Linux uninstalled and master boot record restored
Yup, finally got round to actually getting rid of Linux of my machine, too little hard disk space you seen, and as I cant use the internet with it yet, it seemed rather pointless to have it installed. If you happen to have just removed the Linux partition like I did before, and now can’t even boot into windows because of a GRUB error, then keep reading!
I decided to play it safe, and restore the boot record first, and then delete the partition. That way if I got it wrong, I wouldn’t have to re install Linux again and play around for another hour! Luckily it worked almost perfectly.
I found my old Windows XP installation disk, and booted up with it in the drive. Annoyingly, for some reason, although I had set CD drive as first, it would still boot into GRUB.
So I just booted and quickly went into the BIOS menu and forced it to boot from the CD drive. Success. Selected recovery console as so many forums said, and entered the FIXMBR command. Then booted again, and it went straight into the windows loader. Now just to remove the Linux partition and claim back 5GB of much needed hard disk space!
Booted up with the Linux CD, and went into the live Linux, and just repartition without a hitch. I think I will leave Linux alone for a few months while I do lots of college work and work work to earn a bit more money and buy a nice new 500GB hard disk and ditch that other one that had a surface error.
For now, my system is staying Linux free. When I get my new HD and USB wifi, then expect to hear about Linux again!