Uninstalling dual-boot Linux

Spoiler – it's trickier than installing it! Back at the start of lockdown, I distracted myself by installing Kubuntu as dual boot alongside Windows 10 on my wife's Dell XPS 9360. Then I went and bought my own little Linux laptop instead. Fast forward half a year and my wife was running out of space on her hard drive and was getting fed up of having to restart the machine when she forgot to select Windows from the Grub start menu. So, the mission a few weeks ago was to upgrade the SSD and get rid of Linux from the machine. Right then!

I purchased a 2 TB P1 NVMe M.2 SSD from Crucial, not the latest and greatest as the 4 year old Dell can't make the most of it but an upgrade in speed and storage capacity nevertheless. I also got an enclosure to turn the old SSD into an external drive. Then I backed up files in a painfully slow fashion to an older external HDD I had lying around, and created a bootable Windows 10 USB

I'm not going to pretend I'm an IT expert but I can follow instructions from “How to” websites! As usual, I browsed a few to find some kind of consensus then started the process. My descriptions below will probably make more tech-savvy folk wince in their inaccuracies but hey:

And we're done! It wasn't painless and probably not ideal but it worked! I think that if I want Linux on this particular laptop in the future, I'll just use a Virtual Machine!

Entry 47 of my participation in the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find out more and join in!

2020-12-18 #100DaysToOffload #technology #Linux

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