corruption.

After booting the USB stick installer, press Shift F10 at first screen to open a Command Line to run the DISKPART commands given in tutorial. Or select Repair My Computer on the second screen to access Command Line on Recovery Tools list.
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27 Aug 2010   #10
REEDandRAYact

Windows XP
 
 

I'm up and running with Windows 7. Thank you all. These last questions may be really stupid, but I just wanted to see if anyone has any ideas.

When I first got Windows 7 going one of the first things I did was to go to the Samsung site for my netbook and download the Synaptics (touchpad) driver. It got me going with two finger scrolling and what not, but then I was cleaning off my desktop and I think I may have accidentally deleted it. The next time I started up my computer it asked me if I wanted to run a Synaptics .exe file and this now happens each time I start up my computer even though I re-downloaded the driver. Also two finger scrolling does not work until I run this .exe file each time. Is there any way to stop from having to run that each time I start up?

Also my volume used and brightness used to be controlled by fn+arrow keys. This no longer seems to work. Is there a simple way to fix that?

Thanks again everyone.
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