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So I'm an idiot. The other day my computer prompted me to install some updates, so I let it start doing its thing and went in the kitchen to make dinner. I came back and realized that my battery had died midway through the update process. Now when I try to start my computer, it won't load windows. I can access my bios menu, but nothing further.

So two questions. First, is there any other option besides reinstalling windows? Second, how difficult is it to create a linux cd boot so I can get some data off of the computer before I have to reinstall windows?
 

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I actually have an 8gb USB drive with LinuxMint that I use on my brother-in-law's laptop, to save his important files when he inevitably gets the latest/greatest porn virus :lol:

It's pretty simple, but, of course, you'll need to use a friend's working system to generate it.
 

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How difficult of a process is all of that.? I know nothing about linux.
 

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Load the program from the (fixed) link above :)lol:).

Ubuntu is pretty popular for it's windows-like interface, and I personally think LinuxMint is very easy to navigate:
Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" - CD no codecs (32-bit) - Linux Mint

Install it to a USB.

Find a way to access your BIOS :)lol:), set your USB drive to the first bootable, and restart.
 

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Do you have a physical cd? You could always try using the repair function. That has saved me a few times.
 

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Sadly, most new computers including mine, don't come with a windows boot cd anymore. I could order one from toshiba for 20 bucks and wait for it to arrive.

Next question: I got all of my data off the computer using the portable USB linux boot. Is there a way to access the windows restore stuff through LinuxMint, rather than restoring windows through a disk or something?
 

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No idea. My brother-in-law has his own windows disk that we re-install from every few months or so :lol:

My next suggestion? Try a few Linux flavors out before you shell out cash for more windows software :wub:
 

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Yup. The portable linux mint worked beautifully. I made a windows disk on another computer, but things must be way messed up because even that wouldn't work.

I can always buy a new disk for like 20 bucks from toshiba, but until I decide to do so, what are your linux suggestions? Like I said, I'm a complete linux virgin so be gentle lol.
 

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Well, when my PC crashed, I was using my LinuxMint live USB as my main system, overriding XP on my work laptop. I liked that it was pretty simple, and had all the media codecs and whatnot pre-installed.

It's a derivative of Ubuntu, which seems to be the most popular variant out there. Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian, which I liked a lot back before my PC died. But, it's very power-user, I think.

I've been out of the Linux game for a while, since I bought my Mac back in 2010. They're pretty easy to try out, though, as you've witnessed. I think there's a way to put multiple OS's on your USB drive, but I'm not sure how. Do you have another stick to try this-and-that on?
 

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Hey, just for future reference, this is by far the EASIEST way to create a bootable Linux key (they actually offer Hiren's Boot CD as well on the list of downloads)

http://www.linuxliveusb.com/
 
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