I installed ubuntu through a Usb stick. I didn't create any partition for it. I'm not sure of where ubuntu has been installed now. I did not have any data loss on any of the local drive volumes after installation of ubuntu. i want to uninstall it. How should I proceed with it ?

  • If you didn't create a partition and you didn't lose any data, where exactly did you install Ubuntu? Are you sure you didn't just run it from the usb stick? – Christine Jan 16 '14 at 17:27
  • No USB's.I'm a 100% sure.. i get the Grub loader on starting my desktop. – user236559 Jan 16 '14 at 17:29
  • Using GParted, and/or fdisk -l, please add your partition layout to your question. Also note, you can't remove Ubuntu from within Ubuntu. Is it dual booted with anything, or are you using Wubi? - If you remove Ubuntu from a Windows Dual boot, you need a Windows disk or something to repair the Master Boot record, or you won't be able to boot... – Wilf Jan 16 '14 at 17:58
  • yes, it is dual booted with Windows 7. and no. i'm not using Wubi. I seem to have two empty partitions in the disk management options. one is a 14gb partition and the other one is a 4gb partition. How can i find out if ubuntu has been installed on them. They do not show up on ubuntu filesystem or the windows one. Just within the disk management utility. – user236559 Jan 16 '14 at 18:10
  • As wilf says, use GParted and have a look at your partitions. It should say what they are. – Christine Jan 17 '14 at 0:02

Use GParted to find the relevant partitions - the ones with the /boot, / and /home mount points may be the ones you want to remove. Here is a complicated example I borrowed: enter image description here

Note down things like size, position etc, so it is easier to identify when in Windows Disk Manager, remembering that is a very different view on things.

Backup any data you want on the Ubuntu install.

Then, follow the steps in this answer for the steps to remove Ubuntu:

How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on?

Following the steps on 'To Remove Grub', and 'To delete the Ubuntu Partitions' should work. Hopefully the Windows Disk Manager has enough sense to stop you removing anything important... (to Windows anyway)

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