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.....