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I want to restore Ubuntu 12.04 to it's stock configuration, but I don't want to reinstall or reformat my home partition. I don't have a way to backup my files, which is why I don't want to have to reinstall and reformat my hdd.

Is there a way to do this??

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i think there is no way . –  AgentCool Aug 19 '12 at 5:49
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Some components offer a reset option - unity for example. In other cases, there's no other way but to uninstall the package including its config files, and re-install them. –  tohuwawohu Aug 19 '12 at 6:26

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You can restore gnome-related (not you video card, display, x-server, etc.) settings using:

rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

Here is a link to ubuntu forums which discusses the same: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1060406

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Thanks everybody for your input but I found a way to do it on a forum. It consists of reinstalling Ubuntu but keeping my home partition intact. Then logging in as root, creating a new user, moving all the files I want to keep to the new user's home folder. Afterwards I deleted my original homefolder, then renamed the newuser's homefolder with my user name and chown -R it to my username and group. Then I Deleted the new user. And Voilá, my installation was good as new but with all my stuff intact. –  RayoCosmico Aug 22 '12 at 3:25
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You should post the answer here, and accept it yourself. –  green7 Aug 22 '12 at 7:42

You can restore your monitor resolution by:

sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and reboot.

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