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    Restore MBR on Advent Laptop

    My wife has an Advent 8117 laptop with Vista Home Premium installed and a hidden recovery partition.

    I'd like to install Ubuntu on it as she only browses and emails with it and recently came a cropper with some spyware she picked up with IE.

    What I'd like to know is - how can I ensure that I can revert back to the original setup if she decides she can't live with Linux?

    I know that, under normal circumstances, I could use the Windows recovery console and use fixmbr but that would not restore the option to use the hidden recovery partition would it?

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    Thanks for the reply, but both links are instructions for using fixmbr.

    AFAIK this would not restore the non-standard mbr which currently boots the laptop. This includes an option to use the hidden partition to restore to factory defaults.

    If I created a recovery disc using the built-in program would that also restore the mbr?
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    Just realised I should have said that it's not my intention to dual-boot if I do install Ubuntu
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    What I'd like to know is - how can I ensure that I can revert back to the original setup if she decides she can't live with Linux?
    Buy another hard drive

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    The created Recovery disks should restore the hard drive to original factory conditions. You should confirm that with Advent, but most OEM recovery's do restore the drive image.

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