[kwlug-disc] Using linux to fix Windows

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 4 13:35:19 EDT 2009


Actually I've used partimage which does the dd plus tgz on the partition. 

My process was:

Install Windows
Install the drivers
Install and configure the main applications
Create an image with Partimage in chunks that fit CDs
Burn the image segments to CDs

I have a Rescue CD handy. I've done the restore as a simple manual process but I'm sure that it can be easily automated

I'm sure you could create a bootable partition which starts the partition restore process.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Fri, 7/3/09, Joe Wennechuk <youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com> wrote:

> From: Joe Wennechuk <youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Using linux to fix Windows
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> Received: Friday, July 3, 2009, 11:02 AM
> 
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> 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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