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Microsoft KB: How to Remove Linux and Install Windows XP

December 22nd, 2005 by Jim

I just ran across a Microsoft KB article that I thought was interesting.

Microsoft KB Article ID 314458, Revision 2.0, December 14, 2005

This article explains how to remove the Linux operating system from your computer and install Windows XP. This article assumes that Linux is already installed on your computer’s hard disk, that Linux native and Linux swap partitions are in use (which are incompatible with Windows XP)…

Hmmm… Is Microsoft having trouble with those new cheap computers that are shipping with Linux? 😉

Microsoft is probably not hurting much from Linux computer sales, but considering that a user educated enough to install Linux would also be able to remove it, the KB article must be targeting those who bought a computer with Linux preinstalled.

I bet those users feel pretty bad when they learn their $200 computer needs a $130 copy of Windows XP Home to make it work for them. 😀

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Revision History

2005.12.22 Initial revision.

One Response to “Microsoft KB: How to Remove Linux and Install Windows XP”

  1. Chris Martin Says:

    Ha.. an interesting article indeed. I bet you won’t see a reciprocal article about removing Windows XP and installing Linux. They explain how to use fdisk in Linux. Why not just have the windows setup program wax away? With my experiences, Windows setup just lists the partitions as unkown file systems, but it does allow you do delete them.