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Roll back windows without reinstalling it.


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#1 Random Bob

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:09 AM

I am tired of reinstalling Windows every time due to viruses and slow down on PC.

I read some where that there are softwares called 'disc imaging software' or something that can restore windows back to the way it was when it was installed (Freshly installed windows) .

Please suggest me a good software for this.

Thanks! :crazy:

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:16 AM

Are you looking for free software or are you willing to pay?

ANd are you familiar with Linux?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

Free software because I can't ever afford to buy software (Third world). And I'm a bit familiar with Linux but am not very good at commands. As long as it has GUI or if the commands are easy I'm good.

EDIT: I looked at many available options and decided that a linx based (cold transfer) would be better because I can use it immediately after installing windows. If I use a hot transfer method and run an infected file (say the backup program it self is infected by a worm) and later take a backup it'd be meaningless taking a backup in the first place.

So, please suggest me a linux (cold transfer) back up program.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:21 AM

You can use Linux' dd command. But pay attention to the source and destination, otherwise you'll overwrite something you don't need.

But in your case, it's probably easiest to use OSFClose:
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

This is a small Linux Live CD (boot from USB or CD) that allows you to clone or image drives.
If your backup drive has identical size, you make a clone, otherwise you make an image.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

I am tired of reinstalling Windows every time due to viruses and slow down on PC.

Please, do not think I'm trying to be obnoxious, because I'm not.
But how about putting more effort into prevention - not allow a virus to even enter your computer in the first place and not allow it to execute, using a good firewall and a good antivirus product plus not visiting crapware serving sites.
Additionally, set security things in a browser so that compromised, but otherwise good, websites can't infect you.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:41 PM

You can use Linux' dd command. But pay attention to the source and destination, otherwise you'll overwrite something you don't need.

But in your case, it's probably easiest to use OSFClose:
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

This is a small Linux Live CD (boot from USB or CD) that allows you to clone or image drives.
If your backup drive has identical size, you make a clone, otherwise you make an image.


I just downloaded PING. Does the distro you mentioned have any different features from PING? Or is PING the same as this one?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:25 AM

You can use PING too, OSFClone is more for forensics.

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