Boot problem

From: AverageSecurityGuy 
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I recently rebuilt a laptop by erasing the Windows partition and =
installing Xubuntu. I need to go back to Windows now and I want to use =
the recovery partition, which is still intact, to reset the machine back =
to factory defaults. The problem is I can=92t boot to it because I let =
Xubuntu overwrite the MBR with Grub. Can I add the recovery partition to =
Grub and select it at boot time or can I boot a live CD and select the =
partition that I want to boot then? Or is there a better option?

Thanks,

--
Stephen Haywood
Owner, ASG Consulting
CISSP, OSCP
423.305.3700
asgconsulting.co




=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ On Jun 10, 2014, at 10:26 AM, AverageSecurityGuy = wrote: installing Xubuntu. I need to go back to Windows now and I want to use = the recovery partition, which is still intact, to reset the machine back = to factory defaults. The problem is I can=92t boot to it because I let = Xubuntu overwrite the MBR with Grub. Can I add the recovery partition to = Grub and select it at boot time or can I boot a live CD and select the = partition that I want to boot then? Or is there a better option? I=92m rusty on this, but options include: adding the recovery partition to grub (not bad) boot dos floppy/usb, run: fdisk /mbr=20 delete the Linux partition set the recovery partition to bootable reboot Boot from a clonezilla or other recovery mode linux CD.=20 My google fu found: = http://robert.penz.name/221/mini-howto-restore-windows-mbrbootloader-with-= linux/ Which I did not know there was an =93mbr=94 package.=20 =20

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ if you have a Windows dvd handy (and who doesn't?) http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/20864-mbr-restore-windows-7-master-boot-record.html -------------------------------------------- Subject: [Chugalug] Boot problem To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:26 AM I recently rebuilt a laptop by erasing the Windows partition and installing Xubuntu. I need to go back to Windows now and I want to use the recovery partition, which is still intact, to reset the machine back to factory defaults. The problem is I can’t boot to it because I let Xubuntu overwrite the MBR with Grub. Can I add the recovery partition to Grub and select it at boot time or can I boot a live CD and select the partition that I want to boot then? Or is there a better option? Thanks, -- Stephen Haywood Owner, ASG Consulting CISSP, OSCP 423.305.3700 asgconsulting.co -----Inline Attachment Follows-----

=============================================================== From: Sudo Bash ------------------------------------------------------ I don't think the recovery partitions are directly bootable most of the time, but depending on the manufacturer there are sometimes repair options you can press like F11 right after it POST's that will let you enter recovery. There is always the option of installing from DVD/Flash drive. Here are some legal downloads for 7 ISO's so all you need is a key: http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.= 12325/ On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Ed King wrote= : oot-record.html

=============================================================== From: kitepilot@kitepilot.com ------------------------------------------------------ I've learnt to be SUPER lazy: http://www.supergrubdisk.org/ ET AverageSecurityGuy writes:

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ F11 boots into grub which boots to Xubuntu the time, but depending on the manufacturer there are sometimes repair = options you can press like F11 right after it POST's that will let you = enter recovery. There is always the option of installing from DVD/Flash = drive. Here are some legal downloads for 7 ISO's so all you need is a = key: = http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads= .12325/

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ ET, This looks like exactly what I need. Thanks,

=============================================================== From: Sudo Bash ------------------------------------------------------ No F11, does nothing and it went straight to Grub...

=============================================================== From: Sudo Bash ------------------------------------------------------ I said it is for specific manufacturers, for instance Dell and Toshiba.

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ Sorry HP supports the F11 recovery option. When I press Esc at boot up = then choose F11 - Recovery, it boots to Grub. I could be wrong because = I=92m doing this over the phone, so I don=92t see everything. I may be = missing something. -- Stephen Haywood Owner, ASG Consulting CISSP, OSCP 423.305.3700 asgconsulting.co Toshiba.

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 How big is this "recovery" partition? Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJTl0c+AAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdqasH/RpLtbth7RZAn1Q+1reVG+fR /N606awYGKMlxfeUuBsr90NsD1iSP43mLl4FKwKykcFM9C5x+OBrr/x15lMec3ad B4BWca5LCsl4Bzk/ZkGFeAYJonPyyxTsqBZEfLUyb4abNxwH1LZWJebLDlRxoEGp s3Z3UKhMjs8u+ej0tKKAeFNl4sDMtcv68NMGfbVmHXjsCISDCGEr0cz0Y27PrdR/ CzYLylxv/sQDnDJphKL8sRGTbhj50hwlG+HzAfj8B0fDcqrJ/suIoKmAmSK4iIZi +eecfhIyV0XRbw3xoO0WcZG4ec3Pz1hQ/QvrvcVgAxlVVI00QM4HoW58azacEVA= =fmSg -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ Fdisk /MBR? ----- Dave Brockman wrote:

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ 30-40 GB I think. -- Stephen Haywood Owner, ASG Consulting CISSP, OSCP 423.305.3700 asgconsulting.co

=============================================================== From: Sudo Bash ------------------------------------------------------ I've never been able to get the HP recovery partitions to work correctly, maybe once in a blue moon but very rarely.

