Tech Tip of the Week: Save the Day (and Windows) Using an Ubuntu Flash Drive

By on May 27, 2010, 4:54 AM
The latest version of Ubuntu has been out for nearly a month now and if you're anything like us the peaceably-named operating system is now sitting untouched after you gave it a quick go for a week or so. Ubuntu 10.04 may not have convinced you to send Microsoft packing, but don't scrap your bootable USB drive just yet, it may come in handy the next time Windows goes haywire.

Being prepared by having another environment to troubleshoot your PC helps tremendously. We will cover a few ways an Ubuntu boot flash drive can save your tail when disaster strikes like resetting a forgotten Windows password, clearing malware and retrieving lost data.

If you don't have a bootable USB drive, check out our guide on creating one with an Ubuntu LiveCD.

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lataak said:

I am a fan of Ubuntu. It saves me from worrying of being infected with virus, angry b/c Windows is busy for no reason, too much consumption of RAM or CPU (I have 2GB of RAM but my Ubuntu never consumed more than 1GB at the highest), etc. Anybody who cares about his data should use Ubuntu at any time.

Badfinger said:

I use KeePass Pass Safe for all my passwords, have for years now, and it's free.

You can use a master password and/or a keyfile with it.

Guest said:

You can also use it to replace deleted dll's back in your system32 folder.

superty12 superty12 said:


The password section of it is against the TOS!

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

sure is! this was debated at length some time ago

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