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Need help with uninstalling Ubuntu

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March 11, 2010 4:30:32 AM

Sorry I need to be more specific. The laptop was previously installed with Vista 32 bits. When I got the ubuntu live cd or w/e it gave me the option to (permanently?) remove my old OS and make Ubuntu as the primary OS. However, I do not like Ubuntu and I am unable to switch back to Windows. When I put the Windows installation CD, it says that it can not find any hard drive. Guys please help. I'm new to Ubuntu and everything so I don't know what to do.

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March 11, 2010 6:01:33 AM

Assuming you have your data backed up and don't need anything that is currently on the hard drive, you can just run the Windows installer and format the existing partitions (or delete them and create new ones). Then it's just a matter of installing and done. It may be a little more complex if you want to keep data on the drive.
March 11, 2010 5:30:24 PM

randomizer said:
Assuming you have your data backed up and don't need anything that is currently on the hard drive, you can just run the Windows installer and format the existing partitions (or delete them and create new ones). Then it's just a matter of installing and done. It may be a little more complex if you want to keep data on the drive.


I did but it said it couldn't find my hard drive. I was previously using Vista but then I chose that option on Ubuntu that removes everything and make it the primary OS. Now I'm stuck.
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March 11, 2010 5:56:53 PM

What version of Windows, and is it a SATA hard drive? If it's XP then it won't have SATA drivers by default, so won't see the drive.
March 11, 2010 6:21:43 PM

Ijack said:
What version of Windows, and is it a SATA hard drive? If it's XP then it won't have SATA drivers by default, so won't see the drive.


Really? Cause at my work i just clean installed about 10 computers with xp on SATA drives without having to do anything special (although all the mobos were quiet old, pentium 4's and they only had 1 sata connector)
March 11, 2010 7:41:24 PM

The original versions of XP had no SATA drivers. Just read these forums - you'll find loads of questions about trying to install XP on SATA drives. Have a look at this link also.

Of course there are loads of different SATA controllers, and different BIOS options, which might explain your success. But if the OP is trying to install pre-SP3 XP on a SATA drive that seems the most likely explanation for the behaviour mentioned.
March 11, 2010 8:22:30 PM

Ah, i used a sp3 disk :) 

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March 16, 2010 4:32:22 PM

Wait. The laptop was previously installed with Vista 32bit but I picked the option to remove my previous OS and install Ubuntu as the primarily OS. Now I want to switch back to window but it says that it can not find any hard drive. Does anyone know how to fix this? Oh I am trying to install Windows Pro since I can't find my brother's vista cds.
March 16, 2010 5:54:41 PM

So is it XP, Vista, or Windows 7 that you are trying to install? Vista and Windows 7 you should have no problems; XP won't recognize your hard disk without additional drivers.
March 16, 2010 6:20:15 PM

Sounds like XP Pro, so as ijack has stated this will not work without the drivers disk.
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