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I had a Windows XP system with 4 partitions. 3 of them were empty. I installed Ubuntu like so:

  1. I downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 ISO file.
  2. I burned it to a CD.
  3. I booted from that CD and installed Ubuntu on an empty partition.

Current situation:

  • From inside Windows, Ubuntu partition(s) is(are) not visible in My Computer.
  • But they are visible in Disk Management.
  • When my computer starts, I see Ubuntu's boot loader in which Windows is the last option.
  • I am able to login to both Ubuntu and Windows XP properly and use them.

But my work with Ubuntu is done and I want to remove it from my system completely. I have backed up my data files.

How can I remove Ubuntu safely and retain my XP installation and not screw anything up?

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You can use fixmbr, at the windows repair console, to get the windows bootloader back. After you did this, you may format the ubuntu partition to ntfs/fat32, to use it with windows again.

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I am part of a Windows domain and it is a work computer. I do not have the installation disc. Apart from contacting the IT dept, is there any way to start the recovery console? – delete my account Sep 8 '10 at 9:19
Even if you don't have the CD, I found that you can use this - tool to fix the MBR. It can be run from within Windows, but I guess it is not recommended. @Michael.. thanks for the fixmbr link. Searching for it lead me to this :) – delete my account Sep 8 '10 at 11:00

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