=============================================================== From: rdflowers ------------------------------------------------------ So maybe installing Grub wrote over the HP-installed MBR ? ----- Message from Sudo Bash --------- Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:56:34 -0400 From: Sudo Bash Reply-To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Boot problem To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 I'm going to go out on a limb and tell you that you could have reloaded it from a fresh format by now. Hope you have done so. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJTl4LvAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcd7N0H/jE/2BK+t6RjmUGSYCjzQbsQ yBQ2+bWW2IVRS8o1eKBe6sdH6zvhuFN6GtmJEaZ/bqw4DktDXH75Ws3/O7CpU2+5 lrXBXWesTqJfkXN/jtlW4htqMX8JkYZyKYrT2hrDM1xVGwwBrxm2MS+5xgf7Yb7q XTa4VMW1mLANw5eN+n7xxFtgmVT1eJV1QA9WexIdVieA34dXw7XxsjaDcbkBF9LI awBSoDdAwbUReEbBQXFcNFSNlAxFZsDjFnhb/Mc+ZOJvIhUYdpo98pKGvaoGqm0t kVJCzsXlIFbGfHacA9gqnSO51Ey+6dAtzovDrCHF/WmitLTjcu88uFNeF0veHSE= =4Ets -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ Different machine.

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ Is there a way to verify these ISO files? I can=92t find an md5, sha1 or = any other hash/signature. the time, but depending on the manufacturer there are sometimes repair = options you can press like F11 right after it POST's that will let you = enter recovery. There is always the option of installing from DVD/Flash = drive. Here are some legal downloads for 7 ISO's so all you need is a = key: = http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads= .12325/

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Doesn't matter, you posted that at 10:30AM this morning. 8.5 hours later, I would hope you have found another way. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJTl5BXAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdFE0H/1XPusgX2Nw0YhNC9xl1REPP Zqso3FjlofEzeh15fzxHPbeaFA0rFD9sfjQbH0xHd7nLUM+p53qJWihyr8fldy69 4oT0c4BB3MHt4dNI/00Zw+fzTlR7+GgHDmgIOMkvjuXMu6SVAuqToiWwCZPBeEG1 8pQknBloCuvDWSsOtqoAWtA8Ha58cPFiHwDTNZ83X8XbyNVomNG+n+GMdfn2w91q cxhf2GK85kHrLrQAgqIlNAFC49onK6ovC8ul1syxiDiG+QefMazVPfGy/2iEfvnf 1DZBVixEeBwmJsyMAWXJ37hfhUtWm+YjAv+UNV37wQGZhD7GNlO1KD1a/rYSYwg= =KRTM -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Have you ever downloaded anything from MS with a HASH? Those are the legit ISOs however, MS uses DR for their digital delivery. I can vouch for the links posted. I can also put up a virgin OEM Win 7 x64 Pro ISO if you trust me more than DR. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJTl5ESAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdDFkH/imf++ITOfo8DSpKwTR8NKKG GMyTJyoHEjaGHzIN0nYcPcwxzHTfw0FMquWEKy9fxIt+CHfGFRfNvmbi2hm/Ohzr 1ZEswGSWEAOteWZtGZGTShcccBMcFsw5t0JAvS7cXwEONB/an/QBPALjOWi+++0j 2b7QcNXjtlamzxq//LPA4A2Pjjx1hYP6m6h0DLrfuqWInKAjCbESmBkk+AtQ4J2N C+d2MBd/ygtKUwMYG9uhwc7WTEYFyQBCGfC/rASryn5LB+4rSNTF1618dTv1jTU7 Ei0rNYTanSG91FxLm664SDYAi9unREvs781jUD292hfc1t2LMvHqyJSpazyWjZ4= =q147 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ I was doing my real job. This is family tech support work. It waits = until I=92m ready to work on it. :)

=============================================================== From: AverageSecurityGuy ------------------------------------------------------ I=92ll take you at your word. As for downloading hashes from MS, I was = hoping something had changed in the last few years. Thanks for the help.

=============================================================== From: flushy@flushy.net ------------------------------------------------------ grub> rootnoverify (hd0,0) grub> makeactive grub> chainloader +1 grub> boot http://aptosid.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=1976 also: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=add+rescue+partition+to+grub --b Quoting AverageSecurityGuy :