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Brought a brand spanking new motherboard, cpu, memory for my sister the other day. Installed it and re-formatted her hard-disk. I then installed winXP and all drivers. Out of the ...
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    Use linux to fix windows


    Brought a brand spanking new motherboard, cpu, memory for my sister the other day. Installed it and re-formatted her hard-disk. I then installed winXP and all drivers. Out of the blue the pc reset and I got an error msg “hal.dll corrupt” and winXP couldn’t boot.

    So I was about to reformat again then I thought “Ah, knoppix”. So I stuck the knoppix cd in, booted up, loaded firefox and searched the web for the answer. Found what I had to do (log into the winXP recovery console and type buildcfg /rebuild) and all worked fine after that.

    Just though it was funny that I had to use a linux distro to enable me to fix a windows problem. Oh and I found myself typing linux commands at the recovery console too. Very frustrating.
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    Yep, the Knoppix / Ubuntu (and probably others) live cds are perfect for this sort of thing.

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    The best way i found to fix Windows using Linux is to install Linux over Windows.
    And Windows will be cured PERMANENTLY!!!!!
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    I customized and remastered the sysresccd live CD so that it has the necessary drivers to use captive ntfs mounting natively (read-write access to NTFS partitions using Windows system files) among other things. It's amazing how useful it is to be able to overwrite system files on broken Windows machines "on the fly".
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    Also, as an important note, just add an ls.bat file to your Windows path that runs "dir /p". I found that the ability to type "ls" at the commandline made life FAR easier for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatline
    I customized and remastered the sysresccd live CD so that it has the necessary drivers to use captive ntfs mounting natively (read-write access to NTFS partitions using Windows system files) among other things. It's amazing how useful it is to be able to overwrite system files on broken Windows machines "on the fly".
    Could you give me a link to it
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    Sorry, I can't distribute it...same reasons that sysresccd doesn't come with working captive ntfs. Since there is an existing license for those Windows system files, I can use them - if I give them to someone else, though, it's a breach of the licensing agreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabhan
    Also, as an important note, just add an ls.bat file to your Windows path that runs "dir /p". I found that the ability to type "ls" at the commandline made life FAR easier for me.
    i used the ls batch file when i was in a class all about DOS. instructor kept asking me why i was typing ls instead of dir. i thought it was alot easier.
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    my freind installed windows on linux (used setup.exe wit wine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by a12ctic
    my freind installed windows on linux (used setup.exe wit wine)
    BLASPHEMY!!!

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