How can i restore linux without a backup?

February 25, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Ive been learning how to use linux and have messed up a few things that i cant figure out how to fix. I would like to start from scrach without re-installing.

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  1. 3 Responses to “How can i restore linux without a backup?”

  2. (a) Recover from your backup.
    (b) Re-install.

    Those are the choices in any operating system (yes, even MS Winduhs). Unless you kept a copy of the files somewhere (which is what Winduhs does), you have no other options.

    First, make a back-up of your home directory or at least of any important documents you want to keep. Should have been doing that anyway.

    Then re-install fresh. Copy your documents back into place.

    Perhaps it might help if you told us what precisely you messed up?

    By ʄaçade on Feb 25, 2012

  3. Whatever linux you have can be found at your version’s website, here is a link to a popular website where you can get the latest operating system.http://distrowatch.com/

    By css123 on Feb 25, 2012

  4. Depends on what you have messed up.
    If you have messed up your kernel settings and installed loads of hardware and conflicting system software, you can go back to a previous version of the kernel…

    Uninstall all the software using the software centre or whatever package manager you use
    Reboot when the grub menu comes up just choose one of the older kernel options.

    To get rid of user settings for individual programs, view the hidden folder in your home directory and delete the folders that relate to your particualr program you want to wipe. Remember that some of these hidden folders contains stuff that you might have wished you kept…(e.g. your email, internet passwords etc)., Alternatively just create a new user, and login as him with "virgin" user settings.

    By Connie on Feb 25, 2012

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