About a year ago I installed Ubuntu 13.10 side-by-side with Windows 8.
A few weeks later I updated it to 14.04 (only so I could stop seeing the "available updates" message) and I updated my Windows 8 to 8.1 (because my laptop gave me no choice on the matter).
After I did all that, something weird happened which caused my laptop not to show me my operating systems when I powered it on, and instead it went straight to Windows 8 all the time. However this didn't mean I couldn't enter my Ubuntu system, but I had to follow these steps:
- Turn on the machine by pressing the Assist system so I could get into the UEFI loader, and from there I could enter my BIOS.
- Change my BIOS mode to legacy and restart and wait for a not-so-nice message saying it couldn't find any operating systems.
- Power off, and repeat step 1, and change BIOS mode back to UEFI.
- Restart and it would show me that screen, asking which OS I wanted to boot.
Now, at that time I was too busy to try and fix that. And then I stopped using Ubuntu altogether. One, because I got a Mac, and since they're both UNIX based systems I could do on the Mac everything I could do in Ubuntu; and two, because they now keep a Ubuntu machine in my office so I can store and test any new projects I develop.
So, at the moment I don't really need Ubuntu, so much as I'm starting to need the space it takes, and I want to delete it from my Hard Drive. For this purpose I watched some Youtube videos, but they led me nowhere, since they show their Computer Management window in Windows 8, and it only shows 4 partitions. 2 for Linux and 2 for Windows, but in my case, for some reason, I have many more, and I don't want to delete anything if that could mean damaging my Windows partition... I can't uplad images yet so I will list my partitions here.
_________________________________________________________________________________________ Volume Layout Type File_System Status Capacity Free_Space %_Free _________________________________________________________________________________________ Simple Basic Healthy(OEM Partition) 260 MB 260 MB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Recovery Part) 1.44 GB 1.44 GB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(EFI System Pa) 260 MB 260 MB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Recovery Part) 450 MB 450 MB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Primary Part) 1 MB 1 MB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Primary Part) 32.11 GB 32.11 GB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Primary Part) 7.88 GB 7.88 GB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Recovery Part) 350 MB 350 MB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Recovery Part) 30.09 GB 30.09 GB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(OEM Partition) 8,02 GB 8.02 GB 100% Simple Basic Healthy(Primary Part) 14.35 GB 14.35 GB 100% (E:) Simple Basic NTFS Healthy(Primary Part) 250.00 GB 87.79 GB 35% (C:) Simple Basic NTFS Healthy(*) 608.57 GB 350.50 GB 63% *Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.
I don't know why I have so many partitions... If I remember correctly I always had more partitions than normal. But this is ridiculous. However the E partition is one that i created so I could share some specific filed between Windows and Linux (which backfired because I almost never could access them from Ubuntu).
So, that's it... As a question I'll just quote my title: "How to recognize and delete Ubuntu partitions from Windows 8 Dual Boot Machine?". Or if possible, how to completely delete Ubuntu, by booting into it first.