Thank you so much, you guys are a huge help.
And my thanks to those who contributed whilst I was away from this thread & too busy to be able to contribute
Also, I have to say that I learned a TON of stuff this past week while trying to install Fedora 8
Good, it's quite a "steep learning curve" but soon I hope, you'll be able to help others with their first steps
We all started where you are now.
I do plan on reinstalling windows on my computer
Please be warned in advance: Windows doesn't bother to find any
other OS installed, and may, er, perhaps inadvertantly, kill it / disable access to it.
The general advice is "install windows first
and then the linux of your choice". If you want windows at all. You do, and that's OK
So if you are going to install any version of windows after you have a running linux distro, please make backups, and print out
(& maybe save to a usb key) the following, because they'll help you recover after a win install:
The output of mount
.. which will tell you what is where, and how/where it is mounted
The output of fdisk -l
.. which will tell you what is where, but more broadly
The output of cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
--which will help you reinstall grub
Alternatively, just go ahead and install win. Your linux installation will be unreachable, because win doesn't understand about grub (and probably hates it). Do not panic, just reinstall linux after you have installed win. You will find your linux install easier the next time around, because you have already grasped the basics