Windows Vista Boot Manager Shows Uninstalled OS

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Boot manager
Microsoft Windows Vista
Ubuntu Linux
Having Installed UBUNTU on a Windows Vista Machine, I later removed all traces of UBUNTU. But the Boot Manager still shows the option to boot UBUNTU. How do I change the Boot manager back the way it was?

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Thanks Tom. Wow, That was too easy! Now the question arises, How can I install another operating on the same computer unless I completely reformat the hard drive? The computer is set up for Windows Vista and it has a D:\ partition on it as part of the Vista OS which it uses for saving system restore points. The Vista System Tools will let you try to use itself to do a full system backup to the D:\ partition. But it doesn’t check first to see if there is enough room there to do that (another story). I think I need at least one new partition so I can run XP Pro. I’ve considered VMWare as a possibility. But I think I’d rather just reformat with enough partitions to run the XP Pro, Linux, and maybe even Windows 95 or NT. I am still trying to reach the owner of the legacy software I would like to use that will only run in Windows 95. If I can track him down, he might be able to get me a patch or something so I can just run it in XP Pro. So, assuming all I will need are two more partitions (one for XP and one for Linux) the question is, what should I use to format the drive with, and what kind of file systems should be installed on each? Thanks, -Renee


When he installed Ubuntu it installed grub as his boot loader. If you want to remove grub then you should get a tool called EasyBCD from

It’s free, easy to use, and it will allow you to go back to using the Vista boot loader rather than grub.

Good luck,

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  • Galucio
    Another option would be to boot from your Vista DVD or enter 'Repair Your Computer' from the Advanced Boot Options menu (Press F8 immediately after the GRUB menu) and you can type the command "fixmbr" to re-write the Master Boot Record and return it the Windows Vista boot loader without traces of Ubuntu.
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