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How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on?

I have absolutely no experience with Linux, and I desperately need to get my laptop back up and running again with Windows. How do I remove Ubuntu?
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9answers
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How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?)

I installed Windows 7, which ate Ubuntu's boot file. When starting up the computer, it now goes straight to Windows, without giving me the option of booting Ubuntu. How can I get Ubuntu back?
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8answers
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How can I install Ubuntu without removing Windows?

I need my pre-installed version of Windows 7 (or any other version of Windows), how could I install Ubuntu without erasing it?
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15answers
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How can I install Windows after I've installed Ubuntu?

I have Ubuntu on my laptop. Now I want install Windows 7 in a dual-boot. How can I do this? I can't lose my Ubuntu files, and I'm afraid that I might break GRUB.
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10answers
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Unable to mount Windows (NTFS) filesystem due to hibernation

Whenever I boot Ubuntu, I get a message that it cannot mount my windows partition, and I can choose to either wait, skip or manually mount. When I try to enter my Windows partition through Nautilus I ...
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18answers
79k views

How can I install Windows software or games?

Can .exe and .msi files (Windows software) be installed in Ubuntu?
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10answers
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How to convert Wubi install into regular install?

I have installed Ubuntu on my D: partition using Wubi. Is there any way in which I can remove my Windows from C: drive and move my existing Ubuntu installation to C: drive and make it a regular ...
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1answer
20k views

How do I set up a dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu?

I currently have Windows 7 on my computer and I want to install Ubuntu alongside Windows safely. Could someone please provide a good tutorial? Thanks!
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23answers
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Do I need to have 'antivirus software' installed?

I thought that there was no need to scan for viruses either in Ubuntu or any Linux distros until I found virus scanner packages 'clamtk' and 'klamav' in Ubuntu software center yesterday. This leads ...
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5answers
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How can I create a Windows bootable USB stick with Ubuntu?

I'd like to create a Windows 8 bootable USB stick, but I don't have a Windows machine with me to do so. So how do I do it with Ubuntu/Linux?
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5answers
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Why can't I install Ubuntu or Wubi on a Windows Dynamic Disk?

I've been trying to install 12.04 for a while now, I'm running on Windows 7 and I already made the partition (it's dynamic). I've tried booting from a disc and also the Windows installer. I haven't ...
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10answers
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How to read ext4 partitions in Windows? [closed]

I have two questions on ext4: Is there currently a way to mount an ext4 partition in Windows (XP/Vista/7) to get basic read support? If not, are there any plans to support this someday?
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3answers
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Can I install Ubuntu inside Windows?

Ubuntu 12.04 won't come with the Windows Installer (Wubi) pre-added. But is there any way to install 12.04 using Wubi?
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4answers
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How do I remove Windows but keep Ubuntu?

I want to keep Ubuntu but remove Windows.
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4answers
56k views

How do you repair an “input/output error” in an NTFS partition?

I replaced a buggy Windows Vista installation with Ubuntu. All works fine except that the main HD where I had all my files are now inaccessible. Here is the error message I get: Error mounting: ...
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1answer
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Windows doesn't boot after updating to 13.10

Windows 7 still appears as an option in grub but when i choose it, it does nothing and goes back to the grub selection screen. I have tried boot-repair but it's still the same issue. Here's the log ...
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0answers
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How can I run Windows applications in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install windows Software in Ubuntu? How do I run Windows' applications in Ubuntu ?
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3answers
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What to do with an Ubuntu disk image that appears as a WinRAR file?

I've never used Ubuntu before. Just heard from some friends. "IT'S GREAT!!!", they used to say. So i decided to try it. I downloaded WUBI, and ran it but 'twas takin' too much time. So I decided to ...
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6answers
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How to flash a BIOS when only a Windows binary is provided?

I want to update the BIOS on Toshiba QOSMIO-G30. The exe file that i downloaded from the manufacture web site suppose to be OS independent! Yet using Wine Loader could not execute the file. Is there ...
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1answer
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Can't boot XP after Ubuntu Installation, how to fix?

I installed Ubuntu and after the installation, i can't boot to XP. When i choose XP from the Grub menu, I got black screen for like 30 sec, and then it returns to the Grub menu. Thanks!
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1answer
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Correct way of mounting a Windows share

I mounted a Windows share to my Ubuntu 11.10 system via adding the following line to the /etc/fstab: //serveraddr/sharedfolder /mnt/foldername/ smbfs credentials=/home/myname/.smbpasswd 0 0 using ...
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1answer
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How can re-use Ubuntu which was installed via Wubi on Windows 7?

For some reason I can't install Ubuntu from CD or USB, so that I had to installed Ubuntu via Wubi. But I install Ubuntu into partition 'D' and partition of Win 7 is 'C'. If I re-install win 7, how can ...
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0answers
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Does Ubuntu rely on Windows if I install it using the Windows installer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to convert Wubi install into regular install? If I install Ubuntu to a new partition using the Windows installer (Wubi), will I be able to uninstall Windows, and ...
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3answers
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Why does Wubi installation fail with “Error: 'None Type' object has no attribute 'get_info'”?

I'm trying to install Wubi from Windows, and it fails half-way with this error: "None Type" object has no attribute 'get_info' c:\user\hp\Appdata\local\temp\wubi-12.04rev266 How can I complete ...
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3answers
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Gaming performance difference between Windows and Ubuntu

What are the pros/cons switching from Windows 7/8 to Ubuntu? I mainly develop software and play games. I obviously don't play games on my laptop that's why I give Ubuntu a try. But the whole OS ...
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4answers
21k views

How to create a Windows installation USB in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I have the need to create a Live USB to install Windows but from Ubuntu, I've tried to emulate the tools that make the same function from windows but I just do not work. I would be very helpful to ...
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1answer
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Windows Ubuntu dual boot - Share files between OS

Well I have a netbook, so I can't play games on windows either, no problem. But I'm getting a new desktop PC with better hadware and it will be able to run the most popular games and I want to have ...
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5answers
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How to partition a disk for installing Ubuntu?

