[kwlug-disc] Using linux to fix Windows
Insurance Squared Inc.
gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Fri Jul 3 11:07:16 EDT 2009
Joe, that's a wonderful idea and if it works, I (and probably others)
would love a detailed tutorial on setting something like this up...if
you're so inclined :). You're not alone in wanting a one push windows reset!
Joe Wennechuk wrote:
> Ok… Here is the situation:
> Preface: I am working for Charles at the recycle centre. We fix A lot
> of systems infected by this or that, and many of them are very
> pernicious and won’t be removed except by extraordinary measures. Many
> times due to unsafe surfing, or a lack of knowledge about potential
> threats. Some of these computers get re-infected in a short amount of
> time and come back infected again.
> I have an Aspire One; and, as are many of the newer Acers have a
> system restore to reset to factory condition.
> We re-install many systems, but I would like to use a configuration
> that allows a “””Factory Restore”””
> I would really like to implement a similar feature on the computers we
> fix using linux.
> My thinking is….
> Lets say the user had a 60 Gb HD
> I make one 10 G partition (should this be less ( consider we are
> working with small drives 40 G or less)\
> Three partitions in this case 10c: 40d: 10 Linux hda3?
> - Install Windows on the 10 gig partition
> - Format 40 more gigs as the data partition, and target MyDocuments to
> point to second partition,
> - With the last 10 gigs I would like to make a restore position that
> includes linux, and a copy of the image of the system partition as it
> was ORIGINALLY installed
> - I would like to be able to boot to this partition and restore to the
> original ghost image so…. I need a boot script.
> The restore partition should run minilinux or something, then format
> the first partition, then copy the original image to the newly
> formatted partition, then reboot. and that’s all it should do.
> It is my thinking that because all of the users data are stored on the
> second partition if the first(system) partition is wiped then re
> imaged the system would have the equivalent of a |Factory Restore…
> I think this should be easy.. Any suggestions???
> P.S. I would like the grub loader to say two choices restore, and windows,
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