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K. Tsang
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Hello all, I have tried out installing the Ubuntu Server on one of my old computers. At the end of the installation, there is that GRUB thing for the boot loader stuff. The actual installation goes fine. This is my question.

Suppose I now want to FRESH install Windows... But instead of just putting in the Windows CD I format the HDD. Now when I format the HDD with system files (eg boot with command prompt), I get this GRUB can't find (linux) partition error instead of loading the command prompt. So how to get rid of this GRUB partition and boot the command prompt?

I used Windows startup disk fdisk utility to delete/create partitions then format the drive. Apparently, the GRUB thing still exist. Any idea? Oh does Linux Server have a GUI because when successfully boot my server, i login and get the command prompt instead of a GUI like I expect?


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Joe Ess
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How are you booting your OS's if Grub can't find them?
Google gets a lot of hits for "remove Grub". I can't speak for any of them. You may want to just reinstall Grub (or configure it correctly, depending on how badly Windows screwed it up) and use it to decide between Windows and Linux.
Ubuntu Server does not have a GUI. Most enterprise-level servers run headless, that is, without a window system. Without an interactive user, a GUI would just take up valuable resources. If you want a GUI, you can install one. Here is one way.


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K. Tsang
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thanks joe. I will look into removing grub first.
Tim Holloway
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Windows installers have a long history of nuking the volume descriptor, which includes the boot program, which is why we usually recommend installing Windows first, then Linux.

You can install grub on a dual-boot system and then the set it up to boot Windows and Linux. Windows requires a somewhat awkward chain-loading boot process, but people do it everyday. The Windows bootloader, is alas, not as flexible, which is why there's the need to replace it with grub.


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