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Short intro: have an Acer notebook with Windows 8, which I dont want but need (rely heavily in MS Office for work), so I dont want to loose that OS.
Issue: Canīt install any distro without removing windows. Tried Wubi but gets stucked before choosing OS (and now wont download needed ISO). Other distros wonīt recognize preexisting Windows. So far Iīve tried Xubuntu, Pinguy and Ubuntu. Iīve got very little experience with Linux - currently running Pinguy in a different PC, Acer aspire one.
Plus Q: what would you think would be the best distro for this PC -dual core, 4 GB.
I think you should check your BIOS to see if you have enabled something like "fast boot". I had similar problem on new Samsung notebook and disabling fast boot (or something like that in boot section) helps to install linux beside. By the way, I think you have to use some of the new distros that have EFI Boot compatibility.
I can easily bypass secure boot settings from the BIOS screen... problem is, at this instance Linux installation won`t recognize Windows and only offers to "erase disk data and install" instead of installing along pre-existing OS.
For lvgandhi... canīt remember model, but is a brand new computer, manufactured in 2012, dual core, Intel B960.
What ever be computer or laptop, You can install virtual box in windows 7(because you said it it is 2012). In that virtual machine you can install any Linux. But ram should be at least 3GBpreferably 4GB or more for virtual machine to work as I think windows 7 will not work good below 2GB ram. Virtual machine of linux needs min 512MB ram. Total 2.5 ie 3GB ram.
Iīve checked that post before writting mine, but disregarded it since the guy was having problem booting from DVD, and my issue is in a later stage. I can boot from USB, but canīt install Linux along with Windows 8.
I`ll be sure to try that Slackware version, anyways, as soon as i get home.
Regarding your need for MS Office, it is possible to install MS Office on a Linux Distro with Wine (to not have to mess with all the irritating .dll files use PlayOnLinux for this).
I would advise you to try it on a different system first, and see if you can install MS Office like that with no issue and use it like you want to. If so consider switching completely to Linux. My Work Laptop is currently running like that with a Legal Office 2010 install with no issues.