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Using Ubuntu Linux to Rescue Windows

Mar 22, 2010, 22:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"Did Windows crash beyond repair? If so, you probably want to get your files off of the drive before you erase everything and reinstall Windows. This tutorial will help you do exactly that.

"We're going to use Ubuntu's LiveCD mode. Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution that's a free and open source alternative to Windows. The LiveCD mode lets you boot into and use the operating system (OS) without installing anything on the computer. You should be able to view your files and copy them to another drive, backup to discs, or transfer via a network. Now let's get started!

"Download and burn the Ubuntu CD

"Most Linux distributions aren't on the shelves of your local stores. You have to make your own CD unless you want to order them online. If burning CDs isn't your thing, consider using a USB flash drive. If you're trying to rescue files from a dead computer, you'll obviously need to use a different PC that works. If your computers aren't up, you might try a friend or neighbor."

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