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How do I remove Fedora 25 from a triple boot PC...

asked 2017-05-18 14:28:07 +0000

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Hello

I have a Lenovo laptop that runs (in UEFI mode) Windows 10, Linux Mint 17.3 and Fedora 25. For several reasons I wish to remove Fedora but still have the laptop bootable into the other OSes via Grub. I've read on here that just deleting the partitions that the Fedora installed created (/boot, / and /home?) I will render the machine unbootable because grub will be removed. I thought that under UEFI grub was installed in the /efi partition?

TIA

Andrew

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answered 2017-05-19 09:05:20 +0000

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Thank you for your reply. A few points...

Whenever I want to try a new OS I do install in a VM first. I did this with Fedora, it seemed to work so I installed it on the HD (where it obviously runs faster).

The installer seems to have created a 50GB partition, /boot, in which there is a folder called efi, which is empty.

If I look in the File System of the Mint installation, I find an entry for Fedora (I'd upload a screen shot if I had enough points!).

Am I really unable to remove Fedora???

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what application did you use to create and run the VM? it looks like you shared the HDD with the host and it installed fedora. I recommend backing up your important files and start from scratch. Please follow this guide on how to do VM's https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...GettingStarted_Guide/index.html

jlozadad ( 2017-05-19 14:02:45 +0000 )edit
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answered 2017-05-21 11:30:53 +0000

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updated 2017-05-21 11:31:29 +0000

To clarify what I have done...

I installed Fedora 25 64-bit Cinnamon in VMware Player on my laptop running Mint 17.3; it worked fine.

I then installed Fedora 25 on the hard drive of the laptop; I can boot Fedora, Mint or Windows 10 as I wish (if it matters, Secure Boot is off)

Fedora 25 seems to have created the following partitions: /, /boot, /home. As stated above, there is an efi folder in /boot but it is empty.

I now wish to remove Fedora 25 from the laptop. I had assumed I could just delete the partitions that Fedora created and then update grub from Mint - no?

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answered 2017-05-18 18:32:45 +0000

yes, it can break it and cause more disasters. I also seen it in /boot/efi so it varies how you install it. I suggest just ignore fedora for now and use the other OSs. When ever you have time, I suggest to install from scratch and clear that mess up. In the future, you want to try a OS then you should KVM/QEMU/vbox. Installs like this can cause a mess.

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