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How to safely uninstall Linux Mint from dual boot Windows 7


I just found a great video tutorial on how to safely uninstall Linux Mint from dual boot Windows, I’m glad to share it with the linux’ers.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

TOOLS NEEDED:

  1. EasyBCD (download http://neosmart.net/Download/Register/1)

Just write something in those boxes, and you’ll be able to download it free.

  1. You’re at the GRUB menu, Boot into Windows 7
  2. Having the EasyBCD, now Open EasyBCD
  3. Go to BCD Deployment
  4. By default, you will have the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR, button checked. If you don’t have that checked, check it now! (before it’s too late…)
  5. Click on Write MBR (that red button). This removed the GRUB menu, and made Windows 7 load automatically.
  6. Go now to Edit boot menu.
  7. Highlight Windows 7
  8. Check Skip the boot menu.
  9. And then Save settings.
  10. Close EasyBCD.
  11. Right – Click on My Computer
  12. Click on Manage, and the partitions will pop-up now, you’re just going to remove the Linux partition.
  13. Right-Click on the Linux volume and click Delete volume.
  14. Now Right-click on the deleted volume and click Delete partitionNow you lost everything on Linux, if you didn’t back-up your files, they’re gone forever.
  15. Now right click on your Drive that’s near the empty partition, and click on Extend volume. It will automatically set the size of extension, just click next and you’re done.

Reboot and your 100% Linux Mint free.

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  1. Peter
    October 29, 2013 at 03:43

    1) You’re not your
    14) They’re not their
    15) You’re not your

  2. Joe Elder
    October 31, 2013 at 13:21

    This was so simple to follow, I wish that I had found this a long time ago. Thanks for an excellent tuition.

    • October 31, 2013 at 22:17

      I’m glad you understood, thanks Joe!

  3. November 27, 2013 at 19:33

    Thanks! Very nice video!

  4. Marius A.
    December 13, 2013 at 20:42

    That was easy and worked perfect. Thanks!

    • December 13, 2013 at 20:49

      I’m glad everyone understands 🙂

  5. Tyler
    December 17, 2013 at 18:32

    When I try to delete the partition I get “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.”
    What does that mean and how do I fix it?

    • Tyler
      December 17, 2013 at 18:59

      Nevermind, I got it!

    • Jean Vital
      August 16, 2014 at 11:40

      This Windows error message can be confusing as there is no space issue, what this really mean is that there is still at least one volume created by Linux that has not been deleted, once the volume is deleted delete the partition will work

  6. donfodio
    January 2, 2014 at 04:43

    Thanks for wonderful Tutorial

  7. Grant
    January 13, 2014 at 03:27

    Looks a good solution. Will it work with Windows 8.1?

    • January 13, 2014 at 16:06

      Hi Grant,
      I don’t see why not, as long as you follow the above steps.

      To be honest, I didn’t test this on Windows 8, if you could try it and post the results here, would be great!

      • Grant
        January 14, 2014 at 05:51

        One thing that makes me feel a bit twitchy is that I’m running Windows 8.1 (dual booted with Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon) and I have a Windows 8.0 disc only – and don’t know how Win 8.1 would react to repairs being attempted with a Win 8.0 startup disk . I wonder if it’s possible to create a boot up disk from within Windows 8.1?

      • January 14, 2014 at 15:15

        That I don’t know, sorry, I never tried Windows 8.

  8. January 24, 2014 at 16:25

    how can i go to the GRUB menu? and where do i have to install the software? in windows or in Linux?

    • January 24, 2014 at 20:55

      The GRUB menu appears when you open your PC, it’s the second screen after your BIOS. In some PC’s it’s required to hit F12 to open the Boot menu in order to access the GRUB while in some it runs automatically if you installed Linux alongside Windows 7.
      Shorty – the GRUB menu is the menu where you select which OS to run between Linux and Windows

      The Software is installed on WINDOWS. You can’t install it on Linux cause they don’t support it.

  9. bilal haroon
    February 8, 2014 at 22:48

    when i go from bcd deployment menu to edit boot menu, there is nothing there to highlight and its written “no entries detected”.

    • February 8, 2014 at 23:46

      Woot! That’s not good. It means 2 things:
      1. It doesn’t recognize the boot (windows 7/ xp )
      2. Your windows bootloader is malfunctioning – either it hasn’t been installed correctly, or it’s bugged and usually fixes with a reboot.

      • Eli
        June 25, 2014 at 09:21

        I’ve encountered the same issue.
        do you have any idea how to continue from that point?
        thanks a lot,
        Eli.

      • June 25, 2014 at 09:46

        Yes. Redownload EasyBCD and Reinstall it.

  10. N Kemp
    February 10, 2014 at 16:21

    That work very well I did not have to change partition on my computer it was on a separate drive I just removed it after shut down and restarting the system. Now I will reload on an old computer and have it only till I get use to it and then reload Linux Mint on my main computer again.

  11. Bob
    February 14, 2014 at 15:36

    Hi i was wondering, if i uninstall linux and then installed it back will there be any problems ?

    • February 14, 2014 at 15:39

      Hello,

      Nope, there won’t be any problems at all. I did this plenty of times and it worked every time.

      • Bob
        February 17, 2014 at 04:37

        Alright thanks for such a speedy reply, i tought it would take weeks so i didnt check back. Heck, okay then that means we can use this method to try all the linux distro safely yeah

      • February 17, 2014 at 09:29

        Yes, of course 🙂

  12. Kananga
    February 21, 2014 at 07:28

    Perfect ! Lots of thanks from Malmoe Sweden .

