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Windows 7: Need help deleting linux and installing windows.

30 Mar 2013   #1
Element7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Need help deleting linux and installing windows.

I messed up a little yesterday and now only have Linux Mint Mate 14 installed on my laptop. I want to completely wipe the harddrive and install windows again. I have all my data backed up on an external hard drive.

What I've tried so far is booting a live linux dvd and using GParted to delete all the partitions there are. Now there is only a Unallocated partition.

The problem is that when I try to boot from my windows xp or windows 7 disk, it gives me the following error.

error : no such partition.
grub rescue>



What do I do now?


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30 Mar 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

All you need is the Windows 7 disk. During installation, opt to format the entire disk as part of the installation.

Code:
error : no such partition.
grub rescue>
This ^ error message means that you are definitely not booting from the installation disk, but still booting from the messed-up Linux installation.

Do this:

1. In your BIOS, double-check that the DVD drive is 1st in the boot priority. Save that setting using F10 in the BIOS.
2. Insert the installation disk in the drive, then reboot the PC.
3. Windows will load from the disk - proceed with installation as normal.

A useful guide:

Clean Install Windows 7

Take note of Step #7.

Regards,
Golden
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30 Mar 2013   #3
Element7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I have done exactly that but still get the error. I think it is a problem with the windows disks.
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30 Mar 2013   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thats possible - download a new ISO here:

http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technol...download-links

And write it to a 4GB USB flashdrive using this MS tool:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?...usbdvd_dwnTool

Boot from the USB, and install from that.
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30 Mar 2013   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN command, or CLEAN ALL command, in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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30 Mar 2013   #6
Element7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN command, or CLEAN ALL command, in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
I can't do that. It goes straight to the error message. I don't get a screen that says "press any key to boot from cd/dvd".
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30 Mar 2013   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Boot the Windows 7 DVD from the One Time Boot Menu.

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30 Mar 2013   #8
Element7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Ok I downloaded a win 7 recovery disk iso and did the diskpart thing. It said it cleaned the disk successfully.

Now when I try to boot from the win dvd it gives me this error.

I tried the win 7 disk in another laptop and there it also doesn't boot from it.

I'll download a new win 7 iso and see if it works then.
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30 Mar 2013   #9
Element7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Ok I downloaded a win 7 recovery disk iso and did the diskpart thing. It said it cleaned the disk successfully.

Now when I try to boot from the win dvd it gives me this error.

I tried the win 7 disk in another laptop and there it also doesn't boot from it.

I'll download a new win 7 iso and see if it works then.


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30 Mar 2013   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Reset BIOS boot order to Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller to last boot.
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