I was a user of Suse10.0 to 10.3 when my laptop HD got to full and I was forced to remove it and give the whole thing to windows (to cheep to buy a larger HD). I have recently built myself a new computer and decided to give Kubuntu a try. After using it a few times and having multiple problems I am giving up and going back to Suse (I liked the looks and layout much better).
Right now I have a dual boot system with Windows7 and Kubuntu9.10. I would like to not have to reinstall windows and just take over the space that ubuntu was occupying.
Will I run into any problems with grub? Will it install just like a fresh volume and reinstall grub? Do I need to reformat the space ubuntu is using?
Just start the installer normally. When it comes to installing, select custom partition layout.
Mount your partitions as follows:
select your Ubuntu root partition, choose to have it formatted as ext4 and to mount it as /
if you have a separate /home partition, choose to have it formatted as ext4 and to mount it as /home
select your swap partition, choose to have it formatted as swap and mounted as swap
select your Windows 7 partition, choose to not have it formatted, select ntfs for file system and to mount it as /media/win7
If you want to have full read-write access, replace the values for fmask and dmask by 000 (fmask is for files, dmask is for directories).
if you have more windows partititions, treat them likewise and have them mounted under /media/data, /media/videos or similar
Before removing Kubuntu, I recommend you make a backup copy of its /etc directory on a USB stick or USB external hard drive. Check to ensure the backup is good. This backup is NOT to restore, but to have as a reference, in case there is a hiccup with openSUSE and you want to consult with how they do things on Kubuntu. The configuration files are often inside the /etc directory.