Currently I'm running Vista on my laptop but it's getting slower each day, so I decide to install an Ubuntu on my laptop, while for some reason I still need to keep the Vista. Right now I have two ...
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0answers
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How to uninstall Ubuntu from a dual boot system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on? I have dual boot laptop having two os windows 7 and Ubuntu. I want to remove ubuntu and merge space with windows.
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3answers
30k views

Can Ubuntu run on a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT?

My family might be buying a Windows Surface tablet with Windows RT (Nvidia)? I was wondering if I can run Ubuntu or WUBI on it for my homework?
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2answers
5k views

How do I join a Windows Active Directory?

We have a "mix-mode" Lab. and we want to migrate to Ubuntu, from Windows. In this process, how do we add Ubuntu workstations to a Windows Domain / Active Directory ('AD') setup?
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3answers
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How to turn on Network Discovery and Share between computers with Samba

I have an Ubuntu server. Accessing the server from Windows clients works fine. But the server is not listed among the available PCs on Windows client's Network overview. For windows machines it ...
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1answer
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Here's my smb.conf file. Whats wrong with it?

I have reduced this to almost 0 security. I've tried security = user. I can't for the life of me see on my Windows machine these shared drives. I've also had the netbios name equal my workgroup ...
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2answers
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Installing Ubuntu 13.10 alongside Windows 8.1 [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron 5520 (8GB Ram, 1TB HDD) and I have installed Windows 8.1 x64 on it. I want to install Ubuntu and dual boot Windows 8.1 with Ubuntu but I can't (my problem isn't the dual booting ...
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3answers
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Can't boot Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu yesterday alongside Windows 7 and whenever I start my computer I don't have the option to boot Windows. When the computer starts it goes straight to Ubuntu without giving me an OS ...
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2answers
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One click shutdown Ubuntu and load into alternative bootup

I have a dual boot system with Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7. My GRUB bootloader defaults to Ubuntu. I mainly use Ubuntu, but I occasionally need to bootup Windows to do a few things. If I need to do ...
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4answers
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Launch an application in Windows from the Ubuntu desktop

I'd like a write a shell script in Ubuntu that does the following: Boot up a Windows 7 guest OS in Virtualbox, if it isn't running already. Run a shell script in Windows, where the shell script is ...
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6answers
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Why can't non-admin users install software?

This is probably something I don't understand since I am used to Windows and am only starting out with Ubuntu. I know that software in linux comes in packages what I don't understand is why can't ...
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5answers
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What if I run a virus/trojan Windows EXE on Ubuntu with Wine?

I've got a file said to contain information I was looking for. Unfortunately it is an executable instead of DOC (as it was meant to be) and the site I've download it from looks suspicious for me. If I ...
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3answers
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How to setup a LAN between Ubuntu and Windows

I wanna transfer some files from this PC with Ubuntu to a PC with Windows 7 I don't care how to do it (ftp, samba or whatever) I wanna know the steps, I searched a lot but I can't find anything that ...
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4answers
48k views

How do I use Ubuntu Server as file server?

In our company we would like to install Ubuntu server for file sharing, is it possible to use Ubuntu as file server for windows based client Operating systems. what is the procedure to make Ubuntu ...
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5answers
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No Grub after installing Ubuntu beside Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?) I am trying to dual boot Ubuntu 10.10 alongside Windows 7, after install I receive no Grub menu ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I migrate currently installed Ubuntu to a Virtual Machine?

I'm finding that my graphics drivers (ATI Radeon HD 4200) run MUCH better in a native windows system, I can't even get the closed-source drivers working in Ubuntu, thus leading me to want to run ...
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1answer
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Can Wubi use the ISO I already have?

The Windows Installer for Ubuntu desktop instructions say that an ISO image for Ubuntu is downloaded during the installation process. But what if I already have an ISO image for Ubuntu. Can I make ...
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1answer
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How do I dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu?

I already have Ubuntu installed on the machine and a spare NTFS partition.
8
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3answers
20k views

“invalid EFI file path” while booting Windows [closed]

I just got my new working notebook with Windows 8 pre-installed. After installing Ubuntu 12.10 the grub menu says that there is an "invalid EFI file path" and it won't boot Windows. Ubuntu works ...
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6answers
7k views

Accessing IE only sites

Still there are companies who believe Windows is the only OS and IE is the only browser around. This prompts them to make sites which can be accessed only in IE. Though I have dual-boot system I boot ...
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4answers
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How do I uninstall Ubuntu One on Windows 7?

Just tried Ubuntu One ver.2 on Windows 7 and got into trouble with syncing. The installer did not make any entry in the Control Panel Install/Remove programs. How do I uninstall/remove the ...
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0answers
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Why does Ubuntu fail to run .exe files? / How do I run .exe? [duplicate]

So, I just built my PC today, and am only using Ubuntu until I get Windows installed (sorry, guys!) But when I go to click on any .exe file, nothing happens. It just sits there. No error message, ...
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2answers
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What is this hidden Unity window-dragging feature I discovered on accident, and how do I reproduce it?

I was just idly mousing over folders in Nautilus on my laptop, when all of a sudden these window-dragging icons appeared and I was moving my window across the screen. Look at the screenshot to see ...