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Old 05-06-2012, 05:18 AM
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Vista - Problem with recovery console and getting rid of Grub

A couple weeks ago I decided to play around with a Linux distro. I've decided to get rid of it, and am trying to get rid of the Grub loader but I have a problem.

When I put in the Vista disk and go to the recovery console it doesn't list my Vista install. If I search for drivers, or bring up a DOS prompt, and check what it considers drive D, my Vista files are on that, but if I try using Bootrec /fixmbr it says it can't be done.

So, is there a way I can fix that? The recovery console says if an OS doesn't appear then search for drivers, but it apparently doesn't want the drive.sys file.

So, question 1, how can I fix this. And question 2, is there another way to get rid of Grub besides the recovery console?

I Googled like crazy before posting here. Thank you.
Old 05-06-2012, 06:03 AM
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I forgot to mention that I tried bootrec /rebuildbcd. It didn't work.

bootrec /rebuildbcd
Vista scans
Total identified Windows installations: 1
Add installation to list (Y)es, (N)o, (A)ll
If I choose yes or all I get
Element not found.
Old 05-06-2012, 10:35 AM
ZenBeam ZenBeam is offline
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This seemed like it might be hard to find an answer for, since the Linux gurus won't be the people who uninstall it. But I went to the Ubuntu Installation & Upgrades forum and searched for grub uninstall Vista. This page was probably the clearest on the first page of results.

The images are for windows 7, but he mentions Vista as well, so hopefully it will be clear enough to follow under Vista. Maybe continuing through to earlier threads will get one that's directly for Vista.

It does seem like asking on the help forums for whichever Linux you installed would be your best bet. They won't bite. (Probably.)

Good luck.
Old 05-07-2012, 12:24 PM
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I personally just never remove Grub. I just remove the option to boot Linux, and then set it to boot without showing a screen.
Old 05-07-2012, 12:31 PM
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Without going into boring details, since the computer it was on is an extra and doesn't really have any important programs or data on it I just used a trial and error method to remove Grub and replace it with the Windows bootloader.


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