[CentOS] administering an MS Windows partition under Linux

Ross Walker rswwalker at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 23:39:04 UTC 2009


On Nov 6, 2009, at 3:31 PM, Kai Schaetzl <maillists at conactive.com>  
wrote:

> Boris Epstein wrote on Fri, 6 Nov 2009 14:21:39 -0500:
>
>> If I have a dual-boot machine (Linux and Windows) would I have any
>> good tools under Linux that would allow me to look at the content of
>> the Windows boot partition, administer it, clean up the registry,
>> remove viruses if any, etc? The Windows installation seems to be so
>> defective as to be quite useless so I am trying to think of a good
>> strategy for dealing with the situation.
>
> Why would you want to do that? If there's valuable data you can get  
> them
> off the partition with Linux (CentOS can mount NTFS) and then  
> reinstall
> your Windows to that partition. Actually the data on the partition  
> should
> stay unharmed by a reinstallation or repair installation (you can do a
> repair installation from the install media).
> When reinstalling Windows you may lose bootability to Linux and
> reestablish grub. There are lots of articles/tutorials on the net if  
> you
> need help on that.

Reinstallation repairs reinit the registry which borks all the  
applications installed, so it is always better to just reinstall.

-Ross



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