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Linux - Stuck

by MrCloud850 / August 11, 2015 12:31 AM PDT

I have only kali linux as my current OS and I can reach to grub menu before start up. My kernel is broken, I have kali files in usb but I dont know the command line to work it out. Also I have windows setup in another usb if there is a way to work that out its much better. What I have with kali is now just root@MSI and command lines.

Please help urgent my computer is stuck.

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Clarification Request
Confusing. Trying to understand what you mean.
by James Denison / August 11, 2015 3:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Linux - Stuck

You have a hard drive? Are you booting to hard drive and getting the GRUB menu? What was on this hard drive previously? Was it a dual boot of a Windows (which one?) and a Linux version? You say there's a "windows setup" in a USB. What do you mean by that? Is it "Windows To Go"? Or is it an ISO file for a windows (which one?) which you imaged onto the USB flashdrive? (or is this a USB external hard drive?).

Kali linux is NOT for beginners, so I wonder why you are using it.

I get the feeling you had a dual boot system that fell apart on you, is that correct?

Are there files you wish to rescue?

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Re: stuck
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 11, 2015 12:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Linux - Stuck

The easy wasy out: for Linux: reinstall. Or install Windows by booting from the setup USB-stick. Or do both to get a dual-boot system.


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by MrCloud850 / August 11, 2015 12:41 AM PDT
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Well tbh I want windows, I dont care about dual-boot at the moment. As I said the windows setup is in my usb device but I dont know how to activate it from kali command lines.

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Re: Windows setup
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 11, 2015 1:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Re-install

You can't run Windows setup from Unix. You have to boot from that USB-stick to install Windows. That is, assuming you made a bootable USB-stick; you know what's on it, we don't.


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Isn't the USB windows "setup" bootable?
by James Denison / August 11, 2015 3:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Re-install

If so, then you just need to set BIOS to boot to it and run the setup exe file. If this is windows 8 and you have an UEFI computer, you need to turn off the Secure Boot in the BIOS and set it then to boot from a USB-HDD.

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by MrCloud850 / August 11, 2015 4:30 AM PDT

It wasnt before. I had to run setup.exe but now I will try it as you said getting ready the usb at the moment. I am not really familiar with BIOS settings but i am sure I will figure it out as I saw wasnt really complicated

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when you turn it on, as it does POST
by James Denison / August 11, 2015 5:05 AM PDT
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you should see options at bottom of screen and one, commonly F12, is for switching Boot Device.

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by MrCloud850 / August 11, 2015 6:27 AM PDT

My BIOS was in fast mode so I hold Del and then turned the pc on and gave usb DVD/CD priority. I hope if I dont have any problems with iso files it should work

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ISO files
by James Denison / August 11, 2015 11:20 AM PDT
In reply to: BIOS

You can't boot directly from ISO files, unless it's the newer Hybrid ISO types, but even then it has to be placed properly by a program onto the USB flashdrive. Typical ISO file is "imaged" or "burned image" onto a CD, DVD using a burner program like CDBURNERXP or inbuilt on newer windows. The ISO file is a copy of a CD or DVD which image is then compressed into a single file to create the ISO file. It's like a zip file in that reguard, which is why it must also be expanded first onto a CD, DVD, flashmedia before usable for booting purposes. For non booting purpose an ISO file can be opened using any program that "mounts" the ISO file, such as VIRTUAL CLONE DRIVE software.

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by MrCloud850 / August 11, 2015 12:25 PM PDT
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Yeah I found that out from hard way Happy Now I am gonna buy DVD. Will it work if I just use the windows download tools iso files on that DVD or should I use a cdburner program like you mentioned before?

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be safe, use use a cdburner program
by James Denison / August 11, 2015 1:56 PM PDT
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onto a DVD. I'm not sure to what download tools you refer.

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Windows Download Tool
by MrCloud850 / August 12, 2015 3:22 AM PDT

I found it on Microsoft's site. It can either make a setup version on USB or iso version for DVD. Today I'll try with DVD I'll see if I need to burn or not, no idea.

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Bootable USB
by PrimeSudoer / August 13, 2015 8:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows Download Tool

If you want to use a DVD, you will, indeed, need to burn the Windows ISO to it. But I don't see why you wouldn't use an USB stick instead by just copying the ISO content to it, using a program like 7zip to extract the ISO content. But I wonder why you had Kali Linux installed if you are not capable of facing such problems.

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Re: burn
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 11, 2015 2:08 PM PDT
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And now a word about
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 11, 2015 2:50 PM PDT
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