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Ex-Vista Noob Needs Help

Link to this post 07 Sep 09

hi, my 2 yr old vista just quit on me. i had no user account password and only used my admin account and after a system restore, vista decided to create a password for me and i can no longer get in. i just ordered a dell mini with ubuntu i'll recieve in 3 weeks and i was wondering if there is a way an unskilled noob like me could install linux on my pc without deleting the vista until i figure out a way to retrieve my data locked away in vista.

i have zero knowledge of linux so i'll need something thats easy to do.

any suggestions?

thanks
Nuvie

Link to this post 07 Sep 09

I've installed Fedora 11 as a dual boot on a couple of Vista machines and Fedora created a Windows choice in grub successfully both times. Although I've never tried Ubuntu myself, I hear that it does an equally good job. Maybe some of the others hear on the forum can chime in with their experiences.
The problem is if you don't have access to Vista, and can't run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter you might have problems when you shrink the Vista Partition. Just something to keep in mind. An old Vista machine could have files spread all over the hard disk.
Already this will be non-noob friendly operation. You might need to remove the files first by using a Live Linux CD, mounting the windows partitions, and retrieving the files you want to save before trying to install Linux.
I'll see if I can find an easy how-to for you and return with a link. Maybe someone else here can help if they know of a link with noob-friendly instructions.

Edit: Link on how to access Vista without a password.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4701038_access-vista-password.html
If this works for you, it will make your life much easier.

Link to this post 08 Sep 09

I have used SystemRescueCD in similar cases. It has an NT Password retrieval tool on the disc that comes in handy, and it can also just blank the password and let you back into your system. Otherwise, Ubuntu will resize your windows partition(s) and make space for itself during the install procedure. You will still be able to access your windows system (after you sort out the password problem).

I wish you luck. I use Macintosh, Linux, and Windows (BSD and Minix as well but mostly as toys), when each is needed. Windows and Linux are perhaps as different as operating systems can get, and I know that the transition can be insanely difficult. There are several different blogs that have posted migration tips that you may find handy. A quick google search would be useful.

Link to this post 08 Sep 09

wow! your all good!

Link to this post 09 Sep 09

ford wrote:

I have used SystemRescueCD in similar cases. It has an NT Password retrieval tool on the disc that comes in handy, and it can also just blank the password and let you back into your system. Otherwise, Ubuntu will resize your windows partition(s) and make space for itself during the install procedure. You will still be able to access your windows system (after you sort out the password problem).

I wish you luck. I use Macintosh, Linux, and Windows (BSD and Minix as well but mostly as toys), when each is needed. Windows and Linux are perhaps as different as operating systems can get, and I know that the transition can be insanely difficult. There are several different blogs that have posted migration tips that you may find handy. A quick google search would be useful.

thanks guys, I used the NT password retrieval earlier and problem is, under user account and password, it showed no accounts which i guess means my account was actually deleted and it was the only account on the pc as i was the only user.

i installed ubunto 9.04 after a few installs and reinstalls to change preference, i have it working to my liking. love it. i hate myself for not doing it earlier. now i'm even happier i chose ubuntu 8.04 rather than windows on the netbook i have coming in the mail.

i was in the hunt for a C++ compiler and i could not figure out how to get the file i needed for GCC because all the directories had multiple files and folders with no explanation on what was what.

i got netbeans from sun. i know its an IDE but i dont know if it has a compiler or a way to output the program which i need in a class in school. in windows, all my C++ in windows outputted to a DOS/like environment so i'm wondering if i'll have the same with netbeans or anything else on linux. any ideas?

thanks
Nuvie

Link to this post 10 Sep 09

The gnu compiler collection is called gcc :
http://gcc.gnu.org/
you can use it to compile your C++ code for you. It is in the main ubuntu repositories for download and installation.

Whilst gcc is free software, Intel also do a compiler suite that compiles C++ code :
http://software.intel.com/en-us/intel-compilers/
it is not however; free software.

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