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the version installed is ubuntu 8.10 i386 which I want to deinstall completely. So far I could not find a function in this version by which I could do that. Thanks a lot for a helpful advice.

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Deinstall and do what? Do you want instructions on how to format your Hard-drive? – fossfreedom Feb 17 '12 at 9:24
Only deinstall and no further action. Such instructions very welcome. Thanks – B. Bufler Feb 17 '12 at 9:38
even with MS Windows you cant "deinstall" - you must want to do something! – fossfreedom Feb 17 '12 at 9:44
@B.Bufler Do you have Windows installed alongside Ubuntu? If yes, then this Google search query is a good starting point. If you want to just wipe the drive, leaving it empty and with no OS at all, use an Ubuntu Live CD or something like DBAN. Loads of info if you search for either of those, too. – Tom Brossman Feb 17 '12 at 12:43

The only operating system I know that has an uninstall feature, is Ubuntu when installed in a virtual filesystem inside Windows. If that is the case, then you can uninstall it from Windows' add/remove pane in the control panel.

There's normally no reason to uninstall an operating system. You can't use your computer without an operating system anyway, and all operating system installers are able to replace the one currently installed. If you want to delete everything on the harddisk, then you can simply format it. You can do that from an Ubuntu live CD/USB stick for instance.

If you want to replace 8.10 with a modern version of Ubuntu – and you really should – then it will be able to keep your data while replacing the operating system. It's quite easy.

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thank you very much, I tried now to use WUBI uninstaller and it seems it worked successfully. In fact, Ubuntu was installed inside Windows. – B. Bufler Feb 17 '12 at 16:42

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