How to Uninstall Ubuntu & Install Windows

by David Secor

Although Ubuntu has gained popularity as a desktop operating system over the last few years, some of the most popular software packages and games are simply not available for it, or any other version of Linux. Of course, most of that software is compatible with Windows, and in order to uninstall Ubuntu and install Windows, you will need to remove the Linux-style partitioning scheme, which will also remove Ubuntu in the process.


Copy any files that you would like to keep onto an external device, such as a USB flash drive, USB hard drive or writeable CDs or DVDs.


Purchase a version of Windows that will be compatible with your system. Windows comes in 32- or 64-bit versions, in either the standard or Pro edition. Check your computer's documentation to determine whether it has a 32- or 64-bit processor and that it meets the minimum requirements for processor speed, amount of RAM and free hard drive space.


Find the brand name and model number of your computer and from the manufacturer's website, download the appropriate hardware drivers for your system, according to the version of Windows you will be installing. At a minimum make sure you have the video, sound, wired networking and, if installed, wireless networking (Wi-Fi) drivers. Transfer the drivers to an external device.


Insert the Windows DVD and restart the system. If the computer does not ask to boot from the DVD, you will need to access the boot menu or the BIOS to select the DVD drive as the boot device. Check your computer's documentation to determine which keys will grant you access, such as “F2,” “F12,” “Esc” or Del.”


Select the desired language, time format and input method, then click “Next.” Click “Install Now,” and enter the Windows product key when prompted. Check the box to accept the license agreement and click “Next.” On the next screen, choose the “Custom: Windows Install Only” option. A window will open showing the current partitions on your system and, typically, there are two for Ubuntu.


Click on the first Ubuntu partition, choose the “Delete” option and click “OK” to confirm. Repeat for the remaining partitions, until all that is left is an empty partition labeled “Unallocated Space.” Click on the “Unallocated Space” partition to select it, then click “Next,” to start the installation in the free space.


Reboot when prompted, but do not press the key to boot from the DVD. The new Windows installation will boot and begin searching for hardware, after which it will reboot again. Next, a settings wizard will start, with the “Personalize” screen displayed first.


Choose your preferred color and select a network name for your computer, then click “Next.” If your computer is equipped with Wi-Fi, a screen will be displayed allowing you to select your wireless network and enter a password to connect to it, if required. Click “Next” to continue.


Select “Express Settings” to choose the default network and security options or choose “Customize” to select your own. In the next screen, choose to sign in with an existing Microsoft account, create a new Microsoft account or to create a local account. For easy access to the Windows Store, a Microsoft account is recommended.


Click “Next” to accept the default SkyDrive settings. After several informational screens or messages, the Start Screen will be displayed.


Test your hardware devices, including video, sound and network adapters, to make sure they are working correctly. If not, connect the external device containing the drivers you downloaded and run the install program for the appropriate hardware.


Check for any available Windows updates and install them.

About the Author

David L. Secor is a computer repairman and writer from west Texas. He has been writing informational articles on a wide variety of subjects since approximately 2005. When not writing, he scours the desert for interesting photos, often ending up with nothing but embedded thorns for his efforts.

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