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Old 12-30-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy can I install linux on a desktop that windows xp wont boot up


I have a eMachine T6414 that I am not able to recovery my Windows xp operating system Can I install Linux on a desktop that wont boot up?

Thanks for any help, either loading windows xp or load linux.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 08:51 AM   #2
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You can try to boot up Knoppix or any other LiveCD version of Linux and recover/copy your personal files/data from the Windows partition before attempting any installation on the hard disk. Have you a clue about the problem?
 
Old 12-30-2008, 09:08 AM   #3
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I guess it depends on why you can't recover Windows.......

If it boots from a Linux live CD---and the hard drive has not physically failed---then I'm sure you can install Linux.

Do you have a Windows installation CD?
 
  


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