Saturday, January 26, 2008

Kubuntu...rescues another Windows. I need a special distro for this.

No matter how old I get, I can't get away from friends of mine calling me for help when their Windows have a problem. I have finally get to a point where they call me only when the fire is clearly visible, but still it is too often....

This week I had to do it again. I've became an expert:

  • Save the data...that means the whole harddisk, since you never know for sure where Windows apps save the key data

  • Check harddisk's integrity. It would be nice to have statistics about how often a harddisk breaks with windows installed compared with linux in the same enviroment.

  • Pass an antivirus, maybe you just have to restore a couple of archives.

  • Try to restore the windows installation (this doesn't work in 99% of the cases)

  • Format the harddisk

  • Install windows

  • Install drivers

  • Install apps

  • Restore data

  • Restore configurations

  • Install eDonkey or similar (this is a special category even for corporative computers) :)

I used to do some of these operations with Knoppix, but lately I do them with Kubuntu. I would like to use a pendrive specially prepared for this. I have a Mandrake one (from aKademy 2007) but I prefer a Debian based one (I'm more used to it). Is there any?

Maybe next time I have to help somebody to restore the Windows, I convince myself to do it. It is such a pain.....
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