Subscriber Linda Jordan wrote to ask how to remove Linux and reinstall Windows:
I have an older desktop that I have installed Ubuntu on, I now want to re-install Microsoft. I can’t find a way to uninstall Ubuntu. Do I just do a hard disk format and start again? Can you tell me how to get this removed safely?
I wrote to Linda to tell her that it’s been a long time since I deleted a Linux installation to reinstall Windows.
Back in the Win95 days, the Windows FDISK command didn’t recognize the format used by Linux and could not delete it. I had to use the Linux install disk to delete the partition.
In today’s world, though, she may be able to handle it just by booting the Windows install CD and using its functions to delete the Linux partitions.
If not, she can use any of the CD-runnable Linux versions like PCLinuxOS to boot from the CDROM. Then, she can use the fdisk command in Linux to delete the partitions from the drive.
At that point, Windows can be installed from the Windows OS CDROM or from a recovery CD/DVD.