A while ago I downloaded a file and installed it. It wasn’t what I thought it was and I guess it tried to install OpenSUSE 11.1. I have Windows 7 and when I try to start my computer I get an error 17. Usually I could just press F8 and boot windows but the error message comes up before that happens.
So I tried getting Knoppix on a flash drive and I loaded it up and I was able to see and edit the files on my HDD. I was hoping that I could just delete the files but I am not sure how all this works. I didn’t want to delete anything important. So I tried downloading OpenSUSE 11.2 and extracting the ISO contents to my flash drive and have it run as a USB-CDROM but it won’t recognize it and I can’t find any tutorials on it.
I tried Windows startup repair. I think I also tried system restore. I am lost. If there is some file I can delete or something, that would be so much easier. Anything you can think of, I will try. Keep in mind that I can access my files if needed. Thank you.
So do you just want to use windows and get rid of everything openSUSE? Is that what you are saying?
Yes sir. Although, I must say Linux has caught my interest. I mean, an OS on a flash drive, that’s just cool. A little hard to use though. But, that is irrelevant… I just want what ever is starting before Windows to stop… Somehow…
If you can boot in to windows you can delete the partitions that Linux has created, and get back the space for windows.
To fix the error 17 message you need to do a fixmbr. Do you have a windows 7 install DVD, or is this one of those OEM Vendor supplied versions with just a recovery partition.
You need a windows dvd
If you don’t have one, we may be able to use this:
Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files
This is the repair method:
1.Put the Windows installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2.Press a key when you are prompted.
3.Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4.Click Repair your computer.
5.Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next. (if no operating system is listed, click Next anyway)
6.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
At the command prompt, type diskpart.
This will get you to the DiskPart prompt, which allows you to use a variety of hard disk partitioning and formatting tools similar to FDISK in older versions of Windows.
At the DiskPart prompt, type select disk # where the # sign is the number of the hard disk drive with windows installed on it. If your windows drive is the only hard drive in your computer, it is Disk 0.
Select the partition by typing select partition # where the # sign is the partition that has windows installed on it.
Type active and press ENTER. The windows partition is now active. Finally, type 'exit' to close DiskPart. Reboot the computer using the dvd and follow steps 1-6 above. You can now repair the windows boot:
Fix the Master Boot Record: (commands)
I really do not like the "Linux killed my Windows"thing as it shows up to often and as is usually incorrect,as in this case.
Perhaps pointing in the direction of some useful threads may be an idea?