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Safest way to recover WIN Vista?


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#1 ThorsonB

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 05:09 AM

I got a friend who apparently downloaded a Virus on his computer, and now his computer wont load past th BIOS /POST (power on system test) screen…..
I was thinking… just get a Live Linux/Ubuntu CD, using that and retrieve whatever important he has saved on his HDD… and then re-install WIN_Vista

I’m not sure if he has his OS on a separate partition, and data (files/documents/videos/music) on a separate partition.

Any suggestions on how I should go about doing this?

Since I’m not an expert, I’m sure my friend would be happy enough to know that his files were retrieved… he should care less about his system settings / configurations

Or maybe there is a LIVE Windows Vista CD? That one can make use of?? And maybe I try get a “System Restore Point” ??

P.s. this person doesn’t have the Installation discs for Vista, it came pre installed with the computer (second hand)…
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:15 PM

Recover Deleted Files on an NTFS Hard Drive from a Ubuntu...
Obviously, later on, all recovered files have to be scanned with AV program, before putting them back on fresh installation.

As for reinstalling Vista, that computer should have recovery partition, unless someone removed it.
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