- Download the pendrivelinux auto-drive maker.
- Download Kon-boot. This is hosted out of my dropbox b/c the zip you d/l from the site is a challenge for noobs…it’s passworded and a couple folders deep. You can download it directly if you feel more secure. This is a direct link to the ISO, it’s TINY.
- Stick your flash drive into a usb slot—you’re going to lose all data. Select “Kon-Boot” from the drop down menu on the pendrivelinux app.
- Choose your flash drive in the “drive select” box.
- Say OK to all the warnings.
- Eject disk.
- With netbook powered off, insert USB stick. Hammer f12 when you boot up the netbook, this should take you into the boot-select option.
- Choose either USB Storage or the drive, depending on the computer it may see the flash drive on the first screen. USB Storage should find it regardless.
- When the screen comes up that looks all weird, just press enter. If it pauses, just press enter.
- It will take you to the normal windows login screen.
- You can just click your account and it will log you in.
- Change password.
And that’s it.
Well, it’s a pretty complicated process, and installing different of varieties of Linux on a Windows machine is never easy. However, at least it’s a way to help regain control of your computer.
As always, be very careful when attempting more advanced PC techniques – you can damage your computer. When in doubt, seek the help of a qualified PC repair technician. For other tips and tricks to help speed up your PC, why not try out PC TuneUp Maestro.