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Custom recover Windows 8.1 without affecting Linux?

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    Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, Debian 7, and Kali 1.0.6

    Custom recover Windows 8.1 without affecting Linux?


    I am clean installing Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu on a friends new laptop and although I have taken Clonezilla images of partitions on my personal laptop should I ever need them I was hoping there was something more user friendly I could install on my friend's laptop. Anarethos Recovery Toos with Media Creator seems to be what I am after but I am not sure if that will mess up the boot settings or even completely remove Linux.

    Ideally I am looking for something that can be launched by holding a hotkey down at boot. When launched it will offer to restore the main Windows 8.1 system partition (GPT) with all drivers and programs installed exactly how it is when I hand it over, and if possible offer to restore the Ubuntu /home partion. The crux is that Windows can be restored without affecting Ubuntu.

    Is there anything like that out there?

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    Windows won't see boot, root or swap so no issues with those partitions being restored, I assume you are concerned about home if it is formatted as NTFS...? Either way Grub should not be affected.

    I do not have first hand experience with the apps you mention but Paragon boots Grub4dos thus you need to be in legacy should you want to restore from that... i.e GPT will not work with that sort of boot - I guess a clean dual install would be the easiest IMO.
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    Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, Debian 7, and Kali 1.0.6


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Windows won't see boot, root or swap so no issues with those partitions being restored, I assume you are concerned about home if it is formatted as NTFS...? Either way Grub should not be affected.
    It would seem it does affect it as I just did a test Windows 8.1 refresh and the laptop now just boots straight into Windows 8.1 without showing the GRUB menu.

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I do not have first hand experience with the apps you mention but Paragon boots Grub4dos thus you need to be in legacy should you want to restore from that... i.e GPT will not work with that sort of boot - I guess a clean dual install would be the easiest IMO.
    Thanks but I would rather not use legacy technology like MBR if I can avoid it. Yes I could always do a clean dual install but I am trying to make so if there is a major problem I will not have to and instead talk them through over the phone restoring Windows (and Ubuntu's / partition if possible). I can do all of this with Clonezilla but I would need to be in front of the laptop as there are many options etc, I would need to boot off a flash drive.

    I am looking for a third party restore solution that runs from a partition on the same HDD, and it restores an image stored on the same HDD.
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    Windows loader does not chainload - you may need to add Grub to the Windows bootlaoder with EasyBCD...
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    Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, Debian 7, and Kali 1.0.6


    What would I be chainloading to exactly? Please elaborate.

    I am after something like this, although with GPT and dual boot support:

    89 - Automated Windows partition backup\restore boot menu using CloneZilla
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Custom recover Windows 8.1 without affecting Linux?
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