How to Remove Ubuntu From Your PC

If it comes to a point where you no longer want Ubuntu in your PC especially one that is in a dual-boot configuration, removing it is hassle free and only a few steps — though we are hoping that you are never going to need or use these steps.

To remove Ubuntu from your computer that has the operating system installed alongside Windows, you will first need the Windows installation/recovery CD/DVD or an Ubuntu Live CD.

If you do not have the Windows recovery/ installation disc, you can download the ISO image online. If you are using Windows 7, make sure you have the genuinely purchased product key, in the case where you do not have the key, you can install using the trial version.

First Step

Create a live USB with the ISO image or burn it to a CD or DVD. Boot from it, the first menu that you are going to be presented with provides you with a variety of options like Recovery, Restore and so on.

Windows Recovery

Step Two

Open a Command prompt user interface and type in these commands bootrec /fixmbr. After which you will need to reboot and then boot into Windows, follow these steps to remove the Ubuntu partition on your PC.

Windows Recovery

Step Three

To delete the partition from your computer, you need to head to Disk management under Computer>Manage>Disk Management.

Windows Recovery
Right Click on the partition containing Ubuntu and then click delete. Note you should cross check on the partition you intended to see if it is the right one.

To merge the partitions after deleting the partition containing Ubuntu, right click on the disk containing Windows and then click on Extend Volume icon. Follow the GUI wizard to guide you through the process and that is it.

You have rid yourself of Ubuntu and now you can stick with Windows.

Windows Recovery
If for any reason you couldn’t get your hands on a Windows installation/recovery disk or find having to download and burn it to be time-consuming, you can use a small graphical utility tool called Boot-repair.

This small programme can fix almost any booting issues with Windows or Ubuntu.

First, you need to create a Live Ubuntu CD, then boot from it.

Open a terminal and put in these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install boot-repair

Launch Boot-Repair from the Dash
Click on the Recommended Repair button then follow the steps to remove Ubuntu.

That’s all folks, if you run into any issues, please feel free to comment below and let us know.

About The Author
Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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