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Uninstalling Ubuntu entirely to replace with Windows 7

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Hi, so I want to sell my laptop but the problem is I was fooling around with Ubuntu (I'm new to Linux). My buyer wants Windows 7 (I'm familiar with the installation process). But when I boot from the CD drive I get a screen that says "GNU GRUB version 1.99-12ubuntu5" at the top. I have four choices to boot that says "Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-12 generic". And then "Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-12 generic (recovery mode). Memory test (memtest86+). And then Memory Test (memtest 86+ serial console 115200. I consider myself a little tech savvy but I'm nothing compared to you guys biggrin.gif. Can someone please give some easy instructions? Thanks so much everyone! thumb.gif
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Completely reformat your harddrive then install windows 7 with the CD

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Yup, full format. There are various tools to do this e.g. Parted Magic 6, D.B.A.N., or I'm sure Windows 7 installer has one build in but if you can use either one of two already mentioned.
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How do I get these in Ubuntu? I can't get to the windows 7 installation screen so I have to rely on a hard disk formatter software.
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You can simply format the disk from within the Windows 7 installer.
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How do I get these in Ubuntu? I can't get to the windows 7 installation screen so I have to rely on a hard disk formatter software.

Probably your boot order doesn't give priority to the installation DVD. Open your BIOS (usually it's a function key, F9, F10 or could be escape... just turn on your PC and check which one it is), then get to the Boot section -> Boot order. Make sure your DVD drive is on the 1st place, the Hard Disk must be on the second place.
Savce changes, reboot, and Win 7 installation should start as usual.

If you get into GRUB it means that the boot operation skipped the DVD somehow.
post #7 of 15
This will wipe all partitions off of the current disk and format it for the new install. Do as said above and boot from the Windows 7 install disc by setting it first in boot priority.

  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
  4. Type lis dis, press Enter
  5. Type sel dis X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  6. Type cle, press Enter
  7. Type cre par pri align=4096 (1024 is default), press Enter
  8. Type for quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  9. Type act, press Enter
  10. Type exi, press Enter
  11. Close the Command Window, and click the Install button.
  12. Proceed to install Windows 7 and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation. Do not format it the partitions again during the installation.
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But I'm going to the boot menu and entering CD Drive and I don't get to the windows 7 installation screen. I get to the screen i was telling you about in the original post.
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But I'm going to the boot menu and entering CD Drive and I don't get to the windows 7 installation screen. I get to the screen i was telling you about in the original post.

Is the Windows 7 disk you are using a proper install disk? You should have no issue at all.
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But I'm going to the boot menu and entering CD Drive and I don't get to the windows 7 installation screen. I get to the screen i was telling you about in the original post.

Reset the BIOS, then go into the BIOS and change the boot sequence to get the CD booting first. Then do the format (as long as you can get into the window's installation screen)
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