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How to I remove windows but keep Ubuntu?

I have installed Ubuntu onto my laptop and I am happy! Great stuff. How do I do away with (uninstall) Windows XP altogether please? Also.....can Ubuntu be installed onto my ecpc that is now redundant because of constant updates?! Do I just reformat the drive and connect a CD player with the Ubuntu iso on disk?

  • Welcome Nick, Yes is the answer to your second question, put the cd, follow the instructions and select "Use Full disk" – stephenmyall Aug 1 '12 at 15:46

In order to remove window you need to use disk utility or Gparted to format the partition that windows is on.
Once that has been done open a Terminal (using Ctrl+Alt+T) then use the following command

sudo update-grub  

This will update grub and remove the windows entry.

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Install GParted and format the partition where windows is on.

sudo apt-get install gparted

Then you need to edit GRUB to remove the Boot in to windows option.

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  • -1 The OP is new to Ubuntu, you may want to edit your response and explain how to do the activities suggested – stephenmyall Aug 1 '12 at 15:52
  • You don't need GParted to do that. Ubuntu comes with Disk Utility which can do the same. – Cumulus007 Aug 1 '12 at 16:48
  • also you can't add the freed space to your ubuntu partition with this method since it always has to be mounted. It would be better to use gparted from a live cd delete the windows partition and add the free space to the ubuntu partition – Daniel W. Aug 1 '12 at 16:52
  • @Daniel Indeed, and even if you didn't want to add free space, it's dangerous to edit a physical disk's partition table while running an operating system from that physical disk. A live CD/DVD/USB is the way to go, for this. – Eliah Kagan Aug 2 '12 at 22:46

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