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    Default Help needed uninstalling opensuse..

    Hi there,

    Could anyone please guide me through the process of uninstalling opensuse on a dual-boot (using grub) Vista machine?

    I wish to keep Vista.

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Help needed uninstalling opensuse..

    Ok, further to post above, I have tried to uninstall and even format using yast/partition to no avail. Comes up with a stupid -3002 error.

    Is there any way under vista I can get rid of opensuse?

    I read somewhere that windows can get rid of it by going into windows explorer and by deleting drives y & z. However I can't find these drives.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Help needed uninstalling opensuse..

    I don't know Vista, but there must be some program in Vista equivalent to the winXP program 'fixmbr' .

    I believe what fixmbr does is replace grub boot manager from the master boot record, and also make the Windows partition the active partition. Vista presumeably has a similar program.

    Once grub boot manager is replaced via "fixmbr" then one's PC will boot direct to windows. Its also possible, if grub was not placed on the MBR, that one simply needs to make the windows partition the active partition, and then the pc should boot direct there.

    Once one has the pc booting direct to windows (with Linux no longer observable) then if it were me I would boot to the latest Sidux Live CD or live DVD http://sidux.com/ and use the program "parted" on that CD/DVD and delete all the Linux partitions, making them unused space.

    After that it should be possible to go back to Vista and use some Vista tool to reclaim the new "unused" space.

    I am not a Vista user, so sorry that I can not give any specifics.

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    Default Re: Help needed uninstalling opensuse..

    Kiwi Baldrick adjusted his/her AFDB on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 00:06 to write:

    >
    > Ok, further to post above, I have tried to uninstall and even format
    > using yast/partition to no avail. Comes up with a stupid -3002 error.
    >
    > Is there any way under vista I can get rid of opensuse?
    >
    > I read somewhere that windows can get rid of it by going into windows
    > explorer and by deleting drives y & z. However I can't find these
    > drives.
    >
    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >


    If you have no vista disk then you can d/load a vista boot cd iso like an
    emergency restore disk if you have vista on a hidden partition and have lost
    the OEM restore disk, I have forgotten the name and location of the image
    but I dare say a google might turn it up,try www.microsoft.com

    With this it has the tools like the XP disk to restore the mbr and fix the
    boot sector IIRC as oldcpu said.

    fixmbr
    fixboot

    from a repair console.

    I have the iso somewhere but I think the drive is in a machine that has no
    mobo at the moment and so cannot get to it :-)

    Plus it is a few 100megs so cannot host it myself as my bandwidth is very
    limited and I think I would get into trouble with the nice Mr Gates anyway.

    Once you have fixed the boot/mbr you will be able to boot to vista then
    using the disk management in the administrator tools to delete the old
    partitions of SuSE ( they will not show up in explorer as microsoft know
    there are no other filesystems except vfat and ntfs in existence ) you can
    then use the unused space for whatever you want.

    HTH
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    Default Re: Help needed uninstalling opensuse..

    baskitcaise adjusted his/her AFDB on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 00:38 to write:


    > If you have no vista disk then you can d/load a vista boot cd iso like an
    > emergency restore disk if you have vista on a hidden partition and have
    > lost the OEM restore disk, I have forgotten the name and location of the
    > image but I dare say a google might turn it up,try www.microsoft.com


    Here ya go:

    http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/

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