Removing Windows from Dual Boot

Weiner, Michael weinerm at
Thu Aug 26 17:31:46 UTC 2010

I am sure this has been asked a number of times, and I am not finding
anything relevant using a google search, so I thought I would post my
query here. I have a user that owns a Dell Inspiron laptop, that has a
60G drive split in two, with Windows XP on the first partition, and
Fedora Core 7 on the second. Now, he decides he would like me to remove
Windows XP and make it a 100% linux laptop. Great, I think to myself, a
convert! Until I look at the way it is configured:


[root at leex ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sda


Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System

/dev/sda1   *           1        3470    27872743+   7  HPFS/NTFS

/dev/sda2            3471        3483      104422+  83  Linux

/dev/sda3            3484        7296    30627922+  8e  Linux LVM


[root at leex ~]# df

Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on


                      28599044  22148476   4974372  82% /

/dev/sda2               101105     18631     77253  20% /boot

tmpfs                   257416         0    257416   0% /dev/shm


And from /boot/grub/grub.conf






title Fedora Core 7

        root (hd0,1)

        kernel /vmlinuz- ro
root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet

        initrd /initrd-

title Microsoft Windows XP

        rootnoverify (hd0,0)

        chainloader +1


I find many tutorials showing how to uninstall Linux from the second
partition and return the machine back to the original XP configuration,
but none really documenting the process going the other way (eg keeping
linux and dumping xp). And I am not even sure it can be done. 


Has anyone done this? If so, is there some documentation that I can
sneak a peak at to help push me in the right direction?


Thanks in advance



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