How to Uninstall Linux from Windows 8 Dual Boot


Linux is a great OS, which is not only free, but also open source. Although it is a great OS, but not everyone is comfortable with it, mostly the computer users who feels Windows is perfect for their use. However, if you have installed Linux on your Windows 8 Laptop you might be willing to Uninstall it from your laptop PC. Reason could be anything, you may want to free precious space allocated on your system for Linux or you may just didn’t like it.

Whatever the reason may be, here is a guide on how to uninstall Linux from your Windows 8 dual boot along with GRUB boot loader. Learn more about GURB in Ubuntu’s official website.  

How to Uninstall Linux from Windows 8 Dual Boot

To do this we need to remove the partition in which Linux is installed.

Note: Create complete backup of data before proceeding. If you delete any other partition accidently then you won’t be able to recover it.

Step 1: Boot into your Windows install.

Step 2: Type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter to open disk management or search disk management and open it.

Step 3: Once you are in Disk Management window, find Partition on which you have installed Linux.

Note: Be sure to find the right partition as Windows cannot detect Linux partition. It should usually be in ext3 or ext4 format.

Step 4: Once you are confirmed that you have found the Linux installed partition, right click on it.

Step 5: Now select “Delete volume” from the options. If you have more than one Linux partition then delete them by right clicking on it and then by selecting Delete volume.

Step 6: After deleting the partition, you can use that free space according to your need.

Although you have deleted the partition, to complete the uninstalling process you should also remove the Linux GRUB boot loader. Follow these steps to do the same.

Note: You have to create USB recovery Media by booting into your Window 8 Install. Follow these step to do it.

Step 1: Insert a USB drive into your computer.

Step 2: Type recoverydrive.exe on start screen to open Recovery Drive window.

Step 3: Click on Next, and select your USB drive.

Step 4: Click on Create to initialize the process.

Step 5: Now restart your PC with the Windows Recovery media select as first boot device.

Step 6: Once Windows setup loads up, select Repair your computer option.

Step 7: Select Troubleshoot from the Choose an option page.

Step 8: Select Advanced Options.                                    

Step 9: Select Command prompt and enter following command.

bootrec.exe /fixmbr 

Now restart your system. If everything went right then Windows should boot up normally without showing any select boot option.


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