How to remove linux mint?

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I have Windows 8 and Linux Mint both installed on my system. Now I want to remove both Linux Mint and Windows 8 and install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive.

I don’t know where the Linux Mint files are.

When I boot from the Windows 7 USB drive, I can’t install Windows 7.
It says the following:

Error: Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1. (Show details)

Details: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. 
The selected disk has an MBR partition table.  
On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GTP disks.  
Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space.  
Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS.

So my question is how to safely remove Linux Mint and restore the NTFS filesystem without losing any files on any of the partitions?

I have no problem losing all files stored in the Windows partition C:


You’d better copy/backup all the files you want to keep to an external drive and then perform a clean install (removing all the partitions, etc.). You don’t really seem to understand what you are about to do, so I think this will be the less error-prone method as well as the safest one (for your data).

You can convert an MBR style disk to a GPT disk without changing any of the partitions much (the first one does have to be moved a bit). I have not done it, but apparently gdisk can be used for this on linux (you will probably need to do it from a live CD):

How can I change/convert a Ubuntu MBR drive to a GPT, and make Ubuntu boot from EFI?

The fact that the original question was about Ubuntu doesn’t matter; the answer looks well written and contains further references. If you follow that guide, obviously, you can stop at the point where the disk has been converted to GPT. Ie, you just do the first two steps:

  1. Resize partition
  2. Convert the disk

Do of course back-up your truly important tish before you do anything. I am sure there are also windows based tools around if you google, but you can’t use the windows on the disk itself.

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