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Can't Remove Fedora Bootloader in Dual-Boot

asked 2015-07-16 10:51:40 -0500

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I'm on a Dell XPS 13 (early 2015 model), and I was dual-booting Fedora alongside Windows 8.1. I decided to try another linux distro, so I removed the Fedora partitions and followed these steps to restore the Windows bootloader:

  1. Boot into recovery USB
  2. Go into command prompt
  3. bootrec /fixmbr
  4. bootrec /fixboot

Both of the commands above say that the command was successful, but when I reboot, I still get GRUB with the nonexistant Fedora installation. Can anyone point me in the right direction on fixing this? Thanks.

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answered 2015-07-16 21:47:15 -0500

UEFI systems (ie any computer that came with windows 8) do not install the bootloader to the MBR. The bootloader is a file (or set of files) on the EFI system partition. You can remove the Fedora files from that partition, but there may still be a firmware boot entry pointing at them; either boot a Fedora live image to remove it with efibootmgr, set the boot order to not use it, or use some other method.

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Do not install GRUB or other bootloaders to the MBR of any drive. Your computer doesn't boot from the MBR, it will cause problems.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-07-16 21:48:22 -0500 )edit

Windows 8.1 has bcdedit for UEFI entries. See bcedit /? for usage. Research also points to bootrec /rebuildbcd ( ).

NuuN gravatar imageNuuN ( 2015-07-16 23:46:23 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-07-16 21:17:48 -0500

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try a disk management tool and delete any remaining linux partition(s), use your windows 8.1 to repair disk to fix your windows boot loader using the command prompt. bootrec.exe /fixmbr

If your going to try another Linux just install it you can use the other distro to fix the boot loader and use that distro's boot loader with out going through the hassle of using the windows repair disk.

FYI, Try to uninstall the bootloader and change settings before removing the linux distro next time you want to switch or go back to just windodws 8.1.

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