Dear Forum Users,
I'm having a very mysterious problem plaguing my PC. I bought my PC not too long ago, it was brand new, and the hard drive which came with it was new as well (but I did a full NTFS format anyway before installing Windows 7).
At some point when I was in a situation where I needed to load the Windows boot menu in order to enter Safe Mode, when I clicked F8 I was extremely surprised to see that some kind of a "GRUB Loader Menu" with a red background was loaded instead.
I have since done a search on the internet and found out that the GRUB Loader menu is related to Linux installations and having dual boot systems with both linux/windows installed.
The thing I don't understand is where the heck did this come from since I never installed Linux on my new PC ever?!
The only thing I can think of is that after receiving my new PC I also hooked up into it my WD Caviar Green 1TB hard drive from my previous computer, which DID have an Ubuntu Linux installation on it at one time, but I have since removed it and also removed the Linux partition which was on that drive way before hooking it up to the new computer.
I mean it makes absolutely no logical sense to me that the "GRUB Loader Menu" would somehow "crawl out" of the no longer existing Linux installation/Partition which was previously on that drive and "install" itself instead of the Windows boot menu, however I cannot even remotely imagine anywhere else from where this could come from.
Looking at my HD's via "Partition Wizard" confirms that there are no Linux partitions/installations on ANY of my hard drives. They're all single partition drives formatted in NTFS and the amount of overall space matches their capacity so there are no possible "hidden partitions" on them which for some reason are undetectable but are eating up space.
But, most importantly I want to figure out how to get rid of this stupid GRUB Menu??
I tried loading windows recovery tools from the Windows 7 install disk and via the command prompt I typed in:
But that did not make it go away. I know that in the past when dealing with Windows XP, running the "fixmbr" command would always get rid of any linux loaders, but such is not the case here.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? I'm at a complete loss both as to how this thing got on my computer and most importantly on how to make it go away!
Thank you very much!!