For : Microsoft Windows NT5 - Windows 2000 Pro / Windows Xp

by : je.saist

Note: Mepisguides is aimed towards the user who is moving from Windows and is not familiar with Linux interface systems. Many of the steps such as opening up a browser and selecting a web page are shown in the Linux guides. Since it is presumed that most readers of Mepisguides are fairly competent with Windows, many of these minor steps are intentionally skipped.  There is also minimal effort to hide Paint during the screen capture process, as Microsoft Windows provides no other native screen capture solution. I am also presuming that FireFox is already installed under Windows.

Windows Guides: These are guides built with the intention of preparing a computer with a single hard drive to be resized in order to Install Mepis Linux.  The other guides are located here:

CCleaner  |  Check Disk  |  Defragment  |   Regseeker  |   WinASO  |   Mepis Install - Resize

Regseeker is a tool that seeks out issues in the registry and attempts to resolve the issues, much like CCleaner. However, Regseeker is a little bit more powerful than CCleaner and may remove issues that CCleaner cannot.

Regseeker also serves another purpose, much like Check Disk. If there are issues that Regseeker cannot fix, chances are the resize will fail and result in the loss of data from the Windows side of the drive.

1: The first step, as always, is to get Regseeker. Hoverdesk offes the program as freeware.

The webpage is located here:

2: Here I had to scroll down to find the download for Regseeker.

Left Click on Download Regseeker

3: Let Firefox Save to Disk

4: When Regseeker completes, Left Click on Open in the Firefox download manager.

Now, there probably will be some divergence here depending on whatever de-compression utility you use. Under Mepis Linux I can count on Ark being present, as it is part of the distribution. However, between Windows Xp's compressed folder functions and better tools that are available, I don't really have control over what decompression utility is going to be used. Here I am using WinRAR. If you don't have WinRAR try to follow along as best you can.

5: here, I am going to extract the files to C:\Program Files\Regseeker

6: Once you have the files extracted, go to the target folder.

For me, this is C:\Program Files\Regseeker

Double Left Click on Regseeker.exe

7: Unlike CCleaner, Regseeker is a little intimidating to look at.

8: On the Left hand column, Left Click on Clean the Registry

9: Make sure all the Checkboxes are checked.

Left Click on Auto Clean

10: Regseeker will now present a list of options for cleaning. If you have any questions about these options, just make sure your options are set like mine are and you should be fine.

(this is Windows, remember, I'm not making any promises)

When ready, Left Click on GO!

11: The time cleaning can vary depending on processor speed, disk speed, ram amount and speed, and other items. Since we already ran CCleaner earlier, this didn't take but a few minutes.

Left Click on OK

12: Like CCleaner, probably a good idea to run the scan one more time. There may be issues that Regcleaner could not address, and if there were, we need to know about them or the resize will probably wind up trashing our Windows Partition.

Left Click on Clean the Registry again.

13: Make sure all the Checkboxes are checked again.

This time, just Left Click on OK!

14: Just clicking OK runs the scan, but Regseeker does not actually tell you when the scan has finished. In this case, the scan has finished below, and there are no entries.

Okay, so what do you do if there are still problems left over? Honestly, if there are problems that RegSeeker and CCleaner are not getting on thier auto-cleans, you would be looking at having to re-install Windows anyways.

Or, you could just convert the entire drive to Mepis and completely forget about having to run these kinds of scans.

Take me to the Resize Installation Guide.

Take me back to the Guides.