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Re: [SLE] Reinstalling windows
  • From: Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 18:08:08 +1000
  • Message-id: <44B4ADE8.30600@xxxxxxxxxx>
Jean-Philippe Lemieux wrote:
Hey i installed suse linux on both of my computer but now i would like to uninstall one and put back windows Xp ... but when i try to boot from cd it just show me a black screen in dos wha it try to detect my hardware .... anybody can help :) thanks

You need to start your computer using a Windows Me, or similar, system boot floppy with fdisk on it. Then issue the command:

fdisk /mbr

to overwrite the existing master boot record (mbr) with a new, clean one.

Doing this will make sure that Linux is not detected as an installed system and then you can run the XP Windows installation CD.

With the new mbr in place you will also need to partition and format the HD (because the new mbr will not have this information.

(Depending on how big your HD is, you could do this partitioning, and creating a bootable/active partition, while still running from the floppy, but if the HD is too large for the Win Me floppy to handle then you will need to use something like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director or Bart's Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.


"It is well known that among the blind, the one-eyed man is king".

Desiderius Erasmus

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