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Old 01-10-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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A little confused about Win 8.1 and compatability.


neeHello all.

I believe I have decided to go with a Debian as my choice to begin learning again. But everything I have read all talks about xp, 7, vista and the likes. I have seen mention of 8 and 8.1 a couple times. But the info was very vague. So I am questioning myself in my decision based solely on the fact that I really do not want to or have to need to build my distro from the get go. I am completely dumbfounded as to making something work that normally wouldn't. I know I can get through the ISO process to run a live disc. If it is unlikely that Debian will run on my amd64 from a live, then I need to read more I suppose. I figure a good foundation of install without too many "make it work" scenarios would be a good start? Or am I just being paranoid and ignorant?

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Old 01-10-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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Debian now has EFI support. If your laptop came with Wins 8 then it is most likely EFI with Secure Boot. The Secure Boot option has to be disabled. I'm not sure if the live-cd has EFI support, but the regular cd does. If you want to install debian all you need is an active internet connnection & either the network-install iso or cd-1.
 
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Old 01-10-2015, 04:36 PM   #3
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It did come with 8 on it. But I updated to 8.1. As far as installing goes, I think I would like to boot from a cd before I install. Although I have 203 gigs free on it. I want to make sure that I and the distro will conform to each other if that makes sense. LOL
 
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Try the live-cd or usb 64bit may have efi support but 32-bit doesn't
https://www.debian.org/CD/live/
 
Old 01-10-2015, 04:45 PM   #5
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Thank you for your help. I will disable the secure and start dling the ISOs. Thanks again.
 
  


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