I'm not really a big fan of GRUB (I had a bad experience), nor very knowledgeable about Linux, so how do I remove GRUB, and replace it with Windows NT Bootloader, yet keep the same list/number/entries of OS, but swap bootloader? I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 after Windows.


You can use EasyBCD as shown in: Is it possible to boot Ubuntu using the Windows bootloader? But installing GRUB to a partition instead of the MBR is strongly discouraged as GRUB will tell you.

If you're using 2 or more hard drives and can set up the boot device order in the BIOS and/or choose the boot device at boot via F8 oer F12, I recommend installing every OS on a separate hard drive and the corresponding bootloader only to the corresponding MBR.

As I can imagine from your answer, it's not only GRUBs fault. Please use Linux tools like parted or GParted for partition management. Same thing applies to other tasks as well. I'm not saying it is bad software, but most Windows-centric solutions in a mixed Windows-Linux environment are not aware of other OS, which in return causes more problems. On the other side when you install via Live CD, you mostly have the tools at hand, that you need to fix the issues if something goes wrong.

Replacing a Ubuntu GRUB installation by a Debian GRUB installation, after resizing a Windows partition with a third party tool, trying various other workarounds, fixing the MBR with the Windows Rescue tools, doing other stuff that breaks Windows and putting the blame on "GRUB" can just be described as FUD and is the wrong way to go.

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  • Well I have used the Linux partitioning tools to my success, and I'm not trying to put GRUB down, and I realize that now about the third party software, and by all means its great, but it's just a bootloader that GRUB just isnt my favorite. And thanks for the recommendation, but easybcd doesn't run correctly on XP. – HotrodJP99 Mar 26 '12 at 0:50

You probably shouldn't. At this point, I will indemnify myself by saying that you use the following information at your own risk and I have not tested it. Also, it may be out of date and not work with Grub 2.

I imagine you could do it with a combination of http://bkpavan.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/how-to-boot-linux-using-windows-bootloader-xp/ and http://kb.acronis.com/content/1507 - but we are talking super-advanced stuff. You run the risk of making your machine unbootable or worse.

The real question is: What did Grub do that you didn't want it to? With issues like this, the best mantra is if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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  • Ok, well I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04 Alfa 2 a while back. I loved it! But the issue it gave me was that i tried to re-size a partition (in XP) with EASUS partition master. I rebooted and GRUB went into rescue mode. I googled hours on end trying to find a fix. I had a Debain squeeze instalation disk and installed it in the atempt to over-write the "broke" GRUB. It worked, but I lost both the Ubuntu OS, but recovered Windows. So a while after that I had some issues with Windows and wanted to restore, but GRUB got in the way. I ended up finding a Windows setup disk. – HotrodJP99 Mar 25 '12 at 21:28
  • I tried "fixboot, fixmbr, and fixboot" in the recovery console. It removed GRUB, but screwed up my partition tables. So I had to restore using the Windows disk. That's why I dislike GRUB. – HotrodJP99 Mar 25 '12 at 21:28

Since you claim to not be knowledgable of linux, and want something simple

The simplest and safest way get the functionality you are after is to install Ubuntu with WUBI


This will give you a boot option in your windows boot loader to boot into linux. ubuntu will be installed as an application in windows. To remove the entry from your windows boot loader just uninstall the program in add / remove programs

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