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15-Jun-2012, 09:01 AM #1
Question Windows to Linux Command Help
Hey people,

I was recently given help trying to restore my copy Windows XP and I asked a question in
THIS thread. I'm basically trying to fix my corrupt system files.
As you can see, I was given some commands to type in if I had command prompt with Windows XP, but I can't access XP and I'm running on Ubuntu right now. I have tried to translate the Windows XP commands into Linux ones:

Mkdir c:\windows\tmp

cp c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak cp c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak cp c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak cp c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak cp c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak
rm c:\windows\system32\config\system
rm c:\windows\system32\config\software rm c:\windows\system32\config\sam rm c:\windows\system32\config\security rm c:\windows\system32\config\default
cp c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
cp c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software cp c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam cp c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security cp c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

I would just like some advice from any Linux experts as to whether or not these commands
are correct and/or if it will work.
Please get back to me as soon as possible, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.
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15-Jun-2012, 09:05 AM #2
Sorry for the bunched up commands, it doesn't seem to like my formatting right now...
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16-Jun-2012, 04:13 AM #3
Two points relevant here

(1) Windows "copy" is similar to Linux "cp"
Windows "delete" is similar to Linux "rm"

Thus if you replace the Windows' commands with Linux equivalents then it should do the advised replacements

Additionally every "\" in Windows filenames have to be changed to "/". Therefore your syntax is correct.

You can always check the syntax by typing "--help" after each command in the same way typing "/?" with a Windows command. In Linux you can also type "man" in front of a command to read its manual.

(2) No an expert on MS Systems the change of the 5 files can be achieved with Linux as a root user or preceding command with "sudo" in a Ubuntu terminal. Ubuntu will know these are system files not owned by you so you can only change them with root privilege.

Whether the changes can cure your Xp is another matter.
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