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Windows 7: Uninstall Linux and reinstall Windows 7

23 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
Uninstall Linux and reinstall Windows 7


I have an old netbook which had windows installed originally. I thought that I would like to experiment with Linux Ubuntu. I don't like how do I change the Linux Bootloader back to windows so I can reinstall windows 7. I have the Windows 7 install disk (not an upgrade disk). I also have the Ubuntu Disk. As always thank you for your time and patience.

I searched several YouTube sites but was unable to come up with the definitive cure.

Cheers and beers,


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23 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Hi imabukucho,
You need to find out where to access the bios on your netbook, you can change the boot order from there and change it to CD-ROM, from there you can install windows by inserting the w7 disc and following the on screen prompts and entering your product code etc...
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24 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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24 Sep 2014   #4
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

how do I change the Linux Bootloader back to windows so I can reinstall windows 7
Basically ... you don't! The Windows bootloader needs to be installed in a Windows-compatible filesystem, and since you're running Linux, the filesystem in use is incompatible.

When you install Win7, it will overwrite the small amount of GRUB code in the MBR with Windows code so that Windows will then boot.

However, it's possible, if the entire drive is formatted for Linux filesystems, that the Windows installer will not let you install. IF that is the case, then boot with the Linux media, run GParted, and use it to remove all the Linux filesystem partitions. When you then reboot with the Win7 installer DVD, it should let you install to the now blank hard drive.
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24 Sep 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Find command prompt on your Windows 7 installation disk and run these commands:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your disk in List disk)
Create partition primary
Format fs=ntfs quick

Then install windows 7 into that partition. And don't worry about the bootloader. It will be there.
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25 Sep 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

Thank you all for your input/recommendations. I solved my problem by changing the MBR and deleting GRUB...then did a clean install of Win7, this erased the previous OS (Linux). Thanks again!!
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