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Greetings,

Following the instructions here: http://bit.ly/fIoKxn

and here: http://bit.ly/iZN0A

I have so far been unsuccessful in my attempts to get rid of the linux boot loader on my machine (installed with openSUSE, I believe the boot loader is called grub).

I need to mention that while in the windows 7 installation disc and it asks me to select the OS to repair, no OS appears at all.  Likewise, when I look under startup and recovery in system properties, no default operating system appears under system startup.

How do I get rid of the linux boot loader?
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I haven't done it with Windows 7, but have with XP.  Your second link looks pretty straightforward, though.

But, first of all, can you boot into Windows with the Grub bootloader?  Does that work?  (I would have assumed if you can that Windows would find the installation.)
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>>>But, first of all, can you boot into Windows with the Grub bootloader?  Does that work?

Yes I can boot into windows.  I tried deleting the partitions in disk management but when I did that, the linux boot loader got messed up and I was left with a bare-bones command line interface.  So, I reinstalled openSUSE and got it back to the original grub start up menu.

Any ideas?
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But you still can boot into Windows?  You didn't delete one of the Windows partitions, did you?

What problems are you seeing from the links you sent?  Is it just that you can't get to the command line because it doesn't see the Windows installation?  
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by:max7
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There is no problem with the windows installation, once I pass the  grub boot loader I go right to the windows start up.

The problem is if I do "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr" it will say the following:

\device\harddisks0\DR0: could not open the volume root directory: the parameter is incorrect

\device\harddisks0\DR0: successfully updated the disk bootcode.

When I restart windows, I still face the linux boot loader.

Perhaps I should delete all the obvious non-windows partitions in disk management, and then boot from the windows 7 installation disk and repair then?

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max7 earned 0 total points
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would you believe that the solution was to try the option recommended by NONE of these tutorials?  Out of desperation, I selected startup repair from the system recovery options on the installation disk and, well, it worked.
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by:torimar
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Have you already tried the bootrec.exe tool from the Recovery DVD?
Check it out here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

What you especially need to look at (and apply) is the
bootrec /FixMbr

command.

The problem in your situation is not that there are still Linux partitions. The problem is rather, I guess, that Windows 7 messed up the complete structure of partitions and bootloading by creating a hidden system partition. I should not be surprised if even the Windows 7 recovery tools some time get confused by this (most unnecessary) complication.

If, after using the bootrec.exe command like described in the MS article, the situation is not resolved, please post a screenshot of your drive setup as seen in Disk Management.
If something goes wrong, do not reinstall Opensuse (that would be a waste of time). Download the Parted Magic boot CD: www.partedmagic.com and run the GParted partitioner. Make a screenshot of what you see and post it here, please.
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my answer was the the solution to the problem
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