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Old 03-01-2016, 04:27 PM   #1
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Dual boot - reinstall ubuntu over linux


Hi everyone,
I am a novice. I have linux mint 17. It is 32 bit. I have also Vista as a dual boot.
I need to reinstall Ubuntu over the linux as updates are now discontinued.
Plse tell me if i am doing anything wrong.

1-Change boot seq. to load from dvd.
2-Install ubuntu alongside existing windows.
3- Is there anything else i need to do, or not do to complete this?

many thanks in advance
 
Old 03-01-2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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Linux Mint 17 is supported until April, 2019. If you want to install Ubuntu in place of Mint, just install it to the same partition on which you now have Mint. I would suggest using the manual, Something Else option as it gives you control over the installation and less risk of overwriting your windows install. The link below has a good tutorial on installing Ubuntu 14.04 in dual-boot.
 
Old 03-01-2016, 05:16 PM   #3
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or, just switch up to the latest release's repository, ... or is that unadvaised behaviour in ubuntu-land? [edit] ... or mint-land[/edit]

i used to keep various ubuntu systems going continuously for years without need to reinstall this way. been a while, but iirc, /etc/apt/ is the dir where you can set repository sources and other things.

... yes there's the chance (at least from my past experience years back) that things can go a little bit janky, just a chance. but for changing one line in a config, rather than doing a complete system reinstall, it might be worth trying...?

though reinstalling to get everything fresh n clean, just as canonical want you to have it, that's an option too, sure.

if you dislike frequent (anual/bianual) reinstalling in this manner, and want to still stick to official paths, there are LTS releases too. long term support. what's that then, 3 years? 5 years? (or at least there used to be, lol, i'm not checking my facts, just chirping some suggestions, some pointers, some possibilities).

also,

welcome to linux questions!

P.S.
what am i saying?! reinstalling is good fun and good practice!
you've got a backup of all your important data, right? no problem, go for it. should be straight forward enough and ferry you through the process. everything should "just work".

Last edited by Siljrath; 03-01-2016 at 05:25 PM. Reason: edit, and PS
 
Old 03-01-2016, 05:22 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by ctprod View Post
Hi everyone,
I am a novice. I have linux mint 17. It is 32 bit. I have also Vista as a dual boot.
I need to reinstall Ubuntu over the linux as updates are now discontinued.
Plse tell me if i am doing anything wrong.

1-Change boot seq. to load from dvd.
2-Install ubuntu alongside existing windows.
3- Is there anything else i need to do, or not do to complete this?

many thanks in advance
pick do something (completely)different, towards the bottom left in writting.

then when you get to your paritions, reset it to use the one that you have LINUX already on, then be sure to check format to get rid of the other LINUX before installing the new Linux. Ensure that you look over all of your drives/paritions to and to be sure you set them properly depended on how you have it partitioned out.

Code:
/dev/sda1 # windows
Here is where you be sure that the check box within that partition title is checked to be formated, and you have mount points set properly
then you can move on to installing Linux what ever version that uses the Ubuntutu type GUI install-er. if it was not a Ubuntutu type GUI installer, the methodology is the same. the partitions are already set just need to format to remove old linux, and be sure to set mount points, unless you want to change the sizes of the partitions. then just delete them and start over. its a peice of cake.



example
Code:
/dev/sda2 #  Linux swap
/dev/sda3 /  linux root  
maybe
/dev/sda4 /home  #linux
DO not mess with your windows partition.

BE SURE TO INSTALL GRUB AGAIN ON THE MBR.IF YOU ARE MBR BOOTING

its a safe bet to keep the DEFAULT SETTINGS FOR GRUB

Last edited by BW-userx; 03-01-2016 at 05:30 PM.
 
Old 03-09-2016, 07:31 AM   #5
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problem resolved

thanks it worked!
 
Old 03-09-2016, 07:49 AM   #6
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thanks it worked!
super sweet... now enjoy and pls mark solved
 
  


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