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Old 06-11-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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Angry stupid Win XP says I don't have permission to do ANYthing !


I think it is a virus, but I can't get windows to start in safe mode. I have tried a sart disk and that failed too. So my question is if I load linux (debian) do you think I can get it to load and run so I can run a virus program? also I would love to save some (most) of the info on my harddrive. and then if that does work how do I get rid of windows? and just use linux as my OS?


Any advice, warnings, rants or assistance greatly appriecated
Thanks,
Holly
 
Old 06-11-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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Remove the drive and install it in another Windows computer as slave (second drive). Boot up Windows and you should see the second drive in My Computer and access all your files. Once you back up your data, put the drive back in it's original computer and boot it with the Debian CD/DVD and let the installer use the whole drive. You may need to go into the bios (setup) and configure the boot order so that the optical drive is before the hard drive.
 
Old 06-11-2008, 08:54 PM   #3
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well you can do it a few ways...

1. try a 'live-cd' - this will run a linux OS from a CD/DVD and let you run utilities
2. download BartsPE and use the recovery tools on that.
3. install a linux distro and try some recovery tools.

i would start with 1 or 2 there are less of a chance of loosing data.
 
Old 06-11-2008, 08:58 PM   #4
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Forgot to mention:
If your account in the non-booting drive is an administrator's account, you will not be able to access your documents if it is Windows 2000, XP or Vista. To get around this, you should install that drive in a computer running Windows XP Pro or equivalent in Vista. With Windows XP Pro you can take ownership of the administrator's My Documents folder in the non-booting drive and have access to the My Documents folder. Google "How to take ownership of files with Windows XP Pro" or similar to find how to do it.
You won't have that issue if viewing the drive through a Linux OS.

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 06-11-2008 at 08:59 PM.
 
Old 06-14-2008, 05:27 PM   #5
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Smile thank you

I tried to put the "bad" drive in as a slave, it has different kind of connectors ( not the pin type). I figured out how to get it hooked up but my other computer did not recognize or even acknowledge it (is from a lenovo). So I will go ahead and do a cd install and hope most of the info is still available.

Thank you for all your help.
Holly
 
  


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