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This article describes how to remove the LILO boot manager from the Master Boot Record (MBR).
When Linux is installed on your computer, it allows a dual boot by loading a boot manager called LILO directly into the MBR. To remove LILO, perform the following steps:
If Linux is Still InstalledRun LILO with either the -u or -U switch. The device name has to be the second parameter.
If Linux is Not InstalledNOTE: The following procedure is not supported by Microsoft and is done strictly at the discretion of the user. Microsoft assumes no liability for lost or corrupted data. This procedure should be done only as a last resort.
IMPORTANT: fdisk /mbr removes the disk signature from the MBR. If this drive is a member of a Windows fault tolerance set, it will no longer be recognized as a member of that set.
The only difference between the two switches is that -u checks the time stamp on the current MBR and the backed-up one, whereas -U does not check the time stamp at all.
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
Article ID: 171611 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 2.2
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