Originally Posted by atmega-ist
to be honest i don't really know if it had such a partition. the machine was salvaged from an industrial environment where it was used to control simple hardware and report across a network so i'm sure it had backup upon backup installed/configured. I booted it before installing ubuntu and there was a mob of programs which popped up and couldn't be closed/stopped. the administrator restrictions set by the previous owner were fairly great so i couldn't really tell what was what/where. i'd say that your assessment is a safe bet, though, because that blasted windows boot screen just wouldn't die. would resetting the setup configuration actually go so far as to remove/bypass that partition if it were there
Also - (if this requires a new thread don't hesitate to say) i was going through some tutorials on the terminal and something required writing a txt file to the home directory but i was told by the computer that i wasn't the owner... lol... it's so young... i thought rebellion didn't set in for a few more years!! looked into permissions but the selections for the home folder were grayed out...
Unfortunately, I wrecked another computer fixing that computer.
I was using another computer trying to copy the damaged system files (got stuck on hal.sys missing -- later determined that was not the file I needed but just an alias for another file)
I left the rescue disk in the other computer not thinking it would be a problem as it didn't seem to be bootable. When I returned from work I discover my father had tried to use that computer. It then booted from the rescue disk. Instead of aborting this he let the thing destroy his operating system. I got to thinking "why did that disk boot on one machine and not the other? I bought a partition utility and discovered why. I removed the boot flag from that first partition and hid it and was then able to boot from the rescue disk and fix the system.