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Need serious help removing Linux Mint from my laptop

#1SHAOLINSLUMLORDPosted 8/28/2013 10:20:25 AM
I put Linux on my laptop because I have never tried it before, and wanted to see what it was like. Now, I would like to switch back to Windows 7, because a few programs I use aren't friendly with Linux.

Problem is I can't figure out how to wipe my laptops drive, and I have exhausted all Google searches.

Thanks for your time
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#2Ch3wyPosted 8/28/2013 10:23:12 AM
Make sure you don't wipe the bootloader like I did.

Did you install it on a separate partition than windows or did you get rid of WIndows completely when you installed it?
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#3SHAOLINSLUMLORD(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2013 10:25:48 AM
Removed windows completely, and I don't know what a bootloader is
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#4Ch3wyPosted 8/28/2013 10:29:34 AM
OK well you should be able to just boot up with a windows install disk then and install Windows over it through that.
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#5SlaynPosted 8/28/2013 10:46:24 AM
Ch3wy posted...
OK well you should be able to just boot up with a windows install disk then and install Windows over it through that.

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#6New LinkPosted 8/28/2013 1:43:12 PM(edited)
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

^^ that will wipe out everything.



Honestly though if you're new to the linux-world you should really start with dual-booting both operating systems until you figure out how to get everything done on linux.
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#7SHAOLINSLUMLORD(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2013 4:45:52 PM
Yeah I realize now that I am way over my head. Do I just type this in the terminal?
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#8New LinkPosted 8/28/2013 7:37:46 PM
SHAOLINSLUMLORD posted...
Yeah I realize now that I am way over my head. Do I just type this in the terminal?


It will wipe out your whole disk if you do.. MBR, every operating system, etc. Is windows still installed?
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#9LaMichael_JamesPosted 8/28/2013 10:25:38 PM
i just did this a while back, but i did it from the windows side since i wanted to revert the bootloader from grub back to windows

if you're not dualbooting, use gparted on usb/dvd to wipe linux off and then install windows again. you can do the partitioning when installing win7 but i'm used to using gparted for hdd partitioning
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#10Black_King945Posted 8/28/2013 11:08:57 PM
Do you have windows recovery media for your particular model of computer? Most likely when you installed linux you formatted the included recovery partition which would allow you to reinstall windows without an OS disc.


What make and model PC do you have?
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