Thursday, 22 June 2017

Removing GRUB and reverting to Windows boot loader

Linux is free, open source and a great operating system, but it will not suit each one of us. So, if you installed Linux (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Kali or any other) alongside Windows 8/8.1  just to check it out, here’s how to fully remove it from your system and boot Windows 8/8.1 normally without entering GRUB. If you don’t know what GRUB is, it is the default boot loader for majority of the Linux distros available today.

I am assuming that you must have removed linux partitions from the Disk Management utility from Windows.

  1. Creating a USB Recovery Media – Skip if you have a Windows 8 installation media
    1. Boot into your Windows 8 install. Open the start screen, type recoverydrive.exe and hit enter.
    2. Plug in your USB Drive and click on next.
    3. Choose the USB Drive from Available drives and click next.
    4. Click on create.
  2. Restart your PC with the Windows installation media or Recovery media selected as the first boot device.
  3. When Windows setup loads up, choose Repair your computer.
  4. Click on Troubleshoot on the Choose an option page.
  5. Choose Advanced Options and finally Command Prompt. Type the following command in the command prompt window: 
    bootrec.exe /fixmbr 
    After it is successfully done, restart your system and it should be good to go with Windows booting up normally :). 

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