How do I remove the Ubuntu option from startup now that I have uninstalled it?

Ritz Rulz May 8, 2012

I am using Windows 7 on my Sony Vaio and I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 just to test it out (I opted for installation like a program, not full installation). I uninstalled it (Ubuntu) and all of the files have been deleted, but when I start my system it still asks me whether I want to start Windows or Ubuntu.

When I try to start Ubuntu it shows me a clear message that I have uninstalled it. What should I do to remove the option to start Ubuntu on system startup? Please help! Thanks.

  1. Freud Iomc
    October 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    In earlier versions of Windows, boot.ini was a system file that contained information about the Windows operating systems installed on the computer. This information was displayed during the startup process when you turned on your computer. It was most useful in multiboot configurations, or for advanced users or administrators who needed to customize how Windows started.

    In this version of Windows, the boot.ini file has been replaced with Boot Configuration Data (BCD). This file is more versatile than boot.ini, and it can apply to computer platforms that use means other than basic input/output system (BIOS) to start the computer.

    If you need to make changes to BCD, such as removing entries from the list of displayed operating systems, use the command line tool Bcdedit, an advanced tool intended for administrators and IT professionals. For technical information about Bcdedit, go to the Microsoft website for IT professionals.

    If your computer is a multiboot configuration, you can still change which Windows operating system opens by default, and how long to display the list of operating systems, by using System in Control Panel.

    Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

    In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

    Under System startup, choose a default operating system and the amount of time to display the list of operating systems, and then click OK.

  2. Robert Tygart
    May 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    You can edit with grub using "Puppy Linux" Live-CD it has grub preinstalled check the menu.

    About Puppy Linux

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    I would suggest using Lucid Puppy (Ubuntu-Compatible Build)

  3. Aruzmeister
    May 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Yes ubuntu use the powerfull bootloader that replaces the windows or mac boot uption the name of file is grub so it give you priority boot option to ubuntu but you can change it by editing grub file and putting hatch # in the line to disable or move the text

    May 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Hello, if you want to use a command already included with windows, you could try BCDEdit. Here is a link with instructions. Be very careful:

    As an alternative, you could also use Visual BCD Editor. It does same thing as BCDedit command, the difference is that Visual BCD Editor uses a gui easy to follow. BCDEdit command uses command prompt and it can be confusing:

  5. Justin Pot
    May 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    It's annoying that was left behind; the uninstaller typically removes this.

    These instructions can help you find the setting, and stop this prompt from happening:

    You should be able to remove the Ubuntu entry from there. Alternatively, you could try BCDedit:

    It's a little more complicated, and making a mistake could break your system, so tread lightly.

    Oh, and by the way: Ubuntu 12.04 just came out, and is really good. You might consider giving Ubuntu another chance! :)