[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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