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Why did you create a new partition for the second install and not just over write the first install?
The boot menu should be different after the second install. Ubuntu automatically installs and configures grub during the install. So the second install should be on the grub boot menu.

One of the middle options in the installer is the one that you can select the partitions to use. I believe the default choice tries to figure this out for you, or you can choose to have it use the whole drive or select partitions manually. If you select the manual option it'll load I believe gparted and there you can select the drives and even format/make new ones.
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Why did you create a new partition for the second install and not just over write the first install?
The boot menu should be different after the second install. Ubuntu automatically installs and configures grub during the install. So the second install should be on the grub boot menu.

One of the middle options in the installer is the one that you can select the partitions to use. I believe the default choice tries to figure this out for you, or you can choose to have it use the whole drive or select partitions manually. If you select the manual option it'll load I believe gparted and there you can select the drives and even format/make new ones.
Didn't give me an option to overwrite the first install. And the 2nd install isn't on the GRUB menu, because I did the 2nd install as the est3 filesystem, and the error is showing that it's looking for an ntfs install.

So again, I'm going to ask the question, how can I uninstall Ubuntu, or at least get rid of it from the boot menu?

I appreciate you all trying to help, but no one is answering my question, you're all just trying to fix the mistake that has already been made. Obviously, not much I can do about that now, so how can I fix it?
post #13 of 20
What do you mean by uninstall - how do you uninstall windows? If it's installed on its own partition format the partition. If you just want to get rid of it in the boot menu edit the /etc/grub/menu.lst file
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When you get to this step set select manual. From there you can edit your partition tables and uninstall/format the first install and then use those partitions to install the new install on.
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Rabid, you got me on the right track, thanks. Finally found the install directory for the 1st installation, and found an uninstall.exe in it. Rebooted to windows, ran the uninstall, and now it's gone from the boot menu!

But, a new problem has arisen. I've tried reinstalling it after booting from the disk, but now it's not showing up in the boot menu after install! Lol, it's just not going well for me! So any ideas why it wouldn't show up in the boot menu?
post #16 of 20
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Well I figured out the boot loader problem. Turns out, in the install, right before you click "Finish" to start the actual install, there's an advanced button to select which drive you want to put the bootloader on. Since I have 6 hard drives in my desktop, it was putting it on the wrong drive, and Window's MBR was on a different drive.

Anyway, got that problem figured out, now I'm up against yet another one. Grub is failing to load and giving me error 22. Googling on it now, but so far I haven't come up with anything. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
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execute fixmbr from windows isntall cd in repair mode
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That would get rid of grub, which is not what I want to do. I want to fix grub.

Just to be sure I'm installing this all properly, I just want a partition for swap and a partition for root (/) right? Because of my drive configuration, I have to manually set all the partitions, but there's other options such as /boot and /home, I just want to make sure I don't need to define any more partitions.
post #19 of 20
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Well, I decided to get rid of Ubuntu since I couldn't get it working. I booted off the Windows XP disk, went into recovery console, and it didn't see my XP installation! So, I decided to try and see if Vista would see its installation, and rebooted off the Vista disk, and no go - it didn't see the Vista install either!

I ended up having to run the Vista boot recovery without it even recognizing a valid install (which I didn't know you could do), and then rebooting, and going into the XP recovery console. After the Vista repair, XP RC was able to see the XP install (don't ask me why), and I ran fixmbr, now everything is back to normal.

Man, don't think I'll be trying Ubuntu again anytime soon, unless it's on a machine I don't care about.

*Puts .22 round through Ubuntu disk*
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Good decision. Now install Gentoo from stage1.
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