i got a computer that has vista basic but someone put linux on it?

Vista is still on it somewhere cause it tries to repair it and then goes to a blue screen. the only disk it came with is Ultimate 15.2 boot Cd. how to get vista to repair

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  • 8 years ago
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    Must get that Lunux off and put a Proper OS on. Use a drive erasing program then clean install.

  • 8 years ago

    You're going to want to download something like Finnix http://www.finnix.org/ . It is around 117 MB total; either you will want to burn it to a CD or create a LiveUSB with Lili http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ or UNetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ . Boot into the CD or USB, which will take you into the live environment.

    From there you will want to load up Gparted (which should be there) and delete the Linux Partition. If Gparted is not there, the open a terminal (xterm) and input :

    apt-get install gparted

    WARNING : Make sure that you delete the correct partition! Not the Windows Partition.

    After you have removed the Linux partition, the /boot directory will no longer be there which is where GRUB (the boot loader is pointing to). Thus you will be required to install the bootload again, however this time it will be Lilo (LInux LOader). According to the Finnix site, Lilo is already there.

    Within xterm input:

    lilo -M /dev/sda mbr

    This is telling lilo to fix the MBR (master boot record), where sda will be your main HDD. Since Linux is no longer present, lilo will setup the MBR with windows only.

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