Need to get rid of Linux and use only Windows
My girlfriends computer had Win98/Knoppix on it. She is unhappy with the linux and wants the box to have only win98. I can use my SLacware CD to get rid of the linux partions but how do I get rid of the LILO so that Win98 boots directly as it used to be.
does anyone really ever use this line for "regular repl
afaik the MBR is the 512 bytes (usually the very first 512 byte) that the BIOS loads at 0000:7C00 (FFFF:7C00 on some rare odd ones I belive) durring boot, and iirc the last 2 bytes must be 0AA55h (or was it 55AAh? long time since I studied the basics of OSes).
GRUB, lilo, NTOS Loader, "Extended OS Loader" (?), etc are just boot loaders that begins at the MBR, GRUB is afaik a 2(/3?)-stage loader, stage 1 is the ine that fits in the 'magic' 512 bytes (I can imagine it simply loads stage 2, which does fun stuff like A20 enabling, entering Protected Mode)
Usually the problem with dual booting/windows is that it zaps the MBR regardless of what was/is there, especially the Win9x/Me simply "zaps", Win2k afaik (at least older versions/revisions of it) seems to keep the old GRUB MBR as a bin file which can be booted to, WinXP seems to have "fixed"(note: absolutley no subliminal insinutaions here, I don't know why on earth you'd say I'd be making such accusations, I mean, why would I ever acuse a founding member of the BSA of ever writing anti-non-MS-MBR NTOS loader MBR installers?... :P) ) this behaviour, by not beeing as inteliigent -- it's reverted to the Win9X series MBR installation method -- "if I can replace whatever MBR there was with my version, I do it"), this seems to be a reversed case, ie, Windows not eating the MBR ;)
btw, the 512 byte MBR that Win9x uses is RE'd (uhm, well really, simply a disassembly(read: opcode to mnemonic transliteration, reversed assebmly process)), and it's compared to eg, GRUB or NTOS loader a trivial pice of code, actually not that overbloated - if you ever get the idea of writing your own toy "OS" , I'm sure you'll run in to it.
> You should have the option to burn restore cds.
Well, a golen rule that used to save my poor computer when windows said "Exception error, try again" for the 30th time in a row during boot, always make a boot diskette (regard less of why you use windows, if or what other OSes you got installed) -- it contains stuff like fdisk, which includes the '/mbr' option. For Win NT you usually have a recover CD or the legimitive bootable installation CD - which will if you do some searching (I wonder why they didn't include a "Restore MBR" option at the first screen...) allow you to restore the old MBR.
(to end this zealotic reply:) I'm happy I no longer need to bother with all these re-installations of windows when ever it broke (down), or digging in cryptic files (like %WINDIR%/inf/oddfileNaMe.inf just to enable the uninstall option of eg MSN messenger) and registry keys after booting to "failsafe" mode to get the OS/driver to understand I'm not using the by BIOS disabled on board gfx card but an add on after each driver uppgrade (realliy, that was _quite_ anoying with the old box in the days before liberation/iinux) -- I could spend some time flaming/hating windows, but not all is bad, Win95 did actually do some good - it allowed one to run Final Fantasy VII... and it started as a nice idea, really...