  13. Judicael
    February 26, 2014 at 11:47

    Will this remove entirely the grub at start up and not mess with my comp? because last time i tried uninstalling linux mint from my comp, i had to reinstall completely windows 7 as it would generate a shit load of errors at the begining and wouldn’t boot up and as now i want to install it back to my comp, I want to be sure. won’t be doing this whole process again and deleting my whole hard drive in the process.
    Thank You

    • February 26, 2014 at 11:50

      Don’t worry, if you follow the steps exactly you will have no oroblems with Windows 7.

      • Judicaël
        March 1, 2014 at 18:36

        ok Thx

  14. Lorenzo
    March 31, 2014 at 19:43

    Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to remove linux for ages before finding this page! I didn’t think it would be so easy!!

    • March 31, 2014 at 19:45

      I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂

  15. April 8, 2014 at 16:17

    Wow, this was remarkably easy using your method! Thanks 🙂

  16. Vinoth
    May 1, 2014 at 14:37

    Thank you so much. This article was really a great help.

    • May 1, 2014 at 14:41

      My pleasure, I’m glad it helped 🙂

  17. June 16, 2014 at 12:14

    Thanks perfectly works 🙂

  18. Arghhhhh
    June 16, 2014 at 16:18

    followed exact your instructions, re installed mint 17, but now there is not a grub menu to show me which distro to choose, win7 or mint. In the disk manager i see the new partitions successfully created for mint, but the easy bcd shows only win 7 in the boot menu. No matter how many times i reboot, always loads win 7

    • June 16, 2014 at 17:19

      That means 2 reasons:
      1) Linux Mint failed to install properly
      2) Your EasyBCD is malfunctioning and it didn’t write the MBR correctly.

      How to solve:
      1) Reinstall Linux Mint (again, I know…but this time it might work), but try redownloading it from their website and delete the last version
      2) If that didn’t solve it, Reinstall EasyBCD (again, by downloading it yet again from the official website), then follow the steps.
      3) Last chance – if those 2 didn’t do the trick, it’s from the Windows7. If you got w7 installed for like a year or so it starts to be buggy. Reinstalling Windows7 will fix this issue 100%.

      I hope all goes well since step 1 for you!

  19. BJ Levine
    July 3, 2014 at 16:39

    Perfect. Worked exactly as advertised. 😀

  20. Owen Lednor
    July 4, 2014 at 05:47

    Wow!!!! Just wow… I have been fretting over whether or not I should delete ubuntu due to the risks for about 6-ish months. I have all the tools for proper recovery and everything (that wasnt the problem) I was just to lazy to want to fix it if it seriously broke. I stumbled across a reference to Easy BCD in the comments of a tutorial to manually fix mbr using recovery CD, after finding your guide (plus two or three videos) I realised how easy this process really was, in under 4 minutes I was back to a single OS laptop (windows 7) and simply blown away by the ease of use… Thank you for this clear and easy to follow step by step guide!!! You are a heart-saver, for I fear I would have died of worry otherwise! And you also saved 100gb of my laptop hard drive, always a bonus 😀

    • Owen Lednor
      July 4, 2014 at 06:06

      *50gb sorry momentary brain lapse

    • July 4, 2014 at 09:06

      Lol, no problem buddy, I’m glad it worked for you!

  21. Brian Mackay
    July 25, 2014 at 11:18

    Hi there. thanks for this guide. I have Windows 7 (64 bit) on my desktop PC and had a 40 GB partition for Linus Mint 16. It says that there is 40 GB Free space but the problem is that when I try to right click and delete the 40 GB partition I get “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.” How do I resolve this please? Thank you

    • Brian Mackay
      July 25, 2014 at 11:20

      Linux (not Linus – wasn’t he a character in Charlie Brown) 🙂

      • Arnold
        April 8, 2016 at 14:35

        According to one of the previous comments up there, it means there is another partition using Linux. Delete that one then try delete the one that refuses again.

    • July 25, 2014 at 12:00

      Hello. Well you got 2 options here:
      1. You delete everything and start all over again with the Linux Mint installation (that means all partitions will be erased)
      2. Try and call the partition manager from the Terminal via sudo, if it’s still not working, try installing a different Linux and dual-boot it to remove the partition.

      Btw, Windows7 is throwing you that error because the Windows partition (C:/) is overloaded, you don’t have much space left for it to store the memory cache. Or…your running too many applications in the background and your overloading the RAM, if its this case, try closing some unuseful applications that run on start-up.

  22. Sayed
    February 12, 2015 at 20:37

    I tried it, it worked for me. Thanks for sharing, it was great

  23. Yes
    May 24, 2015 at 01:22

    Thank you so much. Veery helpful

  24. July 23, 2015 at 23:40

    That was an awesome tutorial! Thank you

  25. December 16, 2015 at 18:16

    thanks 🙂

  26. James Nyman
    April 22, 2016 at 17:28

    Thank you very much! Simple, easy to follow instructions…worked like a charm!

  27. rick
    June 11, 2016 at 02:50

    What do you do if the grub menu doesn’t appear on startup – then you can’t avoid mint and windows launch is non even an option – HELP!

    • June 21, 2016 at 18:35

      In that case, the easiest way is to reinstall Windows. If you’re very good at debugging and troubleshooting grub, then try fixing grub from Linux Mint. There’s a command you must run to update grub. I’m sure if you do a Google Search on ‘how to fix dual boot grub’ you’ll find something useful 🙂

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