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I run a dualboot with ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8.1. I messed up the ubuntu and now I'm going to install elementary OS instead of ubuntu. I wounder how I should do it in the easiest way possible without mess upp something. Should I first just delete the partition where I have ubuntu on and then create a new partition in windows and on that new partition install elementary OS?

Or can I install elementary distro over the current ubuntu distro and that partition with ubuntu will be overwritten with the installation of elementary OS? So the partition will be like a clean partition with just elementary on it instead of ubuntu? I mean this would be possible if I were to reinstall ubuntu right? So is it possible when I choose to install another distro?

If I had to remove the partition at first will that give some problem to start windows then? I mean I know have a "bootmeny" in grub where I can choose either windows or ubuntu from. But windows have it's own so that problem shouldn't occour?

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This is not really an Ubuntu question, but an Elementary OS question, but Elementary comes with its own version of grub, so I would:

  1. Take a full system backup using CloneZilla
  2. Take another backup with your current backup
  3. Boot Elementary OS, delete the Ubuntu system partition
  4. Recreate a new partition with the same settings as the Ubuntu partition
  5. be sorry to let go Ubuntu. ;-)
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  • I booted Elementary OS and run the alternative delete ubuntu and install Elementary. The install failed. It said it couldn't install a grub file. Tried to restart the computer but it didn't work to shut down, restart or log off so I were forced to a power button shutdown. When I restart I get like a terminal with GRUV> and then you can write commands wich are listed on the screen when you tab but I don't now what to write? It is possible to boot into windows pressing F1/F12 and accesing windows boot. I will delete the linux mess partitions, but I don't now what partitions my computer use? Dec 19, 2014 at 3:07
  • Restore your backup and edit your question and provide some more information on your current partitions.
    – Fabby
    Dec 19, 2014 at 8:49

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