I just bought a new laptop, a LG 13ZD950. This laptop can be purchased without Windows in South Korea (like a lot of new laptops in South Korea).
The "Windows-free" version doesn't boot on a system by default: you have to install your own OS.
Before installing Linux, I analyzed the internal SSD: even if the laptop is "Windows-free", Windows seems to be present but the laptop doesn't boot.
By default, you can only see a 10GB NTFS partition (/dev/sda1) called "DnA" containing 3GB of Windows drivers.
I will explain now how to recover a full Windows 8.1 factory copy available in the SSD.
The laptop is brand new. According to S.M.A.R.T, the SSD is new too.
kali% sudo testdisk /dev/sda
Use Intel/PC partition and Analyse the hard disk:
You will see the 10GB NTFS partition, called "DnA" containing 3GB of Windows drivers.
The Quick Search option discovered 2 new partitions:
The "Windows" partition contains a fully bootable Windows 8.1 system.
The "ICPE" partition is a rescue partition allowing the reinstallation of Windows 8.1 from scratch.
Now confirm the Windows partition as a bootable partition:
The Windows initialization system will ask the user name, the computer name and the default preferred color. After this, you have now a fully working Windows 8.1 system with a "Windows-free" LG laptop. Enjoy!
Hello Windows 8.1:
published on 2015-06-09 00:00:00 by Pierre Kim <email@example.com>