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have a small laptop that I haven't used in a while. Its operating system is Kubuntu 11.10, which I also have on a separate PC. I want to use the laptop for running some Windows XP applications that won't run on Linux (even with "Wine") and want to uninstall Kubuntu. I don't want the two systems on the same machine.

I have tried using the Windows XP Pro (SP3) installation disc I bought for the purpose, booting up from a CD drive but, at the end of the file-loading procedure, I get the blue screen of death. I tried the same using the Windows XP Pro must be(SP2) installation disc that came with my desktop PC and get the same result. I think the problem is that it doesn't like the presence of Kubuntu. Or, I suppose, there could be a virus present that my firewall didn't eliminate.

Could somebody please provide the correct commands which I can enter in a terminal window to completely uninstall Kubuntu and all its packages (or tell me how to re-format the hard drive). So that I can re-try installing Windows without Kubuntu lurking in the background?

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closed as off topic by mikewhatever, theDefector, Chris Wilson, Eliah Kagan, hexafraction Dec 23 '12 at 19:41

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I don't think this question, or your problem, can really be solved on this site. You're best bet is to head over to SuperUser where you much more likely to get the help you need superuser.com –  Chris Wilson Dec 23 '12 at 16:45
A blue screen of death means that the equivalent of a Linux kernel panic has happened in Windows. This has nothing to do with the Linux kernel or Ubuntu, so there's unlikely to be an Ubuntu solution. Since this is a Windows problem, as Chris Wilson has said, you should post about this somewhere Windows is supported. I'm not sure "completely removing" Kubuntu would solve the problem, but we do have a pre-existing question for that. See How can I securely erase a hard drive?. –  Eliah Kagan Dec 23 '12 at 19:04

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At the Welcome to Setup page, press Enter. Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement. You'll be asked if you want to repair your existing Windows XP installation. Press ESC to bypass the repair and install a fresh copy.

When asked of you want to reformat your harddrive? Answer yes. This will remove the current OS and completely install a fresh version of Windows.

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  1. The kubuntu plymouth package needs to be removed.

    Open synaptic package manager and "completely remove" plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo and plymouth-theme-kubuntu-text.

  2. You can try this command in your terminal and then proceed with the windows installation:

    sudo apt-get --purge remove kubuntu- kubuntu-debug-installer kubuntu-netbook-default-settings kubuntu-default-settings kubuntu-notification-helper kubuntu-firefox-installer kubuntu-web-shortcuts
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I think it's not about removing KDE, but about removing Ubuntu completely. –  gertvdijk Dec 23 '12 at 15:01

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