I have an old laptop that is setup with dual boot, running Windows Vista and Linux Mint 12. I want to remove the Mint and reclaim the space to Windows. This is a simple task but I've been on it for the whole day and I'm no closer to a solution.
I know removing Linux Mint on a dual-boot machine and restoring the windows's bootloader is a simple task of popping in the windows disk and hitting on repair. I've done this before on my old laptop, quite a few times. But that was quite a long time ago.
Today, the laptop's CD/DVD drive is not reliable. It almost never works these days. And its also unable to boot from USB, which it used to do in the past.
Without a functioning CD/DVD drive and no ability to boot from USB, is this even possible? If there is a way to restore the windows bootloader right from within the currently working Vista OS, that would be perfect. I have the Vista Business disk and I can get files from it by reading it on a different machine and transferring via a usb drive.
So, do you guys have any ideas on how I can fix this. The laptop is, as of now, working perfectly fine, booting with grub. But this grub will be gone if I remove the Linux Mint partition.