How To Delete Linux

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  1. TheVinAnator
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    Basically ive been thinking i dont really use linux although i just got it a while ago and ive partitioned 50 gb and i think i really need the space so id love if you guys could help me uninstall. The way its installed is with a 50 gb partition and its linux mint with a dual boot grub launcher at start not the windows booter
     


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    You'll need a partition manager and a Windows Recovery Disc of the version of Windows you have installed.

    Through a partition manager, the one in Windows should do, delete your Linux partition and then expand your main drive's with the same partition manager. Boot up into the recovery disk and select the repair option. Select the Command Promt and type:
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    bootrec /fixmbr
    
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    no no i think you have it wrong i am on dual boot like right now im on windows 10 i just want to delete linux mint and remove the start loader (i believe linux called it grub launcher) from boot and it is not the default windows one
     
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    I mean, there's really no reason you couldn't just open a partition manager (Disk Management in Windows, GParted from a Linux Live CD/USB), delete the Linux partition, and then expand the Windows partition to fill the space (or create a new OS-independent partition that Windows can read from and write to). However, depending on how your bootloader is set up, this might delete GRUB, meaning you'd probably need a Windows recovery disk to re-install the bootloader, or boot into Windows before deleting Linux and use a tool like EasyBCD to overwrite GRUB with the default Windows bootloader.
     
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    The thing I posted will work. You can choose to just make a new partition out of the deeleted one if you wish. I've personally tried this myself many times before
     
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    You'll probably want to boot into your BIOS from Windows 10 or GRUB/whatever bootloader there is right now and change the default bootup to the Windows bootloader. Once that's done, go into your Disk Management tool on Windows, and pick your Linux partition and format it, then add it to your current Windows partition or keep it for data.
     
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    alright i just wanna know if thatll remove the grub launcher thing basically its all black and i use arrow keys to choose which to boot and enter to actually do it except in linux i put a wallpaper for it

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    thanks :)
     
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    It will. Just use the bootrec thing using command prompt on the recovery disk if you have one
     
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    i do not have my recovery disk with me and im looking to get a few big downloads today because its the last day until bandwith resets and i have alot remaining lol well gonna try doing it now
     
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    You drag it into the trashcan, of course!

    I'd just delete the Linux partition entirely either in Windows or using a GParted Live CD, then make the Windows partition larger.
     
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    I've checked settings in my bios and I just can't remove the grub launcher and Its a Linux thing so I'm not sure why it would be in the bios if I remove Linux I guess it'll be gone right?
     
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    Check your boot drive settings and see if there's anything there about a Windows loader. If not, you're not using an EFI based system and you'll have to restore the bootloader manually.

    Boot into Windows, download EasyBCD, and use it to write a new MBR. Reboot without deleting Linux to make sure it's working, then boot into Windows and delete the Linux partition.
     
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    First if linux partition is after the windows one you remove it from the disk manager and merge your windows one with it
    if the partition you want to merge the free space is not the windows one and is after the free space then use gparted or minitool partition wizard
    do not merge it with windows if it is before the windows partition
    then download windows iso
    and boot it and then in it their must be something like fix problems or troubleshouting i forgot
    so you go there and you click somewhere that says fix boot and voila
     
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    Actually it's a legacy
     
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    It will remove grub
     
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    It's not a Linux thing, it just comes packaged with some Linux distros.
     
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    Yea that's what I meant so do you think removing the partition will fix it?
     
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    Rebuilding the MBR will do it. Listen to @nxwing suggestion.
     
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    Capture.PNG So basically heres a screenshot not sure if you needed it to be full screen to see everything but basically i know for sure ive installed linux by accident maybe 3 times and had a 50 gb partition for it with drive C: being my 250 gb hard drive. Sorry for being such a noob but can you help out ?thanks

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    yea but like i said i dont have my recovery disk at my side atm /: