Remove/Uninstall Linux Ubuntu and reclaim space

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Remove/Uninstall Linux Ubuntu and reclaim space

Linux Ubuntu is wonderful, regularly updated, and it's free! Nevertheless you may wish to remove it at some stage. Removing Ubuntu and regaining its disk space is quick and painless.

Return boot control to Windows

  1. Bootup any Windows 7/Vista installation DVD or even from NeoSmart's free Windows 7 System Recovery Disk.

    It must be a 64-bit version if a 64-bit Windows is installed.
    • Press a key when you see Press any key to boot from a CD or DVD.
    • Select your Time... and click Next.
    • Select Repair your computer (bottom left of the Install now screen).

      An automatic check of your system may run.
    • In System Recovery Options click Command Prompt.

      Type in (and press ENTER) - it's not case-sensitive

      BOOTREC /FIXMBR

      EXIT
  2. Now click Restart and remove the DVD or CD.
Windows 7 will boot normally and without any boot menu if none existed initially.

Now reclaim the hard disk space used by Linux

  1. First make sure Windows controls the startup (see previous item).
  2. Boot to Windows 7

    and open Disk Management (right-click Computer, select Manage, click Disk Management).
    • Right-click the Swap partition, select Delete Volume..., click Yes.
    • Right-click the Linux partition, select Delete Volume..., click Yes.
    • Right-click the Swap partition, select Delete Partition, click Yes - required for Logical partitions only.
    • Right-click the Linux partition, select Delete Partition, click Yes - required for Logical partitions only.
    • Right-click the partition to the left of Unallocated, select Extend Volume...,

      and click Next to use the maximum space for Windows, and then Finish.

      Alternatively, create a new partition in the Unallocated space and Format it.
In another a few seconds you will have all the Linux space back in Windows 7.
 

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