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Delete windows 8 through fedora 20

asked 2014-04-29 17:00:22 -0500

EpicBertie gravatar image

updated 2014-04-29 17:50:21 -0500

mether gravatar image

Hi everyone,

I have fedora 20 running perfectly on my ThinkPad L430 but I also have windows 8 installed on it. As usual, windows 8 will not boot after installing fedora, and although I've tried many times to fix the dual boot problem, it still won't boot.

So I thought: is there a safe way to completely remove this damnation called windows 8 from my laptop and either use the free space on fedora or perhaps even install windows 7 (I like the occasional gaming)?

Thanks a lot!

PS: If anyone has something new to suggest about how to fix the dual boot, I'd be happy to try once more...

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answered 2014-04-30 02:46:16 -0500

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updated 2014-05-04 01:02:14 -0500

a. Launch a terminal, execute su and then cd /etc/grub.d/; vi 40_custom, and reboot after adding this code to the end:

menuentry 'Microsoft Windows 8' {
set root='hd0,gpt2'
chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi

b. If that doesn't work, execute parted -l|grep boot|grep hidden as root, and replace the second line of the code with set root='hd0,gptX', but replace X with the number that parted -l gave you. Reboot!

c. If this also doesn't work, use the fdisk command to remove your Windows 8 partitions. But, be careful as fdisk is a dangerous command, and you may destroy your whole disk. Refer to this link or do a man on fdisk using man fdisk.

Hope I helped and your problem is fixed.

PS: I had the same problem when installing the dual boot. The first time, I tried it with EasyBCD, but it doesn't work as it doesn't support GPT disks. Then, I found the solution (given by Ahmad Samir) here.

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