A friend of mine installed Linux next to Windows XP a few weeks ago and did not like it that much and decided to get rid of it. The problem that he faced was that the Linux bootloader was still showing up when he started his system.
He was not able to figure out what to do about it and asked me if I knew a way to remove the Linux bootloader from his system so that Windows XP would start immediately.
I actually knew several methods on how to fix the MBR (Master Boot Record) to get rid of the Linux bootloader. There was however only one way that would safely fix the MBR and remove the Linux bootloader from it.
I'm saying safely because it can happen that methods such as Fdisk /mbr may require a reactivation of the Windows operating system.
MBR Fix is a small command line freeware for Windows that makes it possible to fix the Master Boot Record from the command line of your operating system. Just download the tool, open the command line and type
MbrFix /drive 0 fixmbr /yes
to fix the MBR and remove the Linux bootloader. The drive parameter defines the hard drive the command is run on, and the fixmbr command runs the command to repair the bootloader of the Windows system. This effectively removes the Linux bootloader from the system again and replaces it the with Windows bootloader.
Update: MBR Fix is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system including Windows 7. Note that the command is different if you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7. For Windows Vista, you need to run the command
MbrFix /drive 0 fixmbr /vista
For Windows 7, the command is
MbrFix /drive 0 fixmbr /win7
The biggest advantage is the programs provides you with is a user interface so that you do not need to run the command from the command line anymore. If you are using Easy BCD, and I would recommend that tool, simply select the add/remove entries option to remove the Linux entry so that it is not displayed anymore when you start your PC.
Update: MBRFix's website is no longer available. The program was last updated in 2013. We have uploaded the latest release version for archiving purposes to our own download server. Note that we don't support the program in any way. You can download MBR Fix with a click on the following link: MBR Fix
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