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SOLVED remove peppermint
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:36:30 pm »
Hi All,
1 I have been running PeppermintOS2 on my number 2 computer for a while now, and am very pleased with the results.

2  I have been running PeppermintOS2 on my number 1 computer in a dual boot with Windows XP. I run Autocad in XP daily and need Windows to run it.

3 I would like to remove PeppermintOS2 from the number 2 computer and reinstall XP and Autocad.

Can anyone tell me how to delete Peppermint and re install Windows ?

take care
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« Last Edit: May 13, 2012, 12:38:07 pm by donwatson »
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 06:22:49 pm »
With this talk of computer two and computer one, and removing Peppermint to install Windows when Windows is already on one of the PC's .. I'm seriously confused  :o

Let just talk about the PC you want to change eh.

Tell me what's already installed, and what you want to achieve.
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Re: remove peppermint
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2012, 10:45:20 pm »
Hi Mark,
I want to remove PeppermintOS2 and re install Windows XP.
Can you tell me how to do this ?

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External 2TiB HD

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 10:59:15 pm »
Is Peppermint the ONLY OS on the PC ?

Have you got a Windows XP CD and key ?

if not .. have you got a "Recovery CD" from the manufacturer ?

Is this a Laptop or Desktop ? .. what is the make/model ?

Does the PC have a recovery partition ?

from within Peppermint, open a terminal and run:
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sudo fdisk -l
and post the output.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 11:04:24 am »
Hi Mark,
Peppermint is the only OS on the computer
I have the Windows XP CD and the key.
The machine is a desktop
I don't know about recovery partition or recovery disc.

This is the result of sudo fdisk -l


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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 11:04:24 am »

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 11:50:07 am »
OK .. you have 2 options.

a) insert the XP CD, and boot from it .. at some point it will ask you where you want to install it and display the partition layout, now reaad what's on the screen carefully, you'll see options like hit D to delete ..you need to delete ALL the current partitions (extended partition last), then create a single partitoin that fills the entire disk, and when asked, tell it do format it as NTFS full format) ..then it will carry on with the install.

or

b) boot to your Peppermint LiveCD, then start Gparted, and use it to delete ALL 3 partitions (extended sda2 partition last) .. then either create a single NTFS partition in Gparted, or shut down, boot the Windows CD and use that to create a single NTFS partition during the install.
(this method MUST be done from a LiveCD/USB, Gparted cannot delete mounted partitions, so it cannot be done whilst booted to the hard drive)

Once the 3 Linux partitions have been deleted, Peppermint/Linux is GONE, and this really becomes a Windows installation question .. but I'll still help if you become stuck .. Wouldn't want people to say I'm biased (even though I freely admit I AM) ;)

BTW, you do realise you're going to need to find Windows drivers for all your hardware ? .. XP won't install them itself like Linux .. though it should install enough to get you up and running, you'll then have to download things like your graphics card, printer, wireless adapter, and any other required drivers and install them yourself .. so if you normally connect by wireless, it may be a good idea to get those first and have them ready on a CD or USB stick.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 01:41:36 pm »
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I run Autocad in XP daily

Unless I am mistaken you are only wanting to install XP for using AutoCad?
Could you not try to install XP in a VM like VirtualBox or like?
http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-XP-on-Ubuntu-with-VirtualBox

Without trying I do not know how well AutoCad would perform.
I do use AutoCad on daily basis and this is something I should do too (soon)

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2012, 02:02:08 pm »
Good idea .. if you only want XP for running AutoCAD, install XP INSIDE Peppermint by installing Virtualbox then installing XP as a virtual machine.

Let us know if you want instructions.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 06:00:09 pm »
I've used AutoCAD before, and I believe it NEEDS a lot of memory to perform optimally. So it could be very slow in a VM.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2012, 07:57:52 pm »
I've used AutoCAD before, and I believe it NEEDS a lot of memory to perform optimally. So it could be very slow in a VM.

If you are running AutoCad then you DO have lots of ram in the first place. But the requirements are not that huge.
in my experience 2GB is just fine. It is Windows that eats up all your ram.

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2012, 10:37:09 am »
Hi Guys,
I have removed PeppermintOS2 and re installed XP and Autocad and everything runs well.
However the monitor on this machine is too small to run Autocad comfortably.
I do not intend to swap monitors, so I will set this machine back to PeppermintOS when Ver.3 arrives.

thanks for your help, I will be back

take care
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Intel Celeron CPU 1.80 Ghz   Memory 4.00GB (3.71GB usable)
Peppermint 9    64 bit     500 GB HD        496 GB Ext 4
4.0GB Swap Partition    4.0GB Extended Partition   1.1Mb Free Space
External 2TiB HD

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 05:04:22 pm »
Hi All,
I'm back with another question.
How do I remove PeppermintOS2 from my computer.
It is a dual boot with Windows XP.

take care
Don W
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Peppermint 9    64 bit     500 GB HD        496 GB Ext 4
4.0GB Swap Partition    4.0GB Extended Partition   1.1Mb Free Space
External 2TiB HD

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2012, 05:15:00 pm »
Hmm .. slightly tougher/riskier .. and as previously mentioned, really a windows question.

Use a LiveCD or LiveUSB and gparted to delete ALL the Linux partitions .. then resize the Windows partition to fill the space vacated by the Linux partitions.

then reinstall the Windows bootloader, by booting the XP CD, accessing the the "Recovery  Console", then running fixmbr and fixboot

See here:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4891476_reinstall-xp-bootloader.html

BE AWARE .. ANY partition manipulation procedure carries a small risk of data corruption .. so backup anything you cannot afford to loose FIRST .. you have been warned ;)
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2012, 10:15:17 pm »
Thanks Mark,
I will try this and let you know how I get on.
take care
Don W
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Intel Celeron CPU 1.80 Ghz   Memory 4.00GB (3.71GB usable)
Peppermint 9    64 bit     500 GB HD        496 GB Ext 4
4.0GB Swap Partition    4.0GB Extended Partition   1.1Mb Free Space
External 2TiB HD

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2012, 08:59:48 pm »
Hi Mark,
I have tried to sort this machine out but I can't get it to boot to Windows.
It is now an expensive doorstop, thanks for trying.

take care
Don W
Novatech build
Intel Celeron CPU 1.80 Ghz   Memory 4.00GB (3.71GB usable)
Peppermint 9    64 bit     500 GB HD        496 GB Ext 4
4.0GB Swap Partition    4.0GB Extended Partition   1.1Mb Free Space
External 2TiB HD

 


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