Need help switching from ubuntu to Windows

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Hello,
I have some serious issues. Firstly, I'm entirely computer-challenged. On XUbuntu I can't find my usb. I also need Windows for some school stuff. When I go to boot up my computer it asks me if I want to switch to another system, and when I move to 'Windows XP recovery mode' the answers to the questions are never correct. Like the admin password and stuff. I put in the right asnwer, but it just ends up restarting. How can I switch back? My brother added Ubuntu, but I seriously need Windows. Is there some kind of miracle handbook or something that will show me how to switch it back????

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Hey, I'm trying to use this Terminal thing to get Windows XP on my system and completely get rid of Ubuntu... Could use some help...

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Hi

Xubuntu is an excellent choice for someone who is computer-challenged. The help forums are very used to dealing with all kinds of noobs and tend to be very welcoming. Sometimes they give a quick answer and you might need to ask them what they mean and how to do that but someone usually helps with detail later ;) These links might help

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Links?action=show&redirect=Signpost%2FQuestions#help
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwitchingToUbuntu/FromWindows
http://www.linuxquestions.org

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Ok, it looks like you've already mastered web-browsing in Xubuntu and presumably you have found the Office packages in the Applications menu?

Does Xubuntu have a "Places" menu on the top taskbar? If so then your Usb stick should be in there - helpfully labelled something like "3.4 GB Media", sorry about that :(

As for getting back into Windows that could be a bit tricky and we'll need to work together to fix that. To start with please go up to the top taskbar and click on

Applications - Accessories - Terminal

Ok, here's a quick guide on the terminal for you to bookmark and dip into occasionally, you don't need to read al the way through it but quickly scrolling through it might be good
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal
Note that you can get a quick help cheat-sheet on any command by just adding " -h" or " --help" after the command. For example try

info -h

and now into the terminal/command window/console type

sudo fdisk -l

note that it asks for your normal user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. Also the "-l" is lower-case "-L". Posting the output from that into here might help us work out what addresses need to be in your boot-menu. Also could you type in

cd /boot/grub
ls
sudo cp menu.lst menu.lst.010809
ls
sudo gedit menu.lst

and then ignoring all the lines that start with a # (ie the whole of the first half of the file, perhaps more - don't worry about odd single lines) just copy into here all that last chunk that mostly doesn't have # marks at the start of lines. Note that "ls" is a lower-case "LS" and that "cp" should create a copy of the file menu.lst" (that's a lower-case "MENU.LST" btw) giving it the name "menu.lst.010809", as you will see from the 2nd "ls" command ;) Gedit is a nice little text-editor a bit like "Notepad"

Ok, so hopefully we can help you from there
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)